Function: Function: Will, activity, Imagination, Beginnings
The Ten of Wands is the next logical step after the Nine of Wands. The man has gathered the nine wands that were lined up, added one more and he is walking away, carrying them all. Though we can’t see his face, we can tell from his stance that he is still determined to keep going. He is heading towards a town and will soon be able to rest his burden.
He is wearing an orange tunic, the color of enthusiasm. His brown leggings and shoes are the color of strength. His journey is nearly over, his paved path showing that he is getting closer to the town, maybe even in it. He has arrived, it just takes a little more effort.
He will succeed. The image makes us feel as if we want to cheer him on in encouragement. At the same time, it encourages us to join in with his enthusiasm. It’s that emotion you feel when you can see the runners getting close to the finish line.
The Ten of Wands represents the last leg of the race, but just as importantly, the will and excitement of these last steps to triumph. It is a sign that the hard work is very soon to be over.
As the last numbered card in the suit, the Ten of Wands brings a close to the narration. The wands began as life was just blooming and through a journey of challenges, they have become wiser and stronger as they reach their destination. It is your sweat, blood, and tears that have enabled you to experience triumph.
It is also a sign that you could be doing more than is necessary and more than what others would have to do to accomplish things. There will be more hard work ahead but there is no need to feel sorry for yourself. There is no time for self-pity when you are so near the end.
When drawn upturned, the Ten of Wands implies you are carrying an unnecessary burden, perhaps you are acting as if you are always suffering. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, you can learn to deal with your burden and keep going forward. Regardless of the situation, you will find that you will be feeling pitiful and looking for approval.
You might also be carrying a burden that isn’t yours. You may have chosen to take this on, or somebody has handed it to your even though you didn’t want it. Be careful of someone in your life who is projecting negative emotions onto you. If you are feeling responsible for the success or emotional health of someone, don’t let it consume you to a point where you can’t get rid of it.
On a simple note, the Ten of Wands reversed may mean that you are holding on to tangible things and it is time to have a good declutter.
You might have had an experience in the past that made you feel tied down and though you are free now, it still has an impact on your life. You may have had a traumatic experience in your childhood, and you had to step up. Process what you have liberated yourself from.
If you feel like you are stuck in one position, you need to know that even though there will be obstacles, you can find a way to get out of it. Remember that there are more ways than one to get out of this situation.
This is not a good sign. You might be relying too heavily on one thing and the success of your future heavily depends on not having your eggs in one basket. The near future is not going to be easy and will take more than a quick fix. Focus on the things you are passionate about to help you through the difficult times.
The answer will be no.
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