Have you been delegating some of your tasks or have you tried to do everything all by yourself? Do you feel burdened by your many laborious duties? The 10 of Wands (Saturn in Sagittarius) typically shows up when we feel that we are at the end of our tether. And the reason is, more often than not, that we tried to do it all by ourselves. But sometimes life does get on top of us and there simply is nobody around to ask for help. Except for God. We can always turn to God and the Angels for help. And if it gets too much, we can release our burden. We are never meant to carry more than we are capable of.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. ake my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
~ Matthew 11:28-30
In the 10 of Wands space, responsibilities have (sometimes imperceptibly) been piled on top of responsibilities until we reach breaking point. Sometimes this card shows up toward the end of a creative project which may have felt enjoyable to start with but now feels only like a chore and all enthusiasm has gone out of it. The good news is that we can put our burdens down and allow ourselves to be re-enthused. Enthusiasm actually means being filled with divine inspiration.
Learning to receive
The lesson then that comes with this is about putting our burdens down and learning to ask for help. Being a proud control freak who hates to feel like she is imposing herself on anyone, I know how hard this can be. The trick is to sidestep the pride of the ego. Learn to not think of asking for help as an imposition on the other person but as offering them the gift of the opportunity to be of service.
It is equally blessed to receive as to give – perhaps not for our personal pride (which really needs no extra encouragement), but for the highest good of All.
A reversal of the 10 of Wands usually indicates that you are coming out the other side after a tough time. It’s time for some R&R. The next Ace of Wands is waiting just around the corner!
Affirmation: “I know when to take a break or ask for help so I can be re-enthused.”
10 of Wands Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God, thank you that all those who are weary can lay down their burdens at your feet. Help us remember that you will never decline to renew our strength and inspiration if we but ask. Amen and so it is!
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Archangel: Michael, ruler of the Element of Fire
Gemstones: Black obsidian, azurite
Essential oils: Bergamot, sandalwood, geranium
The 10 of Wands in Love and Relationships
You or your partner are feeling burdened or even oppressed. For too long now you have been pushing your own needs to one side to accommodate the needs of your partner or other family members, without receiving enough support in return. And you forgot to draw on strength from the Divine.
Your life force has no way to go and avoiding a confrontation seems like the only way forward. Perhaps you can avoid a nasty confrontation by being honest and simply stating your needs. However, with the 10 of Wands, the situation most likely arose because one or both of you find it difficult to show vulnerability.
So buckle down and prepare to clear the air with some good old relationship drama. Just remember: better out than in. Perhaps you’ll come out the other side… or maybe you’ll come to realise that the relationship is over. Know that you did all you could and don’t feel bad about getting angry. It happens to the best of us.
If you survive as a couple on the other side of a 10 of Wands combustion, you really do need to find a way of communicating and making sure that things are fair and everyone’s needs are considered and met. Otherwise, you’ll just start the build-up for the next blow-out… no matter how good the make-up sex was!
Single and looking
In a reading for a single person, this could mean that you’ve worn yourself out having a bit too much ‘fun.’ Physical exhaustion could be a sign that you need to slow down on partying. Look for the 7 or 3 of Cups nearby.
It could also be an indication that you are burdening yourself with unrealistic expectations of a prince charming ideal that doesn’t exist. The dreamy Page/Princess of Cups together with the 10 of Wands is an example of this.
Either way, it’s always good to remember to let go and let God when this card shows up. You’ve been pushing just a bit too hard.
Sexually, this card warns you to be very aware of and state your own likes and needs or your energy will get seriously depleted. The 10 of Wands could indicate that the warmth and enthusiasm have gone out of your sexuality and you are either putting on an act or simply staying away from sex.
The Marseille Tarot image in this post is from the CBD Tarot by Yoav Ben-Dov.
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