Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Daily Draw Gratitudes Five of Swords
Taken from the tale of the curse of the House of Atreus, here we see Orestes at the feet of the god Apollo. The god is telling him of the murder of his father by his mother. Clytemnestra murdered Agamemnon because he sacrificed their daughter for the sake of glory, to propitiate the goddess Hecate whom he had offended and who pinned his army in port with a storm until he agreed to the sacrifice. Agamemnon also lied to Clytemnestra, telling her that their daughter was to be married, then killing her. However, in good patriarchal style, here the god Apollo tells Orestes that it is his obligation to avenge his father, by killing his own mother!
How does all this relate to the Five of Swords? From the book: "Limitations and their necessary acceptance, as portrayed in the Five of Swords, often require us to swallow false pride as well as fear... Although this can be distressing, or even depressing or apparently belittling, it is a stage which is necessary if the individual wishes to make effective the principles in which he or she believes."
Certainly, what I see here is a child faced by a winged god with a many-bladed sword - talk about feeling out of your depth! There are dark clouds surrounding them, and the mountains around look bleak and dead.
What gratitudes, then, can be gained from this?
I am grateful for the hard lessons which help me learn my limits.
I am thankful not to feel impotent all the time.