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Ten of Wands Art and Meaning

Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck

A man oppressed by the weight of the ten staves which he is carrying.

About the Deck

Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present.

Provenance

Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.

Meaning of Ten of Wands from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck

Upright

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 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.

Reversed

Contrarieties, difficulties, intrigues, and their analogies.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Uncertainty.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

Difficulties and contradictions, if near a good card.

Mme. Le Normand's Divinatory Meanings

Happiness. Indifference. Trouble from outsiders. Slander.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Confidence, Security, Honour, Good Faith

Reversed

Treachery, Subterfuge, Duplicity, Bar.

P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Prosperity and luxury

Reversed

a sea voyage.

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

a long journey by railroad, and great advantages therefrom.

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