The Tarot of the Old Path -10 of Swords, shows a young man, reclined on the ground suffering from a chest wound.
The sword is still in the wound that he weekly clutches.
His clothing is the color of the element Air, which rules this card. Two swords lay in front of him and seven swords are point down in the ground behind him. Suggesting a battle. Wind swept grass, and wind disturbed hair, further reinforce the ruling element of air.
The primary meaning of this card seems to be that complying with other peoples ideas and methods, will result in ruin and pain. At all times be true to yourself, for you mustn't compromise the inner you.
The Thoth Deck TEN OF SWORDS is called RUIN, thus, Lord of Ruin as Crowley names it.
Here, the Sun is in Gemini, greatly diminishing the stability of the Sun. This makes it hard for the individual of this Sun sign, to concentrate upon any given subject as their tendencies are vagueness and irresponsible; such is the disaster implied by the Ten of Swords.
The Angels of the Decan, are Dambayah and Menqal.
The Ten of Swords is Malkuth in Yetzirah, the Astral World.[for more information on angels, see Crowley's books:777 and Book of Thoth]
For Material things, this is the most destructive card in the deck and most people dislike seeing it in a spread; However, those who know and use the Tarot as a instrument of Divination, understand that as in Astrology, "the stars impel, they do not compel"..
Since, by focusing our thoughts, we have the capacity to improve our life-motion, we should do just that, Ethically this is no less moral than resigning a position when one sees that is a work related disaster on the horizon. What moral is broken, when one is told by the cards," that if you walk in the street you will be struck by a motor vehicle", and that person now chooses to walk on the sidewalk instead?
Divination helps us make focused choices. We should use the capacities we are given, as we are not Slaves of any destiny outside of our own making.
However, this destiny control, requires us to "Above all things, Know thyself", and to be an Active Personality, Rather than a personality made by environment; a reactionary presence that is controlled by peers, or cultural definitions, our destiny is that of Ruin, as our performance is always "after the fact" such as yesterdays car in today's race.
The Ten of Swords Ruin, implies, the Horse is already out of the barn, and closing the door is a band-aid, not a solution. Something that our governments are slow to learn.
It's best to focus on what you are thinking, pay attention! For your thoughts create no others, nor their definition, as Your thoughts are the operating fulcrum of your Life-motion, they create your destiny! For a fulcrum to operate efficiently, a rigid base is a necessity (...Know thyself). Thus, as in a "personality", which is a mechanism of the Mind, if the personality- Fulcrum must devote most of its energy trying to hammer out a permanent way of movement (overcome negative thought), while trying to overcome the counter motion of a "wobbling uncertain identity base", i.e. an uncertainty of Self, the outcome for proper performance is bleak indeed. This is the message of the Ten of Swords.
Again, I cannot over state the necessity for "Above all things, know thyself"! Each of us must understand, that by thinking ill of ourselves or of another, we only supply our body with ill thoughts that confuse our performance and ruin our destiny!
The Divinatory meaning of the TEN OF SWORDS is:
However, 10's are notoriously short lived, as they are an end of a cycle, and soon a new cycle begins, So a Ten, can also mean,
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!