On This Day
There is evidence suggesting the part of our brain that experiences physical pain also processes social separation. This means social rejection can hurt as much as physical pain. No wonder the experience of loneliness hurts so deeply.
On this day, a German U-boat torpedoed the SS Ben Lomond. Steward Poon Lim went overboard and survived 133 days alone in the South Atlantic. Catching birds, fish, and even a shark, he remained alive. Years later he would say he hoped no one would ever have to break his record of the longest time at sea on a life raft.
Summation of Spread
While many cards in the deck describe a self-imposed and even enjoyable isolation, it is the painful Three of Swords that refers to the heartbreak of loneliness, isolation, and rejection. Thankfully, when the storm of this card passes, the Four of Swords awaits with restful sleep and regeneration.
Do you feel cut off from others? Hopefully you will never be lost at sea, but it doesn’t mean you won’t experience lonely periods in your life when you may feel disconnected from others. This spread looks at why you might feel this way and what you can do to break out of it.
Cast Your Cards
1. Why do I feel so alone?
2. Is this a transformational moment?
3. How can I make the most of this period in my life?
4. How is solitude a good thing?
5. Whom should I reach out to?
6. Is there an activity I can join?
7. Can I initiate new friendships?
8. Where can I take myself on a date?
9. Should I get a pet?
10. When will this pass?
11. What have I learned?