Tarot Blog Hop – June 21, 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  You can if you are willing to release old beliefs and outdated ideas that no longer serve you.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.

The Ecliptic TarotDeath – XIII – Under the light of a full moon, and in the shadow of grave markers, Death wraps and prepares his next meal.

“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.” 

deathdrip2death062115And now for a little fun.  Try this spread inspired by the Rose Flag found on the Rider Waite Smith, Death Card.

Death’s Flag

DeathIn 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.

 

  1. Death – Identify what is stagnant and in need of release.
  2. Decay – What is it that you most fear if you follow through?
  3. Plant a Seed – What might you gain if you allow this process of                              release to take place?
  4. Nurture – How can you better prepare to embrace change and the opportunities it brings?
  5. The Rose Blooms – What changes can you expect when you release the old and make way for the new?

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9 thoughts on “Tarot Blog Hop – June 21, 2015

  1. Love the spread – such great positions of insight into what we need to transform, a topic I love. Bringing change is hard, but so worthwhile 🙂

  2. Great spread, thank you! Love that you included positions for nurturing and blooming. It’s easy to forget that Death often gives birth to new life 🙂

  3. Nice spread, I will try it out later! The Decay position is really frightening, can’t wait to see which card it will be…. *frantically excited face*

  4. Nice spread 🙂
    The White rose in that form is also the symbol of the House of York, who were part of the Plantaganet dynasty and ultimately got beaten by the Lancastrians in the Wars of the Roses, whereupon the Tudors took over. An apt symbol for the death of one Royal dynasty and the rise of another.

  5. I really love the spread you’ve created, and in particular the “Decay” position, because of how it directly recognizes and addresses the reticence we sometimes feel when faced with change.

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