Ten of Swords as Feelings Tarot Card Meaning Sibyl Tarot

The Ten of Swords is the card of betrayal, ruin, failure, pain, loss, crisis, and endings. This card shows a man lying face down, apparently dead, with ten swords sticking out of his back. He has been stabbed to death. Though this is a dark scene, the sun is rising above the horizon, indicating that with one ending comes a new beginning.

The Ten of Swords reminds us that endings are natural in life. When one thing ends, it gives space for something else to begin. When one door closes, another opens. The end of one cycle is the beginning of another. The Ten of Swords reminds us that it is okay to release what is no longer serving us. 

Upright Ten of Swords as Feelings

If you are asking about how someone feels about you and you draw the Ten of Swords, it means that this person is in deep pain. They are suffering and grieving. They feel like they have failed and that the end of the relationship is coming. As hard as they have tried, as much work as they have put in, they feel that it did not work out.

This person may also be feeling betrayed and backstabbed. They may be dealing with the repercussions of infidelity. They are in a very painful place right now, and they may be unwilling to talk or communicate with you. In their mind, they feel like it is over. 

For singles and those embarking on new relationships, the Ten of Swords means that this person is feeling like a failure. They are suffering and grieving. This could be from your relationship, but it could also be from past baggage that they are still holding onto. They are also feeling betrayed and backstabbed. They may have been cheated on in the past, and they are afraid of seeing it happen again in the present. This person needs to get to a place where they can let go of their past in order to move forward. 

For existing relationships, the Ten of Swords indicates that this person feels that your relationship is reaching an end. They feel like a failure. They feel like they have tried so hard in the relationship, but that it is still not working out. At what point, they wonder, should they just give up? In their mind, a breakup seems imminent. Ask yourself whether or not this relationship has run its course.   

If you are asking about an old flame or an ex’s feelings about you, the Ten of Swords indicates that they are still in deep pain about the end of your relationship. They feel like a failure because of how it ended. They are in a very painful place right now, and may be unwilling to talk or communicate. They are not ready for a reconciliation or to get back together.  

In the context of whether or not a relationship is headed for commitment, engagement, or marriage, the Ten of Swords is a sign that the disagreement between you and your partner on this subject could end the relationship. Your partner feels like despite all of the effort they’ve put in, things are just not working right now. They cannot imagine going into a marriage this way. 

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Reversed Ten of Swords as Feelings

When the Ten of Swords is reversed, it means that this person is feeling like they are on their way towards healing and release. Though they have been through a lot of pain in the past, they are now at the point where they are ready to let it go. 

This person may still be having feelings of anger and despair. However, they also recognize the lessons that heartbreak has taught them. Overall, they feel like they will be able to recover from this situation. They know that though there was an ending, it is giving way to a brighter beginning. 

For singles and those in new relationships, the Ten of Swords reversed is a sign of feeling like they are on a healing pathway. Though they have experienced a lot of pain and heartbreak in the past, they are ready to release what no longer serves them. They are willing to look to their future and to invest themselves in this new potential relationship with you. 

For those in committed relationships, the Ten of Swords reversed is a sign of forgiveness. Both of you have had your disagreements and issues in the relationship. However, they feel that it is no longer productive for them to hold onto their resentment. They are willing to let it go. This can be a sign that they are ready to move on from the relationship, but it can also be a sign that they are ready to move on from the past together with you.  

If you are asking about an ex’s feelings about you, the Ten of Swords reversed means that they are moving on from the situation. They are tired of holding onto the pain carried over from your past relationship. They would rather release these hard feelings and move on with their life. They want to let go. If you are wondering about reconciliation or getting back together, this is a sign to let go and move on.  

In the context of whether or not a relationship is headed for commitment, engagement, or marriage, the Ten of Swords reversed means that they are feeling like they are letting go of any past pain from the relationship. Depending on the context and other cards in your reading, this can mean that they are ready to move on from your relationship entirely, or they are interested in moving forward with you to something deeper.  

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Conclusion

For relationships and feelings, the Ten of Swords represents endings. While endings can be sad, they also represent the potential for something new and better to take its place. With an ending comes release. We can start anew. This card is a reminder that it is okay for us to release what is no longer serving us. 

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