Ten of Coins

10 of Coins from Anecdotes Tarot: ten gold rings with loops of ribbon

A sparkling ring, for every finger,
I’ll put away, and hide from view.

Joanna Newsom, “Does Not Suffice” (Have One On Me, 2010)

Image Description

Ten gold rings on a pale gray background. Each ring has a green zigzag pattern around its outside. Inside each ring there is a white star with a gray cross in its center. In the middle of the card, a blue ribbon and a pink ribbon are looped to form a shape like a four-petaled flower. In the center where the ribbons meet, there is a circular medallion with a picture of a calling bird. Inside the loops formed by the ribbon, there is a pattern of stripes and zigzags.


The Ten of Coins shares a song with the trump card VIII. Does Not Suffice, and it too represents packing up. As pip cards are generally simpler than the trumps, the Ten of Coins is more focused on the physical action than trump VIII. It is reflecting on what to leave behind, and what to carry away. In this final stage of the suit of Coins, we let go of the places and things to which we were once bound. The coins gain space in their middles to become rings. The geometric designs inside the ribbons’ loops are a simplified version of the album cover, and by giving one last tug on the ends, everything will close up and disappear from view.