Ten of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Ten of Swords Tarot Card Meaning | California Psychics

Ten of Swords Keywords

Endings, defeat, and loss, fear, unexpected disaster, and betrayal.

Swords Suit Meaning

The Suit of Swords is associated with intellect, communication, logic, and cunning. Some cards in this suit deal with aspects of emotional distress. Swords represent the element of Air, and the Air signs, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Both the Suit of Swords and the element of Air are concerned with truth and wisdom. Just as Air signs are nonjudgmental and constantly in pursuit of knowledge, the Swords are the cards that tell hardest truths. Depending on the deck, this suit could be called Knives, Blades, or Spades, to name a few.

General Meaning for the Ten of Swords

The Ten of Swords is not a positive card. It points to failure and feeling hopeless. The end of something big. It is the card for “rock bottom”, in a lot of ways. It is the end of the numbered Sword cards, and the only suit where the Ten is negative, rather than positive. It is a card of grief, of hopelessness, which is to say that when you pull this card, whatever road you’ve been walking has come to an end. The important thing to remember when you see the Ten of Swords is that it cannot get worse than this. That means it is only going to get better. The cycle of swords has been slowly spiraling down to this place, but now is the time to rise. Say goodbye, let yourself feel the hurt, and then know that it’s time to move on.

Ten of Swords in the Past/Yesterday Meaning

There is trauma in the past you’re still dealing with in a big way. This is likely the type of thing you will continue to work on and heal over time but be aware of how what’s happened in the past is affecting you in the present.

Ten of Swords in the Present/Today Meaning

If you draw the Ten of Swords in the present position, it is a clear indication that things are bad. This is a low point for you, and the only way to go from here is up.

Ten of Swords in the Future/Tomorrow Meaning

Seeing the Ten of Swords in the future position is a warning that things are going to get worse before they get better, if you’ve been holding onto something hoping for change, or a miracle, it’s time to consider leaving before things get worse. There is no way out but an ending.

Love and Relationships Meaning for the Ten of Swords


Chances are you’ve recently been through a traumatic ending. It is likely that there are wounds that need your attention, not the attention of someone else. Take time to yourself and do some inner healing before searching for the next relationship.


You may be about to hear a shocking, painful, and permanent truth about a love relationship. This transition is a painful one, and you will feel hurt. The nature of the information may vary, but the effect it will have on you is going to be extreme. It’s important to remember that by embracing this change instead of fighting it, eventually you will come to the conclusion that it was all for the best, even if it was painful. The Ten of Swords is an ending, but it also marks a new beginning. Things are going to change, and ultimately improve.

Career Meaning for the Ten of Swords

A long-standing job or contract may be coming to an end unexpectedly. The Ten of Swords is always the end of something, and it is always a painful or shocking end. It also always paves the way for something new ahead. Know that whatever happens is ultimately for the best.

Financial Meaning for the Ten of Swords

Someone who owes you money may suddenly stop paying you. A loss related to an investment will not pay-off as promised, perhaps due to a market correction/crash. This loss could potentially be substantial. If it hasn’t happened yet, reevaluate where you’re investing. If you’re dealing with the fallout from this, know that it will not get any worse than it is now.

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