The 10 Of Swords In Tarot

The 10 Of Swords In Tarot

The 10 Of Swords In TarotThe scene in the card.

When we have a look at the 10 of Swords in Tarot, often our first reaction is that this scene looks pretty grim! We see a man lying face down with 10 swords in his back, next to a calm ocean at night. The dawn looks like it is breaking through with the yellow in the background. As the saying goes ‘It is darkest before dawn’.

The man has a red velvet cloak draped over him. While this card looks like life cannot get any worse for the man, lets take a moment to look beyond the picture.  This card in no way predicts a future (in fact, I would say that Tarot cards should not be used to predict the future. They should only be used to shed light on certain situations in our life and reveal subconscious patterns we may not be aware of). As this card is from the suit of Swords, it refers to certain mental states rather than external situations.

Keywords and meaning.

The 10 Of Swords In TarotThe 10 of swords can symbolize a time in your life where you feel you have hit rock bottom, and the only way is up from here. It can represent being at the lowest point, therefore you can only really expect that things will get better from here on.

It can also symbolize feelings of being a victim. In the victim state you are making out in your own mind that things are much worse than they actually appear to be. You may feel like everyone is getting ahead of you and you are left with the scraps of life, or you feel like you are a doormat. However, this is a mental choice. The state of ‘woe is me’ is not serving you at this time and you need to find ways to create better mental patterns so you can regain your power.

The 10 Of Swords In TarotDespite the picture looking pretty grim, there is actually hope in this card with the new dawn appearing. It is a new day and you may have been through a lot in a certain situation, but you have gained tools along the way in order to cope. It is important to try and flip around any sense of misfortune you feel has occurred in your life in order to keep moving forward. If you get stuck in what you feel has not worked in your life, you will not grow as a person, and you will be blocking new joy in your life.

How to pick yourself up.

The HIgh Priestess In TarotIf you have drawn this card in a reading, now might be a great time to take on a meditation practice if you have not already, as this will help ease the mental patterns that are causing you more distress than is necessary. Meditation can calm the rough seas of your mind and help you make better decisions and see situations with less charge.

Another tool you may consider is self hypnosis to help change the unconscious mental patterns you have going on in your head that lead to painful situations. Some belief systems say that our external world reflects back our internal world, and a lot of our internal world is held in our subconscious mind.

The 10 Of Swords In Tarot

Our subconscious mind consists of beliefs we have unknowingly taken on as a child and carried with us throughout our whole life. These beliefs either help us or hinder us, and if we are experiencing consistent inner pain due to perceived external circumstances, it may be time to update the software of our mind with the help from some self hypnosis.

Spending time hacking your subconscious mind through simple reprogramming exercises is another way you can get yourself out of a mental rut. Our thoughts and emotions are habitual and 95% of them stem from our subconscious mind. There are ways to rewire our brain, but for whatever reason, this is not taught as a common practice for everyday people in order to have success, but it is no less effective.

Questions to ask yourself.

  • Is the situation really as bad as you think it is?
  • Where is the silver lining? Can you focus more on the silver lining more than the problem?
  • Where might you be feeling sorry for yourself and therefore blocking your personal power?
  • What are some constructive thoughts you can have rather than doomsday thoughts?
  • How might you make the best use of the new dawn presented in the card?

I would love to hear how you get yourself out of mental ruts. Feel free to comment below and let me know!


16 thoughts on “The 10 Of Swords In Tarot”

  1. It might seem redundant and the “usual” of what everyone else is told, but I just like taking a step away and taking my mind off it for a while.

    I’m a firm believer that even on the busiest days that you should spend at least 1 hour doing something you love.

    If it’s reading, playing the piano, painting, ANYTHING, and then when you come back you’ll have an entire new thought process and clarity then you did before.

    But that’s what I do, and maybe it might be worth doing if you find yourself with the same issues.

    1. Totally agree Tyler! Everyone has their specific ways to let go of focussing on a problem in order to come back to it with a clearer head. Doing what you love for an hour a day is really important. Thanks for visiting.

  2. Anthony Little

    Very interesting article. I really didn’t understand the whole deal with tarot card until I read your article. I glad you pointed out that tarot card are not meant to tell the future, but to shine light on the situations. 10 sword card must have been in my back pocket 8 yrs ago, I’ve been at that place where I loses everything in my life. I been where I’ve hit rock bottom but I have bonce back I kept my hope on thing in my life. You article really inspires your reader to have hope. Tape into their subconscious mind and become who they want to be in life. Awesome Article on 10 of sword.

