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Ten of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

Ten of Wands Tarot Card Meanings Keywords

Upright: Burden, extra responsibility, hard work, completion.

Reversed: Doing it all, carrying the burden, delegation, release.

Ten of Wands Tarot Card Meanings and Description

The Ten of Wands shows a man carrying a large bundle of sticks towards a small town only a short distance away. His back is bent and he appears to be weighed down by the heavy load he is carrying, but he knows he is almost at his destination and will soon be able to release the heavy weight he is bearing.

NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.

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Upright Ten of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

The Ten of Wands indicates that you are are taking on extra burden, a heavier workload, or greater responsibility. Even though it is weighing you down and making things tougher for you, you know it is only temporary, so you are willing to put in the hard work now to accomplish your goal and reap the rewards later. For example, you may be working extra hours to save up for a family holiday. Or you may be helping out a friend with moving house, knowing that they will return the favour when you move later in the year. Or you may be caring for a sick family member, adding to your responsibilities at home but knowing that your loved one deeply appreciates it.

Sometimes, the Ten of Wands appears when you are unconsciously taking on extra responsibility and finding yourself feeling weighed down, exhausted and burnt out. You may be trying to do everything at once, even though you know it is adding extra pressure to your daily life. The Ten of Wands asks you to stop and examine your current lifestyle or work. Assess which activities or tasks are truly urgent or important, particularly in relation to your broader goals. You may need to employ various time management or prioritisation methods in order to determine where best to spend your time and which tasks you can drop. Your goal needs to be greater efficiency, whilst also freeing yourself up for rest and relaxation when you need it.

The good news is that the Tens in Tarot represent the completion of a cycle, and with the Ten of Wands, the end is in sight! You have been pushing yourself to your limits and working very hard towards your goal. Now, you are taking those final steps on the path to realizing your dreams. Sure, you might collapse in a heap of exhaustion when you get there, but you know it will be all worth it and very well earned!

The Ten of Wands can also indicate that even with the achievement of your goal, there are great responsibilities and commitments that come with it. When you reach a point of completion, you become starkly aware that you must now carry on with the responsibilities you have laid out for yourself, in order to ensure ongoing success. The trouble is, however, that these responsibilities may become too much to bear and you are struggling to let go. It is a bit like the business owner who creates a flourishing business but who is unprepared to delegate some of his or her responsibilities to the staff and ends up working seventy to eighty hours a week. The inspiration and creativity that was associated with the initial goal or vision disappears rapidly, and everything becomes hard work all too quickly. Thus, it is important to let go of or delegate some of your responsibilities to free you up to still enjoy life.

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Reversed Ten of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

Ten of Wands Tarot Card Meanings tarot card meaning

When the Ten of Wands reversed appears in a Tarot reading, it is often a sign that you are weighed down by responsibility because you are trying to do it yourself. In your effort to be everything to everyone, you have found yourself struggling under the weight of it all. Delegate and share the work around—you don't have to do it all yourself. And be bold and be strong in saying no to the things that you know you can’t take on. It is imperative you put your self-care and personal well-being first, otherwise you’ll completely burn yourself out and be of no help to anyone. It’s just like they say, “Put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others”.

Similarly the Ten of Wands reversed suggests that you are carrying a heavy burden on your shoulders, but you are keeping this private and you are not willing to share your burden with others. You may be dealing with emotional trauma, carrying around a deep, dark secret, or dealing with increased responsibilities. However, you do not feel comfortable sharing this with others, by talking about it or asking for help. In effect, you are pushing away the people who can help you with this – if you only you can trust them to share the load with you. It may also be a huge relief to you when you do share some of this burden with others as they are ready and willing to support you.

Sometimes, the reversed Ten of Wands indicates that you are unnecessarily holding on to this burden when you do not need to. If you are feeling weighed down by your present circumstances, look at different ways you can lighten the load. Can you delegate certain tasks and responsibilities? Are you worrying about matters that do not concern you or cannot be changed? Do not become a martyr and take on more than you can realistically handle.

On the positive side, if you are going through a challenging time, then the Ten of Wands reversed indicates that this time will soon pass and you will feel less of a burden weighing on your shoulders.

You may also be actively identifying those activities that do not bring you any value in your life, and you are starting to release yourself from these unnecessary responsibilities. You may even be going through a purging process, clearing out old clothes and selling old furniture, in order to declutter and simplify your life. You will benefit from better organisation and prioritisation at this time and feel the positive effects of release and lightness.

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