The Ten of Staffs carries a strong visual message of carrying a burden. Yet it is not a state that has been imposed on anyone. The man in our card lifting the heavy bamboo sticks uphill has chosen to do so of his own will. There is a heavy, jaded, and world-weary state that takes over when our ideals turn into a grind. In what way do you associate with this man? When this card appears for you, you are being reminded how Sufis aim to rise above the denseness of the Earth. What do you need to do in order to rise above that which pulls you downwards, while remaining productive?