Ten of Wands tarot card meaning

Key meanings (Upright): Responsibilities, burden, obligation, struggle, duty, overloaded, stress, problem, weight on shoulder, restriction, uphill climb, delays, taken for granted, resistance, lack of fun, keep going, end in sight

Key meaning (Reversed): Breakdown, too much responsibility, collapse, resigned to fate, duty-bound, extreme stress, lack of stamina, no results for hard work, unwanted challenges, learning to say no, dumping, lessening responsibilities

Ten of Wands tarot card description

In the image of the ten of wands, we see a man with his hands full with ten wands tied together in a bundle. The man seems to be carrying the wands somewhere and looks like he is struggling while doing it. These wands seem heavy since the man is hunched over while he walks. As we look further, there is a town or a village where the man is heading and we cannot clearly see his facial expression and cannot fully understand his true emotions, whether he is unhappy or exhausted. Or perhaps he is happy to be nearing his home.

Ten of Wands

To evaluate the ten of wands, we have to take into account the previous cards and what they interpreted. This card indicates someone who has seen and experienced a lot of struggles previously and has now reaped the fruits of his success and is carrying it home. Although he is not yet home, it's evident that he is tired now and wants to rest and revel in his success.

Ten of Wands (Upright)
Upright Ten of Wands Meaning
Ten of Wands

The Ten of Wands in the upright position indicates that you have been already struggling because of responsibilities, but now you have taken on more responsibilities, and a heavier workload which will be a lot of burdens for you to handle. But you are also aware that this hard work is not permanent and you are almost at the finish line. You are gathering all your strength and resources and putting in all the hard work that is required so that soon you'll get to enjoy the fruit of your success. Chances are you are doing extra hours for your colleague knowing that they'll surely return the favour or saving up your free days to take your family for a longer vacation.

You might be helping a friend to move because they will help you too when the time comes. Or you are simply taking care of your relatives who must be sick which is adding up to your responsibilities but you know that they appreciate your love and care. Mostly, the ten of wands upright means that you have taken up responsibilities that are too much for you and they are weighing you down. All these things are piling up one on top of the other and you feel like you should start working on all of them at once as this way it will save your time.

But you have to realise that multitasking, when you are already stressed and exhausted, will cause you more exhaustion. This Minor Arcana card advises you to stop for a while and evaluate your current work condition and lifestyle. Calculate tasks that are more important than the others and which one is more useful for your bigger plan. Try various time management methods so that most of your energy is getting used for tasks that are the most necessary. You need to use your energy to drive your plan to its goal and makeup time for rest.

Love and Relationship (Upright)

In love and relationships reading the Ten of Wands (upright) indicates that you are too wrapped up in your responsibilities and work that you feel like there is no time for love and to be romantic in your life. There are things like work and financial situations that are taking up most of your time and leaving no space for emotional release. Things are so hectic right now that you are left with no energy to spend on your partner or a relationship. The stress of responsibilities sometimes makes you feel like love will be another form of responsibility and commitment which will take as much time and energy, and your relationship will become a task for you to complete.

You will feel like love is another kind of burden for you to carry instead of something that will help you with your burdens. It is a positive thing if you are in a relationship because your partner is there to share your burden. Don't be worried about asking for help from your partner if it relieves you somewhat from your burden. No matter what, your partner is there by your side. It will also give some relief to your partner because they can feel you struggling. Sharing your troubles with your partner will lessen their worries, relieve you from your responsibilities and bring the two of you closer in the process. For those who are single, taking some time for themself and taking care of their mental health is extremely important because only with the right mindset will you be able to find the right partner.

Finance (Upright)

In terms of financial situation, here too you will be feeling pressure and burden according to ten of wands upright. Things might not be going as smoothly as you expected. Financial problems like loans or debt could be bothering you currently. Chances are that maybe you are thinking of taking a loan of a large sum due to various commitments like school or expanding your business. Maybe your business is not going very well and to save it, taking out a loan seems like the best option.

