Ten of Wands Tarot Card

The Tarot Suit of Wands

The Tarot Suit of Wands is associated with the suit of Clubs in standard playing cards. The tarot suit of wands is also known by other names, such as staffs or as staves in some decks.

There are meanings associated with each of the suits in a tarot deck, as well as the more specific interpretations associated with each individual card - and yet more precise meanings pertaining to particular cards in particular locations within spreads. The suit of wands is associated with the element of fire. It is also associated with the season of summer, i.e. of the sun, which is a 'fire', and with the direction South.

The suit of wands may be thought of as concerning personal growth and the expression of our 'inner fire', through work, intellect, or creativity.

The Tens in the tarot deck represent transcendent completion as opposed to the mere physical completion of the Nines. That is, not only has the task been completed, but the performer (perhaps the querent or seeker) has also learnt the lessons and experienced the spiritual development brought to him or her by the task or situation.

In the cases of the Ten of Cups and the Ten of Pentacles, completion is illustrated as the celebration of plentiful success. However, both the Ten of Wands, together with the Ten of Swords, represent completion in less positive terms.

That is not to say that the 10 of Wands implies bad luck - it is more concerned with the excess of woes and concerns. One common summary of this card is the word 'oppression', although the images used to convey this suggest self-imposed oppression as depicted by the figure shown carrying 10 heavy wands along a path who appears to be free to leave some or all of them if he chose to.

This card may suggest that the seeker consider the wider aspects of his or her situation, rather than just focus on his or her immediate burdens such as responsibilities and any temporary inconveniences.


Keywords for possible meanings of the 10 of Wands Tarot Card include:

  • Overload
  • Heavy burden or burdens
  • Excessive, demands of occupation or activity
  • Strength becoming oppression due to personal attitude and insistance on "doing it all oneself"
  • Taking on too much responsibility

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What about the Ten of Wands Reversed ?

Some interpretations of the meaning of the 10 of Wands reversed include:

  • Pressures released
  • Improved management of responsibilities e.g. by delegating to others or otherwise sharing a load
  • Negative interpretation: Someone has been manipulated into doing an excessive and unfair proportion of the work

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