Sunday, 15 August 2010
Variations on the 3 of Swords Part 4
Well, going through my decks I found a number of representations of men being the ones in pain. It made me think about how men suffering heartache is portrayed by society, or not. For example, in the Fradella 3 of Swords, we see Three Musketeers skewering another man with their swords. Here, then, not romantic heartache, but rather betrayal and destruction. Being turned on by the pack, feeling humiliation as well as suffering. Yet still reaching out, struggling to survive or perhaps just to try to find redemption. How macho!
I wonder what the significance is of one sword having a straight hand guard and seeming more real. While he remains enclosed by the unreal thoughts and ideas represented by the reflected swords, he stays locked in stasis, unable to help himself, unable to connect with anyone else. Perhaps, though, there is something positive in this self-protective stance in the short run. It may be a necessary step before he can reach out and grab that golden sword and draw himself back into the world again, protected by a new way of seeing things, rather than by being shut off.
What do you make of these images? As a man, do they chime with your experience of heartache? As a woman, have you seen men around you behave in these ways? Or is it all just gender stereotyping?
Images from the Fradella Tarot, the Tarot of Reflections and the Fey Tarot.