(i) Ten of Wands YouTube Video

Ten of Wands : My in-depth YouTube Video on the Ten of Wands of the Thoth Tarot deck may be viewed below:

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(ii) Thoth Ten of Wands



In the Ten of Wands 8 wands tipped with claws and barbs are crossed in the background. and the 2 dorjes form bars in front of them.


(iii) Rider Waite Ten of Wands

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(iv) Ten of Wands & The Tree of Life

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Malkuth in Atziluth

The spiritual energy of the wands is cut off from the top of the tree in Malkuth which is not really part of the tree of life. Energy is oppressed as it is detached from its source.


(v) Shemhamphorasch Angels of the Ten of Wands

 Reiiel: When negative, limiting situation, impasse. Fanaticism, hypocrisy. Propagation of dangerous and false ideas. Prisoner, bigotry, opposition to altruistic actions, mistrust.

Ornael: Multiplication of materialization. Sterility, corruption, lack of good planning. Vivisection, poverty, impatience, genocide, extermination, and devastating fury


(vi) Astrology of the Ten of Wands

1. Decan : 3rd decan (21 – 30°) of Sagittarius ruled by SATURN

2. Saturn in Sagittarius

Sagittarius wants to expand and express  its optimism & philosophical side. Saturn is all about restriction and so it oppresses the expansive nature of Sagittarius.

The astrological glyphs are confined between the 2 bars to illustrate this restriction.


(vii) Symbology of the Ten of Wands

Dorges = These are from the 2 of wands & have been stretched into bars and coloured black and so represent the restrictive qualities of Saturn.

8 Wands in Background = these have claws and barbs to free themselves (without success).

Flames in background = distorted and random. Uncontrolled as they do not have clear expression.

The only 10 where there is NOT a tree of life diagram in the symbology.


(viii) Quotes from the Book of Thoth

“Sagittarius is spiritual, swift, light elusive… Saturn is material, slow, heavy, obstinate and obscure”  (p.194)

Malkuth..” depends on the other 9 sephira, but is not directly in communication with them” (p.194)


(ix) Divinatory Meanings of the Ten of Wands


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Our will to do something is blocked and no matter how hard we try, we cannot achieve it. Frustration, irritability and anger can result of this suppression within us.

We can begin to lose faith in ourselves and our ability to get what we want.

If this comes up in the final position of a spread = don’t waste any more time in a conflict that you cannot win.

Can represent an actual person putting someone down and dominating their spirit.




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Oppression that has been persistent over a period of time.

Self harm/ destructive habits, emotional problems as a result of being unable to express what we really feel is important to us.

Domestic violence / bullying





(x) Affirmation for the Ten of Wands

I reclaim my own power to express myself freely.


(xi) Recommended Video Links

Polyphonic Tarot

Paul Hughes Barlow

Marveena Meek

Ten of Wands Thoth Tarot Card Tutorial

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