Category Archives: Minor Arcana

Ten of Swords

Ten of SwordsWe have leaned a tough lesson! Now, despite the bad situation we can move to the next phase of rehabilitation and rebuilding ourselves. If we have not yet gone through the lesson we need to experience it before we can move on.

The Ten of Swords indicates that the tough lesson is over. We have learned the lesson and do not need to go on suffering. The pain is still there but we can now move on into rebuilding ourselves and starting anew.

The Ten of Swords follows a pre-determined course: first we make a mistake, then we suffer and finally we learn the lesson that enables us to start a new phase in our life. It is therefore crucial to determine which stage are we in. Usually when we get the card we have already suffered and are ready to move on. But sometimes we have not suffered yet and it is important that we face the tough and painful lesson, learn from it, draw our conclusions and move on to the next phase.

It is important to understand that in some cases only a painful experience can teach us the lesson we need –and this is indeed the situation represented by the Ten of Swords. It is important to remember that our pain and suffering are not in vain and it will help us learn and progress. In this case we need to focus on minimizing the impact of the lesson rather than trying to avoid it.

  Supportive Obtrusive
Relationships  Despite our heartbreak it is a good time to take a chance and try something new.  Ending a relationship, heartbreak, hesitancy to enter a new relationship after being hurt before.
Career  We have learned our lesson -using past experience we can act correctly and be successful.  We tend to move forward without due investigation – this will lead to failure, once we face difficulties we tend to throw in the towel.

Areas of particular relevance:
A new start after crisis, maintaining hope during a tough time, resourcefulness, justice is done, tendency to be a martyr

Ten of Cups

Ten of CupsWe have realized our dream. Since the suit of Cups did not force us to work as hard as Coins it is important to retain our achievement and remember that a dream is not necessarily a material goal but rather a personal fulfillment.

The Ten of Cups is a card of joy, celebration, abundance, wealth and happiness. It is a card of success, family, kids and love. It indicates that we love life and enjoy what we have.

The Ten of Cups is a direct continuation of the Nine of Cups which indicated a wish that came true. In Ten of Cups the wish is being fulfilled over a long time. There is a major difference between the two cards since it is one thing to win the lottery and deposit millions in the bank but quite another to remain happy and satisfied after ten years. Many of the winners of sudden wealth or happiness cannot preserve it for long. The Ten of Cups indicates that we will be able to retain our wealth and happiness over time and our wish will materialize long term.

  Supportive Obtrusive
Relationships  Satisfaction, happiness, relationship success, moving to the next stage, entering a commitment.  _
Career  Success based on partnership, gaining unprecedented success, job satisfaction.  _

Areas of particular relevance:
Kids, marriage, falling in love, romance, a good match (matchmaking), successful partnerships.


Ten of Pentacles

Ten of PentaclesWe have reached success and satisfaction. Now we simply need to enjoy the situation. But we also have to continue developing the subject, organically and at the right pace, so we can enjoy it in the long term.

The Ten of Coins indicates abundance, success, wealth and happiness. It is a card of joy and satisfaction that represents completeness in all area: family, career, personal development, etc.

Basically the Ten of Coins is similar to the Nine of Coins but it represents an epilogue showing what will happen once wholeness has been reached. For example the Nine of Coins can represent a perfect couple about to get married while the Ten of Coins will show the same couple after several years of joyful marriage when the relationship has matured into a family with kids.

  Supportive Obtrusive
Relationships  Tying the knot, moving on to having children and grandchildren, fulfillment of dreams and wishes.  _
Career  Success and prosperity, fulfilling our aspirations, satisfaction and profit.  _

Areas of particular relevance:
Stability, family, happy retirement, abundance, home, peace

Ten of Wands

Ten of WandsLife is too busy! Instead of seeking what is missing in our lives we are taking upon ourselves too much and might collapse. In order to succeed we need to free up time and resources for the subject at hand.

The Ten of Wands indicate that we feel that something is missing in our lives but we try to correct this feeling by taking more and more tasks upon ourselves. Instead of looking for the simple things, earth and materialization, we take upon ourselves another project and another obligation. We might get some satisfaction in the short term but eventually we will not be able to hold up and will break down.

Despite the above, the card does not necessarily mean we will not reach our goal. But, in order for this to happen we need to stop taking so much upon ourselves and free up time and resources to reach our goal.

  Supportive Obtrusive
Relationships  _  Tendency to shy away from relationships and focus on other areas, getting addicted to our job, quarrels.
Career  _  Taking upon ourselves too much, failing to meet deadlines and goals, tension and tiredness that can lead to a break down.

Areas of particular relevance:
Taking upon ourselves too much, self destruction, a husband not listening to his wife

Nine of Swords

Nine of SwordsWe are worried -and with good reason. We have found ourselves on the wrong path and if we move forward we will fail. If we have not started out yet we should stop moving forward. But we find it hard to resist because we fell in love with this particular path and the desired results.

Nine of Swords is undoubtedly one of the worst cards of the Tarot deck. We are worried sick and rightfully so. We have all the reasons to worry since everything we worry about will indeed materialize –and things can get even worse.

The situation is so bad and complicated that it seems that it is better to give up altogether and not move forward at all regarding the subject at hand. If we move on it will only lead to loss and sorrow. In other words, this process cannot be fixed –we can either let go or fail.

If we still have not started on this particular path the obvious advice is to stay away. It might create an immediate difficulty or inconvenience but will pay off in the long-term. If we have already started the process we better stop as soon as possible, cut our losses and escape while we still can.

It is important to understand that we are so emotionally attached to the process that it will be hard for us to quit or stop.

