Ten Of Wands – Rider Waite Tarot Deck

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I. Ten of Wands Rider Waite image description

The Ten of Wands describes a man holding a bunch of sticks. It seemed they are too heavy for him, but he knew the village ahead was not far away. This card refers to a person who has just finished harvesting and is struggling to reach the fruits of his labor in the market.

Ten of Wands Rider Waite image description

On this card, there is a struggling man trying to carry ten heavy sticks. They are layered closely together in front of him so he could not even see the road. We can see that this man is full of burden and responsibility. In fact, this is very normal. We carry too many things, trying to do everything we want. We think that if we can suffer until the weekend (or holidays, or finish a course), then we can rest. And then the weekend came, the holiday was over, and the mountain of work was still there.

The Ten of Wands may imply the times when you have to take over the bigger tasks. You can be reprimanded or be blamed for responsibilities. On the other hand, you may fall into the situation to step up the task because you are the only person capable of shouldering responsibility. Whatever you do right or wrong, you still will be to address the results/consequences eventually.

It also tells that your life will become more difficult than usual for a period. You will have to “fight” hard to reap small successes. Every step you take will feel like a struggle. When you see this card, be generous with yourself and lighten up the burden whenever possible, let others help you. You do not have to do everything yourself.

II. 10 of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

Overwhelm, Burden, Suffer.


  • Try to work too much;
  • Refused to say “no”;
  • Bear with all reprimand;
  • Take on the debt of others;
  • Take the big task;
  • Work overtime;
  • Take on all the work;
  • Take on more work.

Feel the burden

  • No time to rest;
  • Feel tired with monotonous work;
  • Limit the challenge;
  • Accountability;
  • Take responsibility;
  • Do the unwanted task;
  • Settle a chaotic situation;
  • Being blamed.


  • Fight hard;
  • Do everything in a challenging way;
  • Experience tolerance;
  • Resist current situation;
  • Hard to move step by step;
  • Realize that nothing comes easy;
  • Hard labor.

III. Opposite and Support Tarot cards to the 10 of Wands

Opposite cards

  • Fool – indifferent, live in the present;
  • Hanged Man – let go;
  • 4 of Wands – liberate the burden, get out of oppression;
  • 4 of Swords – relax, take a rest;
  • 7 of Swords – avoid responsibility.

Support cards

  • Justice – accept responsibility, take responsibility;
  • 5 of Wands – struggle, suffer;
  • 6 of Swords – deal with, doomed;
  • 9 of Swords – anxious;
  • 5 of Pentacles – enduring, difficult times.

IV. 10 of Wands Upright Card Keywords

burden, responsibility, hard work, stress, achievement

Words and Keywords

Carrying a burden, pressure related to work, responsibility superposition, determination, contain too much, inability to delegate, overload, fully responsible, buried in work, pressure, excessive stress, loneliness, hard work, rigorous project, heavy responsibility, hard work that leads to improvement in status, work overtime too much, burden nuisance, striving for success, work part-time, anxiety, try too hard, ask for too much, oppress, not achieve ambition.

Obsessive behavior, the temptation of power, work is above all, not enjoying, maturity in relationship, a sore back, skeletal muscle problems, heart problem; if I want to do right, I will do it myself; he is not a burden, he is my brother; a person who can not handle things alone, to accept the unpleasant results of your actions, eyes bigger than your stomach.


The number ten represents the completion of a cycle, and therefore, with the Ten of Wands, you have completed a cycle after a period of struggle. In the end, you are reaping your rewards after investing a lot for hard work and effort. You have accomplished a creative venture, realized a dream or a key goal set out, and now you must deal with the consequences remain.

When this card appears in the upright, you can feel as though you are carrying a significant burden. You may need to look closely at whether there is some way that can help you reduce this burden both literally and figuratively. If you look carefully, you will find that the part of the burden that you have to carry emotionally actually belongs to another person. The important thing is to think for yourself first. Do not try too hard.


Sometimes, this card implies that you are overly successful and it is better to narrow the scope of what you are doing. You may be tired of overwork, both in your personal and business life. You need to stop and take a rest as well as giving preference to yourself.

