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The thing that has always struck me about this version of the card is that the man is holding the bundle of staves in front of him, so he can't really see the path ahead, or even where his next step will land. He's close to the destination and senses that he has to keep trudging forward, but I'm never really confident he's going to get there by the most direct route or in the shortest amount of time. This uncertainty may give weight to the sense of oppression ascribed to this card in some systems: overbearing force or energy (which Crowley considered "self-devouring") working at odds to one's material self-interest. I sometimes see it as a card of unremitting drudgery or blunted initiative rather than imminent relief.
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