I picked a page at random from the Linestrider book and found:
FOUR OF WANDS
This card makes me think of interaction or relatedness, the ability to curl into The Other.
There is a line in the reversed meaning of this card that struck me: “…be wary of overinvesting in someone who has different long-term goals than you.” I tend to do that with people, when it’s simply an ad hoc relationship for a certain time or purpose.
When I was very young, I would follow people and imitate their speech patterns and likes and dislikes, burying anything I thought that was contrary to them. As I got older I used to think everyone I met would be a creative partner in art or writing, a person I could make things with, get inspiration from. I was disappointed.
These days I think more of my true self, rather than trying to reflect other people. There’s nothing wrong with short-term acquaintance, but the key word here is “overinvesting”.
The rock group Sloan has a great line in the song If It Feels Good Do It that comes to my mind here:
I can’t invest my time
I’ve tried it all and I’m tired of trying
Rabbits like a cuddle but they’ve got stuff to do independently that doesn’t require subsumption.