The Five of Books is a card of ruination. We have failed to protect ourselves from damage. Because of that, our resources have been needlessly squandered and consumed. Sometimes, failure to pay attention causes us to lose the things we need, and it's not always possible to recover what was lost.
In a reading, this card turns up to remind us that some of life's lessons are very expensive. The deed is done, the loss has happened; now, we must learn from our failures and hope that the lesson was worth the price.
Keywords: Loss Catastrophe Inattention Damage Setback
This is a card of violation. The schoolgirl's earlier pleasure has gone as the Tentacle Monster makes her into its plaything. It signals a situation in which things may not go our way, or in which you will not reach the desired end.
In a reading, it indicates something--a situation, a person, an event--that makes us feel out of control, violated, or helpless. This card does promise some small hope: day follows night, and even though we may not win all of your battles, it is still possible to regroup, recover, and ultimately persevere.
Keywords: Violation Loss Conflict Failure