Ten of Swords

This tarot card is the card of realization. In a reading, it is the break of dawn when we realize that we are just a minor part of the universe. We constrain ourselves with the belief that we are on our own, and everything is just incidental. This could be a result of fear of the unknown, or a stubbornness to get out of our comfort zone. The imagery depicts the result of a resistance to our intuitions call to surrender to the universe. A lot can be learned from nature, as long as we are able to close out the surroundings, and become one with the universe. At the end of the day, it is all a mind game, and we need to expand our thinking in order to find solutions to everyday situations.

The biggest chunk of the Tarot deck, 56 of the 78 cards, comprise the Minor Arcana. 40 cards out of these fall exclusively under the Minor Arcana, while the other 16 also form a part of the Royal Arcana or Court Cards. If the Major Arcana can be said to convey the big picture, the Minor Arcana signifies the specifics in the life of a person. It is divided into four parts: The Suit of Swords signifies the realm of the mind and intellect, our decisions and insights. The Suit of Cups has to do with the things of the heart, things we love and care about. The Suit of Wands represents our power and life energy as applied to the situations and events we face in life. And lastly, the Suit of Pentacles represent our labours and the rewards we gain from them.