If you look in your dictionary you will find: Titans – A race of people vainly striving to overcome the forces of nature. Could anything be more unfortunate than such a name, anything more significant?
- Arthur Rostron, Captain of the rescue ship Carpathia (‘Home From The Sea’ 1931)
The anniversary of the launch of the Titanic.
I was reminded this morning that the anniversary of the launch of the Titanic is upon us, April 10th 1912 and then the subsequent sinking which was April 14th, 106 years ago.
The unsinkable ship lasted just 4 days into her maiden voyage. Over the years the Titanic has become a myth, a modern archetype that represents both a dream and a nightmare. If there was ever a metaphor for the utopian ideal that became the dystopian darkness then the Titanic is it.
I am not an engineer...
I can’t go into the nuts and bolts, literally, of the story of her creation but it is safe to say that she would have been the talk of the time with her reputation for being unsinkable, sumptuous and so very modern. I think that nothing much has changed in so far as the emphasis was placed on her technology, her investments and her political potential which far outweighed the cost of human life. The writing should have been on the wall for all to see but the opportunity for something more, the opportunity to chase a dream threw the world into denial (8 of Swords.) The people bet on a horse that was never meant to make it to the finish line (Wheel of Fortune.)
In our era of individualism, self-help and personal development (High Priestess) we have cocooned ourselves in a mishmash of buzzwords and aphorisms, we are propelled towards living the dream with little thought of what a bailout plan might be should we need it.
The Titanic, a blundering monstrosity of Edwardian modernity sailing to the new world, full of promise and hope.
Not only did it not reach its destination but the American dream might not actually exist anymore…sound familiar?
How many times have we set an idea into a plan into an action (Page of Wands) for it only to flounder. How many times have we set a goal and then discover the goal posts moved overnight? (Two of Swords.)
So, how do we capture a dream that is workable and durable?
The Ace of Pentacles with its good tidings of new beginnings reminds us that we not only should have a strong connection to nature (it reminds us of the abundance at our fingertips) but also be mindful of personal stability, security and strength. It serves us well to be down to earth and practical about matters and not neglectful of opportunities that present themselves. This Ace also tells us that there is no such thing as failure, that it is just something we haven’t learned yet. After all, most top businesses are built on mistakes and failure. No experience is ever wasted.
The King of Pentacles tells us that greed and obsession are not the correct catalysts for making the dream happen and it is always worth checking our motives. Expectations of success rely upon our ability to act responsibly and honestly.
Our dreams rely upon us to be focused perhaps even single minded and to have a well formulated plan. The Page of Pentacles points us in the direction of making the organic, nebulous ideas become a practicality. This requires us not to be distracted by the shiny things, otherwise we can experience the Seven of Cups and its propensity towards delusion and self-sabotage. Our dreams are not meant to be a fantasy but a glimpse of what life could become.
We must keep the dream real, keep it simple and keep it workable, otherwise our dream, like the Titanic, will sink into the dark waters of oblivion.