The overburdened person, carrying the ten hawthorn wands, illustrated on the Witches Tarot, is dressed in the colors of fire; the Alchemical Element of this card.
This seems a difficult task, as he is slightly hunched over, striding forward purposely, determined and focused on his purpose.
The stylish insignia of intertwined dragons, adorns his fiery colored cloak. Dragons, are the animal symbol of the fire element.
The Castle in the background is his goal, as castles traditionally represent the reward one receives after their quest for knowledge is completed. Therefore, the
message of this card, is that of determination to succeed even when under extreme pressure and/ or hard labor. Being a ten, it also means that said labor is almost over.
This card is often a hard one to interpret, since it is a card of perfidy. It can mean self-oppressive thoughts that keep oneself from preforming or a tremendous amount of male electric dynamic force, caged for the process of a coming manifestation.
This caged energy is guarded by the sacred Tibetan Dorjes (symbols of lightning) whose head is crown by the Kha-Dro-Ma; Tibetan Angels known as the "highest state of female". So we have a paradox here as female magnetic, "Will to Form" is caging male electric and/or "Will to Force" for the purpose of form manifestation.
The Astrological aspect of this card is Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn, being the planet of discipline and Sagittarius is the sign of limit setting and a tendency to limit one's boundaries. So in this context, the card is about limiting one's performance, in emotional, spiritual issues, due to self oppression. Limited performance, is at first necessary so energy can be captured; However, over time it can be a negative, since dynamic energy will be expressed and if oppressed, it will come out though our weak spots; as pressure builds it will find the "cracks in our Armour" and flash out as anger, rage and emotional dysfunction. Yet, if held just long enough to empower our "magic images", it enlivens and becomes a tremendous opportunity to create with the Primal Force (Kundalini) of Creation Itself!
As in all power, we can destroy or expand and liberate ourselves to greater horizons of creativity. When this card is thrown pay attention! Their maybe a tendency to limit oneself or one's vision by oppressing the urge of creative expansion. This is not recommended for if curbed, this creative expansion will expand our fears, as it has no where else to go. No matter which way it goes, it will expand our imagination, from fear to psychosis or from dreaming to actual dynamic manifestation!
This vital fiery force, is the Vitriol of the Magus; The Dragon force and is "Heady stuff"!
When Thrown during a Divination, The Ten of Wands implies:
Reversal or ill defined meaning (as determined by accompanying cards)
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