About the Swords: Truth – The Swords are connected to your thoughts, choices and actions throughout the realization of your destiny. The Swords usually indicate a struggle or conflict, a possible decision about separating from past attachments.
The Sword Archetypes want to find the truth, which will shed light on their situation so that they can act on it, cut through their struggles and make the right decision.
The Swords represent your mental outlook with respect to communication and thought as well as the need to stay rooted within your consciousness (the now) and be aware of your comparative, inquisitive, analytical, and investigative perceptions.
The Sword Archetypes experience conflict, pain, anger and aggression, and are connected to the spring months in the northern hemisphere and the fall season in the southern hemisphere: The time of March 21 to June 21 and the season we are in right now!
The timing of the Swords is undetermined in my deck, because this Archetype wrestles with unresolved issues in their mind, but when the timing is on course, it all happens with sudden rapidity.
The Swords further represent the element of air, the season of spring, the color yellow, and the direction of the east. The Swords are associated with the astrological signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.
Their positive characteristics are their strength, authority, courage, ambition and desire to travel. The “Sword Archetypes” desire to seek the truth and are not afraid to call a “Spade a Spade”!
My interpretation of the Ten of Swords: The “Ten of Swords” is not a happy card to see in your reading because it signifies that one is suffering in their thoughts about a situation. There is a loss or an ending that was extremely painful, and the person is suffering mentally.
Complete release and acceptance is necessary, a realization that everything had gone as far as it could go. An insurmountable barrier marked an ending, and nothing could change the outcome. There is no reason to hang on to something that was never going to work.
An entire dream shattered as a goal became destined to never reach fulfillment. The painful ending required help to overcome, in the form of friends and possibly even a professional.
The “Ten of Swords” is a nasty card loaded with pain that is very hard to process, a very important dream that never manifested. It may have been the end of a romantic relationship, loss of a job, or abandonment of something once loved but no longer good for you.
About the symbolism of the Ten of Swords: The “Ten of Swords” is numerated ten and signifies that your struggles are coming to an end. The number ten also suggests that you will rise from the ashes and enjoy a new beginning after everything settles because all endings bring new beginnings.
The sky is black and represents the sad ending of a cycle. The Sun is setting in the background representing the ending. There is an Archetype lying on the ground that was stabbed in the back by a person they really trusted, which is the Archetype dressed in white, with a sword in one hand, representing the person that caused the pain.
There are also three (3) ghosts hovering behind the sword fence. Each ghost represents three (3) swords. The number 3 times the number 3 = the sum of 9, the number 9 representing endings, and the nightmare that is over. The Archetype is experiencing drastic changes, disruption, failure, and insecurity. The Archetype was harmed mentally, and the relationship has terminated, because the person they trusted stabbed them in the back.
The Archetype is going through more mental pain than physical pain as they struggle with their thoughts and fear that a happy ending, is now impossible. The “Ten of Swords” indicates closure with the situation, a feeling that everything has reached the worst and final stage, “The Ending of a Cycle.”
There is a reflection of red coming from the sun; the color read represents action and the timing of the situation! The sun is setting, representing the ending, but the sun rises again which represents the imminent fading of darkness and marks the dissipation of the worry that had plagued the Archetype. A new day is on the horizon with a fresh start.
The mountains in the background are gray, representing something was unclear and that the Archetypes goal was too far away to attain. The Archetype’s white clothes represent purification of his thoughts and a new beginning.
The tan earth represents calm and final resolution of peace within one’s thoughts now that the suffering they went through is over. The Archetype has come to the end of a difficult phase in their life that ended tragically.
More about the Ten Of Swords: Repeated stressful relationships are the worst for taxing the mind, body and spirit. People will stab you in the back because they can. They want to get ahead and make you look bad because they have insecurities about themselves and want to look better at your expense.
Then there are the relationships that go bad because your partner has decided to dispense with the concept of forever. You find out the hard way that your partner cheated on you or is having an affair.
These are examples of being stabbed in the back, and when you feel this way, the pain lingers. It is a shock to you to discover that the person you trusted deceived you, and there is nothing that you can do to fix what has happened. The trust between you and your mate or your friendship is over, and it takes a long time to recover from being hurt this way.
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Stabbed In The Back With A Handshake
With Love And Joy,
© Safina 2012
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