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wednesday lxxxvi

s: but desires are only the lack of something: and those who have the greatest desires are in a worse condition than those who have none or very slight ones?

c: certainly i consider that those who have such wants are bad, and that the greater their wants the worse they are.

a simple, wooden cross, set up to mark her grave, bore this inscription, due to the cure of saint-cyr:--

here lies an unhappy woman, who died at the age of thirty-six. known in heaven by the name of augusta. pray for her!

the topmost line, divided, shows its subject entered into the cavern. there are three guests coming, without being urged, to his help. if he receive them respectfully, there will be good fortune in the end.


the card on the far right represents the object being viewed, be it an idea, relationship, or the self. four of swords (truce), when reversed: cautious recommencement of activity.

the card second from the right represents the physical vision: how the object is seen at a base or mechanical level. knight of staves, when reversed: travel canceled or postponed.

the card in the middle represents the mental vision: the object personified and seen through a humanized perspective. four of staves (completion): calm, pleasurable and perhaps amorous interlude. a playful balance of opposites, like the exchange made by herakles and queen omphale.

the card second from the left represents the emotional vision: how passions and values are creatively stimulated by the mental vision. five of swords (defeat): stubbornness. refusal to move into the future, to forget the past or to face pressing responsibilities. dishonor. stagnation.

the card on the far left represents the fourfold or mystical vision: still viewing through the previous three, we now add a spiritual element, revealing unseen aspects of the object. three of coins (works): beauty. balance. harmony. well-being.

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the card represents the critical factor for the issue at hand. four of pentacles (power), when reversed: using your power freely for your own enjoyment and the betterment of others. coming to grips with progress and using your position to help it along. finding security and identity someplace other than in the possession of material things. letting go and encouraging others to find their own path. being magnanimous and generous with your success.

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