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What does the Ten of Swords mean?

September 4, 2015

Ten of Swords RWS2.0 Tarot eCardsHere is a pithy meaning for the the Ten of Swords:
Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent. — Napoleon Bonaparte

The interesting thing about this pithy meaning is that it does not depend upon the RWS illustration.  I have often heard Tarot students say (in reference to a meaning for a card), “I don’t see how you get that from this picture.” However, we have to remember that there are other defining aspects of the cards — numerological and elemental associations, traditional meanings, intuitive insights, and astrological associations, to name a few. In this case, an elemental aspect of Swords (Air) is communication, and the number Ten can indicate community and large numbers in general. With that in mind, I thought of the Ten of Swords when I read this quote.

Ten of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersPS: I do, however, think that this quote works pretty well with the image on my Tarot of the Masters version of this card, with its illustration of the assassination of Julius Caesar.

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Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot eBook or the FREE app that uses my pithy Tarot meanings … and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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