Ten of Swords

Sometimes I dream of Tarot Cards, and this past week as far as Tarot Dreams go, I’ve seen nothing but the Ten of Swords. This card represents one of the most ambivalent messages in the deck, quite appropriate for our times. Tarot artist Robin Wood’s glossary entry for the Ten of Swords reads:

TEN –No, it is that bad!
Misfortune, ruin, defeat, loss, failure, pain, desolation beyond tears. Alternatively, evils or misfortunes which are over.

Evil overthrown, courage, success, recovery, turning toward higher sources.”

For the record, I keep seeing the card upright, not reversed. Since Robin Wood’s cards are copyrighted, here’s a Rider-Waite-Smith version of the card:

Ten of Swords from the Rider-Waite deck, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith

Ten of Swords from the Rider-Waite deck, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith

We determine the meaning of this paradoxical card by exploring the context in which it appears. In terms of world events, we’ve got “A Tale of Two Cities” playing out all over the place: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …”. We’ve also got enormous amounts of Cognitive Dissonance plaguing a species — especially in the US — who has mostly lost the ability to discern anything beyond the projected screen. Even the rare people who see beyond one or two screens usually stop there, patting themselves on the back for their intelligence and insight. For some bizarre reason, it doesn’t occur to people who’ve busted through one reality that the “opposite” they’ve embraced may be exactly the same in a mirror image, or even more restrictive and insidious. Once people burst through a reality, instead of having the presence of screens confirmed, they simply assume that the screens they’ve seen beyond are the only two screens in existence. No amount of pointing out screens and projectors/projections seems to convince them that they’ve only just begun the journey.

I write a lot about the Middle Way, a path that recognizes good within bad, light within dark, positive within negative, because the temptation to label things black and white traps so many people into the same old, same old with a different mask. People see a good side of someone they want to believe in and use that photograph or speech as “proof” that all their detractors have zero merit; this is the new sacrificial lamb so s/he must be telling the truth; no animal or baby would respond to an “evil” person this way; look, so and so loves his children, ergo, he must be on our side. Any information to the contrary — especially if it comes from a news outlet or government people have been told lies (hint: they all do at some point) — is met with Cognitive Dissonance. It does not compute, because these conflicting “facts” can’t possibly go together.

Oh, no? How many of you have ever dated a narcissist or psychopath? How many of you have simply had some bad luck in love in which you can’t really say the person was crazy, but he or she did break your heart with false promises s/he failed to deliver? If that person had zero attractive qualities and no love in their heart, then why did you ever fall in love with them in the first place? You might wonder in retrospect, but at the time, you saw the good without the bad. Or, maybe you saw the good and the bad, but chose to ignore your Spidey Senses, because you really, really wanted to believe the good.

Guess what? That happens on the political stage, as well. People fall in love with the leaders projected on various screens, just as much as they fall in love with characters in romantic comedies or television shows. Projections don’t equal off screen or behind the scenes reality. We live in a world with layers and layers of obfuscation, projection, and Glamour (as in the magickal term for creating a false, glittering “reality”). We live in a genetically and socially engineered world that does everything in its power to keep people so busy, so distracted, so ashamed, so poisoned, narcissistic, addicted and befuddled that they will never move beyond the first few screens.

Inbred narcissism, moral relativism (intentional confusion of one’s inner compass) and one-dimensional or at most two-dimensional awareness ensures that even those who move beyond those first few screens will be marginalized, attacked by those who worship the State, religion or status-quo, and/or deemed insane. Because the programming runs so deep, if people notice an “alternative” news source or politician getting “persecuted” or “maligned,” they automatically accept this as “proof” that this “alternative” really is “different,” not even realizing how thoroughly costumed, cast and plotted this mini series is. Many of the characters don’t even realize they’re actors, which allows them to project “sincerity” even if they’re playing a role. In a world of Reality TV, Facebook, Twitter, and online avatars, few people would recognize reality if it slapped them in the face.

And it does. Those creating the dystopia on this planet need our consent to continue. We live in a Free Will Universe. The reason it doesn’t feel that way is because those running the projections operate according to the letter of that law rather than the spirit of the law. They manufacture consent by controlling not just the mainstream media, but also the education systems, the medical system, and religions, infiltrating the “opposites” of these, as well.

