Here, then, we have the Six of Watches (Pentacles). However, there is no traditional image of a merchant dispensing alms to the less well-off to be seen. Instead, we have a bespectacled nurse with a nun-like headdress and a watch pinned to her pure white apron. Around her float five more pocket-watches. A nurse as archetype for caring and compassion, of tireless work for others, has a rather different feel to it than the normal depiction, it must be said.
The keyword for the card is Selflessness, which doesn't quite jibe with my normal take on this card, either. For me, there's an aspect of give and take, of generosity maybe, but also the ability to receive. Perhaps, too, a suggestion of getting what we deserve, and giving what we can. Selflessness, on the other hand, seems to suggest giving beyond what is necessarily healthy for us. And I think we see that with the high rate of burnout suffered by people in caring professions, and the institutionalisation which can lead to a loss of human kindness, if we aren't careful. Maybe that leads us back to give and take - we have to make sure to take care of the carers, if they are to continue caring...
Today is my Dear One's birthday, and to take care of both him and myself we are going away to a spa for a night. We have massages booked, and plan to take things easy, and enjoy some nice food. Hopefully then, we'll return home tomorrow with more energy to deal with Big Boy's dreadful sleep and consequent bad temper.
I am grateful for some respite.