Though the Nine of Swords showed despair, the meaning here is even more serious. Ruin of plans and projects. Defeat in war. Disruption of home life. Tears will fall. Trouble will come in spite of riches and high position. Not a card of violent death. A suggestion to give charity freely to those in trouble.
Arthur E. Waite - The Pictorial Key to the Tarot :
A prostrate figure, pierced by all the swords belonging to the card.
Ten of Swords card divinatory meanings:
Whatsoever is intimated by the design; also pain, affliction, tears, sadness, desolation. It is not especially a card of violent death.
A central theme of the Wildwood Tarot is the interconnection of humans with the wild, with animals, and with the calendar cycle. Each card in this deck is a stunning picture filled with herbal scents, rustle of leaves and field breeze.