(The full meaning of this card is under construction. Selected quotes to follow.)
Greenaway (see Sources) - "The querent needs to keep her nose to the grindstone for a while because she will need to work hard in order to finish a task or to please her superiors. At work, someone may ask her to take on extra responsibility, and she could find others taking her for granted. If this Rod card appears around relationship cards, her partner steps up the pressure and leaves her feeling emotionally and physically exhausted. This card can sometimes mean that the querent is in a dead-end job." (Greenaway, p. 96)
Bunning - "In readings, the Ten of Wands can be a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard. If your days are an endless round of duties and tasks, you need to lighten up for the sake of your health and well-being. Cut back, and take on only those activities that give you pleasure. If you love your work, but it's all-consuming, you may be too narrowly focused in one area. Balance your life with other interests.
"The Ten of Wands can also stand for times when you have to assume the lion's share of responsibility. You may be blamed or left holding the bag. On the other hand, you may have to step forward and take charge because you are the onlye one capable enough. Rightly of wrongly, the cleanup will fall to you.
"The Ten of Wands indicates that your life is going to be tougher than usual for a time. You will have to fight uphill for every little gain. Each step will feel like a struggle. When you see this card, be kind to yourself. Lighten the load wherever you can, and let others help you. You don't have to handle everything yourself."
Ten of Wands Reversed
Meaning coming soon!
(The full REVERSED meaning of this card is under construction. Selected quotes to follow.)
Alexander (see Sources) - "The burden is lifted -- sometimes unexpectedly -- and there is a feeling of freedom from undue responsibilities. Either you have taken the appropriate action or are about to do so. In any case, your load has been shifted, reproportioned, or removed entirely. You are learning to delegate and take on less. Pressure and stress are reduced, and you are able to enjoy life more. Sometimes, however, depending on negative influences in the spread, you may be suffering the consequences of overload -- either with ill health or burnout. You may need a recovery period." (Alexander, p. 120)