On the Tree of Life, the number 10 refers to Malkuth---the Earth, and it is the most crystallized form of the alchemical -element of Fire. This is Fire in its lowest form, so it is without a guiding intelligence, thus it is in its most destructive form. It is up to us to give this powerful force guidance, as it is the groundwork of all Passions that have been known to "run-a-muck".
When in Malkuth, this force is from the other nine Sephiroth, but is not directly in contact with them, making it more influenced by the Astral fantasies of Yesod. In this state, the Spiritual Fire has become a blind force without any modifying influences.
Since this Form of Force, is the underlying cause of all Motion in the Universe, blind motion suggests chaos.
Yet there is more to be concerned about with this card as Saturn is in Sagittarius; Saturn is heavy slow, obstinate, obscure, and material, while Sagittarius, is Spiritual,light, swift and elusive. Naturally this causes the greatest of antipathy.
Here we have "Will" in its lowest form and it will devour all for its primal "Lust for Result"that causes such a conflagration it even consumes itself. Now don't get me wrong, a certain amount of oppression of the Fiery Motion of the Universal Energy ( "Sex" Force) must be oppressed to build form, but this is a delicate process that can go negative if too much force is applied to the physical vessel. Like a pressure cooker, if the right amount of water (emotion), pressure (will) and fire (life force) are applied, the creation will be well and good; if too much pressure is applied, you'll blow up the kitchen! This card represents the "moment" before the explosion!
The Thoth Deck 10 of Wands, has eight wands still crossed showing the great power of the completed forces of Fire, but they are missing their noble patents, i.e. the symbols of the Three Adepts. Thus, they lack their authority and intelligence that has been shown in the earlier cards. The Two Dorjes (Tibetan Thunderbolts) of the Two of Wands are still present, but instead of the Khadroma (Tibetan Angels whose heads adorn the Dorjes) being in balance with the person (like lightning serving the persona), they are more like fiery bars of Shiva (Zeus), destructive and dangerous Thunderbolts!
This card suggest oppression and repression in its entirety. It is a stupid, and obstinate cruelty from which there is no escape. Think " the Will of T-Rex", and you'll get the idea of Primal will under the control of the lizard brain.
So when this card is thrown, it looks really bad for the querent, but that is not always so, for it will blow outward, and not last long. Sure, for the moment it is "Oppressed Sex Energy", which means that our creative Passion is in jail to the wants and wills of others, but as we know, that won't last long as the Personality Explodes into action. Now this action can be deviant and become cruelty or malice towards others; so it is best to warn the querent that they must stop their self repression, and create a new motion ; or if it shows in the reading that someone or something, is responsible for the oppression, they must leave, and change ! There is an overbearing strength being placed on the personality that will make it fight for its survival, precipitating revenge and injustice in the process. Usually, this is will applied to selfish and material ends. So if the Ten of Wands is ill dignified, it suggests, ill will, lying, malice,slander, envy,obstinacy, swiftness in evil and violence as a form of sexuality.
However, if well dignified, it suggests generosity, self-sacrifice and often disinterest. But caution must be applied once again, as often self-sacrifice becomes Altruism, which is another form of Superiority and Martyrdom, which become oppression in their own rite. (See past blog 8-05-2013 )
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper.