Tarot Post – Ten of Wands


Ten of Wands (Oppression)


Ten of WandsTen of Wands (Revised) by G A Rosenberg


Carying too much?
Continuing to the end
inspires others


Feeling Life’s Burdens?
Remove Problems From The Top
Avoid The Collapse


Tho I am weary
My Duty will keep me here
eternally trapped


Vanquished by my own success
Foes conquered and kingdom won
I thought I’d leave when all was done
I was begged to stay and rule
I said yes, Oh what a fool
Short time only, then I’d leave
When I told myself this, did I believe
that conflicts end when enemies dead
Diplomacy rears its ugly head
Aristocrats, Politicos
The people, yes what of those
Every day a new decision
every day some new derision
from trying to please everyone
and failing, oh what had I done?
Tyrant, now they call me
why didn’t I just flee
when I still had the chance
to continue on the adventurer’s dance
and monsters slay and maiden’s win
but here I stay would be a sin
to abdicate responsibility
would mean surrender what is me
So burdened now I rule unwell
and can’t escape this royal hell.


The suite of Wands deal with force-creative, spiritual, and vital. Tens show the ultimate completion of the energy involved leading ultimately to a new beginning. Here the creative spirit and force has no new battles to be won. The creative work has been accomplished. All the burdens we’ve taken on are there but none of the challenges that have brought us here. Our routine has become a burden to us and in many cases it has made us bitter towards those around us adding still more to the burden. If only we could lay everything down (throw it away or even let it collapse) and just take off to when every day was new and unexpected and we had to work for everything. But no, we tell ourselves, we have responsibilities. We know this can’t go on forever that one way or another it will collapse but even though we may be happier if we did, we dutifully stave it off as long as we.


Astrological Correspondence – Saturn in Sagittarius – This energy takes itself very seriously. It works hard and wishes to provide for others especially when it comes to imparting knowledge. It is resistant and slow to change. Saturn in Sagittarius has a strong sense of duty and can appear rather humourless at times. It can paint itself into a corner with its own logic but it will stay in that corner believing that to adapt a different viewpoint would be to abandon what it always believed and.


I Ching Correspondence – 54) Gui Mei – Marrying Maiden

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The trigram for Thunder is over that of the Lake. Much as the water of the lake follows the force of the thunder and a secondary wife is under both the primary wife and her husband, this hexagram speaks of following one’s duties responsibly and submitting to them no matter what we may really wish to do. For the young wife to leave would throw the household into chaos and bring dishonour to her family. So she feels she must sublimate herself to her responsibilities.This hexagram says no favourable outcome and indeed it is the type of situation that will either end in unhappiness or misfortune.


When the Ten of Wands turns up in a reading it often means that we have taken too much on ourselves and find ourselves unwilling or unable to drop anything. Eventually if our burden is not lightened, we will collapse under the weight of what we have to get done. Sometimes when this card occurs it is more of a feeling of being overwhelmed more than a fact that we cannot do what is expected of us. Quite often this card tells us to drop what we are doing if only for a moment, step back and see whether there is really something that we can delegate to someone else.


The Ten of Wands reversed in a reading may mean that the oppression has been lifted and the responsibilities seen through. Will we dive right back into the fray and overburden ourselves again or will we have learned from the situation. The reversed Ten of Wands may also mean that the burden has been increased to the breaking point where if something isn’t lifted off of our shoulders, it will soon become disastrous.

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    1. so often the answer is knowing that when we have to, we can just ‘drop everything’. we may need to deal with the consequences of it but in some cases those may be easier than the burden

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