However, the Ten of Wands shows that even if you have achieved your goals, your responsibilities and commitment are still heavy burdens to place on your shoulders. You will continue to carry out the responsibilities you have set for yourself, to ensure continued success.

The problem is that these responsibilities can become overwhelming and you are biting the bullet. Like other business owners create a flourishing business but have to work 70-80 hours a week to meet the needs of employees. The inspiration and creativity associated with the original goal or vision have disappeared, and things quickly become difficult. So, you should skip or hand over some responsibility so you have time to enjoy life.


Your workload may now be too heavy to be realistic. Do not hesitate to ask for help or ask questions, and if your supervisor or colleague makes a new request which is over your limit, ask them whether you can suspend your work to take time for this new request or not. If you are not successful in finding a new job, do not be discouraged. Just keep trying, and you will not fail.


The appearance of the Ten of Wands often presents a difficult time in a relationship. This difficulty may come from your lover who is experiencing a bad time. Even though it does not affect your relationship, he/she still needs your support. Sometimes, this difficulty also implies that there is something in your relationship that needs to be reviewed, acknowledged, and reconsidered. If both of you believe that there is no trouble at all and ignore it, neither of you will benefit. If you are still struggling to find love, do not be discouraged. The right time will finally come, but maybe this is a good time to stop your search and simply allow yourself to relax and wait for the response.


Maybe, you are feeling the pressure and stress of money problems when this card appears in the context of the financial questions. Ideally, you should consider your situation calmly and create a plan. A wise man will always “expect the best, but plan for the worst”. You should do both of these things right away. Avoiding problems will not make them disappear. You should be a creative person in solving your own problems, and do not hesitate to ask for help if you need it.


Stress can seriously affect your body, but there are many ways you can cope with it. Firstly, you should keep a calm mind. Secondly, make sure that you get enough rest and sleep. Then, consider adding nutrition if you feel it is necessary, the cause of stress is your body’s lack of vitamins. If fatigue and insomnia and physical problems persist, seek treatment – even if you do not have much money and do not have health insurance, you still have a lot of helps which are always available for you.


Do not hesitate to call for support if you need it. However, you should learn to stop when you need to, and know when to release yourself from your burdens. Taking good care of yourself in every way is a particularly important task at this time.

Situation and advice

You are struggling to cope with challenges and full fill many of your commitments as well as your obligations. Maybe, you are getting too much responsibility and are carrying heavy workloads. You are overwhelmed and are wondering whether you have enough energy to finish. Regardless of the pressure of the burden, you still have enough energy to complete the task. Successful ambition and encouragement push you forward. However, you have to realize that you can not do everything.

You should learn to delegate responsibility and not take responsibility beyond your ability, otherwise, some of your plans will not be able to complete. You need to develop the ability to assess your limits. You may get bogged down at work and feel pressure from the weight of the job you have received. Over-concentration on career ambitions can interfere with other aspects of your life. This world continues without you. Overwork can lead to health problems, especially in the back, spinal column skeletal muscle system.

The Ten of Wands remind us of the responsibilities that we are carrying as well as the excess weight that placing on our shoulders. We have spent too much and trying to make everything happen. This card advises you to stop and reflect on your current lifestyle and career. Assessing your activities or tasks is important, as they relate to your bigger goals. You must manage the timetable or set up priority methods to use your time on the tasks that are really needed. Your goals need to be done more effectively, and you should also allow yourself to rest and relax when needed.

This card also means that you are being suppressed by external influences. You are overworked, too tired and too enthusiastic. At this point, you are assuming too much work to handle them all. While trying to finish the job, you feel overwhelmed with responsibility and overtime activities. You need to stop working for quite a time. Otherwise, your time, energy and working speed will be drained out. Then, all commitments will become stress.


Extremely ambitious people, the workers, who carry the burden or overwork, labor unions.

V. 10 of Wands Reversed Keywords

workaholic, hide from responsibility

Words and Keywords

(+) Get out of stress and pressure, the burden is put down, entrusted work wisely.

(-) Misuse of talents, arrogant ambition, overload, delay, failure, take responsibility, unrequited work, stuck with trophies on hand, suspected, unfair burden, jealous, deceit, lie, exhaustion, self-imposed obligations, lost, blaming responsibility, want to over control the lives of others, offend someone, abusive; problems with back, heart and skeletal muscle; be in troubles by things which are not worth it.


