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Ten of Wands Meaning - Tarot Card Meanings

By Tina Gong


10 of Wands Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
burden, responsibility, duty, stress, obligation, burning out, struggles failure to delegate, shouldering too much responsibility, collapse, breakdown
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Ten of Wands Meaning - Original Rider Waite Tarot Depiction

The Ten of Wands Tarot Card Description

A man is shown carrying a heavy burden of wood, in the form of ten bundled wands, approaching a town which is not too far. This image on the ten of wands indicates a person who has already struggled in life and has succeeded, and he is now carrying the harvests to his final destination. Although he is not near the destination, it shows that he has finished the hardest part of life struggle and he just needs a place to relax and revel in his success. 

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Upright Ten of Wands Meaning

This card shows that you have already completed the circle of struggle. After spending too many resources and lots of energy looking for success, you have finally overcome the obstacles. The sweat off your brow was worth it - your efforts have finally been rewarded. You may find yourself living in a world of abundance where poverty and suffering have no chance to intervene.

Although it sounds marvelous and satisfying, the card depicts a lot of responsibilities on your side. You are now the sole problem solver in your circle of family and friends which could even propel you into another world of challenges. At this point, you are also flooded with responsibilities to maintain your success. The businesses that you have started are flourishing and keeping you on your toes. The main problem is that these issues could overwhelm you if you lose control, which requires you to make sure that you know how to prioritize and solve the relevant ones.

Although it sounds marvelous and satisfying, the card depicts a lot of responsibilities on your side.

In the real world, this card expresses how people try to burden themselves with responsibilities after they attain initial success. It is like graduating from college, getting a job and then starting to make it in the real world. More challenges keep coming, you may find yourself looking after you parents, starting a family and at the same time look to others, which may make you feel as though you not yet successful. It becomes a burden because at some point you find out nothing is enough to accomplish all these duties. The general lesson of the card is that people should be moderate, prioritize and understand that they cannot solve everything, some things must be let go, given to others, the burden shared.

Upright Love Meaning Upright Career Meaning Upright Finances Meaning
heavy burden of love, love creates responsibility, stress creates issues in relationship being overworked, work burdens being carried alone, needing help from colleagues financial burden, large unavoidable expenses, struggling daily

Upright 10 of Wands Tarot Love Meaning

Love may feel like a heavy burden with the 10 of Wands tarot love meaning. Other aspects of your life, like work or finances, may have weighed on you lately, making it difficult for you to be romantic. Sometimes, the stress may make you feel like your love life is just another burden for you to carry, instead of something that can help you carry your burdens. If you’re attached, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It can ease your lover’s worries, lighten your worries, and can also be a chance for the two of you to become closer together. If you’re single, don’t be afraid to spend some time on your own; everyone needs to focus on themselves before they can focus on finding a partner. Take care of yourself.

Career Meaning - Upright 10 of Wands

The ten of wands is a card of burden. This principle can apply easily to your work life. When upright, the ten suggests that you are feeling overworked. It might be that you have too many projects for you to handle on your own. See if it is possible to delegate or share your load with others. Collaboration and delegation are your greatest aids at this time. Do not be afraid to ask for assistance or speak up about an uneven distribution of work. If your workload is not particularly heavy right now, it might be that you find the tasks at hand uncommonly difficult or draining. It is still okay to ask for a hand if you need one.

Finances Meaning - Upright 10 of Wands

There is a financial burden weighing on you if you find the ten of wands upright regarding finances. This can take many forms. You could be faltering on debt payments or have other outstanding balances to consider. It might be that a large expense like school or a business loan is especially pressing right now. You might talk to someone about how best to resolve these issues. Do not do anything brash or generally inadvisable, but know that a professional might have dependable solutions that will help set you up for long term success.

Reversed Ten of Wands Meaning

When the Ten of Wands card is reversed, it indicates that you are truly burdened by circumstances which are not necessary in your life. Look around and see what is bothering you that will not positively impact yourself even if you rectify it. Drop them all and be a free being that can think soberly and do things accurately. Anything that does not add value in your life is not worth your time, so let it go.

Reversed Love Meaning Reversed Career Meaning Reversed Finances Meaning
failure to share burdens with partner, finding emotional support from partner relief from work burdens, finding support, delegating tasks, burn out relief from financial burden, finding assistance, deeper economic trouble

Reversed 10 of Wands Tarot Love Meaning

You and your partner are meant to weather the burdens of life together, but one of you may still find it difficult to be vulnerable. Heavy burdens are not being shared, and that can lead to deterioration of your relationship. Instead of working as team, one person may be hoarding all the responsibilities, perhaps with the best of intentions, believing that it protects the other from stress, or worse, not trusting the other person to be able to help. If this is you, trust your partner; give them the chance to help you. When someone loves you, they want to see you happy, and helping you won’t be a burden, but a pleasure.

Career Meaning - Reversed 10 of Wands

The ten of wands in this context represents an ending of work burdens. There are two ways this relief of pressure could have come about. One way you might have achieved this end was by successfully delegating work. Potentially, your realization that there was simply too much for one individual is being rewarded. Having better spread the bulk of your previous concerns out over a group, they now do not negatively impact any individual too terribly, and you are able to relax a bit. If you failed to delegate responsibility when it was required of you, you likely broke under the pressure of too many demands. Either way, you are no longer overworked and will have a quiet moment to recover.

Finances Meaning - Reversed 10 of Wands

The ten of wands, when reversed here, has two potential meanings. It might be that you are coming out of a time of economic trouble. If you have taken steps to resolve the core issues that were undermining your finances, the ten can signify that you are finally able to take control of the situation. As a result, your finances will improve soon. Alternatively, if you have not worked to understand what is upsetting your financial state, you might be descending deeper into economic troubles. This card is situational to your life so consider how well you are in control of your finances to determine the meaning. Sometimes the other cards can help suggest which of the two readings is correct. More likely than not, however, if you cannot answer what steps you have taken to command your finances, it is likely that you have not acted decisively enough.

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