Ten of Swords
„the acceptance of striking faith“
loss, devastation, pain and sorrow
Malkuth through Yetzirah
The Ten of Swords card shows a man in deep pain. He is naked and must surrender to his situation. His spine is impaled by ten swords. These swords have no handles. This implies, that nothing specific is at work here. Whatever it is, that causes so much pain it wasn’t meant as a revenge or punishment. It may not even be a karmic event, regarding this present life. There is nobody to blame, not even oneself, even if it doesn’t seem this way at first sight. If betrayal or backstabbing is involved it has probably been a series of events that were meant to happen in a certain way and could not be averted. If faith itself strikes it often invokes a conflict within ourself and higher powers, we tend to blame. It is natural to do so and part of the process of growing and healing.
The man on the card is trapped in square, which means that there is no escape into the spiritual world or a quick way out. The mind is caged by grief, pain or mourning. The man is drowning in a sea of sorrow.
Often it is loss or a final ending, which is involved with this card.
The lilies, flowers of the dark aspect of feminity indicate the purity of that which is lost. They are also a symbol for resurrection which gives hope and grants a way out. But only time will heal those deep wounds.
There is one positive aspect thought – that’s it. It is not likely that something worse will happen – the deepest point of the personal abyss is reached. There is only the way up now, even if it takes time to find out of the darkness.
To finally heal it is necessary to dissolve the own self. It may even lead to death of the ego. One will emerge as a changed person, mostly for the better. It is a time where everything uncovers. This counts for hidden parts of oneself and secrets. Also, these times will show, if one can count on family, friends and colleagues. Merely the pure truths and relationships remain. The closet will be cleaned out, not necessarily by choice though. This seems to be a small relief, regarded from the present situation, but times will be better from now on, slowly but steady. The semicircle can be interpreted as the rising sun, promising hope and emergence from this deep and dark night.