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Mindful May Tarot: 10 of Wands

Updated: May 13, 2020

If you’re familiar with the 10 of Wands card, then you know that the general message is about reaching a breaking point due to the exhaustion of one’s inner resources. And in the Ethereal Visions Illuminated tarot deck, the card seems to convey a more somber tone, as the path behind the figure shows us just how long the journey has been—and there’s an even more obvious sadness apparent in the man’s facial expression and body posture.

The mindful message here seems to be about paying closer attention to what your body has been trying to tell you and honestly accepting a truth that you’ve maybe been overdoing something that’s seriously depleting you. And again, based on the long path in the background, this may have been going on for quite a while—weeks, months or even years.

This card also strikes me as being about boundaries, as the load is simply too heavy for one person to carry. I often wonder where the assistance is when I look at the Ten of Wands. So it might be a good time to ask for help or simply say no and start on a newer path that’s giving you energy rather than stealing it.

Maybe like me, you’ve had time to do a lot of inner reflection during the downtime of the quarantine and perhaps having some space from certain situations has really enabled you to tune into your body and realize how tired some of your choices have been making you feel. Now’s a great time to befriend the wisdom of your body and finally listen to those aches and pains and move towards a kinder path. A daily mindfulness body scan—even for just ten minutes—can really help with this.



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