Ten of Swords Tarot Card Meaning and Art Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present. I made a digitally retouched and painted version of this deck, which I call the "Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck". The cards from that deck, as well as a modern English translation of the romantic English descriptions by Arthur Edward Waite (as appear on the Waite Smith Tarot deck) appear in a cross-referenced format in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot: In Vivid Color"
Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.
DescriptionA prostrate figure, pierced by all the swords belonging to the card.
Meaning of Ten of Swords from the Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Whatsoever is intimated by the design; also pain, affliction, tears, sadness, desolation. It is not especially a card of violent death.
Advantage, profit, success, favour, but none of these are permanent; also power and authority.
According to Many Schools of Thought
Uncertainty in the hatred.
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.
Inherited wealth. Business. Fortune. Journey on account of business. Travel.
Tears, Affliction, Grief, Sorrow
Passing Success, Momentary Advantage.
Grief, loss of freedom
passing trouble or illness.
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.