Tarot Card of the Week: May 1 – May 7, 2017
Ten of Wands
You may have to muster up the strength, determination and fortitude this week to do what must be done, even if the task before you seems daunting and overwhelming.
The Ten of Wands — this version from the stunning Mary-el Tarot — is all about rising to the occasion and taking care of business, no matter how difficult or arduous that may be. It’s about stepping up to the plate and shouldering responsibilities — or like the figure in this card, moving through hell or high water to get the job done.
What do you think would happen if the man and his were to slow down or stop in their tracks? They’d be consumed by the flames that are already engulfing them. They’d surely perish on the spot.
The idea here seems to be that once the task is started there’s no turning back. The rider pledges his commitment (notice his hand held over his heart) and the horse gathers speed.
He may have taken on more than he thinks he can handle, but he’s not going to throw in the towel. This is the essence of the Ten of Wands. Upholding your responsibilities may be more than you bargained for, but that doesn’t excuse you from doing them.
You may be overwhelmed with all that’s laid out before you this week. And you may be wondering whether you even have it in you to keep on going. But as you can see from this card there’s no turning back. There are obligations and responsibilities to uphold as well as people who depend on you who’d likely be hurt by your neglect.
The question you might want to ask yourself is this: “Is life (or love) supposed to be this hard?” The value of whatever it is that’s taxed you to your limits probably needs to be reassessed.
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An earlier version of this card first appeared on the Ask the Astrologers website in Dec, 2015.
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