This Servant tells us that everything is currently as bad as it can get. This is the Nadir. This is hell.
When this card appears in a reading it is a sign that The Querent is going through an intense period of depression, sadness or hopelessness where things feel about as bad as they possibly can be and no end seems to be in sight.
If you are looking for the worst card in the deck, then this is it. The Querent is feeling frustrated, angry, and hopeless all at the same time. Nothing matters, no one cares, nothing works out, everything is pointless and only the end of physical life seems like an escape – even that is unsure as who knows if death is actually worse?
This is crisis time for The Querent and it must be taken seriously for those around them. The Querent has found himself in a hole that they probably won’t be able to get out of by themselves.
As a future card The Desperate is a suggestion that unless the Querent makes big changes in the direction they are headed things are not going to work out and the future may become quite bleak.
It’s worth noting that The Desperate is a card of Emotion and the life circumstance may not appear to the onlooker as anything that bad. It might even look good, but to the Querent, they are in hell and everything is bleak.
If there is an upside to this card, it is that things probably can’t get any worse. This is as low and terrible as it gets. Life is cyclical and nothing last forever. When The Querent gets to the other side of this Initiation they will be all the better for it and a much stronger person.
Love and healing can be sent to The Desperate as an embodiment of all the pain and suffering in the world and throughout history. Offerings made to The Desperate will aid all those enduring suffering and hardship.
The Desperate can be banished; The Operator can place the sigil on a stone and throw it into the sea, or write the sigil on paper and burn or bury it.
Like The Depleted Servant, The Desperate also lends itself easily to curse work. Sending The Desperate to torture an enemy is very effective but obviously if things can go too far the responsibility will be yours. This is the worst Servant, the most horrible and the most severe – He is also the most likely to lose control of. Use only if necessary.