Ten of Wands
My self-study of Tarot continues with the Ten of Wands. Or, as I just heard, “one who holds.”
Picking up the pieces, “carry that weight,” determination, self-inflicted struggle, dependable and yet self-sacrificing in a detrimental way.
Wands, sprigs (leaves), castle, grass, trees, garden.
What stands out for me is the wall of wands – wall or maybe fence. In either case, the wands held in such a way present a challenge and also perhaps a barrier to… fulfillment? enlightenment? happiness? Perhaps all of the above.
Blue, green, brown, yellow, white, burnt orange, red, sage, cream, red, gold.
It’s the gold under the feet of the “slave” (aha!) that grabs my attention. While it could be unassuming, it instead stands out like a beacon. And although the man pictured seems to be looking down at that beautiful rich gold, there’s every probability he isn’t seeing it due to the focus necessary to carry the burden in his arms.
What the Guide Says
“A man oppressed by the weight of the ten staves which he is carrying. Divinatory Meanings: A card of many significances, and some of the readings cannot be harmonized. I set aside that which connects it with honor and good faith. It is oppression simply, but it is also fortune, gain, any kind of success of these things. It is also a card of false seemings, disguise, perfidy. The place which the figure is approaching may suffer from the rods that he carries. Success is stultified if the Nine of Swords follows, and if it is a question of a lawsuit – there will be certain loss. Reversed: Contrarieties, difficulties, intrigues, and their analogies.”
Well… Yes? Sort of. Maybe. In a generalized sense, I’m in agreement with the author of the card’s meaning. I’m most in agreement with “A card of many significances, and some of the readings cannot be harmonized.” There’s a whole lot going on for whomever this card signifies, and/or there’s a whole lot going on in a situational sense if it’s a condition or happening that’s being queried. For that alone, with this card I’d be doing a whole lot of listening and feeling when it rises in a reading.
What “We” Say
Who this person is experiences an uneven distribution of a weight not intended for him.
We notice the weight of the wands creates imbalance which can extend into all life structures.
We see life itself may afford riches and abundance and yet none of this can be appreciated or enjoyed past the weight as it obscures all else.
Weight of the world, overage of challenges held as though a property.
I might ask this client, “What benefit do you gain from holding this as though it belongs to you?” … “What are you missing by holding this in such a way?” … “What might happen if you let it go?”
What comes up for you around the Ten of Wands?