Ten of Swords

Interpretation

Ten of Swords“Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar.”* This image is of a Caesar-type figure. Someone at the top of their game, who is brought down by the opposition.

When you receive this card, ask yourself how you identify with this figure. What has defeated you? Is this an act of betrayal, or have you done this to yourself? Whatever the cause, accepting defeat puts you on the path towards making new choices.

This card can also speak to your health. It can indicate back pain or exhaustion. If it does, rest and possibly a few visits to a skilled acupuncturist are in order. This card represents the lowest point. You can choose to take this experience and build something greater from it. Don’t let this kill you. Make yourself stronger.

*Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 1, Line 77

Interactions

The Ten of Swords adds despair to surrounding cards.

Major Arcana

Lovers: If any cards from the suit of Swords come after the Lovers, it indicates the end of a relationship.

Minor Arcana

Five of Cups (Hearts): When the Ten of Swords is combined with the Five of Cups (Hearts in other decks), it indicates a lengthy depression. It might be wise to contact someone to help guide you through this period.

The Suit — Swords

The sword cuts and dissects. Swords represents the element of air. They are intellect. They are double-sided, which allows them to both damage and heal. The images in the suit might be alarming to some, but they are not simply aggressive. Yes, we can use blades to inflict pain, but we also use them to carve, shave, and trim.

Number — 10

Ten is a number of completion, harvest, and the end of a cycle.

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