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Ten of Wands Tarot Card Meaning and Art Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck


Ten of Wands

About the Deck

Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck

These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.


Loren Lundgren, © 2021


A man carries ten staves, burdened down by their weight. It represents the burden of material wealth. It may also represent false-seeming, disguise, corruption, as if the place the man approaches will suffer beatings from the rods he carries.

Meaning of Ten of Wands from the Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck


Oppression, especially that of fortune, gain, or any kind of success. Success will be mocked if the Nine of Swords follows. If it is a question of a lawsuit, loss is certain.


Opposition, difficulties, conspiracies.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings


A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

Difficulties and contradictions, if near a good card.

Mme. Le Normand's Divinatory Meanings

Happiness. Indifference. Trouble from outsiders. Slander.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings


Confidence, Security, Honour, Good Faith


Treachery, Subterfuge, Duplicity, Bar.

P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings


Prosperity and luxury


a sea voyage.

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

a long journey by railroad, and great advantages therefrom.