Babylonian Tarot (Llewelyn, 2006).
Here we have the Nine of Arrows, which shows a lion attacking the wheel of a chariot, with nine arrows hanging above it. The companion book informs us that lion hunting was a popular sport among Babylonian kings, a way to show their power and prowess, and also to frighten and awe lesser nobles. However, from our perspective, they did their hunting from the back of a chariot, with arrows and spears - hardly a fair fight! The arrows are arrayed with eight pointing down and one pointing up, to indicate the lion's continued brave fight as, injured, it still tries to attack the chariot that seems the source of its pain. The title of the card - Cruelty - certainly sums up Sandra Cicero's take on this "kingly sport".
From a more purely tarot perspective, I found it interesting that she includes self-blame and nightmares only as reversed meanings of the card, while those and a churning mind leading to insomnia tend to be my main interpretations. Instead, she speaks of mental cruelty, despair, loss of a loved one, and suffering that brings new-found strength.
Certainly, there's a lot going on right now to send my mind whirling. We have an important meeting regarding our house move today, and exchange of contracts is supposed to take place tomorrow. That could well give me some sleepless moments...
I am grateful for the reminder that I could see this as an opportunity for growth, rather than a reason for worry.