The keyword of the Ten of Swords is ruin. This is probably the worst card in the pack; it is all about failure, betrayal and feeling like you are completely alone. However, this card reminds you that this is the worst you could possibly feel, and that the only way to go now is back up.
When this card appears, it usually means that you have just, or maybe are about to suffer a huge loss. Something is completely out of your control and there is nothing you can do but take the hit and let the situation run its course, even if the result is certain defeat.
This card often centres on relationships, and suggests that you have been betrayed by somebody you loved or respected. However, it indicates that the end to a difficult time with this person is coming. You have decided that enough is enough, and have removed them from your life.
In terms of work and finances, this card will indicate the need to start something all over again. It can indicate bankruptcy or debts that have spiralled out of control.
However, it is important to remember that whatever the situation, you can rest assured that the final ending to your problems is coming and in actual fact, the Ten of Swords brings much relief. It is the sign that you are coming to the end of whatever it is you have been going through that has been causing you so much pain. You can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, and soon you will be able to move on to happier times.
If the Ten of Swords is reversed then it is imperative that you examine things from every angle thoroughly. In many cases the enquirer is trying to block reality. The reversal talks about karmic lessons and the need to complete them so denial is not good at this stage – the longer you leave things the worse they will become!