As Vladimir Lenin said, “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” Self proclaimed “awakened” people assume that because they see through one layer of reality and find some good qualities in the opposite of that reality, that they have now seen “the new solution” or “the real truth,” but they’re really just trying to find something, someone, anything, anyone who will take away their personal power again. Personal power’s like a hot potato. It requires responsibility for choices, and few people feel comfortable accepting that responsibility moment by moment for the rest of eternity. They’d rather make one more choice — the “right choice” — and outsource the tedious process of discernment, choosing and responsibility.

In private correspondence with a friend the other day, I described it thus:

…this desire to worship a guru instead of have them as more of a teacher and activator runs very strong with so many people. It’s really not that different from any pedestal situation — almost like our culture has a combo of collective borderline and narcissistic personality disorders. To not have those disorders (and the borderline IS that whole no boundaries, merging, I don’t know where you end or I begin paradigm) makes you a freak in their eyes. Or a stick in the mud. Or just … out of place.

Fortunately, more and more people are stepping out of that whole “take my power, please take my power, ohhh, my power’s too heavy for me, please take it from me, along with all responsibility for my choices and my energy, ahhh, we’re all one, now!” vibe that at least some people truly are looking for and capable of having a real relationship. When you find one of those, you will just relax into the relationship and that oneness will happen in a healthy way … where you blend but also maintain individuation.

So what does all this have to do with the Ten of Swords?

I will use America as an example, but if you live elsewhere, check your own locale, government and/or relationships for similar patterns:

(from correspondence with the same friend, regarding the suspicious disarming of American border patrol agents):

My friend: “I don’t get it, they’re buying AR-15’s for the USDA agent’s but may disarm the border patrol, easier for ISIS (Mosad) terrorists to get accross and make a lovely curtain call of 9/11?”

Me: Well, if it’s not obvious yet, then I don’t know when people are going to get it. As you said, AR-15’s to USDA, plus IRS, Social Security Administration, etc. Wide open border. Fast and Furious gun smuggling. Disarming border patrol. Disarming all registered gun holders, but not checking the gangs coming across the border. Amnesty for everyone, including the tens of thousands of convicted rapists and murderers they released from jail. Top 5 Islamic terrorists who’ve vocalized a desire to destroy the US traded for a traitor soldier who converted to Islam and possibly committed to Jihad. Sending our police departments for training in Israel “we will destroy Gaza” and “it’s OK to murder non-Jews.” Hundreds of generals discharged. Vets labeled with PTSD so they can’t hold guns. The Muslim Brotherhood are not considered terrorists anymore, but the Founding Fathers, people who organic garden, believe in the Constitution, and want to make the world a better place are….

Seriously, do we need blood in the streets for people to get it? Or even then will they think it’s something else? The cognitive dissonance in this country is deafening. At least you can’t confiscate magick. Pesky thing, those skills.

And then there is THIS….


My Friend: well researched, btw, this is by far the most senior commander’s ever to be sacked in US history, it’s not even close.

On that note, Ken outdid himself, pull up a chair as I believe this is his longest post ever on how the illuminati picked, then systematically groomed China to be the driver in a NWO takeover, got a say, fascinating reading, good ol Rockefeller and Kissinger, kissing luciferain cousins! Besides us putting the brakes on the BRICS takeover, there is one wild card that can and will derail this plan, civil unrest in China, it’s already happening and simmering into a potential powderkeg, sooooo, why is Obama in China on Veterans day? hmmmm, http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/president, the NY Times front page article was how there Chinese leader’s are reverting back to their 60-80’s the US is evil with the populace, trying to whip them into patriotic fervor, always the go to way to subvert internal unrest.

[Back to our regularly scheduled Ten of Swords article]

Seriously, what does this have to do with the Ten of Swords?

The answer is “No, it is that bad,” and people need to wake up if they want to get to the sunny dawn/rebirth on the other side of the death by swords. Recognizing the ugliness of a situation allows you to beautify it. Recognizing danger encourages you to implement protections — physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, magickal — and the more the better. Recognizing that those running the show have not dumbed themselves down as they have the majority of the population should result in a bit of humble pie to realize, “Oh, oh, oh, oh. Well, crap! What do I do?!” That question is extremely overwhelming and uncomfortable, hence all the Cognitive Dissonance and truncated rabbit hole dives: “Nope, no more tunnels here. Uh-Uh. I’ve uncovered this here wascally wabbit, and I’ve got no need to look any deeper or wider or, gasp, multi-dimensionally. Nope, I got it covered. Why ya gotta be such a hater? You’re so 3D.”

