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.
I like how the King is a bit askew in this upside down position here. It points to what happens when this usually emotionally intelligent ruler is off his game. This week with the start of Mercury in Retrograde expect bosses to erupt when their flights get cancelled, professors to act as if they got up on the wrong side of the bed. That usually calm and collected sensitive authoritarian in your life is grasping for equanimity and it’s time to duck if you’re in the vicinity.
Of course the unbalanced authoritarian could be you. If that’s the case, count to ten A LOT and reach for compassion and patience. Even reaching is a good strategy to curb knee-jerk reactions.