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The Spacious Tarot – Ten of Swords

The Ten of Swords often appears when we have reached rock bottom and the only way is up. Although the skies look heavy and grey with turbulent clouds in the foreground, if we look to the horizon we can see that there is a sliver of brightness beginning to form. This is our assurance that better times are coming.

Often the Ten of Swords can also be a melodramatic card. Perhaps we are overreacting to a situation and imagining it to be far worse than it actually is. There can be a sense of martyrdom or playing the victim when the Ten of Swords appears.

Sometimes though, this card can have a fairly literal meaning, and can indicate that there are people in your circle who may be backstabbing you. There is a real possibility that someone is not to be trusted and may be betraying your loyalty. Be aware that someone may be badmouthing you to further their own agenda, and keep this in mind in your interactions with others at this time. All may not be as it seems.

Whatever the actual interpretation of this card, as it pertains to your circumstances, it does come with an assurance that although some things may end at this time, with endings come new beginnings, rejuvenation and renewal. Don’t forget that when one door closes another one opens, and that often things happen for a reason for your souls growth and development. Although the Ten of Swords can look negative, ultimately it is a card of redemption and new beginnings.

Until next week,

Caro Tarot💛

Daily Card ~ Ten of Swords

Today you may feel the lowest of the low, the darkest despair, as if you’re at the bottom of the blackest pit. Maybe you just can’t see a way out, or your path back to the light? When this card shows up it can feel as if you’ve hit rock bottom with no clue how to drag yourself out of this hole you find yourself in. Remember though that it’s always darkest just before the dawn. The only way is up now, and although it may take a little time before you see the evidence of this….it really is starting to happen.

wild {unknown} friday

Today’s randomly drawn card is the Ten of Swords…..a particularly disturbing image, especially in the Wild Unknown deck. Before I go any further I would just like to reiterate that tarot is a metaphorical language, and so although it is an horrific image, it’s purpose is to draw attention to and highlight the darker aspects of human nature and the psyche. If we turn a blind eye to suffering and injustice how can we expect to change it and grow?
There are various ways to see this card. It can be interpreted as a ‘dark night of the soul’, in the sense that we have reached rock bottom and now the only way is up. It reminds me of a quote by Oscar Wilde ~ “We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars”. It can indicate that the lowest point has now been reached. This phase is over and it is time to get ready for something new. We can view this state of affairs as all doom and gloom, or we can adopt the cup half full attitude and choose to believe that the worst is over. Sometimes this card can even be hinting that we are being a touch melodramatic…..are things truly as bad as they seem, or could it be the case that we are not perceiving the problem with clarity? Confusion can make it impossible to see which way to proceed and often we can be blinded by the seeming enormity of issues which appear insurmountable. 
Of course it could refer to something altogether darker. As I have already alluded to, tarot is metaphorical, and in this card the bull represents strength, dominance, toughness and ferocity which has been taken down by thoughts, ideas and words symbolised by the swords. This shows the ways in which we hurt each other with our thoughts, judgements and self righteousness, and how we can quash the spirit of others, no matter how strong they may appear on the outside. Human beings have an ugly tendency to gang up on and bully those who are different….who threaten their own sense of self just by being who they are. 
This card exposes the darker side of human nature. It shows how we can destroy the spirit of others when we allow the lowest, most base aspect of ourselves to take control, or when we encourage or join forces with others to do the same. This card is a warning that we must not look away; it is only when we acknowledge the worst and recognise it in ourselves and others that we can take action for positive change. 
“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it” ~ Game of Thrones, George R.R Martin

Daily Card ~ Ten of Wands

  Today may feel like a long, hard slog. It’s as if you can’t see the wood for the trees and everything is weighing heavily upon your shoulders. Maybe you’ve become a victim of your own success, and tasks which you used to enjoy and find satisfying are now becoming onerous and burdensome. Sometimes if you make a hobby into a career it can take all the fun and enjoyment out of it and add unneeded pressure. Today, see if you can do something purely for the joy of it to lift yourself out of the doldrums.

Daily Card ~ Ten of Swords

  Watch your thoughts today. Are you making a mountain out of a molehill? This card often comes up when we are being overly melodramatic about a situation. Is it really as bad as it seems, or have we exaggerated it in our mind to mammoth proportions? If we truly are facing a dire situation this card says that we have seen the worst now and things from here can only get better. Things always seem darkest before the dawn and soon the sun will be coming up on a brand new day.

Daily Draw – The Ten of Swords


This card signifies that something is coming to an end. It is time to let go of whatever it is and move on. The light at the top of the card represents a new dawn and the beginning of fresh new opportunities.

This card, in The Wild Unknown also talks to me of something unseen; this can either be because another person is keeping you in the dark about something, or because you yourself are choosing or refusing to look at an issue in your life. There is a suggestion that someone else is betraying you by stabbing you in the back, or again you may be turning this self-destructive tendency on yourself and being your own worst enemy by refusing to recognise something that really needs to be addressed.