Here’s the good news: remember that Law of Free Will? Well, it does come with the annoying need to accept responsibility for our creations, but it also frees us to reject creations we do not want. Permission DENIED. But Nature abhors a vacuum, so denial will only get you so far. We live in an endlessly creative universe. In order to claim that second meaning of the Ten of Swords (“Alternatively, evils and misfortunes which are over”), we need to fill that vacuum with the new, preferred paradigm.

And that takes work. Here in America, we’ve been taught for at least three generations that hard work isn’t necessary, wise or evolved. Get rich quick. Play the markets. Work the system. Only, just as with those projector screens mentioned earlier, people stop once they see through on or two systems. “The Secret” did not reveal all the secrets. It garbled and diluted them for mass consumption. Manifestation can occur through working systems of reality, but that process requires discipline, discernment and yes, occasionally showing up in the 3D implementation of your vision.

I can use our yard as an example. Despite what a friend tried to tell me last spring while I was weed whacking dandelions gone to puffballs with exponential abandon, “No, it really is that bad.” This yard, when we took it, made me cry. Yes, I saw the potential, and yes, I have spent hours per day figuring out how to create beauty, abundance and fertility in an otherwise destroyed, hideously ugly, forgotten and disharmonious place. But … and here’s the key part: I have also personally hauled over 20,000 pounds of wood mulch, thousands of pounds of compost, volcanic ash, used coffee grounds and rock dust. I’ve invested my own time, money and energy in seeds, trees, used my own diluted urine as a foliar spray when plants were dying from not enough nitrogen, moved plants, sourced plants, weed whacked, hauled concrete, artistically arranged plant groupings, and created wildlife habitats. Yes, I had a vision and help from faeries with whom I took the time to communicate, but I also implemented that vision.

We face formidable challenges in America today and around the world: food insecurity; the poisoning of fresh and ocean water; air pollution; radiation; geo-engineered climate change and droughts; uncontrollable (out of human hands) climate change, volcanoes and floods; over consumption and growing landfills; Satanic ritual abuse and the practically normalized sexualization and abuse of children; a dumbed down population; huge swaths of people completely dependent on the State for food, subsidies and healthcare; weaponized vaccines; leaking nuclear reactors; globalist Kool-Aid drinkers unwittingly ushering others into their own slavery and suicide; actual laws on the books that permit slavery in the US, Ukraine and Greece; banks and a BigPharmafia completely protected from prosecution; corporations with more “personhood” than actual people; a public so brainwashed and overwhelmed by information, EMF’s and technology that they really don’t know if they’re coming or going, and if you try to tell them, they’ll ignore you, ridicule you, attack you or stare at you like you have four heads. There’s more, but I’ll stop now.

A three-fold solution exists:

1) Recognize the problems for what they are. You don’t need to get stuck here, but you won’t know how to address issues without falling into new traps if you adamantly refuse to see the layers of issues. You can choose one or two areas as your focus, but be honest with yourself. Pray for courage and clarity.

2) Remove consent. Literally express the fact in writing, aloud or in some other clearly definitive way that you do not consent to these plans and orchestrated problems. Nor do you consent to the “solutions” engineered for your “reaction.” If, instead of the predicted “reaction” to the “problems,” you simply remove your consent to both the preordained problem and solution, then you step onto your own path.

3) Do what is yours to do. Follow through on your vision, hopes and dreams of an alternative reality. Use whatever skills, tools, passion and calling you feel in whatever ways you can. You don’t need to become a politician, natural healer or organic farmer, but if you feel called in those directions, then start walking. If you feel called to start small, then start small. But start.

“Little by little, one travels far.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien

“You do what is there that makes sense.” ~Joanna Macy

I’ve posted this video before, and I will continue to post it, because she’s right on:

25 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Doreen Agostino on November 13, 2014 at 12:30 am

    We live in a Free Will Universe, where the greatest CON of man is CONsent http://jhaines6.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/bradley-loves-the-great-con-of-man-esoterics-the-supernatural-magicians-mind-control-and-the-new-world-order-part-one/

    In-source courage, discernment, and empowerment. The Power which creates worlds, stars, planets, and universes, is the same Power giving each of us breath, awareness, and freewill, to see the farm, cooperate, and peacefully leave it: Human livestock the democratic model http://youtu.be/Xbp6umQT58A


  2. Posted by Jean on November 13, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Reblogged this on 2012: What's the 'real' truth?.


