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Ten of Swords Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:


Being stabbed in the back.

Being the victim.

The end of something.

Hitting rock bottom.

Feeling useless.

The need for a new beginning.

The end of darkness. The only way forward is up.

Unable to cope with demands.


Holding on to pain.

Being a scapegoat.

Mental torture.

Symbolism in Ten of Swords tarot card

The man laying on the ground with ten swords in his back symbolises hitting rock bottom. The ten swords in asymmetrical order symbolise defeat and endings that are completely unmanageable to the man on the ground. The red cape symbolises his flesh. It has six swords in it symbolising having nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. The four swords in the man’s upper body symbolise unwanted endings and loss. The sun is rising in the background dispelling the darkness, symbolising a new beginning.

Ten of Swords tarot card and Astrology

Sun (Sun) in Gemini (Lovers)

Ten of Swords tarot card meanings upright

Ten of swords in a general reading

Ten of Swords is the tarot card for endings and loss, backstabbing and lack of support. Sometimes this card denotes hitting rock bottom. It has the mentality of ‘when it rains it pours’, and the Seeker might be feeling there is no end to the suffering. However, on a more positive note, this card often shows up when there is an opportunity to end the suffering. The worst has happened and you survived it. On a day-to-day basis, Ten of swords can mean feeling depleted and tired, unable to cope with the demands.

Ten of swords in a love reading

In a love reading, Ten of swords tarot card denotes a need for renewal in relationships. If the Seeker is single, Ten of swords can denote the end of being single.

Ten of swords in a career reading

In a career reading, Ten of swords tarot card signifies work that involves death, such as funeral director, detective, forensic science. Ten of swords can also mean the Seeker is ready to retire. Ten of swords can also mean unemployment, especially if it shows up reversed.

Ten of Swords as Feelings

Ten of swords as feelings denote the Seeker feels they have hit rock bottom emotionally. If you are asking how somoene feels about you, this person could feel very let down and unhappy about what happened between you.

Learn what Ten of swords tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality types in Ten of Swords tarot card

Ten of swords tarot card indicates someone who often finds themselves in hardship and struggles. They want to free themselves from dependency and feel relieved when their relationships, jobs, and projects end. They often end dramatically and even violently, but it still gives the person a sense of freedom. This is someone who struggles with being happy. They feel comfortable with the loom and gloom where they can lick their wounds. They know they need to heal, and dream about better times, but are afraid to actually live a new way of life. They find all kinds of relationship exhausting, mostly because of their constant feelings of failure and ruin. They come across as cold and distant.

Ten of swords tarot card meanings


Ten of swords tarot card meanings reversed

Ten of Swords tarot card reversed signifies holding on to pain often inflicted by others. This Seeker might not be able to let go of what other people have inflicted and is feeling no support. Not just is there no support, there might even be deliberate sabotage. Ten of swords tarot card often shows up reversed when the Seeker is being lured into a deliberate plot where they become the scapegoat and have to take the blame for other people’s misconduct. Other times this card shows up reversed when the Seeker is so tired and worn down that they make a mistake that will cost them.

Personality types in reversed Ten of Swords tarot card

Ten of swords tarot card reversed indicates someone so scared of failing that they live in constant terror and anger. Their reputation is often poor as a result. They play mind games as a way to salvage their reputation. They often promise the world and deliver little if anything. They leave their family and friends constantly disappointed. They need to take a step back and face their fears, or at least admit that they have them. Ten of swords reversed indicates someone who is unable to admit shortcomings. They need to be perfect and find themselves exhausted as a result. They lack the inner substance to see what is really important. Their lives look good on the surface but are, in reality, a very shallow and empty existence with few good memories.

Ten Of Swords Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Ten of swords:

10 of swords + The Fool: Re-training. 

10 of swords + The Empress: Neglecting your own or someone else’s needs. 

10 of swords + The Emperor: Feeling like just a number. Lost in a system. 

10 of swords + The Hierophant: A spiritual crisis. Ego out of control. 

10 of swords + The Lovers: Losing your identity in a relationship. 

10 of swords + Strength: Saving others in an attempt to save oneself. 

10 of swords + The Hermit: Being emotionally unavailable. 

10 of swords + The Wheel of Fortune: A quick turn to the better. 

10 of swords + Justice: Seeking compensation. 

10 of swords + Temperance: A situation or person bringing out the worst in you. 

10 of swords + The Tower: Revenge-seeking. 

10 of swords + The World: Fear of failing blocks growing. 

10 of swords + Ace of wands: Starting a new life. 

10 of swords + Three of wands: A demanding situation. 

10 of swords + Five of wands: Giving up before trying. 

10 of swords + Eight of wands: Escaping problems. 

10 of swords + Ten of wands: Unable to keep on top of things. 

10 of swords + Knight of wands: Being used as a doormat. 

10 of swords + Queen of wands: Creating chaos. 

10 of swords + King of wands: Violence. 

10 of swords + Ace of cups: Healing the sick. Helping others. 

10 of swords + Two of cups: Growing closer due to adversity. 

10 of swords + Four of cups: Depression. 

10 of swords + Five of cups: Deep grief. 

10 of swords + Six of cups: Unable to let go of the past. Haunting memories. 

10 of swords + Seven of cups: Escaping through drugs. 

10 of swords + Ten of cups: Putting on a brave face. Not letting others in. 

10 of swords + Page of cups: A pessimistic person. 

10 of swords + Knight of cups: Ignoring your creative talents. 

10 of swords + Queen of cups: Recovering from grief. Writing about grief. 

10 of swords + Two of pentacles: Wasting money. 

10 of swords + Three of pentacles: Lack of work progress. 

10 of swords + Six of pentacles: End of charity. 

10 of swords + Seven of pentacles: Losing interest in something that used to mean a lot to you. 

10 of swords + Nine of pentacles: Feeling like a prisoner. Detention. 

10 of swords + Ten of pentacles: Restrictions and burdens. 

10 of swords + Page of pentacles: Lack of independence. 

10 of swords + Knight of pentacles: Unemployment. 

10 of swords + Four of swords: Recovering from illness. 

10 of swords + Six of swords: Moving away from a bad situation. 

10 of swords + Seven of swords: Hurting others without knowing. 

10 of swords + Eight of swords: Deep insecurities. 

10 of swords + Page of swords: Learning the hard way. 

10 of swords + Queen of swords: A woman scorn. 

Ten of swords tarot card meanings summary

When Ten of swords shows up in your tarot cards it denotes a time when you are faced with endings of some sorts. You might even feel grief and sorrow. This is a time when you must face up to change. Ten of swords shows up when the seeker has invested themselves into a way of thinking which turned out to longer serve them. Their beliefs might have been proven wrong or they realise they can no longer go on the way they used to. There has to be a renewal. You either renew yourself or peril, sink or swim. Things can no longer stay the same.

I often see Ten of swords in a reading when someone is retired or unemployed. For some people retiring is tiring. Ten of swords shows up when the seeker needs to renew themselves and realise the world still needs them. One way or the other life will get interesting again. It doesn’t have to be through work. It can be anything the seeker wants it to be. 

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