Some would have us believe that it is a mistake to value life, and that we should view Life, and any identity of Self within Life, only from the vantage point of the "One True Reality" of ineffableness, which would then enable us to view any form of identity of Self as an illusion whose fate is inconsequential. Like the literal clothes we wear, life is cheap and totally expendable. That is... from the perspective of The Divine. Like soldiers on a battlefield, we live and die for the sake of The Divine. The Divine has no capacity whatsoever to care one way or another about our fate. It just is...or isn't, so that we are.
In this mandala, the Self is like an individual head of a many headed Hydra - each head unique and able to encounter other heads as tangible entities that exists externally to each other, but always attached to a single body that represents the underlying unity of The Divine... or, the nothingness that precedes the central mobius-like paradox of The Divine, i.e. what this study of tarot and cosmology is calling The Absentia.