self-punishment, the compulsion to get rid of sin, whipping, compulsion neurosis, exorcism, service to an idea
Interpretation of the card:
Astrological Sign: Virgo/Scorpio ︱ Planet: Mercury/Pluto
A nun in traditional robes kneels on the rough floor of her austerely decorated quarters. She whips herself until her back starts to bleed as a means of avoiding sin and impure thoughts, and to draw closer to God. On the wall hangs a painting that makes the connection clear: it depicts a bleeding heart pierced by two daggers and surrounded by a crown of thorns. This imagery is common in older religious art and is meant to symbolize the suffering that Jesus endured for humanity. Regrettably, it is often misinterpreted as a symbol of self-punishment.
The meaning of the Castigation Symbolon card
1) As a single or first card︱ The problem
WHAT IS THE SUBJECT?
You are ensnared by an intense fixation (to put it mildly). You find yourself trapped in the vicious cycle of "maintaining innocence and purity at all costs." You believe that through persistent self-purification, you can prevent wrongdoings in thought or action. These rituals have become so routine and ingrained that you view them as a normal part of your daily life, when in reality, they drain your life force and control you without your awareness, like a puppet on strings.
2) As the next card︱Way through the problem
HOW TO DEAL WITH IT?
At times in life, one must give up their desires for a greater purpose. On your journey, you must surrender to such a principle and demand more of yourself than usual. This may involve limiting your own freedom temporarily as a form of self-discipline. This sacrifice is necessary for your growth and advancement on your path.
3) as the last card︱Result
WHERE DOES IT LEAD?
Rituals are energy fields generated by repetitive actions, sometimes performed by multiple people. You have learned to differentiate between meaningful and insignificant rituals. Some rituals can empower the deity of the underworld, while others can empower you. The distinction lies in the purpose of the ritual - whether it is for enhancing memory or focus, or for ignoring certain issues.
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Source: Peter Orban - Thea Weller - Ingrid Zinnel: Symbolon