The Ten of Wands stands for overextending, burdens, and struggle. For the querent, the appearance of the Ten of Wands card signifies he has been pushing himself too hard. It is the time for him to cutback and lighten his load. It is a sign that for the sake of his health he needs to cut down on his duties and his unending tasks. He is like the figure on the Ten of Wands card – trying to carry the ten poles, and bent with burden. He cannot see where he is going, and is only thinking of his responsibilities – very much like the people in today’s rat race. The card may be telling the querent he has taken on too much.
The card is the warning to cut back and relax. Most people make the mistake of thinking that they will relax during the weekend or the vacations. When such a time comes, the overload is still more. This is the time to stop focusing narrowly in one area, and find a balance in his life by including other interests.
The Ten of Wands may be an indication that he has to assume greater responsibility, but he needs to share that responsibility.