Upright Keywords: Burden, extra responsibility, hard work, completion
Reversed Keywords: Doing it all, carrying the burden, delegation, release
The Ten of Wands shows a figure carrying ten wands in their arms. They seem to be struggling with the load, not able to see where they are going. There is a city scape in the background. Maybe they are trying to carry the wands all the way back there, but their view of the path is obstructed by the wands.
Ten of Wands Tarot Card Meaning
The Ten of Wands suggests that the load that you are carrying is a great burden to you. All of the things that you have piled on to your duties has become too great. You can no longer see the path to get where you want to be. You might be feeling burned out, like you can’t do this anymore. Take time to assess where you can release some things from your life to make space. Sometimes you just need to prioritize instead of trying to do everything all at once.
Ten’s represent the end of cycles. Although the end of the cycle for the Suit of Wands may be leaving you a bit over burdened and defensive (Nine of Wands), the end is near. This time of being overburdened is temporary, so it may be time to put in the work to get the reward.
The Ten of Wands can also represent the achievement of goals and aspirations, but the goals have come with a significant commitment of energy. If the Ten of Wands shows up in your reading, it might be asking you to delegate and prioritize your responsibilities.
Ten of Wands Reversed Tarot Card Meaning
The Ten of Wands Reversed tells us that we are taking on too much right now. You are trying to take on too much and you are starting to crumble under the pressure of everything. If you continue to try to do everything yourself, you will burn out. Try lessening the load- delegate some of the work to others.
You might be carrying this burden when you don’t have to as well. Set your own boundaries and learn to say “no” (and actually mean it). You may need to set realistic priorities to get things done.
At the same time, you may be trying to keep this burden to yourself. This can also be related to emotional trauma or secrets that weigh you down, that you don’t want to share. You may be pushing away the people who are able to help you. When you are ready to share some of your burden, they will be there to help.
If things seem challenging right now, know that this will soon pass and the burden will lessen. This is a temporary feeling for you. Things will get better.
Take things into your own hands and begin to purge the things in your life that are no longer serving you. Focus on your dreams and aspirations- what are you doing that is not aligned with this goal? There may be some things that you cannot get away from, but you can lessen the load by releasing those things that no longer nourish you.
Time Period: Dec 12-21; Sun in Sagittarius (3rd decan of Sagittarius)