Drawing 10 Of Swords Card And 4 Of Cups Tarot Cards Together | What Do They Mean When Together? | A Complete Guide

  • By: Reece
  • Date: 15 December 2022
  • Time to read: 9 min.

A key aspect of reading your own tarot is interpreting cards. For a beginner interpreting a single card can be fine, as there are plenty of resources to help you out, however interpreting two or more can be very tricky.

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However, if you have been practising single card readings for a while a 2 card spread will be a great introduction into reading multiple cards.

As you’ve found this page, you’re probably wondering how to interpret the 10 Of Swords card and 4 Of Cups card together in particular.

The 10 Of Swords card and 4 Of Cups have unique qualities and will interact with each other in different ways depending on what kind of reading you are doing.

What does 10 Of Swords and 4 Of Cups mean together?

The 10 of Swords and 4 of Cups tarot cards working together tell a story about a time of great change. It could be a time when you’ve gone through a painful ending, hit rock bottom, and feel completely unfulfilled, apathetic, and stuck. However, although it may feel like there’s no hope, this period of darkness could also bring unexpected gifts to help you move forward. The 10 of Swords and the 4 of Cups together signify a powerful time where you are forced to confront your innermost wounds and can emerge stronger, wiser, and ready to move on.

The meaning may differ depending on what you are asking. Here are some common questions and their possible meanings

What does 10 Of Swords and 4 Of Cups mean together for your love life?

The 10 of Swords tarot card in combination with the 4 of Cups means that your love life may be going through a complete and painful ending. This ending could be a physical separation from someone you had grown close to, or a mental and emotional separation as a result of emotional exhaustion. The 10 of Swords represents a deep and utter exhaustion of hope, leaving you feeling like you have reached rock bottom.

The 4 of Cups tarot card in combination with the 10 of Swords tarot card suggests that although you may feel a sense of apathy and unfulfillment towards the end of your relationship, you should still remain open to surprises. This could be in the form of meeting someone new, or even rekindling an old love. You may feel like you don’t want to put in the effort to start something new, but it may be worth giving it a chance.

Just because your love life may be ending, doesn’t mean that the story is over. There is still possibility in the future, and you may be pleasantly surprised if you take a chance. The 10 of Swords and 4 of Cups tarot cards suggest that although the end of a relationship can be painful and leave you feeling drained, it may also open the door to something more fulfilling and lasting in the future.

What does 10 Of Swords and 4 Of Cups mean together for your finances?

When The 10 Of Swords tarot card and The 4 Of Cups tarot card appear in a reading regarding finances and job prospects, it indicates that there is an imminent complete and painful ending of a current situation, such as a job loss, a large expense, or a financial setback of some kind. This can be a rock bottom experience, as the 10 of Swords suggests, as it feels like all the hope the querent has in their finances and job situation has been drained from them.

In addition, the 4 of Cups tarot card suggests that the querent may feel apathetic and unfulfilled about their current situation in regards to their finances and job prospects. This card also suggests that there may be surprise gifts or opportunities on the horizon, so even though the querent may feel like they have reached rock bottom, it may not stay this way.

The appearance of these two cards together in a reading may be warning the querent to pay particular attention to their job and financial situation during this time, as they could possibly be presented with some surprising opportunities to turn the situation around. They should pay close attention to any signs that may appear, which could be in the form of people or resources that appear suddenly or unexpectedly.

At the same time, they should also be prepared to face losses or cutbacks in the short term, as the 10 of Swords suggests that a painful and complete ending may be necessary in order for them to move forward in life. They should keep their chin up, as the 4 of Cups suggests that better days are ahead, and that even from the darkest depths, beauty and abundance can be found.

What does 10 Of Swords and 4 Of Cups mean together for your health?

The 10 Of Swords tarot card and The 4 Of Cups tarot card often present together a picture of profound loss, pain, and a sense of being stuck in a rut. They represent a need to hit rock bottom in order to restart on a new, healthier path. Physically and emotionally, it may be time to accept that something has come to an end, in order to finally begin something new. This may be a hard pill to swallow, and even though it may not feel positive in the moment, it is a necessary step to ground and heal.

The 10 Of Swords tarot card suggests the painful ending of a cycle while the 4 Of Cups tarot card can represent a feeling of apathy towards what is no longer working or a need for something new that isn’t yet visible. Together, these two cards can represent the need to grieve, accept, and be patient in order to start a new healthier cycle. It’s important to move through the initial feeling of loss, sadness, and pain, as a way of hitting “rock bottom” and being in touch with new possibilities.

