試譯

‘journey by water, route, way, expedient’
Charon
Styx
twilight
Gate
It(最後一句話的主詞)

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以下原文摘自Rachel Pollack的 Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom(78度的智慧)。

SIX

(寶劍)六

A strange and powerful image, this card more than any other illustrates how Pamela Smith’s images reach beyond Arthur Waite’s formulas. The Pictorial Key says ‘journey by water, route, way, expedient’. But the picture of a ferryboat at twilight, carrying shrouded figures to a wooded isle, suggests a more spiritual journey – in myth, Charon carrying the dead across the River Styx. A great silence fills this card, like the silence of Salvador Dali’s paintings.

這張牌奇特而有力的圖像,比起其他牌,更能凸顯潘蜜拉史密斯繪製的圖像,是如何超越亞瑟偉特的公式。「偉特金鑰」一書提到:「journey by water, route, way, expedient」。然而,薄暮中(或是「曙光中」?依照下文,似乎翻成薄暮中符合。)的渡船,載著披覆壽衣的人前往林木茂盛的小島,似乎提示一段更靈性的旅程:神話中的Charon載著死者渡過Styx河。這張牌充滿了巨大的沈默,有如薩爾瓦多˙達利的畫作。

Usually this card does not signify death, though it can indicate mourning; nor does it show transformation, in the sense of Death in the Major Arcana. Rather it depicts a quiet passage through a difficult time. Waite says, ‘The freight is light’; and Eden Gray writes, ‘The swords do not weigh down the boat’. Though we carry our troubles with us we have adapted to them; they will not sink us or bear us down. On a simple level it means functioning in some difficult situation without attacking the problems. It can refer to an immediate problem or a situation that has gone on for years. Looking deeper we see the image of a long sorrow – mourning is an example, but not the only one – which a person has felt for so long that it no longer gives pain, but has become part of life.

儘管可能代表哀悼,通常這張牌並不象徵死亡,也不像大阿爾克納中的死神牌一樣,顯示蛻變。它描繪一段安靜度過艱苦時期的旅程。偉特說:「貨物很輕。」伊登葛雷說:「寶劍的重量並沒有讓船下沈。」儘管我們有自己的煩惱,卻也已經適應了。這些煩惱無法淹沒、也不會擊垮我們。簡單來看,這張牌代表在艱苦的狀況中,不去克服問題,卻依然持續運作。也可能代表已經持續數年的迫切問題或狀況。深入來看,我們看見描繪長期憂傷的圖像,譬如哀悼,或其他例子。這種憂傷持續太久,已經變成生活的一部份,而失去了痛覺。

There is another, less disturbing meaning – that of a quiet passage, physically (certainly the literal meaning of a journey must not be forgotten) or spiritually, a time of easy transition. Notice the ferryman’s black pole. Black indicates potentiality; where nothing final has happened, all things remain possible. By staying calm we wasted neither energy nor opportunity.

除此之外,還有一個較和緩的牌義:物理上(別忘了「旅程」字面上的意義)或靈性方面安靜的旅程、可以輕鬆轉變的時期。注意到擺渡人黑色的船槳。黑色代表潛能:在最終的結局到來之前,任何事都可能發生。只要保持鎮定,我們就不會浪費能量或機會。

The Six of Swords is a Gate. Looking at it with sensitivity and then entering the picture will produce first a quieting effect on the mind and then later, slowly, a sense of movement within the self.

寶劍六是一道大門。善感地注視這張牌,然後進入圖像。心智會先沈靜下來,然後漸漸地,在自我之中將會出現移動的感受。

REVERSED

逆位

Seen in one way the balance and peace become disturbed; the passage in no longer serene for the water, symbol of emotion, becomes stirred up. So the reversed card can suggest a stormy journey, physically or spiritually. It can refer also to the idea that when we try to attack some longstanding problem, especially one accepted by everyone else, we agitate the situation. As one example, and unsatisfying or oppressive relationship can go quietly along for years until one of the members decides to do something about it. To try to remove the swords from the boat can sink it, for the swords, after all, are plugging up the holes.

某方面來看,平衡與平和受到干擾。水上旅程不再平靜,象徵情感的水,已被激擾。所以,逆位牌可能代表風暴肆虐的旅程,無論是物理上或靈性上的。另外,也可能與下述這個概念有關:當我們試圖解決長期存在的問題,特別是其他人已經接受的問題,反而會激化那個狀況。舉例來說:一段不滿意或充滿壓迫的關係,若無其事地維持多年後,終於有一方決定要做點什麼。試著把寶劍從船上移開,可能會導致沈船的。畢竟,寶劍正堵住那些洞。

In another way, the Six reversed can show communication, reminding us that right side up the people maintain their composure by not speaking or looking at each other. If the swords symbolize unhappy memories and the silence is a defence then communication can be painful. It can aloes begin healing.

另一方面來看,寶劍六逆位,可能表示溝通。正位時,所有的人既不互相交談、也不互相注視,藉此保持鎮定。如果寶劍象徵不快樂的回憶、沈默象徵防衛,那麼溝通就可能帶來痛苦。逆位牌 (?It) 也可能是療癒的開始。

此篇文章發表於 2006年 十一月 22日(星期三) 11:37 am。

 

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