Ten of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

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Ten of Wands (Reversed)

Ideas: Assignment, limit, prioritization

Traits: Fair, humble, moderate, modest, practical, rational, realistic, trusting

Emotions: Contentment, gladness, hope, relief, satisfaction

  • Actions:
    • Assigning tasks to others
    • Knowing about your own limits
    • Letting others carry your load partially
    • Prioritizing your commitments
    • Recognizing when you are not well-suited for a particular task
    • Unburdening yourself
Ten of Wands (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Burden, maximum challenge, resistance

Traits: Busy, determined, dutiful, forceful, responsible, slow, strong, tough

Emotions: Annoyance, caring, eagerness, enthusiasm, frustration, irritation, optimism, uneasiness

  • Actions:
    • Attempting to outdo yourself
    • Carrying on despite difficulties or setbacks
    • Challenging yourself as much as possible
    • Coming to the aid of the oppressed
    • Helping others carry their burdens
    • Holding your own in extreme circumstances
    • Pushing the envelope
Ten of Wands (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Exhaustion, overextension, overload, overtime

Traits: Demanding, difficult, impractical, irrational, oppressed, perfectionist, unrealistic, vulnerable

Emotions: Agony, anguish, hurt, neglect, pity, pride, suffering, sympathy

  • Actions:
    • Insisting you’re the only one who can do the job well
    • Making a habit of working overtime
    • Overextending yourself on a regular basis
    • Reaching your limit
    • Refusing to accept help when you’re already overloaded
    • Shielding others from facing the consequences of their own poor judgment
    • Taking on more work than you know you can handle

Ten of Wands’ Advice

Personal Growth

Knowing your own limits is a sign of maturity. Don’t take on more than you can reliably handle. It’s better to be respected for saying “No” than hated for saying “Yes” and failing to deliver. When unreasonable demands are made, point them out and sidestep them.


Some relationships become a burden. When this happens, have the presence of mind to put them aside. Relationships involve more than one person. When you’ve done all you can do to make a relationship a success, there’s no shame in withdrawing from a bad situation.


Overextending yourself on a regular basis is not a sign of strength: it’s evidence of poor judgment. You cannot perform at your best when exhausted. There are too many irons in the fire. Review your values and make tough choices, letting go of work that isn’t critical.


When we are exhausted, we tend to feel disconnected from Spirit. Restore yourself (and your spirit) by scheduling regular quiet time. Guard this appointment with contemplative silence as jealously as you would an appointment with a life-saving doctor. Disconnect—and reconnect.

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