    1. HI Anthony, thanks for sharing your experience, and I am really glad I have shed some light on the whole Tarot card thing for you. There would be many who disagree with me about not using the Tarot to predict the future, but I just feel that given we have free will, nothing can possibly set in stone. There are only probabilities. I do feel it is a great tool for personal growth though.

  3. I think its how you choose to bounce back in your life. You have a choice to stay a bottom of the pits or do something to rise to top. It’s all about talking yourself you can achieve anything in life when you tap into your subconscious mind. There’s hope for any situation it’s up to you to believe it.

  4. Garrick Breaux

    I must admit at first I was lost in the beginning of your blog. After reading on I realized what message you was relaying and I appreciate this information. I am living proof that you are what you think. The mind is a power tool if used. Everything happens for a reason I believe and my success in my 10 plus years of being in business for myself has manifested from previous thoughts. Thoughts really do become things. The subconscious never sleeps and what you put into your conscious mind will leak over to you subconscious. Beware of what goes into your mind.

  5. DrSarahBrewer

    There’s something about Tarot that I find compelling, and on the few occasions that I’ve had my cards ‘read’ I found the statements resonated with me. I first had my cards read by a Romany gypsy when I was about 16 and he told me I would live to the age of 96. From what you said about not using Taro to predict the future, I suspect that didn’t come from the cards?

    1. Hello Sarah. It is hard to know where he may have gotten that information from. There a readers who claim they are from something like a 5th generation line of psychics. Who knows where or how they are getting their information from? I am not one of them and have a very practical down to earth approach to the Tarot. I think any advice anyone gets from the Tarot needs to be actionable for it to be truly valuable, but that is just my opinion. Thanks for your comment!

  6. I find your approach to Tarot cards very interesting. I don’t have any experience with Tarot cards, but since I dropped by your article, why not see what it is. I thought that Tarot cards only were used for predicting futures. I agree with you though, when we can become what we want, how can a future be determined by the turn of a card? Would the turning of the card be the reason why you choose your future, or would your future look the same anyway?

    You may not have the answer to that either, I just had to mention it. What I wanted to say, was that your way of using Tarot cards seems healthier to me, so I am grateful for your presentation here.
    Thank you for being so informative on all the aspects involved, I appreciate that.

    1. Hey OHHvediing, your question is an interesting one, and leads to all sorts of mysteries where you can go down a rabbit hole. Some use Tarot to predict the future. I don’t use it for that, except maybe to look at one or two probabilities of a situation. But that doesn’t mean anything is set in stone-to me anyway. There are others who use the cards differently, but that is what is great about them. You can choose how you use them and do your own personal experienments (see my post on Tarot And Personal Growth-How To See Your Patterns At A Glance for an idea around this). Thanks for your comments.

  7. This was an awesome post about tarot cards! That picture really looks much worse than it intends to!
    I don’t know much about tarot cards so I learned some new things today.
    I definitely know what you mean by adopting beliefs in your subconscious mind as a kid. I’m still working on reprogramming my mind!
    Thanks for this post this was really helpful.
    As well as easy to read.
    I look forward to reading more from you!

  8. Great post! I listen to tarot readings sometimes, but never knew what each individual card means. I always rely on the card reader to tell. But i guess everyone has a different interpretation, as it does depend on an individual perception.

    To get out of a rut, i like to break the pattern. Meaning when i feel i am not getting anywhere i try to change what i am doing, and it is not nescesarilly that i will start meditating, or doing something i like, it might mean just going and ‘cutting the grass’, or cleaning something. It sort of helps change how i feel, and shifts the focus…:)

    1. Glad you liked it Joana. Good Tarot readers will have similar interpretations to each Tarot card because they have done their study on all the interpretations and meanings. However, where each reading will be different is the combination of the cards within a spread and the story that is bought out for the overall reading. This is where it gets really interesting and where different readers will interpret a spread differently. However, synchronicity comes into play at this point-what you hear from a particular Tarot reader at a particular point in time (even though a different Tarot reader may have given you a different interpretation) was meant for you to hear in order for you to get clarity on a particular situation.

      I like your approach to getting out of a rut. Sometimes the simple things are often the best!

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