The Druid Craft Tarot, Ten of Wands, displays the oppression of hard labor. Here, a aged Celtic man is laboring up a steep uneven path, with a heavy load of wood on his back. The path is long and his destination is not yet seen. He is definitely carrying the weight of responsibility and obligations on his shoulders.
In the Thoth Deck, the 10 of Wands, is called Lord of Oppression, and is Saturn in Sagittarius. There are Angels attributed to the Decan, Reyayel and Avamel. Angels are really another angle of evolutionary Intelligence as "active rules"...but alas, an intelligence we are not subservient to as we are "un-ruled", rather than the rule. Therefore, we have freedom of choice and must Master ourselves.
The Whole of us (the invisible 99.6% and the Visible.4%) is called the "Divine Child" and/or Son (Sun) of God. The spear shape twin Dorje (Tibetan Thunderbolts), crowned by Tibetan Angels who are servants to the Laws of their structure; their motion has been decided for them, while we can break or change the laws of self-identity and move in any direction we choose to perceive. We are endowed with freedom of choice or as quantum physicist state, by observation we can change the operations of electrons. We are thus granted divine freedom to any Self we decide to be. Hence, we are inheritors of Divinity.Thus, angels are ruled or oppressed by God, mankind is ruled by his/her own freedom to choose, which is a very painful burden to those who don't rule or "Above all things", know themselves. Most self-oppression is the product of ignorance of what you are.
The ancient Greeks called us Daemons, (God Men- the Children of Angel and human mating). Daemonic, because by our own perspectives and observation, we can change reality.No other manifestation of the Divine is known to do that! So, when the Hierophant says to you,"If you wish to speak to me, you must stand. For I'll not kneel to your weakness." He is not just stating "tough love", it is also a statement of equality for we are made of all the mental, emotional, and spiritual power that ever was or will be!
The 10 OF WANDS-Oppression; represents Malkuth in Aziluth and is the influence of Malkuth in the world of Pure Spirit. Where upon the destructive powers of Saturn (Geburah-Severity) are amplified by the swiftness of Sagittarius, leading to selfishly applied material force, and often cruelly. On the Thoth Tarot- 10 of Wands, the suggestion of the crude club like wands, and the Dorjes (Tibetan spear- like symbols of Thunderbolts) suggests, cruelty, malice, overbearing force and energy that can be injustice.
However, one must understand that a certain amount of energy must be oppressed at all times, for form to exist. Energy must be contained in a "Thought Form", a type of magnetic vessel created by the Feminine "Will to Form", before it can become manifest. Then again, too much oppression of energy-in-motion (emotion) leads too disaster. Like electricity, Water or Fire, energy resists this oppression, and will "slip its bonds" at any sign of weakening. Sometimes destructively so.
Often the oppression of our own ability to act, is because of our own self-perspective as our mind is "made up" for us by our cultural training. Because of this, most of us tend to be crueler to ourselves than to others, because we often fear ourselves as being wrong, more than others. We can escape this cycle of personality oppression, if we understand that the oppression we feel, is often the indoctrinated software which mentally limits and/or oppresses the person for those who wish to rule. A Qabalist sees this card as a warning where one is being told by the Inner Self, to change perspectives. We may feel oppression so that we can identify it and act to free ourselves. The sooner the better as it's better to pop a thin balloon, than an over pressurized air tank . It's best to stop oppressing our emotional energy to act, by just reacting in fear and/or "negative emotion", like a good slave would do.
Also, by taking things "too seriously" , an euphemism for fearing it, we fail to use the power of mirth that cracks the veneer of perspective, allowing "negative emotion" to move in a positive manner so that we can see beyond our self-made prison of "I can't", "I mustn't" or "I shouldn't". Truth being, "I can’t", usually means "I am afraid to" and/or "I don't want to”; However, "I Can't" becomes a statement of low self-value when believed. So just say," I don't want to" and get on with your motion.
For as we all know, with impassioned focus, we can accomplish anything. That's the beautiful side of "freedom of choice". So remember this, we use "thought" to oppress moving energy into form, for creation's sake----including our own self-awareness, but eventually, because change is the only constant in this energy Universe, that oppression will end whether voluntarily releasing it or by emotional-explosion.
Energy will free itself, and move. Those who are freely changing their perspectives, will find that the once feared "end" we call death, is merely a Psyche's movement towards another perspective and will experience what the Tibetan's call "reincarnation", which is simply expanding and liberating one's personality by change of perspective. By fearing an end, you have one, by not fearing and end, you consciously experience transformation, with a smile.
When the 10 of Wands is thrown during a Divination, the Querent may experience: If Ill dignified by surrounding cards:
- Cruelty and malice towards others.
- Injustice and over-bearing strength being applied for selfish and material ends.
- Sometimes shows failure in a matter, and opposition too strong to be controlled arising from the person's too great selfishness at the beginning.
- Ill will, envy, slander, obstinacy and swiftness in evil
However, if well dignified by the surrounding Cards:
- The querent is being generous or experiencing generosity from another.
- Self-Sacrifice as in the form of oppressing one's wants for another's benefit.
- Disinterestedness in a situation.
- It is done, finished, and one is ready to move on.