Love Tarot and the Ten of Swords

Understanding the Ten of Swords in Love Tarot Reading

In love tarot, the Ten of Swords can often come as a blow. Seeing it can instill fear, dread and trepidation and it is by far one of the more intimidating cards in the Minor Arcana. There is nothing more daunting than its imagery; 10 swords pierce into the back of a man who lies face down. When it comes to matters of the heart, the Ten of Swords can indicate the end of a relationship or a betrayal. Perhaps you feel as though a loved one has stabbed you in the back. Although its imagery can lead people to believe its meaning refers to physical death. This is usually not the case. The Ten of Swords refers to endings or the completion of important cycles or phases. It will often appear when a love relationship has run its course.

Of course, when it comes to love tarot, the Ten of Swords can refer to emotional pain or grief. This is the card that represents a deep wound usually inflicted by the loss of an important relationship or venture. When it appears in a tarot spread, there is usually some element of unfinished business. Things might feel as though they are in an emotional upheaval. Fear, anxiety and hurt feelings may seem completely overwhelming and it’s hard foresee and ending to the pain.

What’s important to remember is that nothing is as bad as it appears. You will heal and come to understand that your relationship or love interest wasn’t meant to be forever. In fact, you will come to realize that you may have missed important signs that revealed that the relationship was flawed from the start. In love tarot, the Ten of Swords usually indicates that the worst is over. Although you may be in pain, if you had stayed in the relationship any longer, the pain would be far worse down the road. This is the time to count your blessings and remember that as one door closes a new one opens.

It’s also important to recognize that in love tarot the Ten of Swords does not always refer to a literal separation or break-up. Separations can also occur on a mental or emotional level. It can be as simple as two partners distancing themselves from each other. In some cases, the Ten of Swords tarot card can indicate the completion of a specific stage of a relationship. New levels of intimacy may be needed in order for the relationship to transform, grow or move forward.

©2011 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used with his permission. They are for example purposes only.



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