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Ten of Wands - Tarot Card Meanings

Key Symbolism


burdens, struggle, duties, responsibilities, reaping one’s rewards, feeling overworked, to take on too much, doing all the work, taking the blame, having to work hard for a gain, having to do all the work alone, feeling under pressure.


Description and Symbolism

We see a man walking towards a town. His back is bent from the heavy burden of the ten wands he carries, and he even blocks his own vision with them. All that seems to count is work. But the wands also represent a kind of harvest. Without work there is no reward.



General Meaning

The number 10 refers to a final attainment. The Ten of Wands can symbolize that a goal is reached, but there are burdens coming with its attainment. Maybe you finally bought the house you always wanted, but it brings a financial burden with it, or you started a business and now you are burdened by all the work it brings. Ten of Wands generally represents all kinds of situations that are difficult and place a burden on us. Maybe you don't even know where your head's at at this time - like the man in the picture, who seems to hinder his sight with all the wands in front of him. In a more positive sense, it could mean that you can finally reap a reward.

Love Meaning


In a love reading the Ten of Wands can symbolize a relationship that feels like a burden. Maybe you fight a lot or have reasons to worry and this situation exhausts you. You might ask yourself if it is all worth it. It can also indicate that you ‘do all the work’ in a relationship or that you don’t feel supported by your partner. Another meaning could be that you feel under pressure. Maybe you are with someone who has high expectations of you and this causes you some stress. 


As Feelings


If you ask how someone feels for you, Ten of Wands can indicate that the person in question feels burdened. They might feel like being with you is exhausting. This could be the case when you fight too often or when too much is demanded from them. If you don't reciprocate the feelings they have for you, it could indicate that they feel burdened by their own emotions.

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