I confess that I'm using these tarot readings as a distraction. If I wasn't doing this, I'd be spending all morning angrily fact-checking memes on the internet, and nobody wants that.

So today's cards are the Four of Swords and the World.

Two tarot cards, showing a knight's sarcophagus, and a woman wearing a sash while suspended within a wreath.

Our friend the World is back, and yes, I've been shuffling these thoroughly. But our new card is the Four of Swords, so let's check that out.

At first glance, this card is an anticlimactic hidden-object game. "It's supposed to be the Four of Swords, but there's only three swords on the...oh, there it is." But looking down toward that fourth sword is a mistake, because it calls attention to that shadow just below the lid of the sarcophagus, and is it really a simple shadow or is something opening the lid from the inside, quick, run, everyone run!

Oh, no, it's just a little shadow below the edge of the lid. Sorry, everyone.

Our friend the World is looking right at that sarcophagus. You'd think she would have enough of a mess on her own card to pay attention to, but no, clearly she's looking over at the tomb. So what does that mean?

Maybe it's showing us that, despite her own extremely complicated life, she still has time to spare a thought for others. "It's a shame about that nice knight," she's thinking. "Such a tragic end, but, I suppose, inevitable, considering that someone only sent two knights out against a whole army of Uruk-hai. But still a shame."

That's being a good neighbor. She knows that it's not all about her, and that it's worthwhile thinking about someone else's welfare.

We should all aspire to live in a world where rich and famous Olympic sash-and-baton medalists have genuine respect and sympathy for the unfortunate souls of the Gondorian calvary.

That stained-glass window in the corner is weird, though, right? Weird.

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