Card: 10 The Captive Man – from The Heart of Faerie Oracle by Brian and Wendy Froud.
“Men and women can be trapped by false perceptions. We easily become enamored of someone or something that is not what it appears to be. We are blind and deaf to warnings of our friends and continue to believe in something that may well be doing us harm and is certainly keeping us in thrall to false ideals. If the Captive Man appears we must ask for clear sight. We need to help of our true friends, Faerie and human, to see what binds us. When we finally ‘see’ the truth, we can begin to free ourselves from those harmful ties. Just as the Faerie Queen is loathe to give up her human lover, a situation in which we are trapped by false perceptions may seem impossible to escape. Asking for ‘true’ sigh is the best way to begin.”
Message from the Faeries: For this week, we would like to rename this card “The Captive Human”. We mean no offence, but we see you all as captives in your reality. The majority of you have become slaves to this three dimensional existence, and it pains us to see all of you do this to yourselves. Some of you think that you have no choice but to be a slave to your jobs, your relationships, your homes, your children, even your ideologies. You are also captivated by such mundane and meaningless things that you have all surrounded yourselves with. You surround yourselves with advertising; allow yourselves to be bombarded with negative thoughts and ideas; maintain friendships with people who don’t support you and who say negative things about you; eat foods that you know are poisonous to your body; buy things made out toxic plastics. We could really go on and on about all the things we see you do to yourselves that keep you a slave to systems that are no longer serving you or the rest of humanity.
It’s difficult and challenging to think about these things, and we know that you all are just doing the best that you can at all times. We just want you to ask yourself some questions: Are you happy? Do the people that you surround yourself with make you feel good about yourself? Do you feel like you are supported and loved? Are you really taking good care of yourself? Are you eating well? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you asking for help when you need it? Do you say negative things about yourself? Do you watch a lot of television? Do you spend a lot of time on the Internet? Do you pay attention to the news all day? What are the things that you allow yourself to be a slave to? Who are the people that you serve?
We aren’t telling you to do something you don’t want to do. If you don’t want to ask yourselves these questions, that’s okay too! We would just like to see you allow yourself to be free. Free from all that is holding you back from living optimally. Free to be the person you really want to be. Free to do whatever it is you want to do. Free to think for yourselves and not do something just because someone told you to or you saw it in advertising. The only thing that is really ever holding you back from anything is yourself. No one or nothing can truly hold you captive. If you find yourself trapped or a slave, it’s because you have allowed yourself to be. You live in a world that is being constantly bombarded with advertising, news and other people’s agendas. It’s really up to you to create the world that you want to live in.
We are here for you. We will help you create the world you want to live in. We love you.