8 Ten of Swords Tarot Meanings: Love, Outcomes, Feelings & More!

The meaning of the Ten of Swords Tarot card is ‘disaster.’ This is a card of destruction. All is lost in a situation once the Ten of Swords makes an appearance. In fact, many Tarot readers (including myself) read it as the worst card in the pack. Conflicts, drama, and emotional pain will all reach their next stage or conclusion.

Ten of Swords Tarot Meaning

When the Ten of Swords appears in your reading, relationships end in the most terrible and cruel way. You can expect to be stripped of your confidence after the fact. In fact, the Ten of Swords often pops up to represent abusive relationships.

The Ten of Swords Tarot love and relationships

Ten of Swords – My Thoughts

“I personally believe that the Ten of Swords is one of the worst Tarot cards you can receive. It predicts all things negative.” – Lisa

When it comes to business, career, and finance all is also lost. Poverty, bankruptcy, home repossession, and loss of a career are all common interpretations for the Ten of Swords. Once the dust settles, you must begin anew.

In many cases, the Ten of Swords can also represent ill health. The reason for this is because the card is associated with agony and pain; your anguish may be physical as well as emotional. Time spent in prison is a common interpretation of the Ten of Swords, especially if combined with The Tower. Depression and grief are common themes.

If the Ten of Swords lands in an outcome or future position of a Tarot spread, additional cards should be pulled to show you how you can begin to rebuild your life.

Ten of Swords Love Tarot Meaning

For the majority of love Tarot readings, the Ten of Swords is a very negative outcome, especially if it appears in the future. The Ten of Swords is a sign that you should abandon the relationship and move on with your life, because the road you’re on will bring you nothing but misery and depressive feelings. There are better things (and people) out there for you – you should go out and find them.

If you want to know if your ex-lover will come back, the Ten of Swords can have two meanings; either they’re not coming back, or they will but nothing good will come of it. The relationship doesn’t have a future. 

(If you would like more love and relationship Tarot meanings for the Ten of Swords, be sure to check out my Love Tarot Meanings e-book.)

Ten of Swords Feelings Tarot Meaning

Your lover is feeling as though they want to end the relationship because nothing positive is coming from it. They don’t see a bright future for this partnership. Perhaps they do not feel as though you two are compatible. 

If you’re reading on a potential partner’s feelings, the Ten of Swords can mean that they’re not focused on a relationship right now. Other parts of their life are going badly, and they don’t have the time and energy for you.

Ten of Swords Career & Business Tarot Meaning

Like in other types of readings, the Ten of Swords predicts a terrible outcome for business and career readings. Your business, product, or plan will not be successful and will eventually run into serious problems. With the Ten of Swords card, there’s nothing more to say other than it’s time for you to get back to the drawing board and think up a different idea entirely. 

Ten of Swords Future Tarot Meaning

This relationship does not have a positive future. Nothing good will come from this situation. As harsh as this sounds, the prospects of this partnership are non-existent. 

If you pursue a relationship with this person, you’re only going to get hurt. In fact, I would go as far as to say that this is going to be one of the hardest break-ups you will ever experience. This break-up will be soul-destroying. If you’re not already in a partnership with this person, you’re best off avoiding it for the sake of your future self.

Yes or No with the Ten of Swords

General – The Ten of Swords is always a no.

Do they like me? – This person does not like you romantically. 

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Am I pregnant? – No, you are not pregnant. 

Is this relationship going to last? – No, this relationship is not going to last. 

Does the future of this look promising? – No, the future of this situation, idea, or relationship does not look promising. 

Am I going to reconcile with my ex? – No, you are not going to reconcile with your ex, but they may give you false hope. 

Ten of Swords as a Negative, Weakness, or Obstacle

The Ten of Swords will land as a negative, weakness, or blockage if you have already experienced a ‘Ten of Swords’ moment in your life and allow that to hold you back. You find it hard to get over betrayals. The Ten of Swords as a negative serves as a warning that you should not allow your past to dictate your future. 

Ten of Swords as a Positive, Strength, or Advantage

The Ten of Swords is rarely positive. They say, however, that even in the darkest of circumstances, there’s still hope for a better tomorrow. In the Rider-Waite design of the card, the sun rises in the distance to begin another day. If the Ten of Swords is rock bottom, remember that the only way from there is up.

Closing Thoughts on The Ten of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

How do you feel about the Ten of Swords? Do you hate when it appears in your Tarot reading? Or do you not think that it is so bad? Feel free to share in the comments section below!

(Please note that I do not interpret other people’s readings for them. If you’re looking for help interpreting your Tarot readings, feel free to check out the Love Tarot Meanings e-book). 

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