  Supportive Obtrusive
Relationships  _ Engaging in the wrong relationships, heartbreak, inability to leave a failing relationship.
Career  _  Failure, inability to act correctly, wrong assessment, hardship, problems, inability to cut out what needs to be taken out of our lives.

Areas of particular relevance:
Sickness, disaster, unpleasant events, self destruction, wrong choices, depression


Nine of Cups

Nine of CupsAfter looking inside ourselves to understand who we are, as well as utilizing the opportunities we got, we have realized our dream and reached wealth and personal success.

At this stage we simply have to enjoy what we got.
The Nine of Cups is a wonderful card that deals with success, happiness, fertility, abundance and fulfilling our dreams.
We have undergone a lengthy process of personal investigation, we have understood the opportunities that have been given to us and took full advantage of them. Now we have achieved what we wanted and are satisfied by the results.

The success indicated by the card has been reached due to our faith, our capacity to flow well with the world and our ability to rejuvenate. We were patient, did not insist on reaching a specific goal within a particular time frame and generally allowed the cosmos to mandate the manner and pace of things that happened to us. Now we can and should celebrate the results.

  Supportive Obtrusive
Relationships  Relationship success, moving the relationship to a committed stage, success and enjoyment.  _
Career  Satisfaction, enjoying abundance, good luck which helps business success.  _

Areas of particular relevance:
Business success, sudden wins and successes, a man who leaves his mother’s home for a relationship, attracting a spouse into our lives



Nine of Pentacles

Nine of PentaclesAfter a lot of hard work we have reached our goal and have achieved profit and abundance, especially in the material world. We simply have to enjoy what we got.

The Nine of Coins is a card of fertility and success. It indicates abundance that is reached after a lot of hard work. We have gone far and worked hard. Now is the time to enjoy the fruits of our success. The Nine of Coins is one of the most blessed cards in the Tarot deck. It deals with success in material world, as well as emotional and spiritual domains. We are satisfied and enjoy what we have achieved.

It is important to understand that the success we experience in this card is not a coincidence. It is a direct result of our hard labor and persistence that enables us to reach the desired goal.

  Supportive Obtrusive
Relationships  Reaching success after putting in the effort, moving to the next stage, getting pregnant (if relevant).  _
Career  Income, material success, successful investment that pay dividends.  _

Areas of particular relevance:
Wedding, pregnancy, buying a home, abundance, success


Nine of Wands

Nine of WandsWe have to hold on –a final effort will bring the desired results. It is also crucial that we stay focused on our goal.

We need to hold on just a little while longer. There will still be additional obstacles to overcome but eventually, after this final effort, things will work out well.

Basically the Nine of Wands is a good card. But it also indicates that we need to stop looking for challenges, adventures, and unattainable goals. Instead, we need to find stability and act to fulfill our true needs in life. Once we do so, all will start to fall into place.

  Supportive Obtrusive
Relationships Successfully facing challenges, overcoming obstacles. Emotional hurt, lack of communication, a feeling that we are “out of the picture”, being over suspicious.
Career  Overcoming obstacles, ability to receive feedback, financial stability. Compromises, being too careful, a tendency to stay in a role or workplace that does not serve us.

Areas of particular relevance:
A need to survive, lack of involvement in what is going on, a last minute failure, an inner feeling of failure that blocks our progress


Eight of Swords

We can reach the desired result but find ourselves blocked. Instead of listening to that part in us that knows the answer we let our feelings rule us. Only if we let go and listen to logic can we succeed.

Eight of SwordsIn this card, as well as in any of the eight cards, we are ready to make the transition from the current stage to the next and reach our goal. But we tend to fail in this transition because we do not act rationally and responsibly. In practice, we hinder our own progress since we decline to listen to the voice of logic. We instead act out of our emotions, catering to our fears and doubts, and so block our route to success.

Many things can tie us and block our progress to the next stage: we might be committed to a contract, the breaching of which will cost us dearly, or we might simply feel uncomfortable doing something unpleasant. But breaching the contract or overcoming our feelings might be our only way to break free. When we stop listening to the wrong reasons, when we see the situation in its entirety, when we break free – only then will we reach our goal.

  Supportive Obtrusive
Relationships  Ability to correctly interpret reality.  Emotional blocks and inability to fall in love, fear of exposing ourselves, it is hard for us to act in a rational and balanced way.
Career Good judgment, keeping our alertness and sticking to our original goals will lead to success.  Inability to make decisions, emotional blocks and manipulations impede our ability to act correctly.


Areas of particular relevance:
Betrayals, secrets, inability to see reality for what it is, despair and depression

Eight of Cups

We tried so hard to control reality that we forgot what we originally wanted. Only when we let go of the struggle will we understand what is right for us.

Eight of CupsWe have been struggling for so long that we forget why we actually do so. We have tried everything but have still not reached the required result. The only thing we have not tried yet is to let go. The Eight of Cups call us to let go of our struggle!

Although we are not guaranteed that letting go will lead us to our goal, it will create serenity that will let us go inside ourselves. This way we will find why we struggled so hard and what is right for us. After understanding this point we will be able to go back and act in order to get what we want. But we might discover that we fought for the wrong cause all along, or that we fought for a cause that ceased to be right for us.

  Supportive Obtrusive
Relationships  Letting go of control will lead to the desired results, submitting and retreating will expose the other side’s intentions.  Stubbornness that will lead to defeat, a choking relationship, lack of desire to see the truth, tendency to hold on to a mutually-wrong relationship.
Career  A good time to change direction and investigate newly formed opportunities.  Getting into pointless struggles, needless stubbornness, inability to spot business opportunities.


Areas of particular relevance: 
A Psychologist, tense relationship between a woman and her mother-in-law, needless struggles