Your Chosen Card – Ten of Wands Upright Rider Waite Deck
When upright, the Ten of Wands suggests that you have worked hard and have achieved a great deal, but now your success is weighing you down. Your sense of duty and your willingness to shoulder obligations have been assets along the way, but the time has come to delegate and share the load. Make sure that the burden you carry is not the result of deceit or falsehood. Your commitment to a job well done is admirable, but there are others who are now willing to share the responsibility for the future outcome. You need to lighten up; otherwise your workaholism will take a toll in other areas of your life.
Keywords Upright: Willingness to take on a heavy load, carrying the weight of success, a sense of responsibility, ability to delegate, sharing the workload with others, accepting support.
Timing: 20 Sagittarius30 Sagittarius. Tropical, 13 December23 December. Sidereal, 4 January13 January.
Astrology: The stern taskmaster Saturn in the third decan of fiery Sagittarius, realm of the Queen of Pentacles (Water of Earth) and Temperance (Sagittarius). Saturn is linked to the World.
Number Symbolism: 10 – one too many, the fullness of completion, readiness to begin a new cycle.
Rider Waite: A man oppressed by the weight of the ten staves he is carrying. Divinatory Meanings: The chief meaning is oppression simply, but it is also fortune, gain, any kind of success, and then it is the oppression of these things. It is also a card of false-seeming, disguise, perfidy. The place which the figure is approaching may suffer from the rods that he carries. Success is stultified if the Nine of Swords follows, and if it is a question of a lawsuit, there will be certain loss; (R) contrarieties, difficulties, intrigues, and their analogies.
When Ten of Wands is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If Ten of Wands is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Ten of Wands is trying to tell you. If you had a particular issue in mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.
This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for Ten of Wands using cards from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.
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Complete Book of Tarot: It is possible to arrive at a similar interpretation without taking into account the elemental dignities, thus avoiding the mental gymnastics of the Golden Dawn approach. Looking at the same three-card spread, an intuitive reader might reason that the Ten of Wands indicates an oppressive burden and the Five of Swords a painfully humiliating situation. Because the Ten of Cups is sandwiched between these two difficult cards, the pleasure promised by the Cups is likely to be compromised by the surrounding stressful situations.
Creative Tarot: Waite believed that the magical systems of the Golden Dawn and other systems were not about imposing your will on a situation (making someone love you, increasing your wealth, and so on) or about telling the future (Will this person love you? Will you ever be wealthy?). He believed they were for elevating the soul and for bringing what is unconscious conscious. He believed there was a divine order, and our job was to align ourselves with it or become a conduit, like the Magician in the tarot.
Complete Book of Tarot: Myth(s) 10: There are certain rules you must obey when doing tarot readings. Some of these are:
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Tarot Triumphs: I would also like to credit the jongleurs as possible creators or transmitters of Tarot. These were medieval traveling entertainers who could juggle, sing, perform acrobatics, play instruments, act, tell stories, and even tame animals.14 Their profession overlapped with that of the troubadours or trouvères of southern France, whose poetry and music were on the whole more high-flown, but who shared the roaming, performing, marvel-seeking, and wonder-creating characteristics of the jongleurs.