UPRIGHT: rebellion against the forces that be, questioning of pre-existing rules, reversal of the biblical judgement (holding the divine responsible)
REVERSED: rumination, depression, impotence
THE STORY: Interestingly, the motif of the man who sets out to have a reckoning with god is present both in fairy tales and mythology. A Romanian folk tale sees a peasant travelling to scold the Sun for a year of failed crops – and gathering quite a following of unhappy characters in the process. On a deeper level, it connects with Epicurus’ trilemma – a god who is either impotent (cannot stop evil from happening) or malevolent (permits evil) and whose whole reason for existing comes into question. It’s also a form of questioning the established order of things, be it autocracy, religion or patriarchy.