49. Shipwreck


So much is said about the calm before the storm that we forget about the calm after it.  SHIPWRECK has us at the floor of the ocean amongst the wreckage, two mermaids sitting on the broken mast and reminiscing (perhaps slightly longingly) at the memory of the ship's original form.  While it's important to recognize that this card is not being accusatory-- or calling the querent a shipwreck themselves-- it does ask us what we can still maintain as a result of our previous actions.  Ultimately, this is a hopeful card; the parts of our situation that seem unusable for foundations or growth can, in fact, be used to bring about change from those lessons learned, if only we would take the time to salvage them.  Additionally, this is a card of safe haven.  Just as the merfolk found a haven in the wreckage to simply exist together, so should we find ourselves, gather those with similar experiences to lean on, and learn from those support systems to a brighter future.

The Shadow Suit addresses deeper layers and life themes, while asking us to make longer-term commitments and changes to our habits.  How can we fully embrace the experiences that make us more deeply human, and spiritual?

Could relate to: end of relationships (typically romantic or business), overstepping boundaries, situations of unequal give and take.

Key Questions:

  • What can I salvage from this situation or relationship?

  • How did I weather the storm that got me here?

  • How did I steer the ship, and what other things contributed to the past difficulties?

  • Do I have time now to pause and reevaluate?  If not, when?