Ruin – The Ten of Swords

Ruin - The Ten of Swords

Ruin – The Ten of Swords

Anthony Teth and I are creating The Dream Logic Tarot. This image is one of the cards.

The Ten of Swords according to Anthony:

The gruesome imagery found in the Ten of Swords denotes its inherently negative characteristics. It represents the “perfect storm” of unhappy occurrences coupled with an inability to properly react to the inertia of the universe. Plans fall through, ideas are ridiculed, and projects disintegrate before one’s eyes. To struggle further is to strangle oneself. An entirely new approach is necessary to achieve success in a specific endeavor.

Via Wikipedia:

In its upright or positive light, the ten of swords represents absolute destruction, being pinned down by a multitude of things or situations. The person lying on the ground, defeated and bleeding, may also represent a feeling of hopelessness and being trapped by emotions or mental anguish, since swords represent strife and the mind.

Accoding to Biddy Tarot, the Ten of Swords Tarot Card Meanings include:

Upright: Back-stabbed, defeat, crisis, betrayal, endings, loss

Reversed: Recovery, regeneration, fear of ruin, inevitable end

We are creating a deck of tarot cards with photography and digital art, using much of the original symbolism (without the Christian and binary good/evil slant) and with contemporary ideas. Some of the concepts we’ve worked with and been inspired by so far include chaos theory and fractals, ideas from Nicholas Taleb’s series of books, cybernetics, and evolutionary psychology.

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