Well I decided to participate in the Tarot Blog Hop topic of Yule/Winter Solstice.
I was advised by this week’s wrangler that the subject was to be about Shadows and the Unseen.
Let us begin.
Everything in this life prepares for winter. Winter can take on many meanings. Winter can be cold. Winter can be snow. The ending of a cycle of life.
Death is a touchy subject around people. I always associate myself with the Addams Family character known as Wendy. Death is no surprise to me. Death is simply the passing of one spiritual cycle to the next. Our spirit moves in the shadows for a bit. We slip and slide through reality.
We grow dim.
Notice how I did not say the word dark. We are truly never in the dark. It may seem that way. It may look like no light is slipping into our life when Death happens.
Our eyes are closed.
When we wake up from our sleep, we must transition from shadow to light.
Everything dies within this world. The plants decay and the trees fall. Everything also grows back. Buds pop up from out of the earth. New limbs proceed to grow. The soil produces new off spring.
Death is never really the end.
Death is simply another form of sleep.
How will I relate this to the Tarot?
The Death card is number 13 (my favorite number). It sits in a transitory position. It is followed by the number 14 – Temperance. Notice how it is associated with change. From one into the other. Notice how change is never associated with stopping.
We sometimes view Death as an action that has an ending. I view it as an action that never ends.
We proceed into the next card “Temperance”, which deals with healing. Why would we have to heal if Death means that everything stops.
The cards would end at number 13 and return to the Fool. This does not happen. The cards proceed forward and (I hate to say this) the cards take us through even more death and destruction than before. It seems like the Death card is entering into our life to state “Get ready bitches! Take notes because the next transition will be a doozy.”
(Do you want to know a secret? I never really know what I will be writing about until I sit down and start to type away. Hehe.)
Let us bring everything full circle. Ha-Ha! Full circle. Just like Death, everything begins with a steady motion and fulfills its destiny.
Maybe Death is simply stating to us, “You have done your part. Now it is time to close the book on this chapter and move onto the next.
No looking back now. That was the past. This is the future. “
Death takes us on this wild ride into the night. We slip and slide. We fall and break. We mend and contain. At the end of it all we return to what is known. We return to the Light.
We return home.
Until next time.