Upright/Well Dignified: The Crowley Thoth tarot gives the Ten of Pentacles the title “Oppression” as there is a lot of fire energy that is creating extra burdens in a situation. With each new responsibility that a person undertakes, there is an extra weight that needs to be carried, but that doesn’t mean that you need to carry all of the weigh at once. Many versions of the card also have the sticks featured on the card pointing in different directions, as if to show that the fire energy heading off in directions and making things more difficult than they need to be. One of the main points of this card is simple: You are taking on too much and trying to make it work without really thinking too hard about how you’re going to achieve it. The energy of this Ten needs to be reigned in by forward thinking, or at least by tying your wands together so that all of your energy is at least focused in the right direction.
The Ten of Wands is often read in a negative light as it seems like the youth carrying the wands is struggling under the weight and when a person is experiencing this card’s particular energy, it feels very much like that. Things that started as hobbies become duty for one reason or another. The things that you used to do for enjoyment become obligations, whether from the expectation of others or from some sort of perceived value that you have placed upon it. While the person on this card has is carrying ten wands, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be tied together to make them easier to carry, or even that they need to all arrive at their destination at once. All it takes is a little planning.
Reversed/Ill Dignified: The Ten of Wands reversed can be seen as what happens when those wands finally fall all over the place. There’ll often be a mess and a lot of effort expended in order to get those wands picked up again (at least the ones that aren’t broken). The effort expended so far might be put on hold, or due to some things going well and truly screwy, you might find yourself having to start what you’re doing all over again. Thankfully, it doesn’t mean that you start all over again without understanding what you’ve been doing wrong. This doesn’t mean that you’re doing it right, just that you’re in a place where you CAN start again and end up getting things done better than you did them earlier.
There’s also the other possibility.
This is when the wands have tired you out and you crumble under their weight. The upright Ten of Wands warns about this being a possibility, but when you carry too much for too long, there’s a good chance that your legs will buckle and you’ll find yourself a lot more exhausted than you would have let yourself admit. The Ten of Wands reversed can be a good sign that your knees are starting to buckle. It ight be a case of putting the wands down for a while and taking a breather. It might slow things down, but not as much as being crushed by the weight of your own responsibilities.