Overall, the 10 Of Swords and the 4 Of Cups tarot cards mean that it’s time to let go, accept that something has come to an end, and be open to the potential of new experiences and opportunities. Even though it may involve pain, it is ultimately a signifier of health and growth. One can start anew, in their physical, mental, and emotional well-being, if they are willing to be honest and brave enough to hit rock bottom. Having the courage to acknowledge that something is no longer working, and to take those steps to start a new and healthier chapter, will be the key to unlocking new paths.

The meaning of the cards will depend on what kind of reading you are doing and the question you asked the deck. This is a guide covering the general meanings of the cards and how they relate to each other.

Common 2-card spreads

Whilst it’s great to know who these two cards interact with each other, it’s important to note that the meaning will depend on the context of your spread

The most common 2 card spreads I recommend to newer readers are:

  • The 2 card cross (otherwise known as “The Fool’s Journey”)
  • The 2 card “Yes or No”

“The Fool’s Journey”

Setup: The two card cross is where you place two cards face up, one placed vertically and with one laying horizontally over

Interpretation: The 2 cards represent a “situation” and a “challenge”. The first card will describe the situation you are in with the second horizontal card being the “challenge” crossing you (literally crossing you in this case!)

Reading: Using the overviews in this guide is a great way to start. First, look at the meanings of the 2 cards, and see how they might relate either as your “situation” or “challenge”. Once you have that you can look at the general overview for how the two cards interact with each other.

The benefit of this spread is that it can give clarity when you’re feeling uncertain or anxious. Once you have clarity of thought, and a strong idea of what your challenge is you can find solutions to help your situation

The 2 card “Yes or No”

Setup: The 2 card “Yes or No” is where you place two cards face up side by side, whilst asking your deck a “yes or no” question.

Interpretation: Each card in a tarot deck has a “yes” or a “no” meaning. Look at the meanings of each card, and you will have your answer.

The benefit of this is you get a stronger yes or no compared to a single card draw. You may find you often get a mix of “yes or no”, and this is fine. It simply means there is doubt, or things are not yet clear.

Yes or No meaning

Both 10 Of Swords and 4 Of Cups mean “No”. If you are asking a direct question, then be under no illusions, the answer is a negative one. If you draw 10 Of Swords and 4 Of Cups the answer to your question is “NO”.

The “Yes” and “No” meanings can differ from reader to reader. The meanings here are based on what I believe are the generally accepted definitions.

What does 10 Of Swords mean?

For Health

The 10 of Swords Tarot card represents a complete ending to a health-related situation, a feeling of being hit rock bottom. The card suggests that the situation is out of one’s control and no matter what remedy is sought, it will not change the outcome. This card could indicate that a person has reached its physical limit and will require time or external help to find respite. Financial strain may be linked to the health problem and further add to its severity.

For Finances

The 10 of Swords Tarot card is a warning of impending financial hardship. This card suggests that the person’s situation is at an all-time low and the only way forward is to make drastic and painful changes. The situation may be so dire that the person could only expect to recover over a period of time through diligent budgeting and saving. In some cases, the person may require financial assistance from external sources in order to find stability.

For Relationships

The 10 of Swords Tarot card may signify the end of a relationship. This could be the result of a gradual breakdown in communication or a sudden, emotionally charged event that has brought the relationship to an abrupt halt. The person may experience feelings of sadness, regret and anger as a result of the ending and may need to find new ways to cope. If the relationship is salvageable the person should be prepared to make difficult decisions in order to move forward.

What does 4 Of Cups mean?


The 4 Of Cups tarot card is a warning sign for your health. It indicates that you may be feeling apathetic towards your physical health and nutrition. You may be feeling unfulfilled with the state of your physical health, and your lack of motivation to better it. The 4 Of Cups tarot card may also point to low levels of energy and enthusiasm for health and well-being, which can lead to negative effects on your physical health.


The 4 Of Cups tarot card is a warning sign when it comes to finances. It may indicate that you have been feeling apathetic and unfulfilled when it comes to your financial situation. You may be feeling that you lack motivation and enthusiasm in regards to your current financial status. You may be feeling stuck in your financial life and may need to take action to make the necessary changes and progress.


The 4 Of Cups tarot card can be seen as a warning sign when it comes to relationships. It may point to a lack of enthusiasm in your relationships and a feeling of unfulfillment. You may be feeling unsatisfied with how your current relationships are going and may need to re-evaluate them. Alternatively, the 4 of Cups tarot card may also point to unexpected gifts or surprise developments in your relationships that could potentially bring in some new joy and fulfillment.


Understanding how the meaning of a reading changes once you start involving more than one card can be tricky. This will come with time and practice, however I hope this guide on what your cards might be telling you when you draw 10 Of Swords and 4 Of Cups has helped you.

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