This card is the “done deal” of the deck. In numerology, 10 comes full circle to 1 (1+0 = 1) so this card shows a finality, a close, a completion. Whilst most readers point out the “happy family” on the deck they miss a big secret, in the Rider-Waite deck.
Have a look at the young child, looking back out of the card. It is as if he is trying to tell us something. Then notice his hand, on the dog. An innocent soul and a dog? Sound familiar …? Yes, it is the young Fool we are seeing here, hidden in plain sight. The 10 of Pentacles, which is the card of ending, holds the image of a new beginning, a new freedom.
There is another secret symbol (or several, actually) here that few have noticed or point out. If you look carefully, the man in the card has a spear. He is holding it in a particular way. He is the same man that appears almost hidden and walking away in the 4 of Cups. In this card, he is happy, in that card he is walking away, possibly having lost his family in some way.
In a reading this card shows that things have come to a rest, to a full stop. But there is always something that can be started up again from this situation.
This card yells out ‘You are safe and sound and you should all rest well in your beds at night’, the future is secure for you and yours. This card is saying that you can slow down a little and spend time enjoying the benefits you have built up. The downside of this card is there is a risk of boredom and a boring life without risk and change, it is a little like the song ‘Little boxes’, you could end up being stuck in the world of ‘Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of tickytack, little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same… and they were put in little boxes and they all came out the same’.
Attract: Be sure about what you want in life, one person’s idea of a good life can be totally different from someone else’s, know what you really, really want and stick to it.
Distract: Do not get carried away with the obsession of having it all, it may take you away from where you truly belong.
Lesson: Be here now!
I will look at other secrets in this card in the “Card Secrets” section.