Five of Swords

Prompt: Rakshasa (Everybody Loves a Clown)

Card description:

A smirking young man gathers up swords won in battle from two losers. In arguments and battles of ideas there are going to be times when one just loses or has to surrender. The worst of these is when the winner is an awful person, a bully, braggart, a cheat, someone who used an unfair advantage to win. But it happens. The problem: “How can I win in an argument with this person?” The answer/prediction: “You can’t. All you can do is not argue.” This is the closest to a win one can come to in this situation. But if the Querent feels they must argue, then they need to be prepared to learn from it, not allow feelings of failure, anger or blame to overcome them.

Artist’s notes:

Honestly, I have no idea why the two losers were even still alive in the Rider-Waite version. It makes more sense for them to be dead right? When you loose a sword fight, you are dead. Also the Rakasha’s alter-ego was the blind knife thrower at the carnaval so I’ve made the swords into throwing knives.

Quote from Super-wiki: In 2.02 Everybody Loves a Clown, the Rakshasa is disguised as the blind knife thrower who works with the circus. It appears to children as a clown, and when they invite it into their home it kills their parents. Bobby tells them the creature can be killed with a knife of pure brass. As it pursues them, Sam manages to kill the Rakshasa with a brass pipe from the organ in the funhouse.

SWORDS: Five of Swords

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