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Ten of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

Ten of Wands Keywords

UPRIGHT: burden | hard work | extra responsibility

REVERSED: carrying the load | delegation | release

Ten of Wands Description

The Ten of Wands portrays a man burdened with a heavy load of sticks, laboriously moving towards a nearby town. His bent back and the strain evident in his posture reflect the significant weight and challenge of his burden. Despite the apparent difficulty, there is an underlying implication that he is close to his destination, where he can finally set down the weight he carries. This card symbolizes the pressures of responsibilities or commitments that one may be carrying to the point of exhaustion, yet it also suggests that relief and completion are within reach, emphasizing the importance of perseverance and the nearness of achieving one’s goals.

NOTE: The tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider-Waite deck and Decoding The Cards

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Ten of Wands Upright

The Ten of Wands is a potent reminder that although the hard work and effort to reach our goals will bring us great rewards later, we are also taking on more responsibility and a heavy workload. We may have unnecessarily taken on this weighty burden, which is becoming too much for us to manage effectively. This card warns us to pay attention to our limits and needs and be mindful of what we can realistically achieve. 

The Ten of Wands indicates that although things may be difficult and we feel overwhelmed, our effort will eventually bring great rewards. The key is to stay focused on our goals and maintain a sense of balance to prevent burnout. 

This card encourages us to find ways to remain balanced and mindful of our limits so as not to become overwhelmed by the enormous task ahead

Ten of Wands Reversed

The Ten of Wands reversed often appears in a reading to indicate that the querent has taken on too much responsibility and needs to learn how to delegate tasks.

It may also suggest a struggle with an emotional or mental burden, which you are unwilling to open up and ask for help with. 

If this card appears, it is a reminder to let go of unnecessary tasks, activities, or possessions weighing you down. It’s okay to ask for help, and there is no shame in doing so. 

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