-from the Soul of Tarot with Psychic Intuitive Geralyn St Joseph
At first glance the Ten of Swords [Rider-Waite] looks very ominous featuring a prone figure with 10 Swords protruding from his back and a foreboding black sky overhead. Be aware that there is much more to this card than that simple description and the emotions it conjures, there always is when dealing with the Tarot.
As with every card in the Tarot, you need to look more closely. You may notice layers of color, each color, each stratum representing a different emotion, a different part of the story. From the black void of the troubled sky down to the golden sand beneath the body laying on the ground each detail tells a tale.
Yes, the sky is dark and bleak at the top of the card, but seems to be clearing as we look down the illustration turning a bright, vibrant yellow on the horizon. There are some other details you may notice, such as the figure’s right hand in the form of a benediction, the hand of God, or the mudra of Life. It depicts the Holy Spirit, the feminine essence of God. The red of the cloak, or is that blood flowing off the victim? The jagged peaks in the distance call up images of hardship or is it triumph?
Each card in the deck can tell an entire story. What part of the story is told for you or your client depends on your particular view at that unique moment. Although an untrained eye may read this card as singularly malevolent, a more observant reader can use it for its wisdom and message. Is it a message of warning, of hope or of deeds already fulfilled? That, my friend, relies on your eye and interpretation alone. As with any card in the deck, meanings are not set, but shift and change with each encounter if we are open to their wisdom.