10 of Swords
Some things are as bad as they seem. No need to sugar-coat this card. The 10 of Swords can be an indication of hitting rock bottom, total shutdown, and crushing defeat. Sure it can mean that one is overreacting or being melodramatic as many modern-day interpretations say, but more often than not, this card points to total demoralization and degradation. At its best it can simply deal with an irrevocable ending that could entail a little hardship. At its very worst, an actual death–possibly through violence or intense pain and suffering. With the 10 of Swords it may be over and done, but in the distance you can still see the rising Sun. Life goes on.