Hand holding a Ten of Swords tarot card

Sometimes, I pull a card and it doesn’t apply to anything going on in my current life. In the Ten of Swords’ case, that’s probably a good thing because its traditional meaning tends to be heavy, denoting defeat, calamity, and finality. Thankfully, I’m feeling light this morning.

A card’s meaning can vary depending on several factors, including the specific deck used, who’s doing the reading, and/or the reference books used. I could certainly reach for a meaning beyond this card’s face value, but instead, I immediately thought of story structure and what’s known as the “Dark Night of the Soul.”

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