Astrologically this card represents the Sun in Gemini and is the most destructive card in the deck. However; many astrologers state that,"The stars impel, they do not compel." Therefore this simply means that we are not slaves to our destiny, but have the inner-spiritual capacity to considerably improve our earthly life. Choices are to be made and a change of perspective is always possible.
Qabalistically, 10 of Swords represents Malkuth (Physical World) in Yetzirah (Astral World). The divinatory meaning of this card is ruin, death, failure,disaster. This is more of a death card than the Key 13-Death trump, which is more of a transformational card than a physical death. The reason the 10 of Swords can be more of a death card is that it is the Physical World influencing the Astral; the Astral being the foundation of the physical world where dreams become reality, making the "placebo effect" (83% of all healing is placebo) medical science fame, possible. Since we can heal by belief, we can also die by belief! Therefore some of those dreams we most fear are nightmares of ruin.
What makes this card so very destructive is not ruin itself but rather the fear of ruin which doesn't allow us to move-on and change our destiny.
The Thoth 10 Swords are arranged in a Tree of Life format, shows us a break in the connection of "as above so below" which indicates our survival mind has closed itself off from the Higher Self of Spirit and wallows in it's own fantasies of fear.
There is destruction of relationships, ruin, death, disaster, complete disruption and failure, nightmares fearfully dancing in the almost gleeful brain as it may laughingly plot the destruction of happiness in others who it blames for its failures.
Not a great card. However, it is also a harbinger of change. and within 10 days, 10 weeks, or 10 months, choices for a new beginning may be seen,... depending on how long we fear. Transcending ones old patterns, does require a ruin of the past patterns so this card can also represent the realization of ruin if we continue on with the patterns of the past.
It can also represent ailments of the heart and depending on the cards around it, a visit to your health practitioner is advised. It is good to remember, however much doom you think is in your future; your future is fluid and can change in a moment just by shifting one of your operational patterns. We have the Power of Spirit, which is to identify and transform identity, moment by moment. This card tells us it is time to do so!
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