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.
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 The Fool card and 10 Of Swords card together in particular.
The The Fool card and 10 Of Swords have unique qualities and will interact with each other in different ways depending on what kind of reading you are doing.
What does The Fool and 10 Of Swords mean together?
The Fool is a card of hope and new beginnings. It represents taking chances and embarking on new adventures. The 10 of Swords is a card of complete and painful endings. It represents hitting rock bottom. For me, these two cards represent the two extremes of life. The Fool is about hope and possibility, while the 10 of Swords is about despair and darkness. In my own life, I have experienced both of these extremes. I have had times when everything seemed possible and I was filled with hope, and I have also had times when I felt like I was at the end of my rope and everything was falling apart. I think that these two cards represent the two sides of life that we all experience. The Fool is a reminder that no matter how dark things may seem, there is always hope. The 10 of Swords is a reminder that even when things seem hopeless, we can always find a way to pick ourselves up and start again.
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
Things are a bit tricky for this combination, as The Fool and 10 Of Swords mean different things. The cards are unsure about your question, or the answer to the question has not yet been decided.
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 The Fool mean?
For health, The Fool Tarot card means that it is time to take chances and explore new paths. It is a time of fresh hope and new beginnings. This is a good time to start a new diet or exercise regime, or to try out alternative therapies.
For finances, The Fool Tarot card means that it is time to take risks and explore new opportunities. This is a good time to invest in something new, or to start your own business.
For relationships, The Fool Tarot card means that it is time to take chances and explore new relationships. This is a good time to meet someone new, or to rekindle an old flame.
What does 10 Of Swords mean?
The 10 of Swords tarot card is a very dark and depressing card. It represents complete and utter failure in all areas of your life. Your health will suffer, your finances will dwindle, and your relationships will fall apart. This is the lowest point you can reach in your life, and it will feel like there is no hope of ever recovering.
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 The Fool and 10 Of Swords has helped you.