Thursday, 27 June 2013

Share the load

Prairie Tarot, Robin Ator 2010
That is one po-faced looking woman. What a face. A face like a smacked bum, I've heard it called. Well, maybe she just looks a little serious. Still, she's got a job to do. She's Justice, and Justice on the Prairie is serious business. Her expression says, 'Approach if you dare, but I am taking no sh*t from you. If these scales don't balance, I am fully prepared to run you through. Or worse.'

I like that there is a yoke in the foreground. It isn't really at her feet. It's closer to us. It makes me think of the pioneer spirit which said, if you don't work, you don't eat. Everyone must do his fair share. This is only reasonable, as survival depends on the contribution of everyone. No one can afford to carry an able-bodied person. Everyone who can contribute, must.

What is it that you can contribute, but you're not currently doing? What is that you could do that would take up part of the burden, that would share the load, that would make you feel better about yourself and part of something vital? What is it that you are now leaving out, and you know it isn't fair to others, or to your own self worth?

And what do you intend to do to remedy that situation? Because eventually, without balance, there's the sword.

2 comments:

  1. Nice interpretation of this card, especially in regard to the yoke. I have to agree the woman does look po-faced; reminds me of the woman in the American Gothic painting:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Gothic

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  2. 'Approach if you dare, but I am taking no sh*t from you. If these scales don't balance, I am fully prepared to run you through. Or worse.'

    Exactly what her expression says to me! Those prairie women were tough weren't they? Beeing tough but fair is serious business & I'll take a lesson from that today!

    Thanks Carla!

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