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Ptolemy  Ptolemy is offline
Join Date: 11 Aug 2015
Location: Chicago, IL
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An alternate view

Hi Rodney,

I must admit, I never saw this card the same way that you did. To me, it always looked like the priest was protecting his head from flaming torches which were shooting down from the sky like arrows. I always read it as representing an overwhelming amount of things in life leading to such anxiety that one feels like the sky was crumbling down around you.

Unlike the nine of swords, this anxiety is not caused by internal mental struggle but, as is representative of the wands, by the physical burdens of life. He may have taken on too many responsibilities and was simply unable to juggle them all. The fact that he's a priest within a temple always signified to me that, no matter your station or power, you should never bite off more than you can chew or promise things you can't deliver.

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