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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Take a Number: TEN!

I have been working my way through the numbers, comparing the ways in which I have used them in Tarot readings with observations and comments from numerologists and occultists. I welcome your comments and observations about this fascinating subject!

Tarot Cards: The Wheel of Fortune, Tens of all suits


Writing about the occult meaning of numbers, Paul Foster Case tells us that Ten "is the number of perfection and dominion. . . Qabalists call the number 10 the Kingdom." (The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages, Macoy Publishing Company)

Gary Meister, CTM writes: "In Numerology, Ten is both after and before the number Nine. Nine ends the cycle - Ten wraps everything up and readies you to begin the new cycle. Ten is a combination of the powers of the number One (beginnings or action) and the unlimited potential of the Zero." As Meister describes it, with Ten we are, in effect, "staring over" -- yet we are doing so with more experience and knowledge than before. Therefore, our beginning/action is imbued with higher potential.

In his book Numerology: Key to the Tarot (Whitford Press), Sandor Konraad tells us: "Ten, which is the first compound number, is actually the rebirth of 1. Only this time, 1 is no longer standing alone, but is accompanied by a zero. To some, a zero means nothingness, but as a symbol of the world, it can also mean allness." Konraad refers to the numbers 10, 11, and 22 as "Special" numbers. He views Ten as "the bridge between the root and the compound numbers." He links Ten with the Wheel of Life in Tarot and the zodiac sign Capricorn (which rules the 10th house in Astrology). He notes, "As 1 is Self-Seeking, a 10 is Self-Aware."

In Numerology and The Divine Triangle by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker (Whitford Press), the number Ten is reduced to One for interpretation purposes.

In Anna Burroughs Cook's Tarot Dynamics system, Subject Card 10 represents Achievement, with the Keyword Opportunity. Cook writes: "Just like the 10th House in Astrology and Card 10 Fortune's Wheel, the tenth and last subject card also corresponds to your desire and opportunities for achievement. 10s can also make us more aware of who we are, and how far we've come."


Konraad links The Wheel of Fortune with the planet Jupiter (interesting, given that he links Tens in general with the sign Capricorn, ruled by Saturn). For divination purposes, Arcanum X represents "a turn in one's fortunes for the better." Reversed, the card can suggest "the beginning of an unhappy or unlucky period."

Universal Waite Tarot (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)
For Javane and Bunker, "The number 10 begins a new cycle, a repetition of the 1. Rotation and cyclicity are the keywords for the Wheel of Fortune." Concerning astrological correspondences, they note: "When we work with the astrological correspondence of the double numbers, we take the number on the right and see it work through the number on the left. Here we have the God power 0, working through Mars, 1, to bring about new starts and a change in fortune. The Jupiter influence from key 10, the Wheel of Fortune, gives us the faith and optimism that our new beginning will ultimately bring generous rewards. . . in 10 we have the promise that the God power within us never ceases, but merely changes form, and that the new form still contains the life spark, Mars."

Anna Cook writes that the Personal Strength of Key Ten is Confidence, and the Personal Weakness is Imprudence. Her keywords for Fortune's Wheel are Karmic / Achievement.

My keywords for the Number Ten are transition, threshold, culmination, beginning, possible overabundance or excess.

I hope you enjoy these quotations I found that include the number Ten:

“Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.”~ Jon Bon Jovi

“You can know ten things by learning one.” ~ Japanese Proverb

"Ten is a composite number, its proper divisors being 1, 2 and 5. Ten is the smallest noncototient, a number that cannot be expressed as the difference between any integer and the total number of coprimes below it." ~ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"10 was the Pythagorean symbol of perfection or completeness. Humans have ten fingers and ten toes. 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. This number symbolized unity arising from multiplicity." ~Encyclopedia Britannica Online


  1. When I did my number series, ten was the only one I never got to finish, so it was a pleasure to read your take on this number.


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