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Literary Clue, April 4

Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 04 Apr 2005, and now archived in the Forum Library.



Ulfdis  04 Apr 2005 
From Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai, by Yamamoto Tsunemoto, translated by William Scott Wilson

Once a group of ten blind masseuses were traveling together in the mountains,and when they began to pass along the top of a precipice, they all became very cautious, their legs shook, and they were in general struck with terror. Just then the leading man stumbled and fell off the cliff. Those that were left all wailed, "Ahh, ahh! How piteous!"

But the masseuse who had fallen yelled up from below, "Don't be afraid. Although I fell, it was nothing. I am now rather at ease. Before falling I kept thinking 'What will I do if I fall?' and there was no end to my anxiety. But now I've settled down.* If the rest of you want to be at ease, fall quickly!"


*translator's note: There is an untranslatable pun on the word meaning, "settle (calm) down" written with Chinese characters meaning "fall" and "arrive". 


Lady Mary  04 Apr 2005 
The Tower? 


MattDouglas  04 Apr 2005 
The Fool. 


peridot  04 Apr 2005 
The Devil? 


ElfantPup  04 Apr 2005 
8 Swords? 


ncefafn  04 Apr 2005 
The World, because the masseuse was also a man. :laugh:

Kim 


peridot  04 Apr 2005 
Or Death?? 


Ulfdis  04 Apr 2005 
No to all so far (LOL, ncefafn!)

We have:
The Tower
The Fool
The Devil
8 of Swords
The World
Death 


ncefafn  05 Apr 2005 
Okay, how about the 10 of Swords? 


Ulfdis  05 Apr 2005 
Kim, you got it!

I was thinking of the 10 of Swords as the end of a disaster or setback. Yes, you're behind where you were, but you're done worrying about it.

(And any quote from the Book of the Samurai would have to refer to a Sword :) ) 


ncefafn  05 Apr 2005 
Ulfdis wrote:

(And any quote from the Book of the Samurai would have to refer to a Sword :) )


:) I should've known! I'll take a look at my vast library of cheap, sordid fiction and try and pick out something at least remotely high-brow.

Best,

Kim 


The Literary Clue, April 4 thread was originally posted on 04 Apr 2005 in the Tarot Games & Fun board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the threads in Tarot Games & Fun, or read more archived threads.

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