X of Wands/10 of Fire: The Cage

ten of wands

The Ten of Wands shows a man walking with a whole bundle of wands.  He’s walking toward a house in the background.  The house is symbolic of protection and safety he’s achieved in building up his empire.  In many of the wand cards preceding the Ten of Wands, there were mountains in the landscape, representing challenges ahead.  In this card, however, there are no mountains.  The only ‘burden’ is of the man’s own design – the giant bundle of wands he’s carrying.  The plowed field represents the final stage of completion on this work journey – he’s reaped the harvest and now is struggling to bring those fruits to market. Continue reading