Oracle de Belline: Card 34: Despotism


French Name: Despotisme.

Number: 34.

Planet: Mars.

Appearance: A man in Egyptian-style clothing stands shackled to a post. His eyes are downcast.

Keywords: Tyranny, Control, Submission.

Personal Notes: Despite being punished, the man here seems to be wearing a nemes with a uraeus. It could just be arbitrarily added because Egyptian stuff automatically meant "spooky and mystical" to 19th century mystics, but it makes me imagine that the man being chained isn't just a slave. He could have been the ruler of a previous dynasty that was overthrown. In a romance spread, this card could either mean an abusive relationship, or, more benignly, S&M play.