Wednesday, November 01, 2006


TODAY'S CARD is the Ten of Swords. This version is from The Manga Tarot, published by Llewellyn and LoScarabeo. (See my recent review of this deck.)

For comparison, here's the Ten of Swords in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

THE TEN OF SWORDS: I chose the Ten of Swords for today because I find myself intrigued by the Manga Tarot version; see below for a meaning I gleaned from it. I have a lot of meanings for the Ten of Swords as years back it used to come up in my personal readings a great deal. But before I go on to share them I want to stress that the Ten of Swords carries not only the traditional possible meaning of "Ruin," but of impending rebirth. Note that the sun is just starting to rise in the RWS version above; the dawn is beginning. And in another deck, the Barbara Walker Tarot, a woman in black who's standing near the sword-pierced figure is clearly pregnant. It is also interesting to note that on the Manga version, of the four seasonal glyphs (see the three ideograms in circles on the card) the one missing is spring. (My review of the Manga Tarot goes into which glyph is which.) To me this implies that spring is just about to arrive, to not lose heart.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

Fear of falling out of a good state into ruin.

How a highly intutive and/or psychic person can sometimes experience being around others: invaded and/or overwhelmed.

"Back-stabbing," either real or imagined. Maybe someone who has been actually back-stabbed so much she is almost "spineless" now. (Highly senstive folk tend to be in danger of this, as they are not understood by others very well. See meaning directly above.)


Meaning I gleaned from the Manga Tarot version above: It is painful to face our fears and wounds. But spring and growth can only come by having the courage to let go of denial.

You can do what you are set on doing, but something else is going to happen and you might do better to be more open to alternative actions.

There are many things motivating you right now. Be still until it is clear which are the right ones to respond to or act on.


If the question is about health and/or nutrition: it might be good to eat lightly for a few days. (This card can refer to a feeling of emptiness.)

Don't struggle against the times. The more you go with it all, the better it will go and the sooner things will change for the better.

There is a bottom line beyond which this situation will not go. So it may be hard, but you will survive.

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Resource: The Wander and The Wayfarer, nice introduction to The Tarot, with especially clear section of the general meanings of numbers in The Tarot.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep looking to the dawn, and enjoying The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”)**** SEE ALSO: Roswila’s Dream & Poetry Realm for some articles about Tarot.****



Blogger Maria said...

I was thrilled by the discovery of your blog!

I love tarot and share many of the interests that you have decribed in your profile. I happened upon your blog through a google search for "manga tarot glyphs": I was rather annoyed that the glyphs are not defined in the companion booklet.

I was further excited when the search brought me to your archive of "The Ten of Swords" which is the very card that has shown up repeatedly in recent readings for me. Reading your comments on it has helped me to see a much more complete interpreation- it makes so much more sense when I include the concept of rebirth with my intepretation of fears of self and moving forward into the next stage of my life. So Thanks!

10:21 AM  
Blogger Roswila said...

Hi Maria,

I am delighted you enjoyed your visit and found it helpful.

Yes, I too, was rather annoyed that I had to go "googling" to find out which season glyph was which in The Manga Tarot. But, overall, it's a wonderful deck, isn't it? And for all LoScarabeo's difficulties in backing up their decks with proper information in the LWB's, they do our Tarot community a great service with all the fabulous decks they publish.

It's also so good to hear my exploration of and experiences with The Ten of Swords over the years was useful to you.

Please let me know, if you read this and think to, when your blog is fully up and running. I'd love to visit.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job, regards

5:37 PM  
Blogger Roswila said...

Thanks for stopping by. It's rather synchronous that you'd comment on a Ten of Swords post. As I read your brief comment I realized I need to work some with this card at present. I.e, meditate on it, read up on it in various books, etc. I'd like to help that sunrise along. :-)

11:42 AM  

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