  3. Posted by Tim D on November 13, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I keep pulling THE TOWER over and over again these days.


  4. Posted by Ani on November 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Hello, I saw this post on JHaines blog and I just had to comment, as the Ten of Swords has been a recurring card in the future position for almost every tarot reading I have done in the past few months. Since it represents very much physical death it does leave one to wonder what is heading our way….or shall we say THEIRS?????


  5. Posted by bornoutsidethebox on November 13, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Brilliantly written. Thank you. Reposted.


  6. Thank you, bornoutsidethebox!


  7. Thanks for your comment, Ani. Given that the Swords represent Air and the Mental Realm, I don’t always interpret the Ten of Swords as a physical death. It could very much be death of a way of thinking. That said, for over a year now, I keep seeing “death” hovering over the US. For awhile last year, so many people I scanned were just marked by death. That has somewhat shifted now, or else I’ve just grown used to it. I think it’s very much still in the realm of possibility, but again, shifting the Mental Realm could avert a lot of things on the physical. 🙂


  8. Yes, that’s another one — huge paradigm shifts. I also have gone through lengthy periods of time in which the Eight of Wands keeps appearing, both in readings and in dreams. “Sudden, unexpected shift.” “No one expects the Spanish Inquisition,” except if we do … then we’re in a much better position to respond and make the most of it.


  9. Thanks, Doreen!


  10. Posted by Oliver on November 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm


    One thing to consider is that the sword also symbolizes TRUTH.. so as I see it TRUTH will be revealed TEN fold.. 😉

    Hugs Ollie


  11. Hi Laura, what a very insightful post! And helpful too! It appears that we are at the apex of the titanic and ongoing battle between light and dark on this planet, something we all knew was coming. That said, I’d like to share what I have been getting from Spirit lately. When I get several signs/symbols/synchronicities in row, plus flashes of light (photism) I know that the message is an answer to my thoughts and/or prayers. Let me explain: Yesterday, I had listened to a message from Kryon, and in it he had mentioned that humanity had raised their vibration to an unexpected high level and this event had essentially created a bat of Light that had poked a hornets nest, the nest of the Dark Ones, and they are furious and in attack mode. They are fighting for their survival now.

    He said Hornets.

    Anyway, a few days prior I was chatting with my son about his visit with his father in TN. I learned that the two of them had collected hornets that would be later sold to a pharma company. I asked my son how they captured the nasty critters (hornets represent anger to me), and he said they FLASHED FREEZED them and put them in a bag. I was thinking about all of this in the shower this morning (a great time to mull over stuff like this) and the movie FROZEN came to mind. I have a good understanding of how the Dark Magicians work their magic on us using symbols that they cast into movies and T.V. (mind programming/social engineering) so I pay attention to what they choose to reveal to us at any given time, since it’s no accident when the do anything. Did they want us to feel frozen, unable to move? Then I got that flash of light in my eye and it hit me. WE have to freeze THEM, like in freeze their assets (if they were cut off from their funding this insanity would end mighty quick), render them immobile and stop them in their tracks, but how? I like the three steps that you mentioned above—recognize the problem, remove consent and do what is yours to do, but I will add a fourth: envision the dark Ones (all evil) frozen. I’m going to ‘see’ all forms of evil on this planet as hornets that are hit with a polar vortex of cold air from the Galactic Core. They are frozen solid and fall to the ground, shattering into tiny pieces that get sucked up by the Cosmic Vacuum Cleaner. Works for me!


  12. Great insights, Shelley! We can also write “cabal” on a piece of paper and literally freeze it in the freezer or outside. Sympathetic magick works. 🙂 Keep up the great visions and synchronous insights!


  13. Excellent thought, Ollie! Hugs, Laura


  14. Posted by Oliver on November 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Your’e welcome Laura I could just not resist.. 😉


  15. It’s funny that this week I’ve noticed that those people I know to love to mock conspiracies/spirituality have gotten more vitriolic; their tirades have become like tantrums–lots of ad hominem attacks but thin on substance. This morning in a conversation I described their actions as “throwing cutlery”–as if they’ve been cornered in a kitchen argument and have turned to tossing the silverware around just to keep the fight going. In an odd way it seems to go with the ten of swords imagery–I don’t really see the attacks connecting with anything, just hurting their own cause and possibly themselves. I’ve mentioned that any attacks I saw on 11/11 backfired quickly, and saw it again today.

