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V. The Headmaster

The Card

A man stands next to a large open window. He wears a formal suit and tie with a vest, and holds a pocket watch that is clipped to the watch pocket of his vest by a long chain. Behind him through the window, the campus library can be seen.

The Story

Now that she understands where to find information that she needs and the importance of her dreams in defining her goals, the Schoolgirl goes to see the Headmaster. "I still feel that something is missing," she tells him. "Can you help me?"

The Headmaster replies, "Knowledge and dreams are mere tools. They accomplish nothing without action. It is up to you to take charge of your life and to decide the course of action that will use your knowledge to accomplish your goals. To make your actions effective, they must be carefully considered. This life is yours alone. Rise up and live it."

She thanks him and turns to leave, but he holds up his hand. "There is more. Many things, even pain, may call us to action... even if they are not terribly articulate.""

The Meaning

The Headmaster is a card of directed action. He is in charge of the university; his rulings must be obeyed. In a reading, he is a call for the Querant to become proactive; to make a decision and follow through on it, not to be passive, idle, or dreamy. Dreams are fine, but without action they are impotent.

It is important to remember, though, that there is more to action than merely exerting effort. Action that is not directed toward a goal is wasted.

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