The Ten of Wands (upright) also indicates that you must have already taken a loan for the welfare of your future, but now you are feeling too much pressure because of the building debt. It is advised that you think and evaluate every scenario carefully before taking any harsh decision. Maybe talk and discuss your situation with a professional and weigh your options. No matter how sure you are with your decisions, taking a second opinion from a professional is always helpful and will assure you that you are doing the right thing.

Career (Upright)

Work and profession is the most important aspect that is read through the ten of wands as it indicates struggle and hardships. The ten of wand upright means that you are struggling quite a bit in your professional life and the burden is too much for you to handle. This card can be easily interpreted as an imbalance in work life and personal life and a sign of overworking. This card indicates that you are probably feeling overwhelmed with all the things that you have to do, that too within a time limit. You have taken up too many projects and are trying to juggle work and personal life together, but you have realised now that the number of projects is too much for you to handle. You are rushing everything and this is resulting in low-quality work. Because of the enormous pressure, you are unable to use your full potential for each of the tasks and this is showing in your work.

This tarot card suggests you ask for help and sees if you can share your workload with a colleague that you trust. Collaborating with others will be a great help for you during these times. If you feel that you have been given more work and responsibilities than the others in your team, do not be afraid to speak up for it. Confidently ask for assistance if that will help you. Even if the task that you are responsible for currently is not that heavy, don't be afraid to ask for help.

Health (Upright)

The ten of wands upright indicate multiple things in terms of health reading. This card can be interpreted as your health taking a nose dive because of all the work and responsibilities. You have been working too much recently and the workload is higher than usual. Your body is not used to the extra pressure that you are putting on it and because of this, chances are that your health will deteriorate in the near future. It is important that you prioritise your health first and foremost, because with a dysfunctional body, neither will you be able to give your hundred percent nor will you be able to help anyone else. Before taking care of someone else, take good care of yourself. The ten of wands is also an indication of your body not giving up on an illness. Even if your body is going through serious health issues right now, it is not succumbing to the illness and fighting it with all its strength.

Ten of Wands Tarot Card (Reversed)
Reversed Ten of Wands Tarot Card Meaning
Ten of Wands

The ten of wands in the reversed position indicate that you are doing everything by yourself even if it's too much for you. You want to fulfil all your duties and please everyone, but doing everything by yourself is taking a toll on you. This card advises you that if you have the chance, share your responsibilities with those who do not mind helping you. Don't be afraid to say no to things that you believe are too much for you. You have to prioritise your health and wellness first because if you stress yourself too much, you'll soon be all out of energy and motivation and won't be of any help to anyone. Your priorities should be your well-being for now.

The Ten of Wands indicate that there are things that are bothering you on a deeper level. These things are making a big impact on your life. There are heavyweights that you are carrying on your back alone but you don't want to share them with anyone. There are things like emotional trauma, too many responsibilities, or secrets that you can't easily unveil, and all these things are blocking your creativity. You can't share these things with anyone else, but keeping them to yourself is also becoming a burden for you.

Chances are that you are pushing away those who are trying to help you and making distance with them as much as possible. But sharing these issues with someone you trust will be helpful for you because your close ones are ready to be a help for you. You do not have to do everything by yourself.

Love and Relationship (Reversed)

The Ten of Wands in the reversed position indicate that you and your partner are struggling to rely on each other and it is causing a rift between the two. You or your partner are getting crushed by the enormous responsibilities, but none of you are ready to show signs of weakness or be vulnerable to the other. Because of this, it is causing a disturbance in the relationship and it's not going as smoothly as you want it to go. The burdens that you are not sharing with each other are going to be unhealthy for your relationship.

You or your partner believe that keeping all the troubles and burdens to yourself will help the other person and keep them safe and secure when the reality is these things are becoming proof that you do not trust each other with important things in life. Trust is a very important aspect of a relationship, and it can make or break a relationship. If the person is you in the relationship, the ten of wands reversed suggests that you share your burden with your partner. If they love you, they want to see you happy. And helping you with your problems and relieving some of your burdens will not be a nuance for them but a pleasure.

