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Ten of Swords

The Ten of Swords is one of the most difficult cards to interpret in the tarot deck. It symbolizes loss, heartbreak, and betrayal. This card often represents the feeling of having a knife in your back, as the figure in the card is shown lying on the ground with ten swords piercing their back. This card suggests that the querent has experienced a sudden and painful event, likely in the form of a relationship breakdown, loss of a job or financial hardship.

The Ten of Swords suggests that the querent is in a state of emotional and physical exhaustion, feeling defeated and powerless. The sun in the background is setting, representing the end of a phase in their life. This card is not only a symbol of defeat, but also a symbol of the beginning of a new chapter. This card is a call to the querent to allow themselves to heal, process the loss and move forward, not allowing the pain to control their future.

In a reading, the Ten of Swords can also symbolize the end of an era, the need for release from negative patterns and the need to bring closure to a situation. This card calls for deep introspection, to reflect on past experiences, mistakes and learn from them. The Ten of Swords marks a turning point in the querent’s life, and encourages them to find the strength within themselves to move forward, leaving the past behind. This card serves as a reminder that there is always a new beginning after a loss, and that growth and healing are possible.

Historical Reference

Go back in time to what the creators of the deck had to say about it.

A prostrate figure, pierced by all the swords belonging to the card. Divinatory Meanings: Whatsoever is intimated by the design; also pain, affliction, tears, sadness, desolation. It is not especially a card of violent death. Reversed: Advantage, profit, success, favor, but none of these are permanent; also power and authority.

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