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Not being adept at physics, I tend to think of the neutron star (having just read about them for the first time in the LWB) as all the former atoms torn apart into their components and now rearranging themselves to be one big atom: a neutron glom surrounded by electrons and protons. An "atom" this heavy is surely unstable!

Anyhow, the guy in this 10 of Wands has lower back pain something fierce, reminiscent of the acupuncture job shown in most 10 of Swords. The crushing weight in his back is doubtless causing vertebral compaction and collapse, doing who knows what to the enclosed spinal nerve. If he had a spinal-nervous breakdown, it would be no surprise. This ties in with the given meaning about people who take on too much, and control freaks; martyrs would fit in here too: all of them are people who try to be THE nucleus of their situation, whether actively or passive-aggressively, around whom all else revolve, not being as useful and important as them! The situation tends to be self-correcting in a self-defeating way. A fused, compacted spine becomes rigid, and no more burdens can be carried. An overburdened mind is on the road to nervous breakdown. Are these rods supposed to evoke the spokes on another 10 card, the Wheel of Fortune, as the completion of a cycle, in an unhappy way? It looks like half a wheel. It won't roll any more.

ETA: if you take the stress point to be the lumbar vertebrae and not the sacral (tailbone) vertebrae, you can pun on lumbar/lumber in the British sense, a bunch of old junk that serves no purpose...so why "lumber" clumsily around carrying it?
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