|©Nozedar & Sutton|
The SLB shows five birds, four in a square in the background, one far closer to us in the foreground. They seem to float above a sword at the bottom of the card. The companion book explains that these are seagulls - adaptable, with a far-ranging perspective and an ability to surf the winds of life.
I can see the traditional association of defeat in the sense of the central bird being the winner, leaving the others behind, or them being forever pushed into a more submissive place in the social hierarchy. However, the SLB version of this card is very open to more positive interpretations, too. For example, it could be read as being supported by others, or by your own work and thoughts that go on in the background before your "15 minutes of fame". I also really like Nozedar's question for this card (she writes one for every pip): "How do I know when it's time to change tactics?" Is it time to come forward and take charge, or time to back off a bit, take a back seat and rest?
Nozedar's question echoes in my mind still: is it time to change tactics? And in which area of my life? And the Haindl asks: what new hope is there right in front of me that I may not yet have spotted? This could be about changing tack with the client I'm seeing today, as we enter the home stretch of our therapy sessions. Or it might be something a bit closer to home: I have a number of decisions to make over the summer about which path I want to follow for the next year or two...
I am grateful not all situations are lose-lose.