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Ten of Wands

Ten of Wands

Well, here’s a repeat card from six days ago – not even a full week and the card surfaces to remind me I’ve not yet dealt with its issues.  I had a lot to say about it, apparently.  Ah… and re-reading what I wrote then, I can see why it’s still a present factor, especially in light of what I just wrote as my coffee thoughts. *smirks* –
Overworked, over-burdened, over-taxed, struggling….  *nods*
When I drew this card on the 22nd, the Fairy Oracle I drew with it was Beauty.  I’m curious to see which Fairy comes out to play today.  But, before I get too far ahead of myself, here are the referenced definitions for this card:

Here’s from Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Overworked; carrying too many burdens; too many family or work responsibilities; feeling like a project will never end, but you are advised not to give up – the end is closer than you believe. Trying to hold on to outdated or outmoded situations. Trying to accumulate too much too fast.

And here’s from LearnTarot.com:

overextending
trying to do too much
refusing to say “no”
taking all the blame
assuming another’s debt
doing the lion’s share
having to work overtime
shouldering all the work
being saddled with an extra load
feeling burdened
never having time to relax
feeling tied to a treadmill
being taxed to the limit
assuming responsibility
being held accountable
carrying out an unpleasant duty
cleaning up a messy situation
being left holding the bag
struggling
fighting uphill
doing everything the hard way
experiencing resistance
pushing against the current
having to work for every gain
finding that nothing comes easily
laboring

On the Ten of Wands, we see a bent figure trying to carry ten heavy poles. They are ranged so closely in front of him that he can’t even see where he’s going. Nothing exists for this man except his burdens and responsibilities. How true this is for so many today! We take on so much, trying to do all the things that need to be done. We think that if we can hang on until the weekend (or vacation, or end of the semester) then we can finally relax. The weekend comes, and the overload continues.

In readings, the Ten of Wands can be a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard. If your days are an endless round of duties and tasks, then you need to lighten up for the sake of your health and well-being. Cut back, and take on only those activities that give you pleasure. If you love your work, but it’s all-consuming, you may be too narrowly focused in one area. Balance your life with other interests.

The Ten of Wands can also stand for times when you have to assume the lion’s share of responsibility. You may be blamed or left holding the bag. On the other hand, you may have to step forward and take charge because you are the only one capable enough. Rightly or wrongly, the cleanup will fall to you.

The Ten of Wands indicates that your life is going to be tougher than usual for a time. You will have to fight uphill for every little gain. Each step will feel like a struggle. When you see this card, be kind to yourself. Lighten the load wherever you can, and let others help you. You don’t have to handle everything yourself.

Finally, here’s a comparrison from Aeclectic Tarot:

TENS

As the aces were the pure, elemental spark of the suit, the tens are the element of the suit complete. Not as in the nines, which are physical completion, but in a transcendent fashion. It is the ultimate good or bad of that element.

Ten of Wands

A man carries ten heavy wands on his back. This is a card that says that the Querent has used up all the energy they started with at the ace. They don’t feel that creative, driving force any more. The image on this card implies that the Querent has complete control of all the many things he wanted control over. He is the leader, the boss. But this means that all the burdens are his as well. He’s trying to do everything, and it leaves him drained. Advise your Querent to delegate, to put down some burdens and find his energy again.

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Ten of Wands

Ten of Wands

 

Hmm.

Well, let’s start with the number.  Tens represent the end of one cycle and the beginning of another.  Nines are like reading the last chapter in a book… there’s still a bit more to go, a few loose ends to tie up – whereas tens are finishing the last word on the last page, closing the cover, and looking for a new book to read. It’s the “tween time” – in between cycles.  I guess, now that I’m thinking about it, I can compare it to the moon’s “void-of-course” phases, where it’s already left the house of one sign, but hasn’t yet reached the other.  With the ten, we’ve left the cycle we just completed, but haven’t yet arrived at the new cycle.

And the wands? Wands represent fire, transformation, change, new insights, new awarenesses, new possibilities, new perspectives, new opportunities. Wands are the seeds of change and transformation.

In short, in relation ONLY to myself (and not necessarily the way I’d translate this card for someone else), it implies that the last cycle I went through changed me completely, and by the time I reach the new cycle, I’ll be transformed – if not physically or fundamentally, then in how I view the world, how I process my own emotions, how I “navigate” my journey.

