Tarot Card meaning for the Ten of Wands

In the Ten of Wands, we see a man carrying ten Wands. He is totally consumed by this work and thereby loses his ability to see ahead and assess what is truly important. Questions we might like to ask ourselves are; do we need to carry all ten Wands? And do we need to carry them all at the same time?

The Ten of Wands as a day card

Today we might be able to carry it all, do it all and be it all, all the while feeling invincible. We can also start to feel the difficulties in doing this over a long-term period, and we may lose sight of where we are going and start to burnout. How do we feel about our tasks? Can we relate to this image? What do the ten wands from this card represent in your own life?

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

If we see the upright meaning as exhaustion and burn out than the reversed meaning indicates that yes we have a lot on our plate but we can handle it. We are strong and capable or we can do this for short periods at the time.

How this card could present itself in real life

As I am getting older this card is less strong as I am able to handle pressure a bit more but I have always committed to many things and have always a lot of things on my plate. In the past I would get very overwhelmed and would find it hard to figure out how to deal with priorities, deadlines and other pressing matters. We all have times like these as it is part of life. This card urges us to find coping mechanism for busy times. It asks if we can try and avoid getting too often in situations like this in which we have overcommitted to too many things. If we listen to the deeper meaning of this image, we can learn a lot from this card.

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

In both the Crowley and the Osho Zen Deck the Ten of Wands is called suppression. This is quite interesting as the images are totally different and the decks have been created in totally different areas and styles. Both the decks hone in on the struggle we are facing with this card in which we are reducing our vital and vibrant life energy to flow freely as we have committed to too many things and are now boxed in, suppressed.

In the Celtic Dragon Tarot we see a figure climbing. It is an arduous climb to get to the ten wands that are protected by the Dragon. It shows that we are facing a very challenging task ahead of us. How will we approach this?

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