What does the ten of wands tarot card mean?

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The ten of wands is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Wands suit.

Keywords: oppression, pressure, burden, responsibility


Tens in the Tarot deck indicate that a cycle has been completed. You have reached a goal or finished a project, and now it’s time to reap the rewards. However, with power comes responsibility, and your new position comes with a lot of pressure and commitments you must make. These responsibilities may be overwhelming and possibly even feel like a burden. This card is a warning that taking too much on can cause unnecessary stress, and it’s important to learn to delegate and simply let some things go; you can’t do everything.

Reverse Keywords: Burn-out, holding on

Reverse Meaning

The upright meaning of the Ten of Wands suggests you’ve taken on too much. Reversed, this card indicates that you are holding onto this burden unnecessarily. You are carrying a weight on your shoulders that you don’t need to hold, and it’s time to look at putting it down. How can you delegate, and lighten the load? This card is a message that soon these challenging times will be over, and you will be able to move on with less of a burden to worry about.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Wands suit)