Ten of Swords Tarot Card Meaning
Betrayal • Ending • Fate
The Ten of Swords is a sudden, unexpected end of the cycle. In some cases, the Ten of Swords can represent a backstabbing. The Ten of Swords is always about a feeling of betrayal, whether by fate or someone you had faith in. The Ten of Swords suggests that you must accept what has happened. There’s no changing it, and resisting change from here on out will only cause you more pain.
The Ten of Swords can stand for martyrdom. In some way, you are overthinking your situation perhaps taking things not meant to slight you as personal affronts. This card can often be an invitation to be more accepting of the unpredictable nature of the world. As they say, when one door closes, another one opens, so relax your grip on reality a bit.
The Ten of Swords can also suggest that whatever has been going on in your mind, possibly arguments or worries, should come to an close. The ideas are ended, and dwelling on the issues will leave your mind feeling weary, dull, and distracted.
Ten of Swords Reversed
Victim Mentality • Fear of Failure • Rock Bottom
The Ten of Swords reversed represents a situation that has not ended but is stuck in place for fear of ruin. You are replaying worried scenarios in your mind, which is making it hard for you to follow through. Consider asking your cards another question or looking to surrounding cards in your reading for signs of the outcome of your circumstance. A victim mentality often accompanies these feeling.
In some readings, the Ten of Swords reversed can represent rock bottom for someone with mental struggles. Fortunately there’s nowhere to go but up though it does take some work.