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The gear

“The prudent are the most irresponsible. Their only reasoning: not to put your finger in the gears.”
— Evhen Sverstiouk, La cathédrale en échafaudage


The name of this card is called “l’engrenage” in French. It can be translated as “the gear” in English. If you notice any translation errors in this article, please let us know for our entire community. You can leave your comment at the bottom of this page.

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The gear is made up of 2 distinct parts. One being the pinion, the driving force, and the other part is the rack, receiving this force, which will develop and transmit it. At first glance, the woman seems to be the driving force. But we can reverse these roles, because the lower man can ask to go up or down, he can also use his own driving force when leaving the basket or climbing the rope. Similarly, the woman can leave her post or not obey the one he orders. From this rather anecdotal situation, we will notice thatthere is a link between these 2 characters, where the fate of one’s situation depends on that of the other. Man can be asked above to help. We will notice 2 causes one of which is internal and the other is external. The internal causes are the intrinsic will of the 2 characters. As for external causes, they are beyond their control.

Thus, the rope can give way, the gears jam, the pole split, the tower collapse etc… It is the same for our relations in society. It depends first on us, then on others and our environment. But the spiral can also be a series of events that we no longer control, represented by the wyvern or biscone, symbol of the coat of arms of the Milanese Visconti family. The oldest tarot in the world known to date was drawn for this wealthy Italian family.The sequence of events spirals out of control and the situation is freewheeling, i.e. out of gear, with a uncontrollable force. We pedal in a vacuum,we waste energy to get out of this situation or on the contrary, we let ourselves be carried away, like the man overboard not wanting not waste energy to survive swimming against the tide. The spiral can be seen as a spiral of virtue or disorder, controllable or not, not depending only on us.

Card 12 - The gear

Carte arcane l'engrenage de l'oracle de Marseille


Relationships with others



Future problems

Inappropriate environment

Fluid mechanics





Let go



get sucked in

Free fall



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