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Tarot Tuesday ~ The Tower

The Tower

by Vanina

A very powerful card to look at, one that predicts change in every single way. Most likely the change that you are resisting is the change that the Tower will bring: not a change so you will remain in despair or sadness, but one that will free your soul. Whatever you might be too attached to, the Tower will show you the way to non- resisting detachment. Again, it all depends on the circumstances of the issue. It’s a good/bad & the ugly way to freedom. Or as good as it gets, when you are expecting more…what goes up must come down…so make sure that on your way up it was nice, smooth and peaceful; perhaps on your way down you’ll find an elevator. Not a bad card; it just shows you changes that need to come before you either continue on the same path, but in better shape–or move on in to something even better. It all depends on the circumstances.

Tarot Tuesday ~ The Moon

The Moon Tarot Card by Giana Cicchelli

The Moon

I have always approached the moon tarot card with a bit of apprehension. Although my spiritual traditions revere the moon as a Goddess, and divine celestial energy, the apprehension I have felt has been towards what I have read about the moon card. If you were to google the moon tarot card the general words associated with it are: illusion, fantasy, something is being hidden, deceit, etc. These descriptors aren’t the type to make a person feel warm and fuzzy about their position, or about this supposed Goddess energy. I knew there was more to it, but I’ve generally just kept it at arms length with the overarching acceptance that the card means that not all the truths are on the table, someone is lying.

Now, currently the moon has come back up to be investigated further, specifically as I was in Italy recently and I pulled the Moon tarot card for a fun puppet project while I was there. I looked at it, and at the meanings that were then presented to me by the facilitator: feminine power, the divine mother, and magic. I held in the back of my mind the same apprehension that I have always felt, but I played along with the puppet project, and decided to take the meanings that the facilitator had presented. Maybe the Moon would reveal herself further to me in my experiences in Italy, and those experiences would redefine the meaning for me, or maybe I just needed to be aware that some truths were being withheld. As is true for most experiences in my life, all of the above was true, as well as the Moon showing me its magic.

In the week that followed I was taken on a journey of falling in love, participating in healing ceremonies, and visiting various black Madonnas, all while my spirit was in contact with the soil of my ancestors. So much magic! I felt blessed, and not too worried about the Moon tarot card. I figured I could ignore that I got that card, and just revel in the universe’s gifts. Well, hindsight would dictate that the universe’s gifts include the Moon card, and a new understanding therein.

When I returned home from Italy I began to learn the true magic of the Moon card. The romantic situation I had involved myself revealed some very important truths that had been kept hidden from me, thus the Moon card stood true to its meaning. I looked back at my time in Italy, and how I had pulled the Moon card, and let myself just sit in the revelation that I knew as soon as I had pulled the card that truths were being kept hidden.

If I let that be the end of my understanding of the Moon card, however, I would be doing myself, my experiences, and you dear reader, a great injustice. I continued to look up meanings of the Moon card to see what else presented itself. I referenced my first tarot book (that came with an accompanying deck), the Secret Tarot by Jane Lyle, and looked over her interpretation. One very important statement stood out: If involving a romantic relationship, be wary though you might feel the mutual infatuation, and the deep soul connection of true love, chances are you are under a spell, and it is not real. Eureka! This made complete sense to me, and to what had happened in Italy. Whoa!

That is not the end of the Moon card story though, because I knew that even though the truths had been kept hidden from me, and the true love story didn’t last, there was more. I sat down with Griffin, manager of the Green Man store in North Hollywood, to ask him what his take was on the card. What I took away from his explanation was that the Moon tarot is responsible for usurping order. In other words, the moon’s light is not its own, but rather a reflection of the sun, and the moon controls the tides, which means that the moon can create magic. The moon can open the doors to magic, to the other realm, and to shifting ones life. This was another eureka! moment. In my adventures in Italy I had hoped to heal my love. I kept my intention broad on purpose. In my life I have had many disappointments with love, and wanted to heal my heart from those experiences.

