Ten of Wands

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Ten of Wands from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

Ten of Wands is a Minor Arcana Tarot card of the Suit of Wands.

Tarot cards are used throughout much of Europe to play tarot card games.[1]

In English-speaking countries, where the games are largely unknown, Tarot cards came to be utilized primarily for divinatory purposes.[1][2]

Divination usage[edit]

Most often, the Ten of Wands card carries the meaning of overload and burdening situations where too much responsibility has been taken on by the subject.

Key Meanings[edit]

The key meanings of the Ten of Wands:[3]

  • Burdens
  • Challenges
  • Intense pressure
  • Oppression
  • Overcommitment

Rider-Waite symbolism[edit]

  • A person overburdened by his enterprise, is nevertheless active and on the move, but not seeing past his wands (or obligations).
  • A city can be observed in the background. He may be headed there, perhaps with the goal of ridding himself of this load.


  1. ^ a b Dummett, Michael (1980). The Game of Tarot. Gerald Duckworth and Company Ltd. ISBN 0-7156-1014-7. 
  2. ^ Huson, Paul, (2004) Mystical Origins of the Tarot: From Ancient Roots to Modern Usage, Vermont: Destiny Books, ISBN 0-89281-190-0 Mystical Origins of the Tarot
  3. ^ Trusted Tarot (2010) Ten of Wands