Summer Solstice Blog Hop – 2015
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This Tarot Blog Hop we were asked to pick one of the Major Arcana and write about it. Sounds simple enough, but how do you choose? I chose Death because for one, (it’s a fun card, right?) Death is one of my birth cards and because it’s such a complex and controversial card – having been depicted in so many different forms and contexts. And then there is the age old discussion of whether or not it predicts a physical death or metaphorical, or both. But, that is the beauty of card 13 because Death is change. No matter how you think of Death, it’s inevitably about change. Whether you are thinking of Death in a physical or metaphorical sense, change, transformation and transition, all apply. Death likes to re-invent itself and begin again, and again, and again. Can you shed your skin and become something bright and shiny? You can if you are willing to release old beliefs and outdated ideas that no longer serve you. Now, are you ready to transform and emerge from your cocoon reborn?
The Death card from The Ecliptic Tarot by Bob and Koneta Bailey.
“Whether we like it or not, death is an inevitable part of life. Tell that to the grasshopper who is an unwilling prisoner in the spider’s web. The Death card is less about an actual physical death and more about the metaphorical kind. Death is change, transformation, letting go, and possibly sacrifice. (poor grasshopper) Change can be a scary prospect – fear of the unknown. But, change is the only constant. And cycles can only continue with change and endings. It is only then that new beginnings can be made. We may at times go kicking and screaming against any kind of transition, but it is the only way life can continue and grow. Letting go of things that no longer serve us in a positive manner, such as a relationship that is ending, or an old belief system, may be painful, but, will let you make a fresh start in time.”
In this image of Card 13, Death carries a flag with a large white rose at its center. What is the significance of the rose? Many have speculated as to its significance and symbolism. A.E. Waite described it as the Mystic Rose, (aka as the Grail) which signifies life.
When card 13 turns up in a reading this can signal stagnant/dead areas in your life that you need to deal with. Stagnation causes rot and decay and needs to be cut away through release and transformation. Try this spread to help identify areas of your life that need to be changed, released and transformed.
- Death – Identify what is stagnant and in need of release.
- Decay – What is it that you most fear if you follow through?
- Plant a Seed – What might you gain if you allow this process of release to take place?
- Nurture – How can you better prepare to embrace change and the opportunities it brings?
- The Rose Blooms – What changes can you expect when you release the old and make way for the new?