Ten of Swords

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The Ten of Swords represents the end of the story told by the small Swords cards: complete destruction. Crowley's subtitle for this card is "Ruin." After the battle is lost, we see a corpse, completely dead. There is no life or hope remaining. Or... is there? As Pollack writes, "it only takes one sword to kill someone." So this card also represents hysterical overreaction; things may not really be as bad or as final as they seem, and the clouds in the background can be interpreted as clearing.