Ten of Swords Tarot Card, in its core, represents losing it all before gaining something better, better days after the worst ones, being completely done, and having a new beginning. This card is associated with the Air element, representing the Zodiac signs of Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius, and its season is Winter.
Ten of Swords, being the tenth card of the Swords Suit, carries all the qualities of number 10. In a psychic reading would be translated to karma, end of cycles, the end of the journey, lesson learned, taking responsibility, consequences, transformation, rewards, completeness.
Table of Contents
- 1 Ten of Swords Meaning
- 2 Ten of Swords – One card pull [Yes or No]
- 3 Ten of Swords – Love and Relationships
- 4 Ten of Swords – Finance, Business and Career
- 5 Ten of Swords – Timing
- 6 Ten of Swords – The Message Answer
- 7 Ten of Swords – Cards Combinations
Ten of Swords Meaning
When drawing tarot cards, usually they are put in a vertical setting, spread on a timeline of the past, present, and future. In this kind of drawings, the Ten of Swords may come up straight, as well as reversed. Some psychic readers do like to read reversed tarot cards. Some don’t. Either way, the other tarot cards in the drawing will make up for the way the psychic readers conduct their readings because a Tarot Card deck connects to the energy of the psychic reader, so it ‘talks’ to them.
Merging the qualities of number “Ten” and the qualities of the “Swords Suit,” the Ten of Swords card would represent:
|Darkest before dawn||The end and the beginning|
|Nowhere to go but up||Reaching the lowest point|
|It does get better days because it can’t get worse||Having the victim mentality|
|Feeling powerless||Having self-pity|
|Being a martyr, sacrificing||Failure, breakdown|
In a reverse position, the Ten of Swords would mean precisely the opposite of its core qualities, bringing in the drawing:
|Rising above the haters||Finding the light in the dark|
|Learning from bad experiences||Someone will save you|
|Pulling yourself together||Letting others go first|
|Putting other’s interest before your own|
There are also spreads where the tarot cards pulled are placed on vertical as well as horizontal positions. If the Ten of Swords would sit in a horizontal position, it advises you to let others go first and see how it goes.
You should not sacrifice your reputation, your resources, or all your investments because you believe something will work out based on the words of someone else. If they are so convinced that a project will work out, let them go first and see how it will work for them. You should not put yourself in the way of danger if there’s no need.
Ten of Swords – One card pull [Yes or No]
One Card Readings are done when you need a fast, straight to the point answer, you wish not to see the future events or the past events, you just need a specific answer on the question, for a present situation that is bothering you. You shuffle the cards, then choose only One Card, or you read the One Card that falls out while you are shuffling. Whichever method you use to pull the card, listed below are some of the questions and answers you may get when you pull the Ten of Swords.
Yes or No Answer
Upright Position: If you pull the card in an upright position, it means definitely No, that’s a dead situation.
Reversed Position: If you pull the card in a reversed position, it means there is a chance of Yes, but it will come at its own cost.
Ten of Swords – Love and Relationships
The Ten of Swords in a relationship reading indicates that your relationship is over and you are watering a dead flower. It foretells a breakup or a divorce. If you are in an abusive relationship, it indicates that it may get pretty dangerous for you. On the brighter side, it could indicate that someone wants your relationship to be over, and they are seriously working on it to be over.
It is rare, but it happens for people to use black magic to break up couples. If this card comes up and you are not at the point of breaking up with your partner, or you are not playing the victim in the relationship, then magic could be at work.
How someone sees you or feels about you?
The answer would be they may see you as someone that is an attention seeker and lives on the victim mentality, but this is seriously tiring your partner, and you are losing yourself and your relationship in the act. They may also feel that your relationship is over or has been over from the beginning, meaning that one of you wasn’t looking for a serious relationship, and the card indicates that now it is the time to break it off.
Even if you were both pretty serious about your relationship, it could suggest that the time has come for you to let go because it has served its lesson.
Just starting dating?
If you have started dating this new person, the Ten of Swords indicates that your person may see you as someone who is an attention seeker, who wants to be taken care of, who is very fragile and wants all the attention, the care and the love. You may have suffered in your past relationship, and now you want only to take and not give in the current dating situation. Your person can see or feel your real reasons for dating him. Also, this card indicates that this relationship won’t work out.
What not to do?
In terms of what not to do, it advises you to become more aware of the situation you are in and take the necessary steps. If you are still in a failed relationship, you need to get out of there. Maybe you already know it is over, but you are dragging your feet, and you have not communicated your decision to your partner. If you are in an abusive relationship, you should get out of there, seek help if you need it.
