Tarotbytes: 10 of Swords

From the Archives: “Life, Lemons and the Ten of Swords”


10 of Swords: The ashes of our tragedies is the birthplace of our phoenix. Rise.

The 10 of swords isn’t necessarily an omen of doom.The 10 of swords is an important card It touches a universal theme that has been ensconced in proverbs, adages, posters and mugs throughout the ages:

“Into every life a little rain must fall”

“Plan for the worst and hope for the best”

“Life is just one darn thing after another”

“Sh** Happens”

“Fall seven times, get up eight”

When (when, not if,) life hands you lemons….

The 10 of swords isn’t some movie occult evil prediction of tragedy…it is a reminder that no life is perfect, tragedy and defeat does happen, and asks us to think about what we well do when it does.

“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands” ~ Richard Bach

Another point of the triumph-from-tragedy, phoenix-from-ashes aspect of this card is the number 10 itself. It is the highest number of any card suite. It represents fullness, even excess. It is the tipping point where one thing begins to become its opposite. The 10 of swords is the tipping point, where tragedy can become triumph. It is the oven where we can turn those lemons into meringue pie.



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