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Ten of Wands

A description and interpretation of the role of The Ten of Wands in the Tarot

In a nutshell...


  • renewal
    fulfillment of goals
    emotional charge

  • carelessness
    lack of clarity


General overview

As a follower of the Tarot, are you looking for reliable information on the Ten of Wands? You are in the right place! First, let's look at what 10 means in the world of numerology.

The non-court cards of the divinatory tarot's minor arcana are essentially defined by a suit- cups, wands, swords or pentacles - and a number, ranging from 1 to 10. It is therefore perfectly natural that the Ten of Wands is most often associated with pleasing ideas of completeness and accomplishment, as if the seeker can now reap the benefits of all their past actions!

From a visual point of view, the card shows two groups of four sticks that intertwine to form a cross. Two white wands cross vertically through the center of this structure. The symmetry of the whole is reinforced by the presence of two flowers on each side of the central checkerboard. They look very like wings and refer to the traditional imagery of the angel.

The symmetrical character of the Ten of Wands conveys the idea of union, a happy combination of masculine and feminine energies. In the center of the structure, it is possible to contemplate the fruit of this combination, i.e. a child. This arcana has strong associations with creation, that essential force that drives us to renew life and promote our desires.

Life has no value unless it is a fire that constantly renews itself.


  • from an emotional viewpoint

    The Ten of Wands is deeply appreciated for the capacity for action and renewal that is associated with it. When looked at in the frame of romantic relationships, it will encourage meetings and the establishment of a serious relationship. Conscious of their objectives, the seeker will often deploy an impressive amount of energy to find their soul mate.

  • from a career viewpoint

    The qualities associated with the Ten of Wands will manifest most naturally in the seeker's professional life. The arcana will make them aware of their responsibilities and the importance of hard work. This fierce desire to succeed in their professional life will be a major asset for anyone who wants to climb the ladder in their company. However, it is important to check that the workload that comes with this success isn't too difficult to endure in the long term.

  • from a life path viewpoint

    The Ten of Wands offers a wide range of lessons to the seeker. It helps them to question the means they need to employ to achieve their long-term objectives, whether they relate to the professional or the emotional spheres. Although their strengths will make success easier to achieve, the price to be paid may well be too high. Therefore, this card should be considered as an invitation to look for balance, so that the causes you want to support don't turn out to be burdens.

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    Its influence

    • short-term

      In the short term, the Ten of Wands is always associated with the end of a period of conflict and with renewal. You now have a clear vision of the objectives you want to achieve, and you intend to use your energy to get to them. You have given yourself a mission, all that remains is to complete your work!

    • long-term

      When analyzed over the long term, the Ten of Wands teaches you to remember to take time revisit the objectives you have given yourself. It's not about abandoning them, but simply about learning how to let go when your workload becomes too much to bear. Your well-being - and that of your loved ones - depends on it!

    Full interpretation

    Interpretation of The Ten of Wands upright

    The Ten of Wands is a complex card to interpret. Some specialists emphasize its undeniable creative power, while others do not hesitate to emphasize the way of the cross with which it is also associated. As is always the case in the world of the divination tarot, an analysis can't be considered accurate unless you take the time to consider all the cards in the draw.

    From a general point of view, it is essential to understand that the Ten of Wands is strongly linked to the completion of a cycle. After considerable effort, the seeker can finally benefit from a clear vision of their future and of the means they need to implement in order to achieve their objectives. They will have an amazing amount of energy to use, which will be very helpful.

    Aware of the effort needed to succeed with their projects, today is the point of no return for the seeker. They are now obliged to accept their responsibilities, along with a sometimes enormous workload. With the Ten of Wands there is no longer any possibility of turning back, the path to success is all mapped out.

    For their future well-being, it is essential the seeker asks themselves this question: is the burden that comes with it really worth it?

    Interpretation of The Ten of Wands reversed

    When the Ten of Wands appears upside down in a divinatory tarot draw, there are two main scenarios that are possible.

    In the first of these, this draw reflects the difficulties the seeker is having in finding their life’s true purpose. Their career goals might not be clear, which leads to them feeling apathetic and helpless. Although it's sometimes nice to just drift, the need to act for the things that are important to us is at the very heart of our being!

    In other, more beneficial, draw configurations, a reversed Ten of Wands testifies to the seeker's ability to offload weights that are too heavy to bear, when the need arises. This ability to adapt doesn't prevent them from keeping their objectives in mind, it simply offers them the necessary perspective to make their efforts effective in the long-term.