BASIC DESCRIPTION: A man carrying a
bundle of ten wands walks away from the viewer, apparently toward a
FIRST THING THAT STRUCK ME: The wands must be heavy because he is so hunched over.
UPRIGHT MEANINGS: "A card of many significances, and some of the
readings cannot be harmonized. I set aside that which connects it
with honour and good faith. The chief meaning is oppression simply,
but it is also of fortune, gain, any kind of success, and then it is
the oppression of these things. It is also a card of false-seeming,
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." (Waite)
Bearing the burden alone. Oppression (yet not without benefit), servitude, hard work/labor, treadmill, bringing work home, overtime, striving to meet a goal, trying to do it all and/or have it all. Overload, taking on too much, shouldering too many burdens, struggling under a heavy load, over-extension of resources, maxxed out, excess in all things. Responsibility, weight of obligations or relationships, trudging through life, taking your "eyes off the prize" and seeing only obstacles, necessary but unpleasant duties, accountability, taking the blame, guilt, depression, stress, strain from overbearing pressures (external or internal), martyr complex, need to delegate to others, need for readjustment of power. Struggle to complete tasks, trial by fire, determination, stubbornness, tenacity, not letting things go, problems soon to be resolved, perseverence will pay off. Possibly using power for selfish ends, greed, working so as to avoid facing something.
ALSO: Feeling old and tired. Birthdays that end in "0." Cleaning up after a party or other group event.
REVERSED MEANINGS: Contrarieties, difficulties,
intrigues, and their analogies. (Waite)
Treachery, duplicity, traitor, deceiver, subterfuge, some losses will occur. Separation, emigration, displacement. Selfishness, shifting responsibility to another, passing the buck, slacking. Easing of work load, throwing off burdens, release from tension, unbearable situation has ended, letting go of the past, closure. Moderation and restraint.
ALSO: Physical or emotional collapse.
BIBLICAL: Bringing in the sheaves. "The harvest is great, but the workers are few."--Matthew 9:37
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
For every man shall bear his own burden.--Galatians 6:2-5
Reversed: Throw your burden upon Jehovah himself. And he himself will sustain you. Never will he allow the righteous one to totter.--Psalms 55:22
Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.--Matthew 11:28-30
HISTORICAL: Slavery, serfdom.
INSECT: ant and rhinoceros beetle,
who can carry many times their own weight
TIME/SEASON: late fall
WEATHER: "Hochnebel" just before Christmas. Hochnebel is fog which rises up to the low cloud ceiling, trapping the valley in a grey shroud.
FILM: "Longitude"--John Harrison's
40-year effort to build an accurate chronometer. There are elements
of the Ten of Wands in many films (and books); too many to list.
MUSIC: "Banana Boat (Day-O)" by Harry Belefonte. "400 Years" by Bob Marley.
PUBLIC PEOPLE OR EVENTS: Barbarossa, who died because his armor was too heavy.
OCCUPATIONS: laborer (farmer, builder, gardener...), caddy, roadie, squire, weapons dealer
SITUATIONS IN MY LIFE: Moving
THIS CARD/PERSON IN MY LIFE: Mothers of Christmas Past, Present and Future
PERSONAL THOUGHTS: Thinking past the first impulse of "oppression," what other possibilities are here? Do the wands represent the work, or the reward, or even stolen goods? Are they being carried for someone else, or are they one's own? Will their effect be beneficial, or damaging? Are they assets or liabilities? Tools or weapons? Who will they serve?
What are you bringing home to your family? What are you passing on?
Could the burden be redistributed, divided, lessened, shared?
FAVORITE REPRESENTATION: Ancestral
COMPARISONS TO OTHER DECKS: Though the wands are generally seen as a burden, the way they are borne provides a variety of interpretations. See PERSONAL THOUGHTS above.
COMPARISONS TO OTHER CARDS:
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Ten of Wands IMHO page created December 20, 2004.