The Ten of Wands shows a man carrying a large bundle of sticks towards a small town only a short distance away. His back is bent and he appears to be weighed down by the heavy load he is carrying, but he knows he is almost at his destination and will soon be able to release the heavy weight he is bearing.
The Ten of Wands indicates that you are are taking on extra burden, a heavier workload, or greater responsibility. Even though it is weighing you down and making things tougher for you, you know it is only temporary, so you are willing to put in the hard work now to accomplish your goal and reap the rewards later. For example, you may be working extra hours to save up for a family holiday. Or you may be helping out a friend with moving house, knowing that they will return the favor when you move later in the year. Or you may be caring for a sick family member, adding to your responsibilities at home but knowing that your loved one deeply appreciates it.
Sometimes, the Ten of Wands appears when you are unconsciously taking on extra responsibility and finding yourself feeling weighed down, exhausted and burnt out. You may be trying to do everything at once, even though you know it is adding extra pressure to your daily life. The Ten of Wands asks you to stop and examine your current lifestyle or work. Assess which activities or tasks are truly urgent or important, particularly in relation to your broader goals. You may need to employ various time management or prioritisation methods in order to determine where best to spend your time and which tasks you can drop. Your goal needs to be greater efficiency, whilst also freeing yourself up for rest and relaxation when you need it.
The good news is that the Tens in Tarot represent the completion of a cycle, and with the Ten of Wands, the end is in sight! You have been pushing yourself to your limits and working very hard towards your goal. Now, you are taking those final steps on the path to realizing your dreams. Sure, you might collapse in a heap of exhaustion when you get there, but you know it will be all worth it and very well earned!
The Ten of Wands can also indicate that even with the achievement of your goal, there are great responsibilities and commitments that come with it. When you reach a point of completion, you become starkly aware that you must now carry on with the responsibilities you have laid out for yourself, in order to ensure ongoing success. The trouble is, however, that these responsibilities may become too much to bear and you are struggling to let go. It is a bit like the business owner who creates a flourishing business but who is unprepared to delegate some of his or her responsibilities to the staff and ends up working seventy to eighty hours a week. The inspiration and creativity that was associated with the initial goal or vision disappears rapidly, and everything becomes hard work all too quickly. Thus, it is important to let go of or delegate some of your responsibilities to free you up to still enjoy life.