Looking at the picture on this card, we see a man gathering up ten wands, ten opportunities… trying to conquer them all at once.  He’s set in his work, determined to do things all by himself (that gave me shiver me timbers!). He’s able to carry his load… and we can see by the muscle mass in his arms and legs that he’s strong and capable.  Looking deeper, we can see that he’s carrying his wands toward a town… as if he’s taking his work or his opportunities to a new place. In fact, going back to my first paragraph in comparing this card’s number to the moon void-of-course phase, we can clearly see that this man has left one location and is in route to another, but hasn’t yet reached his destination.

That being said, it would make much sense to me for this card to indicate a change in location regarding work or home, a transformation of residence in the way of work, home, or both.

When I’ve drawn this card for others, my instictive interpretation was that they may be too involved in or too absorbed by their work, that they’re trying to do too much at once, or that they may be overwhelmed by the tasks at hand. 

I’m not sure why today’s reflections are steering me away from my “standard” interpretation and leading me to a different understanding.

Let’s see what the other sources say:

Here’s from Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Overworked; carrying too many burdens; too many family or work responsibilities; feeling like a project will never end, but you are advised not to give up – the end is closer than you believe. Trying to hold on to outdated or outmoded situations. Trying to accumulate too much too fast.

And here’s from LearnTarot.com:

overextending
trying to do too much
refusing to say “no”
taking all the blame
assuming another’s debt
doing the lion’s share
having to work overtime
shouldering all the work
being saddled with an extra load 
feeling burdened
never having time to relax
feeling tied to a treadmill
being taxed to the limit
assuming responsibility
being held accountable
carrying out an unpleasant duty
cleaning up a messy situation
being left holding the bag 
struggling
fighting uphill
doing everything the hard way
experiencing resistance
pushing against the current
having to work for every gain
finding that nothing comes easily
laboring

On the Ten of Wands, we see a bent figure trying to carry ten heavy poles. They are ranged so closely in front of him that he can’t even see where he’s going. Nothing exists for this man except his burdens and responsibilities. How true this is for so many today! We take on so much, trying to do all the things that need to be done. We think that if we can hang on until the weekend (or vacation, or end of the semester) then we can finally relax. The weekend comes, and the overload continues.

In readings, the Ten of Wands can be a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard. If your days are an endless round of duties and tasks, then you need to lighten up for the sake of your health and well-being. Cut back, and take on only those activities that give you pleasure. If you love your work, but it’s all-consuming, you may be too narrowly focused in one area. Balance your life with other interests.

The Ten of Wands can also stand for times when you have to assume the lion’s share of responsibility. You may be blamed or left holding the bag. On the other hand, you may have to step forward and take charge because you are the only one capable enough. Rightly or wrongly, the cleanup will fall to you.

The Ten of Wands indicates that your life is going to be tougher than usual for a time. You will have to fight uphill for every little gain. Each step will feel like a struggle. When you see this card, be kind to yourself. Lighten the load wherever you can, and let others help you. You don’t have to handle everything yourself.

Finally, here’s a comparrison from Aeclectic Tarot:

TENS

As the aces were the pure, elemental spark of the suit, the tens are the element of the suit complete. Not as in the nines, which are physical completion, but in a transcendent fashion. It is the ultimate good or bad of that element.

Ten of Wands

A man carries ten heavy wands on his back. This is a card that says that the Querent has used up all the energy they started with at the ace. They don’t feel that creative, driving force any more. The image on this card implies that the Querent has complete control of all the many things he wanted control over. He is the leader, the boss. But this means that all the burdens are his as well. He’s trying to do everything, and it leaves him drained. Advise your Querent to delegate, to put down some burdens and find his energy again.

Well, I can most certainly see where the referenced definitions are right on target – as is my traditional or “standard” interpretation of this card when it comes up in readings I do for others. Heck, anyone reading my blog can tell that I’m over-worked, that I feel the responsibilities of being a single parent (not that I’d choose any other way, mind you), and that I’m forever waiting for that vacation, weekend, getaway that will allow me to let my hair down, take off my shoes, and exhale. There is a constant drive, and I write over and over and over again that I don’t have enough time to do all the work that needs done – that I’m overwhelmed.  Not sure why I strayed off into my own instinctive interpretation of transformation and relocation… although I cannot rule out that instinctive understanding.  If it came to me that way, I believe there’s a reason for it.

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