Reading Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Reading for Wednesday, May 20, 2015 is from the Tarot of the Hidden Realm by Barbara Moore, and Julia Jeffrey, artist and creator -2013.  Llewellyn Publications, Inc.

Tarot of the Hidden RealmFour of Swords – Knight of Pentacles – Death

Affirmation / Thought for the Day:  “I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.”  ~Helen Keller

When I drew these cards I had yet to hear the news of my Aunt’s failing health.  She will be 87 this month and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago (but seemed otherwise healthy) and has been living in a nursing home for several months.  Recently she fell and broker her hip and had to have surgery, which she seemed to have come through pretty well.  Once she returned to the nursing home though she developed pneumonia and now they have called in hospice.

While contemplating today’s reading the phrase, “The peace that passeth all understanding” kept repeating to me.  It’s from Philippians 4:7 and verse 6 gives the context:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (verse 6). God’s peace is promised to guard those who pray—with thanksgiving—about everything. This peace will transcend our ability to understand it.  Now, anyone who has read my blog knows that I don’t normally quote scripture, but the message is very comforting.

The Four of Swords brings a deep healing peace while the Knight of Pentacles brings an understanding that is inherent and unfathomable.  Death brings change, and possibly a loss.  With change there can be a mourning period, but once that is through there can also be a sense of peace that follows.  “The Death card represents a more organic or gradual change, even it is seems sudden.  Experiencing it is usually hard, and after it’s over, mourning may occur.  After that, though, you can look at the situation with fresh eyes, now that it is finally cleansed and ready to be filled with something new.”

*Update.  I just received word that my Aunt did indeed pass away this morning.

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