Feeling trapped, isolation, fear
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
THE CARD’S STORY BY: DHARMA T LEFEVRE
I chose Medusa because she was considered powerful, but was also a victim of her own fate and decisions. This card speaks of heavy choices you must make, and the things that are stopping you from making wise choices. I personally get in my own way a lot, from anything like overthinking to even chickening out on making a big decisions , so the lesson of this card not only fits with a lot of what I do to myself, but what happens when I let my own fears get the better of me. Medusa’s eyes are not only blindfolded but she is unaware that her own snakes are what seems to be doing the most damage and the chains that hold her back, can easily be broken.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
Medusa stands, lost, blindfolded and alone. She feels the swords pressing in, the manacles around her wrists. But doesn’t try to free herself…if she did, she would realize the chains are fragile and wispy, the swords held by her own snakes – one dangles from her own wrist. You need to open your eyes, and realize your own power to change the situation. You’re not trapped. You’re not alone. It may feel like it, but that’s your fear and doubt talking, skewing your perception and keeping you a prisoner of your own mind. There is a way through this, a way to change this. Have faith in yourself, shake free, and let yourself see the situation clearly. Move out of your own way!
MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: MEDUSA
Medusa was a snake-haired monster, able to turn humans to stone with a single look in Greek mythology. But she wasn’t born that way – she was made monstrous by Athena, for defiling the sanctity of Athena’s temple, having been seduced and raped by Poseidon. It was a punishment, for her vanity and for the desecration. But it also gave her great power – no man would ever be able to attack her again – the snakes warned her of impending danger, and her eyes were a weapon. Only the hero Perseus was able to defeat her, and even then it took some help from the Gods. Given the fact that Medusa is largely punished for boasting that she’s prettier than Athena, and her destiny is sealed from that point, we felt she made a fitting depiction of this card.
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