Osho Zen Tarot (St. Martins Press, 1995).
Here we have the Nine of Fire (Wands) with the keyword, exhaustion. Instead of the traditional man standing with Nine Wands planted in the ground behind him, ready to take his last stand, we have a far more modern approach to this archetype. A man in battered clothes, with a haggard face, and something that may still be a bandage wrapped around his head, sits looking disgruntled within the body of a huge machine. Leviathan-like, the machine has eyes above the man’s head, and a hand below, as well as various knives on pulley arms, bits of connecting wire, and springs. The man seems trapped in the machine, forced to work beyond what he can manage, yet still he holds on, though he sure doesn’t look happy about it.
The traditional idea of having to push on despite tiredness and injury is definitely here. But also a kind of exhaustion with the demands of modern life, with feeling disconnected from nature, and having to work at something you may not enjoy, defend something you don’t believe in.
Yesterday had a bit of this feel for me. Several problems came up that
were extremely stressful and are still not fully resolved :( I guess
I'll take this card as encouragement to push on through, despite the red
tape and paperwork. There's no way I can escape the system, so I'll
just have to fulfil its requirements.
I am grateful for the ability to read legal documents without getting totally confused.