Material Hardship or Suffering, Oppression, Karmic Consequences
First, the bad news. The 10 of Swords is about obedience to churches, dogmatic creeds, institutions, corporate establishments, civil laws and authorities, and their suppression of the liberated soul.
It’s also about material necessity and the challenges and burdens we face while living under physical limitations. Your position in the world is also at stake.
Next, the really bad news. The 10 of Swords speaks of cruel, unrelenting and inescapable karmic consequences. Fate comes back to visit in various ways, until it has completed its cycle.
It doesn’t get much worse than the 10 of Swords. You might feel trapped, controlled or to put it bluntly, you just don’t want to be here.
Thankfully, karma goes both ways. If you’ve been working hard and honestly toward a certain goal, you can expect a payoff. If you haven’t invested in your material goals, you can expect undesirable circumstances. But you can always shift that reality.
When The 10 of Swords Shows Up In A Reading
Health and Body Image: You might be facing an illness or grief that feels overwhelming at times. Allow pain to be the motivating factor to let go of something that isn’t conducive to your health or well-being. If you’ve been investing effort toward your health, you can expect to gain from your efforts.
Occupation and Finances: Your occupation should be an asset; but instead it might feel like a curse. What can you release or change to get different results? Good, old-fashioned hard work will result in profit. Focus on the long term.
Relationships: The 10 of Swords could indicate a lack of admiration or reverence for one’s parents. Or one’s parents might go through a difficult challenge, especially if they’re bound by dogmatic traditions or civil authorities. Parents may somehow be tied to trauma or affliction – either yours, theirs, or both. But if you’ve been working on a relationship, you can expect good results.
Hidden Meaning: The exoteric meaning of the 10 of Swords is ‘you’ve hit rock bottom’ but it’s esoteric meaning is ‘death to ego or the false self’ in which case, you can expect a grand spiritual awakening.
Reversed: Reversed, the 10 of Swords might indicate some kind of victory, advantage or material profit. But it might be temporary, or it might come with a steep, oppressive cost. Or it might result in disappointment. For example, maybe you’re hired for a lucrative job, but you’re mistreated by your boss, and need to work overtime without pay. It’s time to go back to the drawing board to ensure better results in your life.
Advice: The 10 of Swords is a card of material karma. If you’ve been working hard in an honest way, but you haven’t seen results, you’re going to start seeing profit or you’ll earn a merited position. If you haven’t invested effort or you took a wrong turn somewhere, you can expect hardship. It’s nice to have personal anecdotes and inspirational words to get us through the day. But sometimes, no words can be said, and suffering simply needs to be suffered. A certain catharsis occurs when we admit how horrible we really feel, or how exasperated we are at the state of society and the human condition. If you’ve hit rock bottom, it’s time to give up your usual way of doing things. Something needs to be released in order to awaken to a new dawn. Accept karma and the facts of reality. Use calamities to find the meaning of your life, and become aware of your true desires as well as your power and ability to make them happen.
Astrological Association: Capricorn
Element: Earth on the 10th House
Timing: December 22nd to January 20th, or 10 Weeks
Reversals: Generally, an obstacle must be overcome before a favorable event can occur
Yes or No: No