Skip to main content

Tarot Card Combinations: The Fool Reversed & Ten of Wands

The Fool Reversed

When the Fool is upright, he tells tales of adventures ahead and great new beginnings. He is the first card in the major arcana and so he represents the beginning of our journey. With the little dog nipping at his heels, we see his anxiety symbolized, and the little dog also signifies that the universe is reminding us to watch where we are going. In his upright position, the fool shows that we should follow our heart and take the risk.

In reverse, the Fool can indicate a person who takes too many risks, or uncalculated risks and needs to look before they leap. It can also show a person is too fearful or anxious about something, and it is holding them back from their potential. Either way, the person involved in the reading is probably acting very foolish and childish, and not in a good way.

The Fool is about the beginning of a journey, so it often comes up in work or love related readings. If it's work related, you'll want to do your research to make sure you are going in the right direction. If you aren't, step back for a moment. If you are, then try to control your anxiety and push forward slowly. If the Fool reversed comes up in a reading involving love, it can indicate a stale point in the relationship. One or both parties are afraid to move forward, are desiring more freedom or are blinded by something going on outside of the querents direct vision.

Ten of Wands

Even in upright, the Ten of Wands is not always a great card to see. This is because the character in the card has his vision blocked by the huge bundle of wands he is heaving up a small hill. Wands are symbolic of thoughts, which can show that the bundle of wands may be a bundle of thoughts that are making them work so hard or causing them to view things so negatively.

The Ten of Wands is a versatile card that can come up under any subject in a reading. It is defined most by the querent and the surrounding cards. In general, it indicates struggle, illusion of lack, working to hard and stifled communication.

The Fool Reversed + Ten of Wands =

In it's basic interpretation, the Fool reversed means - fear of the journey or taking to many risks. The Ten of Wands shows - the heavy burden of negative thinking.

So when these two cards show up together, you will find the cards are telling you of a situation where the querent is experiencing a strong fear of the journeys available to them, and they are thinking very negatively about the abundance that is all around them. These cards can also indicate that the querent is holding on too tightly to outdated thoughts or rituals they no longer need.

Some possible meanings from the combo of these two cards:

~The querent is unsatisfied at work or in their relationship. They are focusing on all the negative aspects and holding on to tightly to their negative thoughts.

~The Fool reversed is known for being a card that can indicate infidelity in a relationship. So when it appears with the Ten of Wands, it can indicate that the querent or person the reading is about, is cheating and convincing themselves it's okay because of the negative aspects in their relationship.

~The querent is experiencing bad luck or lack in their life right now, but not because they really are having a hard time, it's mostly because they are looking at things the wrong way. If work seems that bad, or the relationship is not working out, they need to find a new situation or open and communicate about what they need from their life.

These cards hold the colors red, yellow, blue, white and green. These colors correlate to the root chakra, solar plexus, throat chakra, crown chakra and heart chakra. This indicates issues surrounding balance, trust, egoism, abundance, truth, communication, negative thinking, sleep, health and emotions.

Numerologically Speaking...

The Fool actually represents the number 0 (zero) for tarot cards, which is sometimes considered not to be a number at all. Though because this card represents 0, the number we get when the fool is combined with the Ten of Wands, is the number 1 (10 is 1+0=1).

The number one is a very masculine energy and represents concentration, action, independence, will, invention, self reliance and new beginnings.


PermissionGiver (author) from Lake Stevens on October 13, 2011:

Well, as I said above, the ten of wands isn't the greatest card to come across, but at very least when it's upright, it shows that the thoughts that are weighing you down are likely to clear up. When the ten of wands is reversed it shows that those thoughts and emotions are building and are likely to put you on a collision course if you're not careful, so it's a good idea to find some time to yourself to clear your thoughts and settle your emotions, or release them in an appropriate way if that's what needs to happen.

Scroll to Continue

As for the full reading of the Ten of Wands reversed and the Fool reversed, it's not a great deal different then the reading with the fool reversed and the ten of wands upright. The main difference is that with the ten of wands upright, it shows that the querrent is likely to find a healthy way out of their current situation, whereas the wands reversed tends to suggest that things might get worse before they get better.

wands on October 12, 2011:

what if its both the fool and the 10 of wands reversed??

cls on June 17, 2011:

this was great. thank you for posting.

PermissionGiver (author) from Lake Stevens on May 22, 2011:

Which part is confusing Blue? Maybe I can clarify

blueorpurple on May 22, 2011:

surely its nice.. but still i feel confuse :(.. but good hub

shanaya from Living in my Own Dreams:) on May 21, 2011:

Dear BizGenGirl! I always wanted to learn Tarot cards. But never got any chance to learn it.

Now your HUB helped me a lil bit.

Thanks a lot for sharing this with us.:)




Related Articles