Ten of Wands

Written by Jacob. Published on October 19th, 2011 at 01:11.

Ten of Wands Rider Waite Tarot

Ten of Wands Artwork Description

“A man oppressed by the weight of the ten staves which [he] is carrying.” 1

Ten of Wands Associations

  • Ten: Completion, satisfaction; end and beginning; master-skill; Fulfillment.
  • Element: Fire.
  • Timing: Summer; hasty; immediate/fast-paced.
  • Direction: South/ubiquitous; spontaneous.
  • Keywords: Passion, personal driving force; the arts, creative-source, hobbies; career/ambitions; personality/ego; travel, trade, and commerce.

Ten of Wands Basic Meaning

The Ten of Wands is about being overburdened. The responsibilities of taking on too much at a time. Biting off more than you can chew; Sometimes as a good thing becomes so popular and is used up so quickly it just burns up until there’s nothing left but ashes. Rediscover passion as opposed for being completely responsible for the idea of it.

Additional Interpretations

“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 Trying to hold on to outdated or outmoded situations.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.” 2

“A man carries ten heavy wands, trying to keep them together, bowed over by their weight. 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.

The qualities of Wands—passions, temper, creativity, energy, spirit, ambition-need some restrictions, as in the eight of wands, to make them faster and more efficient. When they become too restricted, however, or given so many tasks that the energy is parceled out into many portions, then nothing can thrive. All the energy can do, at best, is maintain itself.

We often see this in life. Someone comes up with a great idea and starts a movement. The movement has energy, drive and creativity. It grows and thrives. Then it becomes hugely popular, which we might think is a good thing, but turns out to be the ruin of it. It gets weighed down by bureaucracy, rules, legalities. Likewise with a small business that gets too corporate, or a family where mom, dad and kids sign themselves up for too many activities. All energy goes into maintaining a status quo rather than allowing or fostering change and innovation.

This, alas, is where Wands comes to if it goes all the way around to that final turn. The message of the card is rather like that old saying, ‘it used to be about the music!’ Too much success or achievement can make you lose sight of your passion for something. Especially if that success requires you to manage a cumbersome music empire rather than just playing the music.

When this card shows up, it’s time to let the querent know that they’re weighed down by too many responsibilities. This is the Nine of Pentacles plus one. They’ve not only weighed down their body, but their spirit. They need to scale back or delegate authority. Most of all, they need to remember why they wanted to do this in the first place. They need to rediscover their passion for the thing rather than be burdened by it.” 3

“Meaning: A card of many significances, and some of the readings cannot be harmonised. I set aside that which connects it with honour and good faith. It is oppression simply, but it is also fortune, gain, andy kind of success of these things. It is also a card of false-seeming, disguise, perfidy. The place which the figure is approaching may suffer from the rods that he carries. Success is stultified if the Nine of Swords follows, and if it is a question of a lawsuit, there will be certain loss. Difficulties and contradictions, if near a good card.

Reversed: Contrarieties, difficulties, intrigues, and their analogies.” 1

Axank’s Dream Recollection

October 17-18, 2011
No dreaming recalled…