The Nine of Wands saw us weary, bruised and almost on the verge of giving up. However, we found enough grit and determination to continue onward. The Ten of Wands sees us paying the price for accepting too many responsibilities. We struggle towards the destination, unsure if we will make it or fall by the wayside. It feels like our journey will never end.
Tens are the end of the road in the current cycle. This is the point where the energy shifts and returns to the power of the Ace. It’s too soon for the new energy to flow, so just for now, we must keep going on our depleted reserves.
A fair-haired man carries a bundle of ten staves or wands. He is bent over, leaning into them so the viewer is unable to see his face. He could be lowering his face in weariness, or he could even be hiding a smile. It looks as if he is walking on a stage, rather than along a road, so maybe this is a performance? In the background lies a town bordered by rolling farmland. The sky is a clear, light blue.
You have come so far and achieved a lot. It is your task to bring the wands home so that you can pass along all you have learned. Imagine taking each of those inspirational wands and giving them to your friends and family just like the hand in the Ace of Wands. Meanwhile, you have to get to your goal. Continue to place one foot in front of the other and, as Dory says, “Just keep going.” Remind yourself why you are doing this.
When the Ten of Wands turns up in a general reading, it may be telling you that you are attempting to carry too many burdens. You could make life a lot easier if you drop a few of those responsibilities or ask someone else to take care of them on your behalf. You could also practice saying “No” occasionally when asked if you would “just do this one thing.”
The reversed card means that the burdens are becoming fewer as time passes. You are beginning to find a release and a great deal of relief. Pretty soon, you will be eager to begin the process all over again.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
You have undertaken too much responsibility. You don’t impress anyone as you are unable to complete any of your tasks properly. You are tired and stressed out, so work out a way to hand over or delay some projects so you can concentrate on the high-priority jobs.
Looking for work is exhausting. Don’t despair, the job you want is just over the hill. Carry on with your search; it will soon pay off.
Your relationship feels like hard work at the moment. It seems that whatever you do, it is not good enough. It’s time to share some of the responsibility. Persuade your partner that you need to communicate more, take some time together and rekindle your passion. Some Swords energy might be appropriate here. If you have young children, know that this phase goes faster than you will ever believe, even when you are right in the middle of the sleepless nights and mundane routines.
You have too many other things going on to even think about romance right now. If you want to find love, then you have to make space for it to come into your life.
Your money problems may feel overwhelming but you can start to make inroads by making extra payments on the smallest debt. That will give you a sense of being in control, which will, in turn, make you feel more positive as you see the amount owed decrease quickly. Once you have paid off the smallest, turn to the next smallest and do the same thing.
You are exhausted. You must take steps to rectify the situation before you get any worse. There’s no point in flogging yourself toward an early grave. Start by looking at your diet – are you trying to make up for depleted energy by consuming too many carbohydrates? Look at how you can up your intake of clean, wholesome food. Get plenty of fresh air and try to hand off some of those enervating tasks.
Trying to connect with your spiritual self is an uphill struggle at the moment. Real life has encroached, and you Simply. Don’t. Have. Time. It is more important than ever to draw on your inner reserves. Before you go to sleep, spend a few moments tuning into your higher self. Just breathe deeply and feel as though you are giving yourself a great big spiritual hug. Smile and allow sleep to wash over you. Do this little routine nightly and you will begin to feel more energized in the mornings.