When the 10 of Swords appears, it's telling you that something is absolutely over and done with or that there is no benefit to be had from proceeding with a particular plan or approach. If it were to predict an actual physical death, I'd be looking for Death, along with Judgement in the same spread.
One view of the 9 of Swords is that it shows the negative things that happen in the mind – obsessive thinking, intrusive thoughts etc. It reveals inner pain, whereas in the 10 of Swords the pain is outward and visible.
An expansion of heart, mind, and soul occurs when the 9 of Cups appears in a reading, along with spiritual and emotional fulfilment. Endless possibilities and the chance to surge past limitations and restrictions are available now.
When the 8 of Swords appears, difficulties might be present or indicated but are likely to be short-lived. Mental stress and overthinking are at play. You may think this is a problem you can't possibly extricate yourself from, but you actually can. You don't need a rescuer. The situation may seem impossible to resolve and is causing anguish, but this card tells us that "this too, shall pass".
The 7 of Swords indicates you may be the victim, or perpetrator, of gossip or slander. Deceit and theft are possible – something of value may be snatched away. Your thoughts may be scattered. Regarding love, in established relationships, deceit and lies are likely. For singles, if this card represents a potential love interest, abandon hope and move on.
Like all of the 5's, the 5 of Swords is a "crossroads" roads. You can keep going, or choose a new direction. It's up to you. There is no fate or destiny at work here, just your own will in the situation. There is no coming back from this position. You have either alienated those you are in conflict with, or you are the one who has been cut off.
The 4 of Swords brings the gentle energy of stillness, rest and meditation. This may be the opportunity to take some time out for self-care before returning to a problematic situation that may take some time to resolve.
You have been dealt heartache or illness. This does not necessarily mean the end, but things do need to change. When the 3 of Swords appears in a reading, it’s letting you know that something isn’t working, usually through experiencing blocks and delays.
In a love reading, the 2 of Swords shows an opportunity to exercise diplomacy and conciliation within the relationship. If single, take some time to find balance and harmony in your life.