In the traditional Rider Waite image of this Minor Arcana, we would be presented with an image of person lying face down, ten swords in his back and a pool of blood. It is very dramatic and is often taken quite literally by querents, perhaps less so by experienced readers.
But here, though the image is prone, the meaning is less cut and dried. It is less dramatic, the man apparently un-injured.
It is quite clear that all is not well, but the nature of the dis-ease is less discernable. And that, I think, is the crux of the matter.
This guy really wants to be left in peace, at least for the time being. I don’t think he has been betrayed by anything other than his mind. He is, perhaps, tired of the monkey chatter in his brain, hammering away until he can no longer make sense of it.
He cries out for a moment’s peace, to still his mind and hush the constant chatter that invades his every thought, deprives him of sleep and leaves him feeling ill at ease and quarellsome.
We all know this feeling, don’t we? When our problems have got the better of us, when our sleep has been ruined by yet another nightmare, when logic has deserted us and whatever those who love us say, its wrong!
This card says, give up fighting it just for a little while. Tomorrow, you can go back to your battle, if you must. Tomorrow, you can save the world. But tonight, just for tonight, take a break, do something just for you and find that little oasis of peace that you need to re-charge your batteries.
In the words of Scarlet O’Hara* “Tomorrow is another day!”
Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related
* from Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell