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Ten of Wands | Symbology & Interpretations | Tarot Card Meanings

The Ten of Wands signified that you are nearing the end of a difficult time and have almost reached your goals. It may be that you feel burdened and pressured, but if you take one last push these difficult times will pass.

Ten of Wands Keywords

Upright Keywords

Reversed Keywords

Burdens, oppression, moving slowly, overworking, overexertion, stubbornness, pressure, taking responsibility, physical work, challenges, unrealistic expectations, difficult routes.

Releasing the pressure, overwhelmed, undependable, tired, giving up, breaking or stumbling, lack of prioritising, addicted to work.

Imagery & Symbolism

Ten of Wands
Ten of Wands

Village: In the distance, there is a small village, which shows the end is very near. However, the man carrying the wands has his vision blocked so he cannot see that his difficulties are coming to an end.

10 Wands: The wands signify the heavy burdens of too much going on, and are difficult to carry.

Trees: The landscape and trees can indicate that the grass is truly greener on the other side, but it is in the distance. The character is almost there, but one final push is needed.

Leaning Forward: The figure is leaning forward, as though he needs to uncomfortably push himself towards his end goal. This can represent the final push of energy needed.


Ten of Wands Tarot Card Meanings


When the Ten of Wands appears in a reading, it will typically signify a situation where there is intense pressure being placed upon you. You may have more on your to-do list than usual, or you have to work twice as hard. It is important to know that the end of this difficult time will come very soon, so you just need to make one final push of energy to move forward.


The Ten of Wands can suggest that although the end of a difficult situation is near, you are at the point of giving up. There is one final push that is needed, but it is likely you are too exhausted and need to rest before you want to push any further.



When the Ten of Wands appears in a love or relationship-related reading, it can be a sign of too much pressure and burden being placed on you in a relationship. All the relationship effort is likely being placed on you to keep it moving forward.


The Ten of Wands can mean that your relationship with your partner or friend consists of nothing but burdens and pressure. It is likely that you are the one taking on all the effort to an extreme to make this relationship work, but are at a breaking point and are considering giving up on the relationship.



The Ten of Wands appearing in a career, job, or business-related reading can indicate too much pressure regarding your work and career life, there may be too much going on at once, and you are putting your best effort in but are not seeing any results or return. It is important to know that the end of this difficult time or project is near, but you just can't see it yet. When supported by the Six of Swords, this can indicate deciding to move away from a negative and exhausting situation.


The Ten of Wands can indicate feeling too exhausted to continue working. There may be added pressure at this time and you have too much on your plate. It is important to ask for help when you need it or ask a colleague to take some of the work off you to lighten up your load. If the Ten of Wands is supported by the Four of Swords, it can suggest a pile-up of burdens and responsibilities. Rest is needed.



The Ten of Wands appearing in a financial reading can indicate trying to achieve difficult financial goals. It may be that you have set unrealistic expectations for yourself, and it has now proven difficult. The good news is that you will reach these goals soon and are almost there, you just can't see it yet. One final push is needed then your goal has been achieved.


The Ten of Wands can indicate that you are overworking for extra money. This can be taking on extra shifts at work, or doing more than necessary to earn a little extra income. Although this is fine, it is physically demanding to reach an unrealistic expectation so soon. You may be let down by how slowly you will achieve it.



The Ten of Wands appearing in a health-related reading can indicate that you need help or support from others to take away some of your burdens and lighten your busy load. You are currently doing all the work independently and need to ask others to contribute to some of the tasks. Your physical health is at risk, and your body will not be able to handle too much too soon.


The Ten of Wands can indicate that due to overworking and added pressure, you may become vulnerable or unwell. You have too much on your plate, and your physical body is unable to handle the pressure. This can cause delays in completing tasks and slow recovery.


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