Ten of Swords


A certain situation ends before a new one begins.

Tarot Reading

Against the backdrop of gray sky and dark clouds, a man with his head down died. There are ten swords on his back, and one of them pierces his head. The whole image is striking. The Ten of swords is a bad card with a very negative connotation, which contains all unpleasant emotions, such as misery, sadness and pain. At the same time, the Ten of Swords stands for all the more “excessive” situations. It symbolises the consequences of the proliferation and development of everything.

The highlight of this card is that this man is wearing a red robe, which symbolizes his love of life. And the white of a fish’s belly showing in the distant sky tells that the darkness will soon pass. The water on the roadside is very calm, unlike the other images of raging waters in this spread. This is a sign that perhaps things are not as bad as they seem, that the darkest phase is over and that the dawn is coming.


Every event, whether good or bad, is meaningful. The Ten of swords shows the person involved how to learn valuable lessons from failure and how to grow up in pain.

Ten of Swords Upright Meaning

Core Meanings of the Card

Keywords: Painful end, serious injury, severe psychological damage, betrayal, betrayed, losing, loss, lost, have a deficit, crisis, critical situation, moment of distress, critical period of illness, death

Love & Marriage

Keywords: The inevitable end, the sudden ending of a relationship, betrayal by others, deception, the final test

Now you two have nothing but pain in your life together. It’s a terrible ordeal for you and you wish to leave the relationship quickly, but there’s nothing you can do about it.

A new relationship is completely impossible now. Even if there is a date that touches your heart, it will only be a painful unrequited love. So it is better for you not to get involved in a relationship at this time.

This relationship has reached the most painful stage, and could break down at any time. Even when the two of you are together you feel absolutely no warmth and you would rather be alone.

It’s basically impossible to get back together after all the damage has been done, so don’t go back into such a horrible relationship or it won’t be fair to you.

Career & Education

Keywords: Playing badly, facing a fiasco or having failed miserably, tearing up a contract, unable to find a way out, going back to work, sudden failure

It is a very painful and torturous job for you, in which you perform poorly and feel unhappy, and it can even affect your health.

This job is about to undergo significant changes, and the company may even face closure or ownership change. If you stay here, you will have to bear these risks at the same time.

Your academic performance can only be described as a failure, and almost none of it being satisfactory. If you don’t try, you certainly won’t get results.

You should give up the old methods completely in your studies, review them, and then start over. If you do not have the determination to overcome all difficulties, you will not succeed.

Relationships & Wealth

Keywords: Salary cuts, broken contracts, miserable and lonely fate, others do not keep their promises, extreme adversity marks the beginning of fortune, no one can help, colleagues snitching on you

Nowadays you don’t have many friends and you spend a lot of time alone. You often feel that friends are a heavy burden, and sometimes they can even cause harm.

This is the time when sacrifice and forbearance are the only way, and fairness and justice will never come. If this can’t be done, the relationship may break down.

Your financial situation is a mess, and there is not enough money to turn around at all.

Ten of Swords Reversed Meaning

Core Meanings of the Card

Keywords: Recover, heal, improve, rebound, revive, retrieve, reclaim, regain, regenerate, reform, repent, rebel against fate, struggle, do not accept the ending

Love & Marriage

Keywords: Ending the pain, relationships about to improve, gradually starting to become popular

You are not happy in the relationship and feel unfulfilled with the status quo. But if you take the initiative to make big changes, you will instead bring more pain to each other.

The desired lover will not appear now, and even if the appearance seems good, you will not be together. You should be patient and wait for a better opportunity, instead of taking action now.

This relationship brings more harm than pleasure. Your lover seems to have a willing heart but lacks strength, and instead of keeping the relationship in name only, you should end it quickly to minimize the damage.

This relationship may have the possibility of getting back together, but it will cause more damage. If you are sincere for the sake of both sides, you’d better separate, so that both sides will be happier.

Career & Education

Keywords: There is hope of a comeback, you have to complete the job even if you feel uncomfortable, the project needs to be reinvented.

There is little room for you to play in this job, even if it looks good now, it’s just a flash back. A short term gain is not a real success.

There is no development in this job. Even if it looks good in the short term, it will not be a favorable situation in the long term. You have to find a chance to leave this place quickly.

Your academic performance is not satisfactory. Although you don’t think the problem is too serious, you are actually lagging behind more than you thought.

This is the time when you should work hard on your studies and not become intoxicated by your short-term success. Actually, there are bigger challenges ahead, so don’t be too excited.

Relationships & Wealth

Keywords: There is an instant chance that you can successfully turn defeat into victory, there is the possibility of improvement

You often hurt others in interpersonal relationships, so no one wants to be friend with you. If you don’t change your ways, this situation will continue.

It’s useless to explain anything else at this time. Just let nature take its course. You should wait patiently for the light to appear.

Your financial situation seems to be OK, but in fact it is already very dangerous. If you are not careful, it will probably drag others down. Now you should realize the true situation quickly.

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