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The Ship suggests productive, positive, issues and goings-on as long as change, the experience of the unknown, and being on the way, are experienced as a good thing. In such contexts the card represents welcome adventures. It stands for changes that we ourselves make, eagerly, confidently; for changes that are good and important to make – the general ability to make productive changes in our life. The Ship can represent a person who is very open to trying new things, open to explore, or a person who isn’t dependent on one specific location, or very few specific familiarities, in order to feel steady and happy. It can stand for a person who is able to leave when it’s time to.
On the other hand, the Ship suggests unproductive, negative issues and goings-on if the querent is a very unsettled person or someone who cannot assess risks realistically. In such cases the Ship represents dangerous adventures; foolhardy, irresponsible experimenting. It can warn us that our inability (or unwillingness) to stay put or maintain the status quo even for a little while is becoming harmful. The Ship can represent someone who gets bored with anything and anyone as soon as they have become familiar with them; someone who can’t stay put even if the would like to, someone with serious commitment issues.