The card of oppression, struggle, taking on too much, even bullying or being put upon by others, this card seems direct in its symbolism. We have all felt the load on our shoulders, and the work to carry people who are not pulling their weight.
There is a secret to this card which is based on numerology. You will see it in the other Tens; the 10 of Pentacles, the 10 of Cups and the 10 of Swords. They seem completely the end of the line, but actually in numerology, 10 is broken down into 1+0 = 1. So all the tens complete and return to the Ace, the “1”. They may seem the end, but they are announcing a new beginning!
How do we take this worry, this burden, this load in the 10 of Wands, and turn it into an Ace? We first of all stop. We release what we are carrying. We look to where we want to go, for perhaps the first time in a long time. Then we only pick up what we want to carry, and tie it all together into ONE goal. That is the Ace of Wands, the Ten here bundled together and fastened into one vision. It could be as simple as “I will get through today”, or as ambitious as “I will travel to Africa” but it must be something to which everything gets aimed.
What in your life is on your shoulders? Can you take a day and release it, turning it into an Ace?