dreaming the Tarot (again!)
Last night, I felt the Masa (angels) instructing me all night on this card, possibly for Sebi's benefit, as they also included a little instruction on the 9 of Swords, by way of comparison and contrast. I possibly dreamt of this one, having just read in Minette Walters' The Scold's Bridle, how the artist Jack painted Joanne as a hall of triangular, prismatic mirrors, with no real core or authentic self, all as 'image' or illusion (hence a connection also to another 7, the 7 of Cups! The Voodoo in its wisdom depicts this as a connection to La Sirene, the mermaid, hence the little ship). Although quite an unlikeable and 'self-centred' character, one has to feel quite an amount of pity for Joanna anyway, since she does not know her true or authentic self. And the Voodoo love-goddess, pictured here, also seems such a 'self-centred' character, since she does not truly love anyone but herself, but I also had to feel quite sorry for her, as the Masa gave me a glimpse inside her world, of the large mirror before her, surrounded by a host of smaller mirrors, since she always has to look over her shoulder, not sure whom she can really trust... Hence, the ocean of tears. She represents a lack of trust, verging on complete paranoia (if not paranoia itself), but the strength of this card implies knowing whom you can and cannot really trust.
Her traditional song in the Voodoo tradition:
"Haughty Ezili, proud Ezili,
preening Ezili thinks she's something.
Ezili married, she's unlucky,
Ezili prostituted, she's unlucky.'
Similarly, the 9 of Swords, traditionally seen as symbolizing a "major loss", and the grief of this, as in the Whimsical's depiction of Rapunzel fearing and feeling the pain of her loss of hair, i.e. the original 'bad hair' day (although she must lose her hair to find herself free of the Tower!). This card as a strength means knowing you can survive, even with the loss, and the pain of the loss!