Upright: Whatsoever is intimated by the design; also pain, affliction, tears, sadness, desolation. It is not especially a card of violent death. Additional: Followed by Ace and King, imprisonment; for girl or wife, treason on the part of friends.
Reversed: Advantage, profit, success, favour, but none of these are permanent; also power and authority. Additional: Victory and consequent fortune for a soldier in war.
Ten of Swords – Tarot Card Description
A prostrate figure, pierced by all the swords belonging to the card.