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Generally, all Tens:

  • Express transition of their suit, or element.
  • Reflect the themes and wisdom of the Wheel of Fortune.
  • Symbolize an ending, and a beginning.
  • Can be any point of death and rebirth, the Ordeal, the Dark Moment, or All is Lost; the character’s re-dedication to the change in their arc; that point in which the character has everything to lose; or the final push toward the end.
  • Are the “dark night of the soul” mentioned in the Numbers in Tarot post.
  • For additional info on Tens check out Tarot Notes Take a Number series on tens.

What I See:

Gaian-Tarot-Ten-FireFire can be so frightening. Yet it is often just what nature needs to reestablish itself. I think of the Phoenix. I also get a sense of chaos. The wind is whipping the flames higher and further afield. I imagine the forest animals are running, staying just ahead of the flames. The smoky clouds feel a bit oppressive. I think of crawling along the floor under a smoke cover to safety. Are the firefighters on the scene? Was the fire set on purpose? Or is this a naturally occurring fire?

General Fire element/Wands suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Fire

Light (upright) Reading:

Seedlings grow up from the ashes.

  • Keywords: Perseverance, Patience, or Home Stretch.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Remember to trust the cycle.

  • Keywords: Overload, Pressure, Encumbered, or Onerous Burdens.

Plots:

A fire. A forest fire. Firefighters, firemen. Perhaps, a story focused on running for safety, whether you use the fire or some other danger?

The smoke could be exhaust, perhaps a landing ship started the fire? What if the fire is a result of weaponry?

How about a retelling of the Phoenix myth? Maybe, that isn’t a fire…

  • Ten Themes: Transition, Transformation, or Endings and Beginnings.

Typically, the card depicts a laborer carrying a load of ten wands. The wands aren’t laying neatly but are tangled. Perhaps, a theme of good intentions going awry?

Characters:

Release what is done and make way for what is to come.

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Peasant or Servant Class.

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

All Tens are E1: Perfectionist and/or Reformer

  • Self Image — I am right
  • Passion — Anger
  • Virtue — Serenity
  • Narcissistic Trap — Perfection
  • Avoids — Vexation
  • Speaking Style — Teaching or Moralizing

E1 people are instinctive, spontaneous, and intuitive. Their “gut” feeling is the center of their awareness. They are often direct or territorial. They are concerned with power, ruled by aggression, and may be troubled by self-doubt or self-blame.

Additionally, look up one of the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) for personality traits.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

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