The Ten of Wands in the upright reflects that you are having too much burden. In contrast, this card points out that the things which you are taking are really unnecessary. If you feel burdened by the current situation, find ways to reduce the load. Can you delegate work and responsibilities? Are you worried about irrelevant or unchangeable issues? Do not become a martyr, but be more realistic about your abilities.

When it appears in reverse, you should be completely honest with yourself and with the surrounding people. Deception is not beneficial. If you feel that someone who is important to you cheating on you, then you may be right. However, just make sure before you criticize others, and sometimes, it is not always necessary to criticize such people. You should slow down, then you can relieve stress.


When getting the Ten of Wands reversed, you may be feeling tired and you are dealing with procrastination and fall into the depth of tension. These are not the feelings you need to experience. You can fix it just by taking a little rest. Even spending a few hours to relax and relieve stress can also be helpful. You can find and make friends with people who are optimistic.


This card in reverse is a message that the best thing to do is to find a new job when you are dedicated to your current job but you feel dissatisfied with your position. You may be treated unfairly, and even in a scarce market, you do not have to accept it. Take time to think deeply about what is going on. Do not look subjective and personal and also do not feel that you have to stick with this job forever. The best solution may simply be quitting.


Like the upright meaning, the appearance of the Ten of Wands in reverse often implies a difficult period in your current relationship. It may be time (or previous time) both of you spread every card on the table and actually talk to each other about your relationship. There is a small possibility that there is a misunderstanding or betrayal when this card appears.

You can consider whether there have been certain changes in the behavior of both of you which can lead to this or consider whether there are some dishonest things that you need to face to make the relationship more sincere. Concealing the truth does not benefit anyone.


This reversed card can be a message about the money troubles that are about to happen at the present or in the near future. This is definitely not the time to waste money (although you are feeling abundant), also not the time to panic. If you are suffering from a shortage of money in the long run, let yourself stop worrying about money for a while. There is an old but a true saying: money is not everything.


If you do not feel well in the state when this card appears, If you do not feel well when this card appears, firstly, think about whether some or all of the symptoms you are experiencing may be the result of stress or not. You might have been pushing yourself too much for a long time. If you are still concerned about your health, please relieve it by going to have a general check. Even if you do not have a lot of money to take care of your own health, there are other affordable healthcare services available in many places, as long as you know the place information. Otherwise, you can ask the people around.


When this card appears, your important task is to protect yourself, both physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you are being treated badly for long periods of time, whether by your boss, children or close friends, then this is the time to resolve the situation or stop the relationship. You are the best savior for yourself, no one can (or must) do this for you.

Situation and advice

On the positive side, the Ten of Wands reversed is a sign that all the weights have been taken down. Now you feel less stressed. You have the ability to delegate responsibility to others wisely to get the job done. Your health has improved, so you can manage your responsibilities more effectively. Finally, the joy has returned to your life.

On the negative side, it warns that the more you work, the fewer you get. Someone manipulates you to make you accept the heavy work unfairly. The responsibilities on your shoulders are sometimes a burden. Perhaps you do not trust others to do the job well and are afraid of giving them responsibility. You may suffer the consequences of having too much ambition. Health problems can occur due to excessive physical or mental stress.

If you are going through a difficult time, the Ten of Wands in reverse says that you will soon go through it and will feel relieved.
You are actively identifying unproductive activities and begin to free yourself from unnecessary responsibilities. You may even be disposing of old clothes or selling old furniture, to tackle the mess and simplify your life. This is a great time to rearrange and prioritize every issue.

Sometimes, it implies that you are hiding from responsibility and making it even more difficult, causing others to bear the consequences for you.


The person who is a troublemaker or a burden to others.

During a Tarot spread, the Ten of Wands Tarot card can be a sign that you are pushing yourself too much. If all of your days are an endless cycle filled with tasks and duties, you need to take a break for the sake of your health and well-being. You need to get rid of unnecessary things and just do things that can bring you joy. If you love your job, but it is hard work, then you can shrink it by just focusing on one field, try to balance your life with other passions.

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