XXV THE HEAT
In Louisiana, there is nothing more universal to the life than the heat. 100% humidity and sweltering heat transcend every season, making the very air feel oppressive. The South can never be divided from such calefaction. But even under the pressure of the sweltering rays of the sun, there there are always sweet escapes. Upright, the Heat suggests you are facing struggle in your life. There are external powers at work keeping you down, whether it is the state, or relationships in your life, or your own personal failings. The pressure to overcome these obstacles may feel overwhelming. Like the sweetness of a Southern summer shower, this card is a reminder that there is still beauty and goodness in the world. If things seem hopeless, this card asks you to reflect on your own strength and wisdom, to embrace the beauty of the natural world despite man’s drive to disrupt it. Living in a world so filled with inequality and sadness can be paralyzing. Now may be the time to engage with others working toward correcting injustice. Seeing how others are tackling the oppressive structures in the world may help you reconnect with your own role in dismantling the machine used to keep individuals from living their best lives. Don’t lose hope.
Reversed: Stay out in the heat for too long, and you’ll start to feel its effects. The trauma and pain in your life may be making it difficult to face the day. Perhaps you are feeling guilty about your inability to engage in projects you see as important because of time constraints, sickness, disability, or mental health. This card reminds you the heat affects everyone difficulty, and while some people can easily slip into the comfort of central A/C, others are not as privileged. You are doing what you can and trying your best. No one can ask any more of you, and neither should you.