Card Meanings,  Sacred Circle

Key Words: 10 of Swords

Written by: Emma Sunerton-Burl

10 of Swords

Disillusionment; distrust in one’s own self or life; chance to re-examine; too many choices; lack of centring; self-love as grounding keystone; lots of opportunities; out of touch with passion; take space; gathering personal energies; time to clear out other’s influences on the situation; fear of death; fear of change; need for higher perspective; taking the gold from challenges of the past; need for spiritual contact; support of the earth; cultivating inner security; finding one’s inner compass; using past challenges as a map for healing present situation.

10 of Swords Reversed

Stuckness; circular thoughts and fears; denial of truth; need for surrender to higher self; letting go of rationalisation and moving to ones feeling centre; depression; lack of movement; panic and frantic undirected movement; exhaustion; too many things to do; need for a break but fearful to take it; illness.

10 of Swords Transformational Potential

When this card comes into your spread you are at a low point about the situation, however from here you are able to take an improved path. Allow yourself to find your depths of spiritual resource and heights of spiritual support. You can do this by being alone and allowing your feelings to come through and then sending yourself love from the highest place. Meditation will also help at this time. The situation itself is about to change and what you will lose is not of value – to the contrary, you will gain a good deal of healing and insight as you let go. Joy will return. Allow yourself to trust.

10 of Swords Questions

  1. What are your hopes and fears if you allow yourself to trust things are moving towards the better?
  2. What is the root of your fears? Allow yourself some space alone to explore these and help yourself recognise how your present situation is different from the past.
  3. In what area of life do you most fear ruin?

10 of Swords Suggestions

  • Go into nature and see how nature supports you – the earth beneath your feet – the roots of a tree support a tree etc. Feel yourself as part of the supporting energy of nature.
  • Pick a card for what your life will be like when you let go of your fears.
  • Talk to a friend about your fears and listen to yourself through their loving eyes.

10 of Swords Affirmations

I am at peace with myself.

I trust myself completely.

This situation serves to strengthen my reliance on my Self.

I am one with my higher Self.


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Emma works as an intuitive psychic tarot reader and runs one to one online training courses on reading with the Thoth tarot deck using a unique blend of intuition and psychological techniques. This has now been extended to working intuitively with RWS style decks too. She also mentors other professional and non-professional tarot readers. She offers visualisation MP3 downloads for intuition development, tarot readings F2F, telephone or distance, and healing – see her website for details

Emma has a Bsc in Psychology and is a trained counsellor, counselling supervisor and trainer. She integrates this experience in her Tarot work, and in her self-written training courses for personal development, Tarot, and Tarot mentoring.

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