You reap what you sow, and the harvest is bountiful in the Ten of Wands.
burden, responsibility, duty, stress, obligation, burning out, struggles
When the Ten of Wands appears it can be said that while the harvest is rich the load is heavy. It is said that this card shows that you have completed the circle of struggle and that spending many resources and lots of energy, you have finally overcome the obstacles and found success. It suggests that the sweat off your brow was worth it – that your efforts have finally been rewarded and that you may now find yourself living in a world of abundance where poverty and suffering have no chance to intervene.
Marvelous and satisfying as this sounds, the card also depicts a lot of responsibilities. You may find yourself the sole problem solver in your circle of family and friends which could even propel you into another world of challenges.
Charlotte Allingham is an artist who might be said to be the problem solver, to be carrying a heavy load for her ‘mob’. This young woman has the kind of talent that leaves you with your mouth wide open. The thing is, like so many successful indigenous artists, it feels like she has had a heavier load to carry than a privileged white counterpart. It is as though she is running on auto pilot, fueled by passionate activism and a need to be heard. It is very evident that the echoes of all those who have been wounded, faced unspeakable trauma, find expression through her.
A Wiradjuri, Ngiyampaa 27 year old queer woman from New South Wales, with family ties to Condobolin and Ivanhoe., Allingham’s work is centred around the strength and resilience of First Nations People, her cultural identity and the long-reaching impact of colonization in Australia. Her images have been upheld at Indigenous Rights rallies, and carry a strong political commentary that addresses centuries of genocide, persecution and silencing of First Nations People However, her work also speaks of “community love, body positivity, Black strength and power… modern subcultures, occultism, and the First Nation’s futurism.”
Charlotte’s practice is a mode of protest within itself—her work urges us to consider the broader impacts of colonisation and how one can activate change.Incinerator Gallery
Allingham’s illustrations have been made into merchandise, tattoos and viral Instagram content, and she’s even created her own zines and comics. She is also an extraordinary writer with several pieces exhibited at the Biennale of Sydney. She has also been the featured guest artist for famous publications like Overland.
Allingham uses Instagram to publish her stunning artwork and advocate for race equality and Indigenous rights in Australia. Her pieces are truth telling, beautiful, celebratory, angry, heartbreaking.