Tyldwick - Ten of Coins


Ten gold coins are arranged on latticework with a Bacchus mask in the middle. The design imprinted on the coins mimics the design on the Ace of Coins card. The arrangement is in the shape of the Tree of Life found in Kabbalah. In Judaism, the Tree of Life was a symbol of the life-giving source that sustains and nourishes all. The grape vines and mask indicate not just sustenance, but an abundance of resources. The wooden kegs have had their bungs (cork-like plugs) removed and are obviously empty. I am reminded of the phrase "tapped out," meaning something has been depleted or used up. This expression also refers to wrestlers who "tap out" when they want to quit the match. The Ten of Coins is an end that leads to a new beginning (Ace). The person who has accumulated and created so much is now ready to move on to other things. It doesn't mean they have lost their drive and are ready to sit in a rocking chair, but they are ready to explore new avenues. As an example, a recently retired person might go back to school to learn how to write or paint. This is also a legacy card; there has been a trail blazed up to this point, but now the torch is being passed. Will those who receive the torch keep it burning, or being self-centered, not worry about it burning out?


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Beautiful, supple reading.

The bunches of grapes, Bacchus, and the empty barrels are very interesting. The harvest was enjoyed. There is such stability in this card, and yet there's an excitement and energy surrounding it. Grapes are still abundant, but the barrels are empty. What to fill them with next? More wine, or something else altogether?

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Not much I can add to these really good insights. I hadn't noticed that the barrels were open and empty, but that certainly does make an interesting symbolism. Maybe a sense of continual flow and abundance, as the grapes (both red and white) are ready to start refilling the barrels while allowing the contents to keep flowing out. Upawell, you're right that this card manages to combine stability with a sense of energy and excitement.

The Qabalistic Tree of Life is effectively a map of the created (and uncreated) universe. While the coins all occupy the positions of the spheres, the Bacchus mask occupies the point on the Tree of Life which is sometimes left blank but is really the position of Daath, the invisible sphere. It's traditionally the Abyss – the gap which has to be bridged between the higher realms of divinity and the lower orders of manifestation. The soul taking its spiritual journey up the Tree has to bridge this point to achieve union with God. How that plays out in the symbolism of Bacchus is an interesting question!