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« Topic Start: January 07, 2009, 08:56:29 am »

She sits at a computer, cast in profile. She’s wearing flannel pajamas covered with atoms, gavels, roses and wallets. She’s wearing soft pink slippers on her feet and a wry smile upon her face. The room echoes with a dark flame.

Meaning: The Writer is internal power over internal causes, as the Scientist is internal power over external objects. It is a card of mastery and introspection.

Upright, this is a card of power over oneself. It’s drawing forth one’s inner power to create, not for others but for oneself. It is, however, a sign of exclusion as well. There is nothing for the writer but the computer and herself.

Reversed, the card’s meaning is one of isolation for the sake of control. The outside world is cast away for the sake of holding control over what is inside. It is the kind of isolation that can lead to madness, for the illusion of control can overcome the reality of the outside world.
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« Reply #1: January 07, 2009, 09:19:26 am »

She sits at a computer, cast in profile. She’s wearing flannel pajamas covered with atoms, gavels, roses and wallets. She’s wearing soft pink slippers on her feet and a wry smile upon her face. The room echoes with a dark flame.

Love the image! Am I sensing more than a hint of real life here?  Smiley

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Upright, this is a card of power over oneself. It’s drawing forth one’s inner power to create, not for others but for oneself.

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Reversed, the card’s meaning is one of isolation for the sake of control.

I don't quite get the distinction, could you elaborate? There seems to be a creativity/control contrast. Is it fair to say the upright Writer is developing herself through developing her world, while the reversed Writer is retreading the same mental rut?

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« Reply #2: January 07, 2009, 09:27:54 am »

Love the image! Am I sensing more than a hint of real life here?  Smiley

I don't quite get the distinction, could you elaborate? There seems to be a creativity/control contrast. Is it fair to say the upright Writer is developing herself through developing her world, while the reversed Writer is retreading the same mental rut?



heh - I knew people would ask.  No, I don't write in my pajamas - I get dressed.  But flannel PJs are the best thing for the iconography.  (also why it's a woman.  Men don't get cute pajamas).

and yes, you've got it - upright is creativity and developing - reversed is retreat.
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« Reply #3: January 07, 2009, 09:37:09 am »

and yes, you've got it - upright is creativity and developing - reversed is retreat.

Remembering something of the way you use dark/light symbolism, and looking at the dark flame aspect here:  The sort of isolation necessary to nuture and protect the creative spark (think a seed in the ground) vs. the isolation that deprives it of what it needs to grow (I'm thinking full-grown plant kept in a room with no windows and no light source)?
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« Reply #4: January 07, 2009, 09:43:23 am »

Remembering something of the way you use dark/light symbolism, and looking at the dark flame aspect here:  The sort of isolation necessary to nuture and protect the creative spark (think a seed in the ground) vs. the isolation that deprives it of what it needs to grow (I'm thinking full-grown plant kept in a room with no windows and no light source)?

*nods* yes, that's it exactly.
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« Reply #5: January 07, 2009, 10:43:37 am »

(also why it's a woman.  Men don't get cute pajamas).


*sticks out tongue* We get cute boxers!
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« Reply #6: January 07, 2009, 10:55:25 am »

*sticks out tongue* We get cute boxers!

yes, I know, women steal them. Tongue
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