And you thought the Eight of Swords was a scary card! A man lies on the ground, obviously dead, his body pierced with ten swords. The sun is either setting or rising in the background.
This is the ultimate ending to the power cycle. If we approach life in terms of power and dominance rather than love and compassion we end up face down, defeated, and full of swords. This is a card of basic karma: whatever you put out there comes back to you ten fold.
This card indicates treachery, deceit, changes for the worse. It can signal a very bad ending to a relationship or the loss of a job.
Reversed: Things will gradually get better. The swords will fall out and the situation will improve. If the questioner has been having health problems there will be a slow, but steady, improvement.
EXAMPLES: An alcoholic or drug addict who has really and truly – finally – bottomed out and is ready to admit that he or she is powerless.
Going through bankruptcy and losing everything.