Anubis, the jackal headed god of mummification and afterlife...has chosen nothing rather than something. In ancient times he was Egypt's top dog god, but by the middle kingdom he'd been supplanted by Osiris, reduced to standing by while the heart was weighted against the feather.
I'm reminded by this card, on any level, child or adult, there is a real transition involved when someone else takes the place we felt we held without question. A new step-parent comes to mind, a new first in class bumping everyone else down, a new boss that sweeps clean, retiring yet wanting to jump in at what replacement is doing...so we hang suspended in anger and disbelief for a bit. Then we clean up our act and go on, smarter, or we pout and complain, stationary and stagnant. I'm guessing we know both types, and perhaps have been both types.
"Many have learnt that the magnitude of lives is not their external displacements but as to their subjective experiences." ~ Thomas Hardy 1840-1928
The Anubis Oracle serves this week, 35 cards illustrated by Kris Waldherr, 166 page soft cover book by Niki Scully and Linda Star Wolf. Bear & Company, 2008.
Tarot opened previously closed doors to my own heart with it's merciless quest for the truth, nothing but the truth. They flay the soul and make me say thank you afterward. Each hour spent with my cards is a new lesson to be learned. Viva la Journey.