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Tarot Card of the Week, April 27-May 3, 2015: Death

DeathRemembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life…Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
~ Steve Jobs

For the last several days, I have been on a media fast (other than posting goofy photos on Facebook), while I have been in deep council with my Tarot tribe.

So for most everyone else, this week’s card may not seem as incongruous as it did to me at first. This week of the Full Scorpio Moon and the celebration of Beltane, Death comes calling.

In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, we have probably the most recognized image in all of Tarot. The skeleton is carrying the flag of the Black Death (also interpreted as the White Rose of the Golden Dawn, or as the symbol of the Rosicrucians).

The king is struck down. The priest faces death, praying for mercy; the young maiden is partially turned away; and the child, completely innocent, faces the grim rider, offering a simple bouquet of flowers.

Death comes to us all; how we face it says everything about who we are, what our life has been about.

As the years of my practice go on, I find myself less inclined to quickly call Death “change” or “rebirth” as I once, unfailingly, would.

No, I don’t want to frighten anyone, or create a self-fulfilling prophecy. And yes, I still reassure my clients that that it doesn’t necessarily mean physical dying, especially if I am using a deck that calls the thirteenth Major Arcana by some other name, like “Transformation.”

Also, the interpretation of this card in a full reading, of course, would be different, because the other cards around it will give much more context and clarity than our weekly single-card draw.

But it is my observation that quite often, Death means some kind of death. Death is, after all, the ultimate fact of life. And, as a Witch and a Pagan, I don’t sugar coat its meaning; nor distort the fact that it is a natural, vital part of Mother Earth’s wisdom.

Something is going, and going for good.

Yet, it is hard to think about Death in this time when everywhere, life is bursting at the seams.

Because I am still traveling and having conniptions trying to get my iPad to play nicely with WordPress (I just now lost about six paragraphs of  commentary), I am going to hand the reins over to the brilliant U.K. astrologer, Lorna Bevan, to offer insight as to the timing of this card’s appearance:

Hare in the Moon Astrology
Monday 27 April 2015

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind.
~ Ian McClaren.

The intense life changing impact of Pluto rising from the underworld increases this week as Luna waxes to a Full Moon in Scorpio on Sunday 3rd May.

You can witness the terrible impact of the Great Eliminator in the inferno of the Chilean volcano and the rubble of the Nepalese earthquake high in the Himalayas.

The Dark Lord is at the midpoint of Earth sign Capricorn moving slowly backwards in a unholy alliance with the Sun, Mercury and Mars in fixed Earth sign Taurus…

Piling pressure on pressure, this week, just as Mars opposes Saturn in a display of sheer brute force that can literally move mountains, the seismic window preceding Sunday’s Full Moon swings open under a surge of strong M and X class solar flares and CMEs.

The hologram of outer earth upheavals are being mirrored in your own physical and etheric body as anxiety and overreaction.

It’s a week to make those difficult decisions, to make clean and permanent endings and, above all, to be kind to everyone you meet.

As the sacred High Moon of Wesak approaches – symbolising the Buddha Light returning to earth for another year, may you and all sentient beings receive love, light, and protection.

This week, I also wish for you that you may fearessly clear away whatever impedes your truest blossoming. May kindness pour out upon all who are suffering.

And may the shadow of Death make clear the brilliance and beauty of Life’s holy gifts that still await.

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  • April 28, 2015, 9:10 am Gail Wood

    Great post. I remember Rachel Pollack saying, at a long ago Readers Studio that Death used to mean death before the 20-21st century folks added transformation. Nothing is as powerfully transformative as death to be sure! Death of dreams, death of the body, death of a friendship and so on. Death makes us confront a new landscape of absence, loss, and sorrow. And yet there are gifts, as you pointed out about the child offering flowers. In the midst of…transformation there are blessings. I call these the Dark blessings, ones we would never have received if it had not been for Death trampling through our lives. Blessings, bright and Dark. It was great to see you!

  • April 29, 2015, 8:31 am Beth

    It was wonderful seeing you, too, Gail, and thank you so much for adding these insights. Beautifully said.