Ten of Feathers / Swords

Ten of Feathers / Swords

The Nine of this suit hints at the tragedy to come in this card.

Ten of Feathers

Ten of Swords from the Collective Tarot: An image depicting the tale of Icarus. A winged figure has flown too close to the sun and is hurtling out of control back to earth. Their feathers fall
down around them.

“Shit is brutal for you.” Thanks, Collective Tarot. This is when you are at your lowest, most hopeless point. You can feel disconnected because you didn’t heed the warning of the Nine of Feathers/Swords or maybe something awful just happened. Either way, this is that feeling you get when everything seems utterly pointless. It’s time to reach out and do something, anything. Literally any small thing you do is a good move.

Ten of Swords

Ten of Swords from Tarot of the Pagan Cats: Damn. A cat bed has been stabbed with ten swords. Beyond it is an alter in disuse, covered in spider webs.
This is the only card in the deck that does not contain a cat.

Traditionally, this card shows a disaster that comes unexpectedly and suddenly, or may indicate a betrayal. This card may indicate that you are using this event to play up being the victim in this situation. It can be satisfying to have someone take your side or feel badly for you, but it is ultimately not productive or helpful. What you should do is gather yourself up and see what you can learn from whatever shitty situation you’re coming out of. This is like a smaller, more contained version of the Death card, so use this time to accept that.

For me, this card is about when you feel like you have the rug ripped out from under you. It isn’t the complete shift in worldview that sometimes comes with the change of Death, but it does present you with some lessons you need to learn, even if the learning is painful. It isn’t fun, but growth usually isn’t. Take it for what it is and make the best of it. Also, remember you are not alone; don’t isolate yourself. Make an effort to get in touch with supportive folks and do things to keep yourself moving. No need to be crushed by this event.

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