Music & Tarot – 10 of Swords

Ten of Swords (Athames/Arrows)

This card’s meaning seems to vary a bit more from deck to deck but overall the card represents a loss, regret, ruin, or conflict. Struggling with the decisions we’ve made and the place they have brought us to. Likely our mistakes have cost us something dear to us. We feel like we have no where to go from here.


  • Ruin
  • Troubles
  • Failures
  • Rock Bottom
  • Climax
  • Showdown
  • Defeat
  • Loss
  • Melodrama
  • Pain
  • Sadness
  • Betrayal


Fade to Black 

The lyrics of this song embody the sense of despair that I think the card also represents. The singer no longer sees the way through and seeing no way out of a situation is much akin to rock bottom.

A little secret about rock bottom: When you hit bottom, the only place to go is up and your future is wide open! Ask yourself where you want to be and start taking steps to get there.

Tell me about your song choice.


It just so happens that last night I got to hear this song live and in person!!!! Before you ask, I had picked this song months ago and posted about it on my Facebook and Instgram feeds. It feels a bit magical that this happens to be this week’s song.

Hearing the crowd sing along to this really brought to my attention how much every person has been at that point and had to deal with the Ten of Swords energy. We’ve all been there and if you are dealing with this energy, know you are not alone and you can persevere and come out on the other side. Metallica spoke a lot about being a family last night and there is ALWAYS something that connects us to others even if it doesn’t feel that way. We sometimes have to search for that common ground.

To see the clip from last nights rendition of Fade to Black, scroll down to the bottom.


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I have lost the will to live
Simply nothing more to give
There is nothing more for me
Need the end to set me free


If you need help please call one of the lines noted above. You are not alone.

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