Understanding the Tarot - The Meanings of the Cards
The Suit of Cups

Ten of Wands

Oppression at its simplest, bringing misery and agony. If this card is followed by the nine of Swords in a reading, then a law suit will bring loss. Someone could certainly take advantage of you in some way. Negative thoughts and feelings can be redirected into creative expression such as the arts.

Ten of Wands Reversed

Try avoiding the negative thoughts and they can be turned into the contrary. The need to stop allowing others to take the upper hand is strong with this card.