Aeclectic Tarot
Dedicated to the diversity and beauty of Tarot since 1996


    · Tarot Decks   · Tarot Meanings   · Forum   · Home

Tarot Decks Tarot Card Meanings Free Tarot Readings Forum Community What's New

Ten of Wands
by jmd

Description & Symbolism
Card Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio

Description & Symbolism

All my previous drawings of cards have been made using more traditional media of pencils, paints, cloth or paper, etc.. I thought it time I experimented a little more with drawing and painting software programmes when it comes to Tarot. One of the fascinating aspects which emerged is that I was forever tempted to maintain a very traditional depiction. Where I allowed myself more scope for alteration is by including one of the elements associated with this suit: Fire - even though I tend to prefer, on the whole, the element of Air for Wands.

I decided to maintain an overall traditional visual depiction of the card, with four pairs of wands intersected and two uprights, but wanted to render them so faint as to imply a loss by the medium used - I went too far and had to reverse a few steps. In addition, the two central Wands were tipped flame-like, one inverted, reminiscent of some Mithraic depictions of, very possibly, the equinoctial points.

I suspect that the element of Fire was pretty much in the working of the Major Arcana I did for this project (XVI the Tower), and this undoubtedly played into this card as I worked it. Fire has the sense of willfulness, or the act of manifesting that which is desired, whether it be from the lowest to the highest motives. The flames of passion, whether in the mystical experience, in the sexual union, or in the deep engagement one develops with any research, interest or activity, can be symbolised by this element.

The ten, as the highest numbered card, is that which is both the furthest from its source (the Ace), and that which embodies - ie, brings to fruition - the impulse through each of its prior creative but incomplete phases.

Card Meaning

An achievement of a project; a fullness of engagement; the completion of something one has been totally immersed in; an extremely tight moment where combined forces need to be redirected...

Artistic Media

My trusty old little iBook and Appleworks 6.

Artist's Bio

Jmd has been exposed to the Tarot since birth, but only began serious investigation of this and other esoteric arts and sciences since his early twenties. Since 1982, he has also held various ritualistic positions in a number of esoteric orders located in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to previously teaching philosophy at University, he has also taught Tarot, Astrology, and Kabbalah courses at various other adult educational institutions. Jmd now teaches in a Steiner (Waldorf) high school and teacher-training institute.

Go back to the project index, read the traditional card meaning, or get a free tarot reading with this deck.



Get our latest decks via email:

Discover the newest tarot and oracle decks in the Aeclectic Tarot newsletter.





Aeclectic Tarot Categories
· Dark & Gothic Decks
· Steampunk Decks
· Goddess Decks
· Angel Decks
· Fairy Decks
· Dragon Decks
· Beginner Decks
· Pagan & Wiccan Decks
· Ancient Egyptian Decks
· Celtic Decks
· Fantasy Decks
· Tarot Books
· Lenormand Decks
· Rider-Waite Decks
· Marseilles Decks
· Thoth Decks
· Oracle Decks
· Doreen Virtue Decks
· Popular Tarot Decks
· Available Decks
· Upcoming Decks
· Solandia's Top Ten
· Top Ten Decks
· List All Decks

Who is behind Aeclectic Tarot?

My name is Kate Hill (also known as Solandia) and I'm a Tarot reader, deck collector, and lifelong student of the beauty and diversity of Tarot cards.

I created Aeclectic in 1996 to share my passion for Tarot with the world, and I've added 1500 decks over the years. Read more about me, contact me or connect in the forum.

  Contribute to Aeclectic

· Add your deck
· Write a review
· Join the community

Get new deck updates via email
  Aeclectic Tarot Resources

Copyright © Aeclectic Tarot. All rights reserved.