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Ten of Swords Art and Meaning

Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck

A prostrate figure, pierced by all the swords belonging to the card.

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 Swords from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck Deck

Upright

Whatsoever is intimated by the design; also pain, affliction, tears, sadness, desolation. It is not especially a card of violent death.

Reversed

Advantage, profit, success, favour, but none of these are permanent; also power and authority.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Uncertainty in the hatred.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

Upright

Followed by Ace and King, imprisonment; for girl or wife, treason on the part of friends.

Reversed

Victory and consequent fortune for a soldier in war.

Mme. Le Normand's Divinatory Meanings

Inherited wealth. Business. Fortune. Journey on account of business. Travel.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Tears, Affliction, Grief, Sorrow

Reversed

Passing Success, Momentary Advantage.

P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Grief, loss of freedom

Reversed

passing trouble or illness.

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

good fortune in marriage; ill fortune at the gaming table. You will lose much money at gaming; at last you will give up the practice, and in ripe old age you will be blessed by the birth of a daughter, whom you will name Fortuna.

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