THE TEN OF WANDS – Oppression (Depression) – Saturn – Sun; Saturn 11th House – Burden

Astrology: Saturn in the 3. decan of Sagittarius

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Ten of Wands – Oppression

The Ten of Wands are standing for suppression and restriction, showing the Fire on the grounds of the Earth, where they cause an uncontrolled, destructive burning.

The Lord of Oppression can be a tricky influence, because it indicates blocked energy and thwarted Will.  Both of these can work against us in our lives, causing frustration and confusion.

Very often the reason that this situation arises is because we are unable to clearly communicate our feelings on a given topic, to somebody who has strong influence over our lives. We repress our inmost needs and, instead, present a bland and safe mask to the outside world.

On a day ruled by this card, there are certain processes you need to go through in order to work out what the problem is. First of all, consider whether this is a fleeting effect which will pass tomorrow or the next day. If so, then the chances are that regular use of the affirmation will clear your path.

However, if you find that you’ve been feeling a bit frustrated for a while, today is the day to get to grips with that. Isolate the things that you really wish you could tell people around you who matter. Then consider why you might not be speaking your mind.

There can be many reasons for this, some of them are useful and others damaging. Work out whether your silence is serving you well or ill.  For instance, it’s not usually a very good idea to tell your boss that some of his habits drive you insane with frustration.  If you discover that you do have unexpressed feelings in a situation where it would not be wise to express yourself out loud, then write everything down and then vent your annoyance by ripping the paper up into several tiny pieces (don’t go directing it at the person, just at the habit, action or event). That should get some of your irritation out of your system!

If you cannot express your feelings because you’re prevented by circumstance, you are out of touch with the person concerned; you’re angry and frustrated about a world event; there seems to be no possible route to the people you need to talk to…the paper trick could work well again. Or alternatively, visualize the person/people you need to speak with, and then tell them exactly how you feel. This act can have a quirky effect in that it often produces a response from the person on the other side of the discussion!

Drive: Cruel and overbearing force, thirst for might, Burden, extra responsibility, hard work, completion

Light: The chance to think about it, learning

Shadow: Cruelty, excessive pressure, selfish and material ends, dogmatism, aggression

Reversed: Ten of Wands reversed suggests that you are carrying a heavy weight on your shoulders, but you are keeping this private and are unwilling to share your burden with others. You may be grappling with emotional trauma, carrying a dark secret, or dealing with increased responsibilities. However, you do not feel comfortable sharing this with others, by talking about it or asking for help. In effect, you are pushing away the people who can help you. It may also be a huge relief to you when you do share some of this burden with others, as they are ready and willing to support you.

Keywords: Saturn in Sagittarius, suppressed emotions, withheld energy, isolation, aggression, separation

Advice: You suppress your energies, you want to express, live, enjoy and celebrate many things. Dare to express the fire that flies in you!

Questions: There are some things you always wanted to tell certain people. What are these things and who are these people? Since this moment is just right for you, you can now express these things.

Suggestion: Drag another tab to this question! What will my life be like if I’m ready to liberate myself?

Revelation: I have the right to follow my feelings and pulses of life.


Affirmation: I release all repression so my Will flows freely.