Card of the Day: 10 of Swords

10-of-swords-editThe ten of Swords is sometimes the most dreaded of the pip cards for many people. Commonly called Ruin, the picture on the card is often a grim prone person stuck in the back with 10 swords. In the Sage deck, the Ten of Swords reveals more about what is behind the incredible power of that card. Each node, or Sephira, on the tree of life is represented with a creature pinned to a board like a biology specimen. The card becomes a glass case in which everything is fixed in place. The normal flow that is present in the tree of life is not present. Normally energy moves from the top to bottom, right to left.

When you draw this card, it is a reminder that your fears of ruin can stop you in your place if you let them. You also have an opportunity to stand back and evaluate the situation for what it really is.

The Ten of Swords represents the Sun in Gemini. Gemini people can see both sides of any situation, the so-called good and the so-called bad. It’s sometimes hard to see both, or the integration or synthesis of these two poles. Therefore, fear can often loom very large. The sun in Gemini reminds us that we can get stuck in the fear side of the paradox. It’s not as if you or the world is actually in ruin, it can just seem that way.

You have an opportunity to step back from the apparent problem and take in more information so you can integrate the paradox.