Ten of Swords|
The Ten of Swords is a card of overkill and ruin.
Focus on this card when you want to prevent or recover
from gossip and backstabbing.
A student lies face down on the ground, impaled by
a series of ten swords up and down his spine.
The card symbolizes destruction and loss, the
breakdown of relationships, disillusion, and disloyalty. It does not,
however, represent violent death.
In a tarot reading, the card normally relates to
gossip and backstabbing — most of which don’t occur all at once. The Ten
of Swords is death by a thousand cuts.
From the student’s vantage point, there’s no
perspective. He may feel his life is ruined. It will take courage for
him to rise up and live again.
The young man is dressed in yellow, the elemental
color of air. It indicates that he’s normally thoughtful and quick, and
that he’s a student of air magic.
He’s pictured in a spring landscape, because the
suit of swords corresponds to the season of spring.