On the album Divers, this song closes the loop with “Anecdotes.” In the tarot deck, XXI ends the trump sequence and starts a new, uncharted decade.
The central figure holds an ear of corn and a sickle. These are emblems of the god Cronus or Saturn, patron of time and the harvest. They are enclosed in a mandorla-shaped wreath, and bound within this wreath are the hourglass of I. Anecdotes and the pearl or egg of II. Divers.
The song alludes to the Eleusinian Mysteries, a festival commemorating Demeter’s search for her daughter, the Maiden. The earth-goddess’ desperate journey was the origin of Earth’s seasons. Though not much is known of the Mysteries, their culmination was the reaping of an ear of grain.
During Demeter’s search, she was raped by the sea god Poseidon. The figures at the bottom of the picture are two children of this union. Her son Areion, whose name is called in the song, had the form of a speaking horse. Her daughter is known only as the Mistress, and was venerated herself as an Earth goddess. At the top of the picture are a White Star and a Nightjar, those called upon to transcend Time and link to the end to a new beginning.
The culmination of the trumps shows the fullness of the cycle of time, in harmony and permanence. “We sow and we reap, again,’ and recommence the parade.