Ten of Swords: general, standing and reversed meaning

Ten of Swords, general description

Ten of Swords is the 68th card of the Major Arcana. It is part of Fatecaster’s Tarot card list that summarizes the Rider Waite Tarot cards’ meaning.

Ten of Swords just like Death stands for the end, passing away and the last farewell. Unlike Death, that denotes the natural end of a life, Ten of Swords resembles the arbitrary, perhaps aggressive, sometimes too early death. Although this end is often connected with serious life experiences this is not necessary. The mass of swords symbolizes the united power of intellect that violently puts an end to something.

Thus this card can mean the end of vital, personally valuable experiences. Also, it can mean that we give up a bad habit or that a depressive and harmful life period comes to its end. No matter what the card means a sorrow farewell. Whether we go through it with gloomy feelings in our heart or we feel relieved just like after a successful operation is only depending on the other cards of the spread. Also, it’s up to those to decide if the depicted end is necessary or wrong, absurd or rushed.

Ten of Swords (devastation), standing

Full defeat caused by unreal ideas. Sorrow loneliness after total breakdown. Significant consequence after a fast and cruel event.


Ten of Swords (devastation), reversed

Darkness before dawn. End of misery that leads to spiritual rise. A seemingly total defeat that contains the seed of ultimate victory. Last recognition at the expense of huge sacrifices.