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 " and the same goes for Tarot. 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 quickly 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, old past thought systems, and/or what we most fear, become manifested 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!
Again, the Thoth Deck TEN OF SWORDS is called RUIN, or 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, and such lack of concentration is the disaster of 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 reactive- personality made by environment; a reactionary presence that is controlled by peers, or cultural definitions. As a reactive-personality our destiny is that of Ruin, as our performance is always "after the fact".
The Ten of Swords Ruin, also 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.
Therefore, it's best to focus on what you are thinking, pay attention and don't worry about "what others are thinking"! For your thoughts create no others, nor can their definitions of you create your psyche! Your thoughts create only your interaction of the I AM (will) and the body-Me! Remember, 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. Thus, 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. 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 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. Or you need a "personality tune-up" and its time to pay attention to how you perceive the world.
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, 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", but by focused perspective, you are aiding your recovery. 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 Shadow Tarot, 10 of Dark Energy at the Event Horizon/ Eligos, is the "shadow side" of the Thoth 10 of Swords and also means, " Ruin, bankruptcy, recapitulation, and vanity."
The personification of this mental state is called the "Demon Eligos".
From: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Illustration from Collin de Plancy's-Dictionnaire Infernal.
He discovers hidden things and knows the future of wars and how soldiers should meet. He also attracts the favor of lords, knights and other important persons.
He is depicted in the form of a goodly knight carrying a lance, an ensign and a sceptre (a serpent to Aleister Crowley).
Alternatively he is depicted as a ghostly spectre, sometimes riding a semi-skeletal (sometimes winged) horse, or the Steed of Abigor. This is a minion of Hell itself, and was a gift from Beelzebub. It was created from the remains of one of the horses of the Garden of Eden.
Okay, we obviously have a christian influence here, as the Garden of Eden is mentioned. The levels of the Animal Survival Mind (Subconscious) seem vast and deep, as do all levels of the Psyche. Subjectivity, has no boundaries nor borders, so subjective things are more like the abyss, than any objective thing. Accordingly we can compare this dark subjective- self as entering a "Dark Hole" in the Animal mind, where fear of being eaten has began sucking all logic into it and away from consideration. Here, fear of being eaten, becomes, fear of death, fear of pain, fear of discomfort, fear of vulnerability, fear of ruin, to name a few of this "event horizon".
What is interesting here, is that the Original name of Eligos was, Abigor who rode the Steed of Abigor. The "Ab" was Egyptian for the "heart soul", considered to be the most important of the 7 souls, that were bestowed by the Seven Hathor's, who guarded the Seven Spheres and were the "fairy godmothers" of every child.The Seven Souls were:
or "heat soul" was weighed by the Goddess Maat , "in the balances" who resided in the underworld Hall of Judgment, found by the soul after death. As in India, the ab or heart soul was depicted as a tiny dancing figure, treading a rhythm in the center of the body, just as the Dancing Shiva or Dancing Kali kept the rhythm of Life in the Cosmos. The Egyptian hieroglyph for the ab, was a dancing figure.
The word soul itself, is from the Germanic Steele derived from the Feminine, as used by the mystics Eckhart and Goethe in the same sense as Shakti in India. The Soul is therefore considered the " Feminine Ultimate Reality". This is not unusual as most the ancient words for soul were female: Psyche, pneuma, anima, and alma, for example. The ancients believed that every man had a feminine soul derived from the Mother Goddess through his earthly mother. Patriarchal writer's tended to emphasize the soul called pneuma,"breath", since this was the kind of soul that could be given by a father.
So it seems do the heavily mysogenic Christian monks, who managed to make the Ab, a demonic soul.
When the Thoth Ten of Swords or The Shadow Tarot/Eligos is thrown, the querent is experiencing or will be experiencing:
However, if the accompanying cards are well dignified, the Ten of Swords implies generosity, self-sacrifice, and even disinterestedness on the querent's part. Just the fact that the querent acknowledges this mind set, will begin the process of changing it.
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