Reverse Position (Love and Relationships)
If you pull the Ten of Swords, reversed, it is an indicator that your relationship is recovering well and coming back from the collapsing point. You may have found a way to communicate with each other. You may have chosen to take the necessary steps to create a healthier relationship, forgive each other for past mistakes, and make better decisions keeping in mind both of your well-being. If you were in an abusive relationship, it could indicate that you will escape that relationship.
Ten of Swords – Finance, Business and Career
In business and career, the Ten of Swords indicates that you may lose your job, or you are at the edge of resigning from it. It can also suggest that you have reached a dead-end and it is better just to let it go on your terms. This card also indicates that your colleagues may have been backstabbing you, and you have not noticed it at all, or you may have noticed others gossiping about you, your reputation on shaking ground.
Still, you have not taken this seriously, and now your job may be in jeopardy. Regarding finances, it indicates that you may see yourself lose a lot of money and reach the point of failure.
What not to do?
The Ten of Swords, advises you to be mindful about how you are spending your money, or what your colleagues say about you. If you choose to ignore the red flags every time because you don’t want to risk a heated argument or conflict, it will come a time when you will see yourself ruined. You should react now that all the gossips are taking place. Also, if you keep spending your money like they never run out, you will soon realize that they do, and you may find yourself at debt.
Reverse Position (Business and Finance)
In this case, it indicates that your work and financial situations will improve, and you will rise again from the lowest point of your finances. You will be saved from your financial ruin by someone or from an unexpected job project with a positive result. It also indicates that you have overcome a stressful work event, and you are working your way back to the top.
Ten of Swords – Timing
When will something happen answer?
If it is a question that involves around the timing of an event and you pull the Ten of Swords, this would mean that whatever you desire or wonder about will manifest, but it will take time, as an Air element indicates movement, and a swift one.
How soon is that, it would be kind of complicated because it could mean Wintertime, or that of a Zodiac Sign season Gemini, Libra or Aquarius.
It would also be counted in months, or around the 10th, 19h, 28th of a month.
The way you want to interpret this is keeping in mind that whatever you are asking about is coming, though it could happen in a breeze or not stand for long.
With the Swords Suit, the best way to go around figuring out the time would always be to think at least one later, and it would go something like this: If it is already Winter, your best bet would be next month or around Aquarius season.
Ten of Swords – The Message Answer
Sometimes, we don’t have a specific question. We just want to know how our day will look like, or how we should approach the day ahead. Do this reading in the morning, so you form an idea of what that day will bring you.
The Ten of Swords would foretell a day when you may reach your breakdown point. You may feel like a failure or like nothing will ever get better again. However, you should remember that this is a card that also indicates that the end was needed, so it makes space for a new beginning.
If you pull the Ten of Swords in reverse, it indicates a day when you may slowly start to come back from failures. You may notice new opportunities coming up. You may also feel your energy reviving, and you will feel the push to do better for yourself.
Ten of Swords – Cards Combinations
That’s why it is essential to have a look at how the Ten of Swords communicates with the other Tarot Cards. There are 78 Tarot Cards in a deck. We will have a look at how the Ten of Swords would be interpreted and affect the outcome of the reading in the light of Suits.
Interaction with the Cup Suits
The Cup Suits represent emotions, feelings, relationships, and contract-ships. This suit is associated with the Water element. If we were to draw the Ten of Swords along with the Cup Suits, this would indicate that a relationship, friendship, or family relation has come to a dead end. You should end it before it stops you. You may feel need to bring back the happiness and the love that was there before, but that is not there anymore. You should await a new beginning, what was in the past won’t come back, and it doesn’t serve you anymore.
Interaction with the Pentacles Suits
The Ten of Swords, along with another card of the Pentacles Suit, would bring attention to work issues and financial failure. You may lose your job or your financial and social status. It doesn’t mean that you will stay there and suffer the consequences for a long time, but it does indicate that that is not the place for you anymore.
Interaction with the Swords Suits
The Swords Suit, along with the Ten of Swords, is also an exciting drawing. The Swords Suit gets its share of being a negative suit. This spread would indicate that you have suffered a breakdown, and you are suffering from depression. You may not remember anymore what happened; all you know is the darkness. This spread usually indicates that there is a fight going on in an emotional and mental level. You may need serious professional help to be better.
Interaction with the Wands Suits
The Ten of Swords and the Wands Suit is a combination that foretells action that may be met with denial, refusal, or failure. This spread predicts a possible failure and end of a project or a path that you have chosen. You may enjoy the experience as long as it lasts, but no matter how good the opportunity is, it doesn’t mean that it is intended for you.
Overall, the Ten of Swords, either by itself or pulled in a tarot card draw, is a card of breakdown, ends and new beginnings, overcoming significant failures and cherishing the memories for the experiences they served you and move on to the next big thing.