The Ten of Swords Tarot Card

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Some tarot cards are more straightforward to read than others which can help you tremendously when carrying out a tarot card reading. In such instances we can usually glance down at the image on the card and have the meaning appear blatantly in front of us. In this article we are going to explore one such example of this exact situation by exploring the 10 of Swords. We’ll take a look at the upright meaning of this card in relation to love, career and finances and we’ll also take a look at its reversed meaning.

10 of Swords Meaning

When you look at the imagery that is present on the Ten of Swords card, what do you see? Typically, the image is of a man or woman lying face down in the mud with 10 swords stabbing through their body.

As far as tarot cards go, it is certainly one of the more graphic images to appear. You may hear terms like future swords or the sword of answering being thrown around in relation to this card but everything you need to know is drawn right there in front of you.

As the picture would suggest, this card is a warning of a mighty downfall. Don’t take this card as literally meaning death as death in tarot usually refers to a major change that is going to take place.
However, in this instance, the change is not a positive one which can easily be understood from the dire nature of this card.

You can try to avoid this approaching downfall but 99 times out of 100 you’re better just accepting that it’s going to take place and simply preparing yourself for its arrival. The problem with this card is that it doesn’t offer any specific information about what will transpire.


Now that we’ve covered the basic meaning of the Ten of Swords, we can begin to explore more specific meanings. These are usually meanings that arise when a certain question is asked. If we take a look at the 10 of Swords love meaning, we find a number of possible interpretations. If you’re single then the Ten of Swords is indicative of the fact that your love life is in chaos. This may not be news to you but it’s also hinting that a potential relationship may not be what it appears…so be cautious.

If you are in a relationship then this card is equally as troubling, if not more so. Ultimately, this card is predicting a major betrayal in your life and more often than not such a betrayal would come from a partner. If you’re seeing someone casually then they may reveal something to you that shocks you such as them having a husband or wife.

If you’re in a long-term relationship then this card can be a warning that people close to you are conspiring against you and that this includes your partner. This isn’t always the case but just be wary, just in case.


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Career and Finances

The tone of this card doesn’t change when we approach the idea of money or your career. If you believe yourself to have been making progress and an impression with the bosses at work then this card represents bad news. It implies that all the hard work that you’ve been doing recently could potentially have been for nothing.

That’s not to say that your hard work won’t pay off down the line but it certainly won’t pay off in the near future. It’s possible that a colleague has betrayed you in some way.

The same goes for money. If you like making investments, now is the time to stop. Take a break for the next few weeks, maybe even a few months and don’t be reeled into anything. No matter what you hear, no matter how guaranteed somebody claims an investment is, stay away from it!

Your finances are in dire jeopardy and by gambling with money and fate in this manner, you will suffer a heavy loss that you may be unable to come back from. Now might even be the time to tighten your finances and start cutting back on luxuries.

Ten of Swords Reversed

The 10 of Swords reversed meaning isn’t hugely positive but it does offer a glimmer of hope in comparison to the previous messages. We all know that you can’t take a tarot card back once it has been played but in the case of the Ten of Swords reversed meaning that might be ok.

The initial meaning is as dire as the upright card but it goes on to state that through this disaster or “death” that you’ll face, new opportunities will arise. This death is much like that of the phoenix whereby you will rise from the ashes, ready to begin again.

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