The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite, ill. by Pamela Colman Smith , at sacred-texts.com
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A prostrate figure, pierced by all the swords belonging to the card. Divinatory Meanings: Whatsoever is intimated by the design; also pain, affliction, tears, sadness, desolation. It is not especially a card of violent death. Reversed: Advantage, profit, success, favour, but none of these are permanent; also power and authority.