    The materialists “raging” online inspired me to write about reality, perception and control systems on my blog–I also can’t help notice the coincidences in our chosen topics lately 😉 It’s been a busy week so I’ve been hanging around news sites less, but just drawing observations from my FB circles.

    One thing I feel I should bring up…that the folks I know locally in “new age” circles are also the ones most knowledgeable in alternative news sites and viewpoints and ways of living, so sometimes I can’t connect with the view that they’re only love and light and no 3D action. I propose another term (that’s not mine): the “ungrounded spirituality movement”, courtesy of Jeff Brown. I think it describes quite well those who refuse to look at their negative emotions or to *work*, really *work* with the 3D situations in which they find themselves. It just hits me as more accurate.


  16. What will we do when the grid goes down? Can’t run a computer without a power source. Solar chargers, anyone? Telepathy? (Thinking about this since new puppy just chewed/disabled my power cord in about 10 seconds flat! 44% battery left and falling.)


  17. P.S. I confess, whenever I pull the 10 of Swords, I do not feel an automatic surge of joy! Whatever good, it’s a heavy card. Maybe it’s about release. Complete surrender. Signal of a period of rest and fallow, the still and quiet time before new growth can happen…


  18. Posted by Tim D on November 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Laura I am not at all expecting the Spanish Inquisition, I expect them – or their tentacles of today – to dissolve, to disappear, to leave this place to the ones that carry the light.


  19. May it be so, Tim. I suspect things might continue to get rather dicey before that comes to pass, though. As the Hopi say, “This can be a good time,” but the Hopi also make suggestions for preparing oneself to make that so.


  20. Yes, Diana, I begin each day grateful for heat, since we don’t have a long term alternative way of heating our Midwest home. We have kerosene and some other off grid space heaters, but if the grid were to go down long term, we’d need to implement an alternative. Portable rocket mass heater? Not sure … solar chargers for smart phones are not expensive, and you can also get wind up radios that have ability to charge iPads and iPhones, since they use the USB connectors. It’s one reason to use Apple products, even though I don’t exactly love that company.


  21. Thanks, Janet. I look forward to checking out some of your posts, too. Yes, it has been a VERY busy week! I’m surprised I’ve managed to write as much as I have, since sessions have been extremely booked. Information just keeps flooding in and out. Interesting that you’ve had that experience with New Age circles. I’ve had that experience with clients having those sorts of awareness about issues but then simultaneously feeling like they are “in the know” that things will be done for them, because various channelers have said (and have been saying for 10+ years!) that these solutions are just moments away from becoming real.

    Then these clients wonder why they have ongoing anxiety issues or why they can’t get their 3D life to work. So, granted, I am coming at this perspective from hearing from so many first time clients for whom some of the watered down things or feel good things haven’t really supported. As is probably (hopefully) apparent from my various posts and comments, I really feel that if we want the material world to shift, then we need to embrace both spiritual and material. So often one or the other is rejected — whether consciously or otherwise — and that lack of integration rarely produces tangible, reliable results. The “ungrounded spirituality movement” may be an effective way of saying something similar. 🙂


  22. I guess it depends on the deck and the interpretation of the reader, too. I know in my own and my clients’ lives, the 10 of Swords often represents a key choice point. It is heavy in the sense that the choice has weight — it may determine one’s fate. On the other hand, knowing that the choice has weight helps one to consider all available options and if necessary, summon in new options. For me, such a paradoxical, ambivalent card represents choice, which sometimes does involve “surrender and release” once we’ve done everything we can to indicate our preferred outcome. I like your idea of rest and fallow, since that quiet, still time does produce amazing growth — like the time between planting a seed and actually seeing any signs of it on top of the soil. 🙂


  23. […] Ten of Swords. Sometimes I dream of Tarot Cards, and this past week as far as Tarot Dreams go, I’ve seen nothing but the Ten of Swords. This card represents one of the most ambivalent messages in the deck, quite appropriate for our times. Tarot artist Robin Wood’s glossary entry for the Ten of Swords reads: “ TEN –No, it is that bad! Misfortune, ruin, defeat, loss, failure, pain, desolation beyond tears. Alternatively, evils or misfortunes which are over. Reversed Evil overthrown, courage, success, recovery, turning toward higher sources.” For the record, I keep seeing the card upright, not reversed. Ten of Swords from the Rider-Waite deck, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith We determine the meaning of this paradoxical card by exploring the context in which it appears. Oh, no? Guess what? And it does. As Vladimir Lenin said, “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” […]


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