This card, The Ten of Swords, is another one of the tarot cards that seems to have a special relevance in pop culture. It has been seen in a few popular movies as a killer's calling card. The card represents absolute and unquestionable defeat. The person has so many different stresses that he has had to deal with that they have all literally killed him. Alternatively, this can also just represent feelings of helplessness or the loss of optimism about a situation, when the direness of the situation is not actually in question so much.
When the ten of swords card appears in the area of a spread that deals with romance it usually means that the death of the relationship will come soon. This will not be because of one explosive argument that this occurs, bit because of a few different arguments and accidents and failures that have added up over the years. It is the accumulation of just too many different things to bear and the straw has finally broken the camels back so to speak. Prepare for an argument in the future and know what you will do if breakup does occur.
When the ten of swords is applied to money, this usually symbolizes debt in many places. There are too many people that you owe money to and you are not sure whether you will be able to crawl out of the mountain of debt that you have to deal with or not. This could symbolize an extreme mental discontent and much worry, or it could also by symbolic of actual torment, where debtors are becoming physical with their demands, threatening prison and other issues. The ten of swords is a card of total defeat and giving in to pressures. It is not likely you will make it out of this scrap unscathed. When you do, make better financial decisions in the future. Worrying now will not help you in the future though.
The ten of swords relates to the area of the spread that deals with your career in that there is too much that is being asked of you. Your qualifications are being misunderstood and you are being dragged in every direction. You are being pulled apart by your work and need to find a bit of moderation. What a reader would suggest here is to take everything calmly and decide what you need to do in order to pull through. Worrying now will only make it harder for you to pull ahead in the future and will slow you down. Do not succumb to a weak mental state.
The ten of swords, as applied to the area of your life and health means that you are a stressed out person in general. You naturally magnify problems beyond their true significance and blow things out of proportion. This can lead to huge issues with your personal health later on in life if you do not do something to curb these worrying habits right now.