With Griffin telling me that the moon brings madness, chaos that disrupts order as a means of changing the direction of things, basically being a facilitator of magic at its core, and an opening to the realm between the worlds, I was able to fully understand my experiences in Italy. The ceremonies that we had participated in created a form of chaos in each of our lives, and allowed for the magic of healing to be facilitated. In my particular life story I have never been able to say what my needs were, I was never able to stand in my truth in a love relationship and say, “No, this is what I need.” I have always bent my needs to the needs of others. This lesson was finally learned with the help of the moon. Bringing about the magic spell of a true love story that had all the ingredients for a joyful relationship except for my needs being met, and a foundation of truth, gave me an opportunity to learn my lesson. The moon changed the trajectory of my own personal order, which was not actually healthy for me, and allowed me the experience of reclaiming (or maybe claiming for the first time) my truth, and standing in it. I was under a spell, a spell of healing my love, and for that I am grateful to the moon, and the Moon tarot card.

The Moon creates a crossroads, a space between the worlds, for one to stand in their truth and create magic. It is at this place that we must trust our guts (or intuition) and stand in the knowledge that we carry because the moon also says that not all the cards are on the table, but you know your cards, and you must stand strong in their truth. The moon calls you to be brave, to heed her calling and venture between the worlds, and in this space to commune with the very core of who you are. Are you ready to change trajectories? It’s an amazing, wonderful ride if you’re willing to be brave enough to embark on the journey.

Blessed Be, and Hayaya!

Faery Friday ~ The Awakening of the Dark Faeries

The Awakening of the Dark Faerie

 by Elysia, The Naughty Faery

So, Samhain is just around the corner, Mercury is in Retrograde, it’s a Full Moon, AND it’s an Eclipse!?!? Oh dear, are we feeling a bit overwhelmed right now!?!? Not to mention, people who have very limited sight now are seeing things more than before, often out of the corner of their eye. Do you think it’s a coincidence that there are more ghost stories and ghost hunts happening around this time of year? Now I’m here to tell you that the Dark Faery are stirring up around you as well. Yah, those little dark shadows that you have been seeing out of the corner of your eyes for the past couple of weeks? Nope, you’re not going crazy—well, not in regards to this anyway–and if you are going crazy, here is an excuse at the very least. But more than likely it’s the Dark Faeries, often called the Unseelie. Some can be ghosts or spirits, sure, but the darting ones are often Fae. Now for some folks this might get their hackles up because of the unsavory labels that have been put on Dark Faery/Unseelie over time. Are they easy faeries to deal with? Honestly, what faery IS!?! Seriously, many people have just wanted to deal with the Seelie, or the Light Faeries. I have news for you, they are just as bad. On a good day, the Seelie will show you all of your potential and the beautiful things you have to look forward to. They help nurture the plants of Spring to awaken and thrive, some all the way through summer. They often watch over the new promising souls who have entered during these times as well, whispering, singing, and watching. On a bad day, they can get bored with you and lead you on a wild goose chase to nowhere, leaving you frustrated, or you could start to feel like you are being poked and prodded by those little demons that you see pictured with the Devil himself, with the little pitchforks, poking and prodding the poor soul, with utter glee. I’m telling you, stay on those guys’ good sides! While the Dark Faery, or Unseelie, can be quite naughty themselves, they are the shadow workers, telling you that sure, you have much potential, but look at all of the crap that you have to learn to navigate through in order to get to it!?!? You didn’t think that your potential came for free did you? Well, claiming it doesn’t, just thinking about it does. But what fun is it to just think about it? Seeing all of the things that one has to still work on is not an easy thing. More often than not it’s something that many of us avoid or shy away from because it makes us uncomfortable. Think of the Dark Fae as the Bouncers to your potential. Work through certain issues you have personally and they will open a new door for you. Keep avoiding these things and you often will get shoved back into a new scenario where you are yet again faced with the same issue, just in a slightly new way. The more you push it aside the worse the scenario can become. Now will they get bored with you like the Light Faeries? Sure; however, unlike the Light Faeries, the Dark Fae will just ignore you and go about their more important jobs, like marking the souls for their next journey—helping to prepare for the big Faery Gathering where both energies of fae come together to hold open the gates for these souls to go through. Yup, you guessed it, they are the Gatekeepers and the Key Masters of transition. Oh there is a whole joke in there, I know, but I digress. The Fae are the mediators of the Thresholds of Fate, Death, Life, and many other Realms.

