The Four Tens represent the energy of the element,entirely grounded. The flow of current is done, the elasticity of the Formative (Assiah) world is over and there are no planets to consider. It is all Malkuth, and Earthed as far as it can be. By having become Four Alchemical Elements, the original purity of the energy is scattered and derogated.
....one false step and all falls apart!
The Ten of Wands-Oppression:
Oppression happens when force, force and more force, are all that is used. This is represented in Saturn, a dull heavy planet weighing down the fiery, ethereal side of Sagittarius, The Archer of Sagittarius is now unable to launch the benign rays from its bow, for now they are merely the sharp rain of death. In this Ten of Wands, too much fiery force was used and instead of creating a lush rain-forest, a desert heated by an inattentive Sun ensues; However, a certain amount of oppression is a must when creating a form; energy must be contained,1.e. contained by a magnetic field, for example,but careful attention must be applied so one doesn't create over-pressure and then the resulting explosion!
The 10 of Cups=Satiety:
Satiety is saturation and the Ten of cups represents just that ,as Mars being in Pisces, sinks its violent quality into a stagnant dream. but just like the molten core of the Earth, it awaits a weakness in the crust to erupt
All Tens are on the "brink" of change and this card is no exception. Pleasurable pursuits, have brought complete and pleasurable satiety. However, as it is often proved, that by having gotten everything one has wanted;they found they didn't want it after all. This is called the Neti Neti world--Sanskrit for "not this-not that",i.e. the world of consumerism. Hopefully, the querent has found out that Pleasure is a state of being brought on by the psyche;an inner state, and not by possession of outer material things. But no matter, now one must pay.
The 10 of Swords-Ruin:
This card represents the fact, that if one goes on fighting long enough, the ending can only be destruction.
Yet there is hope in this card, as the Sun rules here so making ruin less than total. Disaster is an ascetic disease and as soon as things get bad enough, one can begin building up again. From the bombed rubble of bricks, the survivors can built a cottage.
Transformation requires Ruin, if it is to transform.
As in the Major Arcana, The Universe key 21, is the accumulation of all the previous Trump; so to is the Ten of Disks the accumulation of all the Minor Arcana. Representing the Tree of Life itself, the Ten of Disks also represents the reoccurring doctrine, that as soon as one gets to the bottom, they find themselves at the top
In Gnosis this is often called, "going up the down staircase." , as one descends to the bottom landing, one finds they are on the top of that floor and visa- verse..
Mercury is in Virgo here, making it known that once enough wealth has been accumulated beyond a certain point, it ceases to become wealth and goes stagnant, unless intelligence reinvests it in right action.
Disks are as heavy, and solid as it gets for energy. Therefore, only a higher intelligence than matter itself possess can keep the current of wealth flowing. That is why the wealthy move some accumulated wealth into foundations for the "needy", so that the flow won't stagnate. Wealth only becomes prosperity when shared. This is a great card to have, if you are not afraid to invest intelligence to the handling of wealth, keeping it healthful and flowing, rather than stagnant and mentally confining.
Hope to see the locals at the fair in Seattle today (see yesterdays blog or log on to my website and click Psychic Fairs Featuring Eli), it's a great day for going out and about!
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!