59-Ten of Swords – Upright Golden Deck

Your Chosen Card – Ten of Swords Upright Golden Deck

When upright, the Ten of Swords indicates that you have reached the end of a period of anguish and suffering and are ready to move on. You have hit bottom and things cannot get any worse. It’s one of those times in your life when you come to understand that you were never promised a rose garden. Circumstances are forcing you to confront a problem that has been brewing for some time, and the only way forward is up. The rising sun in the background implies that there is hope of a solution; you are at the dawn of a new day. Release and liberation from suffering are at hand. Since Swords represent ideas and communications, problems created by misinformation can be resolved at this time.

Keywords Upright: a final ending, fresh hope, new horizons, release, liberation, the darkness before the dawn, the end of a bad situation, things can’t get any worse, the end of a cycle, success but at a great price, being forced to confront a problem that has been brewing for some time, starting over, a new day is dawning.

Timing: 20 Gemini–30 Gemini. Tropical, 10 June–20 June. Sidereal, 6 July–15 July.
Astrology: The hot dry Sun in the third decan of airy Gemini, realm of the Queen of Cups (Water of Water) and the Lovers (Gemini).
Number Symbolism: 10 – one too many, the fullness of completion, readiness to begin a new cycle.

When Ten of Swords 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 Swords is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Ten of Swords 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 Swords using cards from the Golden 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
Book Details
Complete Book of Tarot: The Ten of Cups (Water, cold + wet) is flanked by a Wand (Fire, hot + dry) on the left and a Sword (Air, hot + wet) on the right. The ‘dry’ of the Wand cancels the ‘wet’ of the Sword, leaving two excess ‘hots’ surrounding the central card. These two excess ‘hots’ cancel the ‘cold’ of the Ten of Cups, leaving ‘hot + wet’ in the center of the triplet. The result is that the Ten of Cups now behaves more like the Ten of Swords (hot + wet) so that the normal pleasure of the Ten of Cups becomes painful to achieve (Ten of Swords). In other words, the Ten of Cups retains its essential happy meaning but the pain and suffering of Swords (hot + wet) modifies that happiness.

Tarot Books

Complete Book of Tarot: The Golden Dawn bases its system on the correspondences between the court cards and the Tetragrammaton Yahveh—Yod, Heh, Vav, Heh—the four Hebrew letters in the name of the deity. The accompanying table illustrates these associations.

Portable Magic: It is convenient to assign elemental Earth to one of the trumps, from a purely practical standpoint. However, it is contrary to the system of correspondences set forth in Sepher Yetzirah, where only three elements are linked with the Hebrew letters, not four. The Golden Dawn members may not have fully grasped that the trumps relate to the active spheres above the fixed realm of the four lower elements, and hence are distinct from the earthly sphere. Elemental Earth

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Portable Magic: In Western magic, the Sephiroth are usually shown as circles that are intended to represent spheres arranged on a symbolic design generally known as the Tree of Life, which was of key importance in the Golden Dawn system of magic. The Tree of Life has had numerous forms over the course of its evolution, but the pattern adopted by the Golden Dawn is that of Athanasius Kircher. The Golden Dawn Tree does not reproduce the Tree of Kircher in all its minor details, but the overall structure is the same. It is composed of three columns. The central column is balanced in its properties and is called the Middle Pillar. The right column is the Pillar of Mercy, and it is of a masculine, expansive nature. The left column is the Pillar of Severity, and has a feminine, restrictive nature. There are four Sephiroth on the Middle Pillar, three on the Pillar of Mercy, and three on the Pillar of Severity.