The Thoth Ten of Swords-Ruin:
Ah, the paradox of swords! This card
indicates a new hope, a new direction born out of ruin and despair.
The Ten of Swords card represents a mental conclusion, long sought with much thinking
that has been a mental struggle which has rent asunder our plans and
left us in an insomniacs mental paradigm.
One may have reached a
conclusion that things are just not going to work out in two areas of their life. Things of the heart (lower half of the image) as shown by the
pierced heart and areas of finance as shown by the scales at the top
of the card.The realization of Ruin, may cause you to feel a deep fear of
"things not Working out" which only insures that they don't. It is time to chant," The outer aspect of everything seems negative, but I still have my expectation of a result that would normally be an impossibility."
Astrological planet and sign of this card is Sun in Gemini. Individuals who have
their Sun in Gemini, are very gifted at synchronizing paradoxes,
polarities, and/or oppositions, thus they are able to look at all
aspects of a situation, balancing the positive and negative aspects.
This clear seeing facility also can produce a deep heart-felt fear about the issues
of finance, relationships, and creative initiative.
facilities of any kind, we have the Great Creative Pendulum of the
Imaginative Mind that can swing from positive motion to negative motion
right at the apogee of creative endeavors. When we are powerfully
imaginative, we must also exercise powerful discernment, concentrating our
thought on what we want rather than what we fear , therefore, avoiding the
negative swing when we can see successful endeavor looming in the
The Thoth Deck TEN OF SWORDS is called RUIN, or the Lord of Ruin as
Crowley names it. Again, 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, and such is the disaster of the Ten of
The Angels of the Decan, are Dambayah and Menqal.
The Ten of Sword
s 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".
focusing our thoughts, we have the capacity to improve our life-motion, and
we should do just that, as it is virtuous. Ethically, improving one's life motion is no less moral than resigning a
position when one sees that a work related disaster is 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?
Tarot-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.
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, has as it's destination a certainty of Ruin, as performance is
always "after the fact". Action taken decisively, solves this reactive dilemma.
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! Your body is the Form of your thought! Therefore, for a fulcrum to operate efficiently, a rigid base is a necessity.
The Ten's represent Malkuth-Kingdom- which is the lowest Sephira on
the Tree of Life. Malkuth is the Earth, physical world, and the Ten of
Swords, represents the unadulterated energy of mind, confined to the
lowest consciousness on earth.
Ten of Swords, represents reason gone mad, the logic of lunatics, or
for the most part, the reasoning of philosophers who divorce their
reason from reality.
To further illustrate this scattering of
reason, this card is ruled by the Sun in Gemini. Gemini's mercurial-
airy quality disperses the rays of the Sun and disrupts the harmonious
and stable energy, as does the atmosphere of Earth.
of the Sword Hilts, are as the Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. However,
the central Sword, which represents the Sun (Heart, or Child of Chokma
and Binah), is shattered by Swords 1 through 5, as well as, by swords
7-9 . The Tenth sword represents the intellect with it's moral
qualities shattered as well. Thus, we know the 10 of Swords is depicting
Intellectual Ruin, by baser and/or lower thought. The heart, which
also represents the Higher Thought of the Psyche (Soul) is pierced and
in ruins as well, dampening down, weakening, and corrupting the creative
impulse. The Ten of Swords, therefore, consuls the personality to purge
the brain of unworthy thoughts and ideas, for to corral the creative
impulse so that it putrefies into malice, destroys the personality's forward motion.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!
This is the message of the Ten of Swords. As in a "personality", which is a mechanism of the Mind, if the
mechanical (personality) Fulcrum (thinking) 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 base", i.e. an uncertainty of Self, the outcome for proper
performance is bleak indeed.
I cannot over state the necessity for "Above all things, know thyself"!
Each of us must understand, that by thinking ill of ourselves or
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 ruin, death, failure,and disaster.
Since this card is in MALKUTH (Earth) it is more of a death card than
Key 13-DEATH, of the Major Arcana. DEATH, key 13, is more of a
situational death, a transformation, whereas, #10 Ruin, is a "personal
disaster" waiting to happen.
When and if this card shows up in the
"house and Home" or "Beneath" you position in a Celtic Cross reading, go
get a thorough physical check up from your doctor and focus on your
physical and mental health. You need a "personality tune-up" and its
time to pay attention to how you perceive the world.
are notoriously short lived, as they are an end of a cycle, and soon a
new cycle begins, So a Ten, can also mean, the pain you are going
through now is on the mend, especially if you are recovering from a
physical or mental injury, where your movement has suffered a "ruin". Also, by focused perspective, you are aiding your recovery, so concentrate on the injury as it would look healed. A ten is 1+
0=1, which is the number of Kether, on the Tree of Life, thus a cycle of
the Tree ends, and a new one "down the Tree" begins.
