Tarot Tuesday – The Tens

I took a ten day writing challenge…  To write 750 words a day.   Today is day two.   I have been wanting to write more about Tarot and learning it.   So what better way than taking today’s challenge and stretch not only myself, but others as well.

Many people are afraid of Tarot; there is so much to learn and what if my interpretation is wrong?  That is where Tarot is special, because each situation is unique.  There can be many answers to the same question.   It is those subtle nuisances that make it a powerful tool.

Tarot can be overwhelming, but if you break it down into the four suits (Cups, Pentacles, Swords and Wands) also known as the Minor Arcana (14 cards: broken down 1-10 and King, Queen, Knight & Page) and the Major Arcana which is 22 cards of their own.  That is a start, other topics on Tarot can be found on my site under Tarot.   That means that there are 5 tens in the deck of 72.  If you take Numerology into account that would add the 19th card in the mix as it would work to a ten as well.   So I will talk about both the Wheel of Fortune and the Sun card in this context.

Since this is a 10 Day writing challenge, I figured that it might be the perfect opportunity to talk about Tens in the Tarot.  It is also Tarot Tuesday so it is a double win for my readers.

Tens represent both the beginning and ending of a cycle or a set of circumstances born out of the previous cycle.  When we look at Numerology, 10 is reduced down to 1 by adding the digits 1+0=1.   As a result, we close the door on a cycle while at the same time er open the door on a new one.    It represents the manifestation of all creation; life, ideas, form and launches us back into the same cycle — hopefully wiser.  The tens are full of happenings and meanings; heavy and overwhelming, like in the wands and swords, or joyous and full, like the cups and pentacles.

Ten of Wands
  • Illustrates the stress that comes from too much work, too many obligations and the busy tasks at hand.
  • Can be a breaking point or the final push to completion, it is the card of burdens, too much responsibility and hard work.
  • The ten wands are the carriers burden so the struggle comes from within as he could always choose to carry less.
  • Relief is in sight, although not readily seen.
  • This card in a reading is reassuring letting you know that in the end you will triumph and accomplish your goals at hand.
Ten of Pentacles
  • This is about the beauty and care for our physical world.
  • Acknowledgement of the work that it takes to create the space to foster our own growth and those that surround us.
  • This is dealing wit the Physical realm, yet very much to do with the outer world.
  • Represents money connected to a group (family, business or an organization)
  • Depending on what other cards are in the reading this card can point out troublemakers as well and hidden issues and other people’s agendas
Ten of Swords
  • This is showing us that it is impossible to ignore our feelings.
  • Acknowledge an end and with the rising sun a new day to begin again.
  • Swords represent thoughts and this card represents the dark night of the soul.
  • Seeing this card indicates that there is trouble afoot.
  • Surrounding cards in a reading can reveal a victim of abuse.
Ten of Cups
  • This is how our family, community or romance can bring to great joy to our lives.
  • This is about domestic stability rooted in connection with other emotionally.
  • This is about having emotional needs met.
  • There is a sense of perfect balance.
  • It really is one of the most positive cards in the deck.
  • Depending on the cards in the reading it can indicate over-indulgence.
Wheel of Fortune

  • This card represents your destiny, a turning point, movement and your personal vision.
  • This card is about changing direction, so when it is seen in a reading it indicates that big changes are coming.
  • This is one of the few cards in the major arcana that does not have a human figure as a focal point.    It is as if we experience chance events, or so we think, even though it is part of a greater plan.
  • You may notice a lot of synchronicity happening at this time, signs and symbols are all around you.
The Sun

  • Much like the Ten of Cups the Sun card evokes a sense of unbridled happiness.
  • This card shows that things should be going well for you as this card also represents success and enthusiasm.
  • The Sun is the card of vitality so you should be feeling full of life, balance, positivity and wellness when it appears in your tarot reading.

The tens mark the movement from one situation to another and mirroring our experience then evolving as we do.  These cards are about what completes the turn of the wheel that brings us back to the beginning.   The tens give you insight about happiness surrounding your home life, and will you find relief from your many responsibilities.   They also tell you if you should watch your back and insight to business and financial matters.

This is a start, it is always fun to look at the tens and their impact in the Tarot.    The more I learn, the more I understand and that is the fun part of Tarot…  It is a never ending process of learning.

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Reverend Colleen Irwin is a Spiritual being having a human experience as a Blogger, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Healer and Speaker living in Rochester New York. Colleen, a Natural Born Medium teaches, lectures and serves Spirit when called upon. She has been Ordained as a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek by the Reverend Dan Chesboro through the Sanctuary of the Beloved.

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