I borrowed this image from Albideuter since my camera is still re-charging. I pulled 10 of wands as the first card with this deck and nearly changed my mind. But looking at it I found stuff in it that I rather like. The english title for the card is Oppression, but I do prefer this one. A miss used force is when you are stronger then you know you are. It’s all potential. It is also showing a change in power. A shift. Here is it the bat (which is a kind of flying rat) scaring the cats, like a revenge of the rats… The bat has feathers though and is in fact turning to something ‘higher’ then a rat – a bird.
Well, in my world, birds are still eaten by cats, but at least they prove to be quite a bit harder to catch and sometimes they clearly get the upper hand.
The change in power here made me think about fear. How the rats are usually scared of the cat – how the cat is scared of the bat, how birds are scared of almost anything and people too. How we start out so fearless in our youth with our indestructible bodies, and how one day we wake up after a nitemare and find ourselves scared of almost everything. How that fear holds power over us and what we can do to reverse it. A good friend of mine finds it fearful to leave his house. He just cannot do it without suffering panick-attacks and feeling utter dread. He knows that the cure lies in exposure therapy but the medicine is so scary that he rather keeps indoors, trapped by fear. I think of all that potential, locked in and it is devastating. I can’t help him but hope that one day he will seek help to grow his wings.