General Interpretation and Meaning of the Ten of Swords - Upright & Reversed

by astrology valley Nov 08 2021

You may have come across the Tenth Minor Arcana card from the suit of Swords, the Ten of Swords, and felt a shiver down your spine. The card illustrates a black ominous sky with the sun rising near the horizon. 

A man is lying on his chest. He is wearing a golden tunic and a red cape. But the most piercing element of the card is the Ten Swords piercing down his back. The man is facing the sea, perhaps looking at the rising sun, while lying in the pool of his blood. This visually intriguing yet heart-clenching illustration and the meaning behind it can cause discomfort in your mind. But this card is much more than the horror.  

The man lying like a dead person in his blood, wearing a golden tunic and a red cape that covers the bottom half of his body is representative of his valor. It is the visual representation of a person who has lost everything. He is the incarnation of a failed man being pushed by the atrocities of society, that is piercing him in his back, despite the goodness of his soul. It shows the helplessness and desires of a failing or falling man nearing death. He is facing the sea hoping for a better future. The card shows a dark sky pierced by a shimmery golden glow near the horizon, where the sky parts with the water, signifying the rising sun.  

This faint light makes the faraway mountains visible and gives us much-needed hope in the face of adversity. This glimmer of hope and the calm water show a sign of peace and beauty amidst the cry of horror, terror, and tragedy. The Ten of Swords bear the horror of destruction and loss, tragedy and failure. When this card is drawn out in a card reading session, it certainly gives a sense of shock and fright. However, not every meaning it carries presents a frightful experience. There will be some new hope and opportunities for you too. 

General interpretation and meaning of the Upright Ten of Swords 

Usually, an upright Ten of Swords hints at an impending doom or unexpected turn of events in one’s life. It indicates a difficult time that cannot be overcome easily. It can be a disastrous end of a relationship or a terrible betrayal at your back. It hits you badly and is of great magnitude. You will need time to get past it. It is symbolic of your helplessness in the face of betrayal. In your life, you cannot control every event that takes place, certain things in life are unavoidable, and you have to bow down and feel the pain, no matter what. 

It represents the tragedy of life, the defeat of your spirit, and a painful ending. This ending comes at you without notice and forces you to crumble down to pieces. It pushes you to rock bottom and drowns you in sorrow. It becomes difficult to get rid of those pains. When it appears in a session, it is seen as a sign that you are about to be a victim of betrayal. Someone close will break your trust, or you will have to face horrible and nasty rumors in life.  

It can also be a sign of your cry for seeking pity whenever something bad happens. You cannot resist the pain caused by the dark times. 

Love & Relationships (Upright) 

The Ten of Swords in an upright manner directly indicates a devastating ending of a relationship. It is not a good omen for people in love. It hints at separation from bitterness. It indicates the period of grief and pain in your relationship. The phase is full of suffering and trauma. This tragic end of your relationship can be due to a betrayal or episode of distrust. It can be a sign of infidelity in a relationship. It is a sign that your relationship is about to end, and you are heading towards a breakup.  

It is not something that will happen to you overnight. This separation was expected from your side, and the appearance of this card will reaffirm the inevitable end. 

Money & Career Interpretation (Upright) 

The Ten of Swords is not a good omen for a career. It indicates that you are about to lose your job or you are going to hit a dead-end in the aspect of the profession. It is a signal that your current post is going to get snatched. It suggests that your work colleagues might spread rumors in your name. It also hints at an episode of betrayal at the job. So, it is your sign to keep an eye on the people around you. They can cause you harm that is too deep to deal with it. Also, in the matter of monetary aspects, you have to beware of fraud. It is also a sign of financial failure and loss.  

​Health Interpretation (Upright) 

In the aspects of health, the Ten of Swords is a sign of trouble. It indicates chronic pain due to some injury and nervous breakdown due to an unhealthy amount of anxiety. It can be a sign that your health is about to collapse due to poor mental state and exhaustion. The card is your call to take control of your health and prioritize it if you wish to bounce back in life. The world is already unkind to you, show some kindness to yourself. 

​Spiritual Interpretation (Upright) 

The upright Ten of Swords in matters of spirituality indicates a distrust with your belief in the almighty. It shatters your line of thought from within. It questions your faith and disrupts your belief in the system. However, it can also be a signal that someone in your spiritual group is being disloyal to you and has dangerous intentions. This is your sign for staying vigilant to stop any kind of betrayal. 

General interpretation and meaning of the Reversed Ten of Swords 

The Ten of Swords when pulled in a reversed manner indicates that you are already battling with the troubling times. It is a sign that things are going to get better, you are slowly getting better days of life. You are a survivor who is not ready to give up. This card shows that the unexpected events that will attack you out of the blues will not be able to break your spirit. However, there is a catch. If you start resisting these cunning conditions, they will keep on pestering you. You have to face them head-on and acknowledge the difficulties to defeat them. 

It is your call to face the difficulty and trust your stars. It will be difficult but not impossible to combat. 

It can also indicate the mark of some old wounds that you are carrying around. It is your sign to let them go, holding onto them will keep hurting you. You have to find a way to deal with the loss and hurt to bounce back to life.  

Love & Relationships Interpretation (Reversed) 

The Ten of Swords in the reverse order indicates a lot of things about love and relationships. It can be a revival of your love story, coming back to terms with each other from the point of breaking up, or a devastating end of your relationship beyond any repair. It indicates your ability to start over and work towards its improvement. But it can also represent coming out of an abusive relationship. It can signal that it is time to leave your abusive partner. It will hurt you but in the long run, it is good for you. 

Money & Career Interpretation (Reversed) 

The Ten of Swords hints that the stress of your workload or any incident related to your profession is pushing you to the point of giving up. You are dealing with the extreme conditions of your profession. It shows that you are pushed to the wall in so many ways, yet you are not ready to leave it. You are a fighter and you are trying your best to stick to the terms. It can hint at the situation of bankruptcy or financial backlash but you will soon be able to overcome those adversities. 

Health Interpretation (Reversed) 

In matters of health, the Ten of Swords reversed hints at your improving health conditions. It shows your strength to come out from the turmoil of stress and anxiety. It is a symbol of coming back to life from suicidal thoughts and other overwhelming feelings. It is your call to seek help when needed. It signals that you can strive back in life, even though it is not seeming right, but there is still hope. 

Spiritual Interpretation (Reversed) 

In the spiritual context, the Ten of Swords that you have been through a lot of hardships and learned life lessons. It indicates the wisdom and teachings taught by the journey of life. Your past experiences have taught you to be empathetic and kind to others. Furthermore, this card can also hint at your inability to embrace those teachings. It signals a final relief from all woes of life.