 

How to navigate through the Dark Faeries time. It’s not hard really. Just address your personal issues, and I mean REALLY address them. Dig deep. If many people have been telling you the same thing over and over about what they feel is an issue that they have with you, hey, it might be worth looking into. If you have a pattern that you keep repeating over and over again with money, love, relationships or friendships, heck, even dietary things, it may be worth it to dig into to find out why. You’ll see when the door opens; it’s quite an amazing feeling really. Be careful with egos however. Egos are meant to be a part of us, but when they become too out of control you WILL topple off of the top of the pedestal that you have put yourself on. And if you are in a situation where there is a high possibility of faeries being around, yah, they might just kick it down too. Even if there are others who put you on that pedestal, it is up to you to navigate how to balance it out. Giving back to those around you helps. Find the other areas around you that need help and genuinely give back. In many cases it is as simple as that. And above all, give back to any and all of your guides, guardians and yes the faeries, for progressing you through the phases you have made it through so far. For the Faeries I always recommend BOOZE! It’s not quite as nasty as other things to dispose of if they leave leftovers. Milk and Honey are a great alternative, but only outside. Seriously don’t want to invite the ants and really the smell of spoiled milk is just not necessary. Sweets and sparkly things are always great, but I like to bury them in the garden, treasures for them to find.

 

So Head up and Faery on! Your potential is yours to claim, you just have to do the work to get it….

Witchy Wednesday ~ The Faeries’ view on Prosperity

by Elysia, The Naughty Faery

Prosperity is much more than the monetary bond we place upon it.  It affects not only the money you receive, but the money you spend and how frequently you both receive and send it out.  One thing that most rarely take into consideration about prosperity is that it is a living breathing entity.  Prosperity is as much of an aspect of nature as the trees, plants & even the ground beneath you.  The energy around you effects HOW you receive prosperity in all of its forms.  Block love in any of its forms and you are blocking prosperity.  Block creativity, you are blocking prosperity.  Faeries encourage you to contribute to the flow of prosperity by giving as well as receiving.  Find the balance between the two and watch the doors open up around you.  Sometimes it takes work to get into the habit of doing this.  When you feel prosperity slowing, be sure that you pay extra attention to the things you are NOT doing.  Are you purging yourself of the things that you don’t use?  Possibly someone else around you can use this.  Give clothes that you don’t wear to thrift stores, Goodwill or other places who distribute clothing for those in need.  If you have broken things in your home, this may represent a leak or a break in your prosperity flow as well.  In other words, FIX them and if you can’t fix them, replace them.  Be careful when you have too many dried flowers or things that were formerly living as decorations in your environment; they can represent to the faeries endings, death, and holding on to the past.  So how do you get around this?  I personally have artwork on the walls of my house using tree branches, and I know more than one person who has dried flowers from past bouquets given to them that they cherish and hold dear.  Breathe new life into these items.  The branches on my wall are such a focal point that they get new energy every time someone looks at them.  They represent a doorway or a portal to another realm that I hold very near and dear to me.  The dried flowers I would suggest taking the petals and infusing them into incenses, or double infuse perfumes for yourself.  Remembering the love and intention that you received when you received the flowers fresh.  Find other ways to breathe new life into items that are decorations.  Your only limitation is the depth of your own imagination.

With all that being said here is a suggestion of how you can encourage money growth and protect the money that you do have on a daily basis.

 

Prosperity Bowl

You will need:

  • a bowl
  • A small/medium sized clear crystal
  • Sea Salt
  • Wheat, Oats or Sesame Seeds (whole)
  • Woodruff (crushed)
  • Cinnamon (powdered)
  • Pennyroyal (crushed)
  • Caraway (whole)
  • Orange Oil (a dram should work)

Mix together Sea Salt, Wheat (or Oats or Sesame Seeds), woodruff, cinnamon, pennyroyal, caraway together.  While mixing picture your guides and the faeries around you flowing money to you.  Think of your bank account never getting below a certain amount (don’t be greedy, but be realistic too). Fold in the Orange Oil and picture as money goes out, money comes back in to replace it while you mix well.  Place in a bowl with the crystal in the center of it all and place in an area where the sun will hit it at least once a day.

