Tens in Tarot signify completion. In this card we see a fellow carrying ten wands. His head is bent and he is hard at work. He is so in earnest that we doubt he sees the beautiful house in the distance which we presume is his destination. Perseverance and patience is his modus operandi. Sure it gets the job done but because we don’t see his face there is a feeling of burden and effort that supersedes any hint of celebration. Perhaps the message here is to learn for next time how to delegate responsibilities so one can enjoy the journey along the way. Good advice for anyone before starting the next passion play.
Happy New Year! And we have the ten of swords for our first card of the year. Is this a joke? No, it’s not. In fact, it’s a resounding finish to the year that was. It is a visual to an ending in your life–could be a relationship, a job, a cycle of life. A figure lies prone on the ground in his blood with ten swords in his back. It is over; it is complete. What comes next? A strip of golden light appears in the dark sky pointing to a new beginning on the horizon. Time to pick out the good from the bad, acknowledge what has been learned, bless the past and MOVE ON!