The Ten of Swords reversed indicates a painful ending which is necessary for there to be growth and regeneration. The suit of Swords is the suit of plans, thoughts, and attitudes, and this card is very appropriate in the area of mental transformations. This card suggests that there will be a re-assessment or elimination of your previous attitudes about life, yourself, and most important, your plans for the future. Although the reasons for your downfall might not seem fair, your previous attitudes and thoughts have to be changed in order for you to get to a better place in your life.
Sometimes, the Ten of Swords reversed may reflect fear of ruin, even if that ruin has not taken place yet. You are always considering the worst-case scenario and planning for the worst, even if it does not happen. This is creates only unnecessary fear and anxiety for you, and it is important that you return to the energy of the Nine of Swords and check reality to see if things are really as bad as you think.
The reversed Ten of Swords may also indicate that you are resisting an inevitable ending, because you are extremely worried about how much it is going to hurt you. However, what you are doing is postponing the inevitable and possibly making it even worse for yourself because you keep trying to impede something that needs to happen anyway for your own personal transformation.
The Ten of Swords reversed represents an old situation that ended very badly. You are still wounded from that situation but you have buried them so deep that you are not aware that they are still present in your life and still hurting you. You need to bring this old pain and deal with it once and for all, so you can release yourself from these deeply inflicted wounds.