Naughty Faery Creations © 2009

Tarot Tuesday ~ The Devil

The Devil“The Devil”

by Elizabeth Bissette

The “Devil” tends to scare folks. Like “Death”, the card usually provokes an immediate, negative reaction. But, is that totally fair? Is the “Devil’s” appearance in a reading really a harbinger of evil and mayhem?

Not necessarily.

Alone, the card most often represents something or someone that has an unfair degree of control: for example, a person struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. It can also indicate an abusive person or relationship. If the “Devil” is drawn, it’s definitely not a lighthearted matter. However, like all other cards, the “Devil”’s meaning is influenced by the cards around it. These can amplify or lessen the card’s negativity.

In most decks, the “Devil” mirrors the “Lovers” card. Both are generally taken to mean there is a choice at hand. In the case of the “Lovers” the choice can be between two different people. With the “Devil” it is usually the choice of leaving the controlling substance or situation.

In my deck, the Devil towers over two people in chains. They are not chained to him/her, however. (The figure is not distinctly male or female but a combination of the two). They are chained to one another (and possibly to the pedestal the Devil stands on; it’s not clear). They don’t seem particularly upset about  their situation. In fact, they are smiling. Their hands are behind their backs but are not necessarily tied. If you look closely, the impression they leave is that they’re content and able to untie themselves whenever they choose.

The pair are not so much the Devil’s prisoners as minions. The figure’s bat wings, tails and claw feet make a slightly sinister image but the only thing really frightening or evil about the card is the name.

So: what, beyond choice and control, does the “Devil” mean in a reading? Is it always something negative? No. He also represents sexuality, passion, insight and attraction. Depending on his position and the surrounding cards, he can also indicate the positive aspects of taking control of things.

So, if the “Devil” turns up in your cards, don’t despair. Instead, examine your behavior and the people around you. Do you need to let go of some things? Of some substances? Of unhealthy relationships? If you look at the card closely and listen to the message it carries, it could be the one that leads you to the most positive changes of all.

Freaky Friday ~ As Within So Without: Changing Your Karmic Stars!

With Griffin Ced, Sept 26th 2014

Wheel of Fortune by Hortus Deliciarum

As Within So Without: Changing Your Karmic Stars!

As Above So Below is an axiom many of us are familiar with. But what does it actually mean?  What comes of embracing such a cosmic concept?  To me it means: as it is written in the Stars of Fate Above, So shall it be Below on Earth.  Is this not a statement that we are bound by Destiny as laid out by Dame Fate, by our Gods…Written in the Stars to be read by Occultists, Seers, Astrologers, those who know how to read the Heavenly language of Fate?  I am on board with this form of Divine Order, but only as it shows the tracks of Fate that lead us upon the path of least resistance…the predisposition of Spirit & Cosmic Tides as they will enact upon us and push us down a certain path.  But the question for us who make magic is: are we bound to our Destiny, the Authority of Fate?  Is not the making of Magic, the turning of Fate…rewriting of the Stars?

If I were to accept, embrace, believe in and endorse something outside of myself as holding definitive Authority and Power over me, then I would be bound by Fate.  But I can bring change to the quality of my own Spirit by Will.  And then being in a different state, I can shift the quality of spirit in the Cosmos about me.  I can change the world by taking responsibility for my cosmos and shaping it.  My Spirit can become contagious and infect the quality of the world about me and finally the expression of Dame Fate herself!  The principle of As Within, So Without can change our karmic stars of Fate.

For most folks in the west, Karma is seen as being the consequence of one’s actions.  What goes around coGolden Ladder of Hapsburg Ancestorsmes around.  Yes, by our actions we become the architects of our reality.  I am good with this interpretation of Karma as long as it does not become binding.  But, like Destiny, Karma can be viewed as being both binding and inviolable.  Going to the root culture of Karma: when I was in India, it was explained to me that people cannot convert to Hinduism because if it was their Karma to be Hindu, they would have been born Hindu.  If a person were to convert, where in the Caste System would they be placed?  As Karma is the base concept upon which the Caste system is founded, one cannot change the Caste one is born into; it is your Karma that placed you there.  I realized that Karma in that system cannot be changed, and politically it brings a resignation and acceptance of social standing to millions of Hindus.  This marriage of Caste and Karma serves a similar political agenda as one I grew up with in Britain.  Being born into a working class family meant I should learn my predestined place and accept it.  Well, that didn’t go down well for me back then and still doesn’t!  I do not bend the knee to the definitive bindings of Fate or Karma, though I see and respect both as worthy adversaries.

