The key phrase for the Ten of Swords is SUDDEN LOSS OF EMPLOYMENT but usually means a total free fall.  It may not be just the job, but a combination of things that pile up and burry the querent in dismay.  The Ten of Swords in the Universal Waite deck illustrates this scenario well.  A fellow is pictured prone and face down on the concrete, his head bleeding, and 10 swords stabbing him in the back.  However, there is a sunrise in the distance, and the inured party is maintaining a sign of blessing with his exposed hand.  So the Ten Swords, even though it portends of rough times, also suggests that after the smoke clears, all will be well again, and perhaps even better.


The only difference between the Egyptian Ten of Swords and the Universal Waite Ten of Swords is the timing.  In Egyptian Tarot, these turn of events happen suddenly, and they may reverse just as suddenly.  Remember that the Tens in Egyptian Tarot are anchored by Major Arcanum X, The Wheel of Fortune, which indicates sudden changes of fortune, either for the good or the unfortunate.            


Some of the other interpretations for the Ten of Swords could be:


Scandal leading to practical changes


Static conditions in personal affairs


Victim of eccentric afflictions


Do not abandon wishes but keep trying (encouragement)


You could be your own worst enemy


Adaptation to environment


This is the last blog on the Tens of Egyptian Tarot.  Next week will begin a new series on the Court Cards of Egyptian Tarot.


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About letstalktarot

Allyn McCray began reading Tarot in 1971 after discovering a deck in an occult shop in San Francisco, California. In 1999, the American Tarot Association recognized her as a Certified Tarot Reader. During her experience as an Internet reader between 2000 and 2002, Allyn’s readings were regularly featured on the websites, Psychicnut and Roadtalk. In 2002, Allyn joined The Church of Light, aka Light.Org, a non-profit international school of esoteric studies, where she is now a Hermetician, Certified Teacher, and Minister. Allyn also serves as the Communications Director of The Church of Light and is a Section Advisor in The Order of the Sphinx.
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