Heavy burdens, the need to learn limits.
The 10 of Wands is the card of oppression that shows that we have taken too much upon ourselves, losing the broader perspective in the process. It can also be the expression of having handled something awkwardly. It frequently means that we have skipped a few rungs on the ladder of development and now feel ourselves overwhelmed in new surroundings; tasks and responsibilities hang around our necks like millstones. We could possibly also suffer a defeat in the process. However, to the degree to which we grow into these new areas of life, the feelings of being overwhelmed and oppressed will diminish as we learn to deal with our tasks more skillfully.