So then, how to battle Fate?  Well, I am a lover not a fighter, so I choose to woo Dame Fate, change the music and lead her in the dance on occasion–something I learned from my Spirit Father Cerne!  How do you do that?  By changing the quality of your Spirit within and sharing your heart with the world about you!  Live as you have the world to be!  Embrace the tides of change and the great adventure of life that brings never-ending evolution and insight!

We may not be able to change the length of our lifespan, but we can change the quality of it, the experience of it.  We can even increase the experience of time within the framework of time itself.

he Choice of Hercules by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)

As Within, So Without also means that how we treat others affects the quality of our own Spirit as we create the world we live in from within our true core.  People spending their time and energy pulling others down rather than engaging in the art of co-creation, end up living in the cosmos of their own making, built from the inside out.

Looking for the answer to life, magic, power or control as something to be found outside of oneself is where we lose our way. We live in a time of accessible information on any subject we seek.  The whole idea that simply being in possession of secret mystical information brings status is frankly amusing… if not a wee bit baffling!  Yet wagging that carrot is still commonly used to manipulate. Over the years I have found that even when wanting students to grasp simple core mysteries, I just can’t give them away!  I often call the process of teaching the Craft “the Art of passing and receiving what cannot be given.”  You could put all the gems of Art into the lap of a seeker and it would not serve them one iota!  But a person who shifts their awareness to where they truly grasp what they hold within, will inherit a Cosmos of Mysteries, given by Self to Self.

In my book we need to look to the leaders and teachers that inspire people to live free, to think and to love and to make magic that serves some real purpose.

Copyright: Griffin Ced  9/26/2014

Witchy Wednesday ~ Animal Messages

 

by Monica

It’s just another normal morning and you switch on the TV as you’re getting ready for work. There’s a commercial about a little lizard.  As you leave home and walk to your car, a lizard runs in front of you.  When you drive to work you glance up, only to notice a billboard with a lizard on it.  At work, thumbing through a magazine in full blooming color, you guessed it: there’s an article about lizards. And if you haven’t noticed by now, lizards are appearing just for you all day. The thing that finally makes you start to make a connection is when you go shopping at the end of the day, and the shirt you buy has a lizard logo.  Now it ignites a thought.  Why are you seeing all these lizards?  What does this mean?  This can be considered a coincidence, but actually the animals are nudging you with a message.  You do some research; you discover what the lizard is trying to tell you. One of the lessons of the lizard is detachment.  What is it that you need to let go of?  Take heed of the messages of the animals.  From my experience I can tell you that they never lie.  If you step back and look at your circumstances, you can find that their messages can bring clarity and help with various situations presently in your life.  So the next time a certain animal keeps appearing , don’t ignore it–explore what messages they have for you.

Tarot Tuesday ~ The Hanged Man

By Jason

“Oh boy, there’s my life being hung out to dry again…!”

hanged man wizards tarot

What I love about the Wizard Tarot deck is that the imagery is gentle and not meant to paralyze querents, but put them in a positive flow with their journey.

This deck depicts the Hanged Man as Odin, father of the Norse gods, sitting with his two messenger birds Hugin and Munin. An exact image of the scene is depicted in a recursive portrait on the wall, albeit hanging upside down. There is a stained-glass window of Runes in the background.

hanged man wizards tarot full

In Norse Mythology, Odin sacrificed himself upon the World Tree for 9 days, and in the end was gifted the Runes, the written language. So the idea of sacrificing oneself for a higher ideal plays into this card.

When the Hanged Man appears in a reading, I like to explore the sacrifice that is being made, and what one is looking to get as a reward. We all know that you have to make sacrifices to get what you want, be it money, time, a long-term commitment, etc….

Are you sacrificing time away from your friends to spend time with someone new? Your boyfriend moves in with you, are you wondering what is going to happen to your freedom? Are you asked to travel for work, which could mean spending more time away from family?

