Ten of Swords

Ten of Swords

Keywords for the Ten of Swords Tarot Card

  • A complete and painful ending
  • Enemies, backstabbing, defeat
  • Hitting rock bottom, relapse
  • Back surgery or pain


The Ten of Swords, like many of the swords cards, has a generally negative and harsh message. This is the card for betrayal and hitting rock bottom, either due to your own actions or the actions of your enemies.


Just looking at this card, its meaning is clear. The Ten of Swords is about being stabbed in the back. Traditionally, this tarot card shows a dead man lying face-down on the ground, with ten bloody swords sticking out of his body.

Although the general meaning of this card is brutal, it also carries a message that the past is over.


It no longer holds you and you are free to move in any new direction you choose. That’s a freeing and positive thought!

You’re in the muck right now, though. There is a sense of total loss and defeat and you are at the absolute bottom. This is a painful and unwanted ending, but you can’t deny the situation any longer.


What is done is done. Your only option is to accept this fact and move on.

While there will be many tears and regret, once you put the past behind you and choose a future path, you will be able to move quickly onto something better.


Just because something is hard doesn’t mean it is bad. This difficult and terrible situation will open the door for something new and wonderful to happen.

In a more literal sense, this card can indicate back pain, surgery, or relapsing back into addiction.


Keywords for the Ten of Swords Reversed

  • Seeking redemption
  • Healing an old wound
  • Finding the courage to start over



  • The original was painted on 11x14 high quality 140lb watercolor paper with Turner watercolor paints.
  • Signature is hidden in the painting. 
  • Your original painting will come with a certificate of authenticity and a backing board, wrapped in plastic.
  • The painting is vertically oriented.


High quality reproductions are also available in 11x14 and 8x10 or 5x7 (with slight cropping) on an excellent quality linen paper which will retain it's true colors for many years.