Today’s card is the Ten of Fire (Swords), also known as Ruin. In the traditional tarot deck, the suit of Swords represents the Element of Air. In the case of the Shapeshifter deck, these elements have been switched; the creators of this deck have used Wands to represent Air and Swords to represent Fire. Fire represents the Spirit as the fourth aspect of our spiritual journey; it empowers creation, passion, and sexual desire, strength, courage, and power, purging and purity, forging and manipulation, the AHA moment and the changing of one thing into another.
The keywords for this card are Misery, Pain, Anguish, and Violence. The shapeshifter here is not an animal but an oak tree, rotted and perched precariously on a rock shelf, roots barely holding it in place. The tree, symbol of the Sacred Fire, is broken and bare, and rain (released emotion) pours down on it from above. A lonely coyote stands howling at the crescent moon, its face showing misery and hunger, embodying the negative polarity expressing itself in Nature. The coyote represents the archetypal trickster who steals fire from humanity but also a lunar spirit in the dark of night. Above the scene swoops a black, bird-like dragon in flight, its feathered wings iridescent in the moonlight. This dragon symbolizes rebirth and renewal as the dragon spirals in a dance with a comet, that flashes across the sky, signaling cosmic knowledge.
In practical terms in a reading, this card can indicate cold fear, desolation, disappointment, and sorrow, misery, pain, anguish, and mental despair. In more spiritual matters, the ruin card signals the end of delusion where another veil is being lifted. This may cause some unhappiness with a particular person or situation that had great impact on you ten years ago. Barriers can appear to block any further movement as Ruin signals the end of close friendships and the dissolution of business affairs. Beware of Burning Bridges! This is a time for ridding yourself of negative self-talk and to release the fear and anger that you feel surrounding business and emotional relationships.
May you find that ending a past relationship opens you up to the birth of new possibilities!