I find this a fascinating take on the card: four ghosts and a pumpkin man watch with unhappy expressions while a fifth ghost pours water from a bucket into a river. Even the orange-eyed cat is gazing up at the water-pouring ghost. Meanwhile, five stars twinkle overhead, and another bucket stands unheaded behind the pumpkin man.
What this card says to me is that focusing on the ghosts of past relationships, past experiences, is like pouring all our emotional energy down the drain. We do not see the guiding light that surrounds us, nor the emotional strength we still have.
As for me, I take this card as a prod to stop feeling sorry for myself. Yes, my first dissertation protocol was rejected, but things don't have to end there, unless I let them. Same goes for other things in my life. They are only hopeless if I look to the past, rather than the future.
I am grateful for the reminder of the light that surrounds me.