Respite, retreat, recuperation
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
THE CARD’S STORY BY: MIKE TENEBRAE
I went with an ogre – a creature generally defined by base desires. But maybe some are different. After all, humanity is predatory in so many ways, the key is to rise above it and contemplate deeper things. This ogre, worn out from his personal crusade, tired from old wounds and long journeys has taken refuge in an old shrine. He sits down to rest and contemplate a life well lived, satisfied that it was for something other than personal indulgence. He lays his sword at his feet – a companion to three others there – and under the caring gaze of a mother and child portrayed in the warm glass, begins to drift away into a peaceful sleep.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
In an ancient tomb the Ogre, weary from his trials and tribulations, lays down his sword. Sunlight shines through the window beside him, a comforting image of family, but he pays them no heed. He is tired, and needs rest. No matter how busy you are, you need time to rest, or you’ll burn out. You can try to fool yourself that “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”, but your mind and body aren’t going to listen. You’ll make mistakes, and your mood will dip. Especially when your to do list is full, make time for you – walk away from it all, just for a few minutes. Relax and refocus your energies – when you start up again, you’ll make better progress for that time away!
MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: OGRE
Usually depicted as a brutish and stupid creature, the Ogre is featured in many tales and myths as an adversary. They are named for the Etruscan God Orcus whose cannibalistic tendencies they are oft en shown as emulating. In some tales, villains who devour enemies (literally or figuratively) are described as an Ogre or as acting in an “Ogrish” manner. Being a monstrous character, they are constantly under attack, so we felt it would be an intriguing character for the Four of Swords.
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