The Elemental Tarot-10 of Air/Cyclone, also concentrates on the dichotomy of Ruin. Presented, is a gray figure screaming and writhing in discomfort, implying emotional ruin or breakdown as the red poisons of "bad blood" rain down upon it. The Wheel of destiny or Fate is superimposed over the uncomfortable form, its five segments reminiscent of the Pentagram, and signifies the Five elements.
The black Hills, are an Ancient Egyptian symbol of despair, darkness and depression. And supporting this dichotomy of the 10, is a pale face expressing tranquility and transformation, as the inner Self knows that fated ruin is only the deconstruction necessary for the reconstruction of the personality. This knowing "all is well", is also shown by the red outline of the face, implying new blood and life.
The authors of The Elemental Tarot, give this card the planetary aspects of both Saturn and Uranus (glyphs, upper left corner), calling that compilation, "Limitation of freedom". Astrologically, a Planet is placed in a Sign/House, rather than with another planet, so let's compare a few of the aspects of Saturn and Uranus.
The limits of the box-------------Going outside the box.
By comparison, freedom is definitely limited by applying the aspects of Saturn.
The god-name at the bottom of the card, Hurukan, is the Guatemalan god of Whirlwinds.
The Egyptian glyphs implying the meaning of this card, are shown on the lower left hand corner of The 10 of Air, while the number 10 and its symbol are placed in the Upper right hand corner.
The blue circle at the bottom of the card, is The Elemental Tarot symbol for air, the element of this card.
The 10 of Swords-Ruin or The Elemental Tarot 10 of Air/Cyclone card reminds us that with positives comes negatives
and when thrown in a divination indicates:
- That in the next 10 weeks or 10 months, we will have the
capability to experience resolve negative thinking about both finances
and things of the heart. Especially your fear of ruin about
relationships with Gemini people in your life (May 21 to June 21).
- One will feel fears of things not working, or " I know this is not going to
work" and are cautioned not to believe them and just concentrate on
what one desires to happen.
- There is a positive here to understand, and
that is, just when we are about to achieve our goals, great fear of not
achieving them shows up. So when that fear is experienced, you may now
know it as a positive sign that a little more effort is needed to "get
over the hump" towards successful pursuance of your dreams.
- When fear of
ruin is seen as a stepping stone, its debilitating effect is greatly
reduced and we are almost there; wherever "there" may be.
reminds us of the conundrum of the mind....that if you think with great
self power, you can also be powerfully self destructive.
- This is the
paradox of the Artistic personality. Knowing that these moods of
creative joy swinging into heart felt fear only means we are a very
creative thinker, can help us to avoid being a victim of our own
powerful oracle that is created by desire and fear based imagination.
- For the querent, the
Ten of Swords is almost a worst symbol than the 9 of Swords. It is about
death, ruin and failure, all because of the lower thoughts of the
lizard/survival mind, misdirecting the tremendous power of the Psyche
(Sun) which can only be directed by a Higher State of Mind, the Human
- There is disaster, because of the undisciplined warring force
unleashed by survival thinking which self destructs in the mayhem created
by an army of unbalanced ideas.
- With the lower mind being over-power by
the Fiery Emotion or desire power of the Solar Soul, ruin of all plans and projects is
common place, as well as, disdain, insolence and impertinence are common
- There is often a misplaced display of mirth as one
overthrows the happiness of others.
- The querent will find that their
brain is a repeater of things that have never worked in the past, and
- The brain will often repeat many impoverished words, such as
"swear words", but doing so cleverly, and eloquently, in order to hasten
the character assignation of others.
- This card alone, is
ill-dignified; However, if the accompanying cards are all well
dignified, this is a 1 week or 1 month card of indignity, and the
personality is well aware of the need for a change in perspective.
querent maybe tired of nonsense programing and is seeking away to fix
it. The rest of the cards in the reading will show the querent how to
get out from under the tyranny of fear based thought, and accelerate
away from the lower thought processes.
- Here, the wisdom and intuition of
the Tarot reader comes into play and aid is easily given.
- A complete breakdown of an idea or concept.
- Resisting the changing of ideas, to the querent's detriment.
Thank you for your interest, comments and a supportive gift of a donation. May your holiday season be that of the 6 of Cups, and may all your swords be beaten into plowshares. May you and yours live long and prosper!