Ten of Swords Tarot Card Meaning and Art Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
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
DescriptionA figure lies on the ground, pierced by the swords of the card.
Meaning of Ten of Swords from the Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Violence or backstabbing, as shown by the design; also pain, affliction, tears, sadness, desolation. It is not specifically a card of violent death.
Advantage, profit, success, favor, but none of these are permanent; also power and authority.
According to Many Schools of Thought
Papus's Divinatory Meanings
Uncertainty in the hatred.
A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings
Followed by Ace and King, imprisonment; for girl or wife, treason on the part of friends.
Victory and consequent fortune for a soldier in war.
Mme. Le Normand's Divinatory Meanings
Inherited wealth. Business. Fortune. Journey on account of business. Travel.
S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings
Tears, Affliction, Grief, Sorrow
Passing Success, Momentary Advantage.
P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings
Grief, loss of freedom
passing trouble or illness.
Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings
good fortune in marriage; ill fortune at the gaming table. You will lose much money at gaming; at last you will give up the practice, and in ripe old age you will be blessed by the birth of a daughter, whom you will name Fortuna.