TAROT NOW: The Ten of Wands


by Kathleen Smith

The other day, I bought a discount card from a local Boy Scout troop. It’s a plastic card with promotions from local businesses, most for practical items like oil changes, theme parks and 50 cents off coffee purchases for the rest of the year (that alone was worth the price of the card for a coffee hound like me). Each offer seemed carefully chosen for use throughout the year. The Ten of Wands follows a similar idea. 

A man is depicted carrying 10 long wands or staffs up a long path. It looks like a tremendous burden, as the man is slightly bent as he hauls the unweildy bundle.

Look a little closer though, and you’ll see that the staffs he’s carrying are all alike, long, thick and sturdy – all ready for use. What does he need them for? What will he build or restore with them? With those questions, I realize that even though his burden seems heavy, he really has it under control. He chose those particular staffs, that particular burden, so he has a goal that he is pursuing.

The Ten of Wands reminds us to keep our eyes on our goal, no matter how big the first hurdle may be. Every step you take, every task you complete, brings you nearer your goal, the object of your desire. Your diligence and focus will have the side effect of providing small intangible benefits, ready for immediate use. Thus, the burden becomes a blessing!

Kathleen Smith is a tarot card and rune reader who lives in San Antonio and owns Tarot Kat Readings. Consider including her in your next party or event. She can be reached through the Unlimited Thought Bookstore; call 210-525-0693 to schedule a reading.

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