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    Ten of Wands


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    • trying to do too much
    • refusing to say "no"
    • taking all the blame
    • assuming another's debt
    • doing the lion's share
    • having to work overtime
    • shouldering all the work
    • being saddled with an extra load

    feeling burdened

    • never having time to relax
    • feeling tied to a treadmill
    • being taxed to the limit
    • assuming responsibility
    • being held accountable
    • carrying out an unpleasant duty
    • cleaning up a messy situation
    • being left holding the bag


    • fighting uphill
    • doing everything the hard way
    • experiencing resistance
    • pushing against the current
    • having to work for every gain
    • finding that nothing comes easily
    • laboring

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    On the Ten of Wands, we see a bent figure trying to carry ten heavy poles. They are ranged so closely in front of him that he can't even see where he's going. Nothing exists for this man except his burdens and responsibilities. How true this is for so many today! We take on so much, trying to do all the things that need to be done. We think that if we can hang on until the weekend (or vacation, or end of the semester) then we can finally relax. The weekend comes, and the overload continues.

    In readings, the Ten of Wands can be a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard. If your days are an endless round of duties and tasks, then you need to lighten up for the sake of your health and well-being. Cut back, and take on only those activities that give you pleasure. If you love your work, but it's all-consuming, you may be too narrowly focused in one area. Balance your life with other interests.

    The Ten of Wands can also stand for times when you have to assume the lion's share of responsibility. You may be blamed or left holding the bag. On the other hand, you may have to step forward and take charge because you are the only one capable enough. Rightly or wrongly, the cleanup will fall to you.

    The Ten of Wands indicates that your life is going to be tougher than usual for a time. You will have to fight uphill for every little gain. Each step will feel like a struggle. When you see this card, be kind to yourself. Lighten the load wherever you can, and let others help you. You don't have to handle everything yourself.