Finance (Reversed)

The ten of wands reversed has different interpretations depending on your current life situation. If this card appeared in the reversed position, this can indicate that you have been putting a lot of thought and perspective into your financial situation and are thinking of ways to keep everything in balance. Your planning and evaluation will be of great help in terms of finances because this card indicates that finally with a lot of evaluation, the end of your problems is near. Your financial situation will improve because you have started working on the issues that were undermining your finances. Very soon you will be relieved of all your problems. But on the other hand, if you have not yet started to work on the issues that are hindering your finances, without interference you will very soon fall into much more despair and fall deeper into economic troubles.

The Ten of Wands tarot card reversed in terms of financial reading should be interpreted with the help of other cards in the spread as this card is highly situational and depends more on how much control you have over your finances. The other cards will help in reading the cards better and give more clear advice. If you can't acutely say how much control you have over your finances, chances are high that it is not enough.

Career (Reversed)

The Ten of Wands in the reversed position indicate the end of hardship and struggle, in terms of career and work reading. There are two potential ways in which you have achieved this peace. The first one is your asking for help. Your workload was too much for you to handle and you realised that. Instead of working alone and suffering in silence, you have finally decided to open up about your situation and come clean about your struggles. The pressure was too much for you to handle and it was evident to everyone.

As you asked for help, it turns out people around were waiting for you to come to your senses and actively volunteering to take a chunk out of your responsibilities. This way, the workload is spread evenly and everyone working together with full potential has made everything easy and quick. Now you are able to complete the project in time and finally, take a breather. The Ten of Wands indicate relief from pressure, but this can happen in different ways. The other way through which you got peace and solace is that the pressure was too much for you to handle and you finally crumbled under it. You have given up completely and now you have all the time in your hand to relax and give your mind and body the much-required rest.

Health (Reversed)

The ten of wands reversed indicates that you have achieved fulfilling all your responsibilities and duties. The constant pressure that had been haunting you for far too long has finally started to dissipate and the time for relaxation has arrived. This card indicates that you were probably facing many health problems because of the extreme workload which was causing your health to deteriorate every day. Now, along with the workload and responsibilities lessening, your health is getting back to its normal condition.

The burdens that have been impacting your health in a negative way have started to dissolve, leaving you stress-free and relaxed. If however the situation is the opposite and your workload is how it was before, you must have forgotten all about your health problems and this carelessness will cause more problems that might get too difficult to deal with. Your first priority right now is to give immediate attention to your spiralling health. This card also indicates that your body might be succumbing to a long-term illness.

Ten of Wands: One Card Pull

One card pull is done when you want to have straight to the point and quick answers. It is for the time when you wish to know specific answers in the form of Yes or No. So, if you are going through any tough situation or are stuck in a dilemma, getting a one-card pull is always helpful. Post shuffling the card, you can choose one from the deck. Depending on your question, you shall get the answer to the question. The results for one card pull in the ten of wands card is:

Upright Position: If you have pulled the Ten of Wands tarot card in the upright position, the answer to your wishes is yes, but the responsibilities that come with your wish will be too much for you and you might end up not choosing it in the end.

Reversed Position: If you have pulled out the Ten of Wands in the reversed position, the answer here is still yes, but you will be crushed by the responsibilities that come along with your wish.

Ten of Wands Card for Timing

If the question is about the exact time when something you are wishing for will come to reality, and the ten of wands have been pulled out, this can indicate that the time is very near. To be very specific about the time, one should expect it to be during the spring, of the zodiac signs season Aries, Sagittarius, or Leo. In numbers, if one wants to count, they should expect the time to be one month later, or specifically the 10th, 19th, 28th, or the upcoming month.

Keep in mind that whatever you are wishing for is right around the corner and needs just a bit of patience. You will soon figure out the time. If the reading is done during the summer season, this does not mean that your wish will be fulfilled during the spring. It means that you should expect the time to be during the Leo season or the upcoming month.

It could also be interpreted by taking the number of the card. In this case, the number is ten, so you should expect it to be during the 10th day, 10th week, or 10th month of the reading. It is hard to predict the future taking into consideration years since our future keeps changing with every action we take.

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