The Ten Of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Have you had a Ten of Swords Tarot card in your reading and don’t know what it means? Maybe you were given an interpretation but want to know what else the card could mean? Or are you curious and want to know more? No matter what your question is, we have the answer for you! 

Keep reading to find out what both the upright and reversed Ten of Swords means and everything you need to know about the card! 

Upright Ten Of Swords Tarot Card General Meaning 

Let’s start with a general meaning. Generally, the Ten of Swords represents betrayal, backstabbing, bitterness, enemies, bad-mouthing, or bitching behind your back. It is not a good card to see in your reading! 

The card represents severing ties, failure, ruin, collapse, goodbyes, and the final blow for situations or relationships. The Ten of Swords suggests exhaustion, nervous breakdowns, chronic fatigue, and an inability to cope. 

The Ten of Swords also suggests hitting rock bottom, a dead end in a situation, or a wall. It indicates someone is playing the victim or martyr, exaggerating, attention seeking, or being overly dramatic. It also suggests attacks, curses, or violence. 

Now that we have looked at the general meaning of the card, let’s dive in a little deeper to see what else the card can mean depending on the reading you have. 

Health 

Health-wise, the card suggests you have hit a wall. Now is the time to stop and deal with your health. You might be suffering from exhaustion, collapse, or a nervous breakdown. 

Put your health first when you see this card! 

The card can also suggest that acupuncture would be beneficial for you. The swords in the image can represent acupuncture needles, so it is worth exploring this treatment if it could help you physically. 

Love And Relationships

The Ten of Swords isn’t a good card for those in relationships. It represents separation, breakups, divorce, severing ties, or bitterness. If the card is related to a breakup, you will probably know the relationship is already in serious trouble.

The card is a sign that you need to accept it. The card also suggests infidelity and betrayal.

On the other hand, the Ten of Swords can suggest you are playing the victim with your partner, being attention seeking, or being overly dramatic. If this is true, this is your sign to stop this behavior before it does irreparable damage to your relationship. 

If you are in an abusive relationship, the card suggests you are in serious danger. You must take action immediately to ensure your safety. Reach out to someone you trust or a group that can support you to help you through this situation. 

If you are single, the card suggests you are still dealing with trauma or emotions from your last relationship. Despite knowing that your previous relationship was not healthy, you are still carrying feelings for them or have not yet processed the breakup. 

For you to move forward and find happiness, take some time to heal and rediscover who you are. Once you are happy outside of a relationship, you are sure to find happiness inside one too! 

Money And Career 

Career-wise, the Ten of Swords suggests you have hit a dead end in your job, or that your current role might be coming to an end. The card also suggests you will be the subject of badmouthing, bitching, and backstabbing.

Make sure you keep your ears open and look out for any colleagues that might try to undermine you.

The card also suggests you have been overdoing it at work. You might have pushed yourself to the point of exhaustion and can no longer continue working this way.

You will need to take time to care for yourself to prevent burnout. Feeling like this will not help you work productively, or feel good! 

The card can also represent failure, ruin, or the collapse of a business. Tread carefully if you run your own business! 

Financially, the card suggests failure and financial ruin. Be cautious when it comes to your money. Now is not the time for any gambling or risky business ventures! 

Spirituality

The Ten of Swords suggests you are severing ties with an old belief system that no longer serves you. Doing so can allow you to explore new paths that could benefit you. 

The card can also be a warning. Look out for people in your circle that might be dangerous or disloyal. The card is a warning for betrayal or curses.  

Reversed Ten Of Swords Tarot Card General Meaning 

The reversed Ten of Swords card has a different meaning, so let’s take a brief look at it now! Generally, the reversed Tarot card is a sign of getting over the worst, things getting better, avoiding ruin, and being saved from disaster! 

The card represents you pulling yourself together and learning from the mistakes and experiences of your past.

The card can also mean coming back from the brink of failure or death, out-of-body experiences, or near-death experiences.

The Ten of Swords can also mean the worst is yet to come, fears coming true, or being beyond help. The card represents total ruin, despair, returning problems, and relapse.

Now that we have looked at the general meaning, let’s dive in and look at the reversed Ten of Swords in closer detail! 

Health 

Health-wise, the card suggests surviving a serious disease or illness or your health improving. The card also represents an inability to survive, suicidal thoughts, or a near-death experience. Look at your supporting cards here for confirmation! 

Remember, if you are struggling to seek support. There are lots of organizations out there that can help you, friends, family, and even strangers on the street that can provide you with comfort and support.

Love And Relationships 

If you are in a relationship, the card suggests it is coming back from the brink of failure, being beyond repair, or collapsing entirely. If you are in an abusive relationship, the card suggests you will escape the relationship.

The card also suggests there could be an extreme escalation in the relationship.

Now is the time to get out before things become worse! 

If you are single, the card suggests you are beginning to recover from a tough breakup and the pain the relationship caused you. The Ten of Swords suggests you have learned from the pain and are rising above the bitterness, hate, and anger.

The card can also suggest you are relapsing into despair after a relationship, or are unwilling to accept the outcome. Here it can be hard, but you need to remember why the relationship ended.

Money And Career 

Career-wise, the reversed Ten of Swords suggests you are getting over the worst of your workplace stress. You might have also severed ties with a job that was pushing you to your limits. 

The card can also suggest that a work situation is pushing you over the edge. Ask yourself if the job is worth the stress. There are lots of jobs out there that would be healthier for you and respect your mental health. Why not seek one of these out? 

The reversed card also represents businesses being saved from financial failure or ruin. It can also indicate financial ruin, make sure you look to supporting cards here to see which meaning applies. 

Spirituality 

The reversed Ten of Swords suggests you have survived hardships and learned from them. These lessons will help bring you forward in your journey, especially with the added wisdom and empathy you have gained. 

The card can also mean you are refusing to accept these lessons, leaving you trapped in a negative spiral. Now is the time to make sense of what the spirit guides are telling you. They are all around you and are waiting to guide you through this challenging time! 

The reversed Ten of Swords also suggests out-of-body experiences and near death. Astral projection might come easily to you during this time.

Final Thoughts 

And there you have it, all the possible meanings of the Ten of Swords Tarot card. While it is not the most uplifting card to receive, you can turn it into a positive experience provided you heed its warnings carefully.

Don’t forget to seek help if you need to, there is always support out there to see you through any difficult times ahead.

Zhara O’Brien