reversed-- stagnation, isolation from others.
the fool does not appear in this card, but the two have a strong connection. the fool had to give up his innocence and perfection, one that incorporates the wisdom gained along the way. the astrological symbol, saturn, links the card to death (notice the extra curl on this version). swamp thing emerged partly from the death of a human named alec holland. observation of the plant world teaches us the great lesson that life can only grow out of death.
the traditional picture shows a naked woman dancing within a wreath of flowers or ivy. a sash covers her genitals, and there is a suggestion that she is hermaphroditic, male as well as female, in other words, a complete being. in this version we see a female torso, without a head. the figure suggests a basic humanity, without individual consciousness.
swamp thing is an outgrowth of all vegetation. his sense of himself as individual (or male, for that matter) is an illusion, derived from his contact with humans.
a pure green light fills the card. tendrils, like roots, reach down from the upper left. at the upper right we see what looks like a tear in the page revealing color codes. this last ironic touch reminds us that this too is a fiction. the real world remains a mystery.
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