I drew this card upright a couple of weeks ago, and focused on how, although it indicates a struggle, this is a sign that you’ve been able to carry on regardless – so it was a good news/bad news take on the card.
Today the Ten of Wands is reversed, and all those wands are about to come tumbling down as the load is lost and that is also a good news/bad news situation. The bad news, of course, is that you’ve hit the breaking point. You’ve taken on more than you can or are willing to carry and you’ve had enough. It’s over, finito, tote your own bales, do your own dirty laundry.
The good news is kind of the same news. Sometimes we have to get into a crisis situation, a tipping point, before we really allow ourselves to stop and say, “HEY!!! I deserve better than this. Somebody help me out here. I need a break.” Hopefully this turning point hasn’t literally left you broken, as in physically, mentally or emotionally ill, any of which can feed off each other. It’s no coincidence that stress often shows up as back pain, and long term stress can lead to heart disease and cancer.
I know it won’t always be the case, but the majority of people who get to this tipping point do have one or more people in their lives who can take over while they recuperate. In my experience, some of those people were actually trying to help the self-appointed carrier of all wands long before now, but of course some people have to do everything themselves until they get to a point where they are incapable of doing so.
If you recognize yourself in that, then I suggest it might be a good time to find ways to let yourself “skive off” (as we say over here). Make a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Tell the older kids to put on some chicken dippers and chips for the younger ones. Play hooky. Call in well. Watch some daytime TV. Take a mental health day. Go for a walk without your phone. De-stress, meditate, book a Reiki session. Get proactive about self-care before it becomes a matter of life or death.