The 10 of Swords is a card of total defeat, collapsed plans and failure. The element here is Air which relates to challenges, conflicts and the mental aspects of our lives. The storms on the path of life that we have to navigate through. In numerology a number has positive, negative & destructive influences. The suite of Swords tends to focus on the negative and destructive. The number 10 is reduced in numerology to a 1. The negative aspects of the number 1 in numerology are weakness, fear, stagnation and selfishness. Never forgot that the 10 marks the completion of one cycle at the start of a new one. The aspects of the number 1 in numerology are beginnings, creation, progress and ambition. With defeat one should rise to new challenges. This card can refer to Death and in the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot it is related in it's imagery to The Heirophant. Notice that the man lying face down has his hands in the same position. This card can, in some cases, point to the end of a marriage or relationship.
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