Daily Draw: Sacred Sites Tarot ~ Seven of Wands
I've been reading a lot of ancient history this past year, not school history but concentrated bits by scholars; the Crusades, the European family unit from 500 BC-1500 AD, how Earth was formed and how both time and cataclysmic events change it, China from 1930-1950, the American SW from 1850-1900, Australia from 1600-1900, The Maya, Inca, and Aztec; and on and on. One thing pretty obvious is history books gloss over much. The further in time from the event, the more gloss is applied. And myths grow up to reflect the cultural mind think.
I'm reminded by this card places like the Great Wall were not built for enlightenment or as employment projects but for war. All the pretty stories about fallen builders being buried in the wall to add the protection of warrior spirits is hokum. Slaves built that wall and death was the only way to get away from the torture and misery of the work. On this anniversary of America's independence I shudder, thinking of the wasted lives fought in old men's wars. Wars that always result in bankrupting the republic and put billions in the coffers of those same old men.