All of these actions have potential rewards. Looking at it through Spirit-Mind-Body alignment can help one in staying focused.

Spirit fuels your goals,
Mind forms a plan of action,
Body acts out the plan in the physical realm.
 

Keeping these channels clear is essential in moving forward in your life.

Sometimes querents are not aware of where their actions are taking them, only that they must take action. The Hebrew letter on this card is Mem which symbolizes “Water.” This touches upon diving below the surface to reveal subconscious desire. The card is also ruled by Neptune, the planet of Mysticism, the hidden parts of life that come out through dreams and intuition.

What have your dreams and intuition been telling you lately? Feelings of suspension or stagnation can set in when one loses sight of the goal or no longer taps into spirit to keep you pointed in the direction that you first set off in.

Is your original sacrifice aligned with your current goal? Perhaps it’s time to come in and ask the Wizard Tarot about where you’re at and what rewards are in store for you.

Freaky Friday ~ Magic and Karma: Keeping your magical nose clean!

With Griffin Ced, Sept 19th 2014

Magic and Karma: Keeping your magical nose clean!

People who know me will likely chuckle at this title, as I am known not to be a fan of karma as some may view it.  But let’s say for here, Karma represents simply the consequence of one’s actions and leave it at that. In the Practical Magic class earlier this week, I got into the spooky area of Poppets in magic–something very often associated with baneful Black Magic.  But there are many positive uses for fetishes such as poppets, dolls, and such.  To be completely clear, in my practice I consider any magic that is aimed at usurping the Free Will of another crosses the line into what I call Black Magic.  It is not a question of Good or Bad Intentions.  It is not really a Moral issue.  Black Magic can, on occasion, be done for good and defendable reasons.  However, regardless of the reasons or intentions, using magic and/or spirit to override a person’s free will and ability to choose for themself, is an act of Black Magic and will potentially kick back unseen consequences and coin upon those who cross this line.  Even petitioning the Gods, which I call Clerical Magic, falls into this category. So taken to the extreme, you could view a Christian praying for a person to come to Jesus, or to change their beliefs, behavior or orientation, as a practice of Black Magic!  Finding clarity in where this line lies regarding the liberty of others, and being mindful of this, keeps us safer in our magical practices. For isn’t it said, the road to hell is paved with good intentions!

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On a kindred note, this coming weekend is the Autumn Equinox.  It’s one of those Sabbath Festivals that many folks find confusing.  There are so many legitimate ways of approaching this Sabbath, depending upon which path you are aligned with.  But for those who are still looking to make a connection with this holiday, let me offer you my take.

We as Magical Practitioners are constantly working to turn the hand of Fate, to unseat the Divine Cosmic Order in relation to some particular matter of our choosing.  We use our Free Will and Magical Knowhow to deliberately change reality to align with our desire.  Consequently this practice of Magic divides us from being in accordance with Divine Order or Will.  This is a simple fact of our actions.  We either bend to Fate as it presents itself or we work Magic to undermine the order of Fate as it presents.

The Fates

So then the pertinent question comes down to…To what end do we work our Magic? Do we serve our base desires and whims and possibly bring the world about us into anarchy and drama?  Or are we wielding our Magic to evolve ourselves, our being and Spirit?  Are we serving our limited banal agendas or are we looking to become Co-Creators with our Gods and Spirits to bring harmony and evolution to our Cosmos? If it’s this last option that speaks to you, then the Autumn Equinox is an opportunity to reconcile the connection and accord between you and your Gods, to bridge the divide that making magic may have brought about.  For me, the Autumn Equinox is a time when I cleanse the ways between my Gods and myself.  I cleanse my Temple, my tools, and all aspects of my Spirit…bringing any discord between myself and my Gods and Spirits back into Virtue and harmony.

So this weekend, celebrate and embrace the Bliss of Spirit and if nothing else, celebrate your relationship with your Gods!  If you want to share this celebration with those of like mind, come to The Green Man Saturday evening for a Beautiful Druid Ritual Celebration of this Sabbath!

Copyright: Griffin Ced  9/19/2014

 

Tarot Tuesday ~ Death

Death of the Major Arcana by Kapua

Death

One of my favorite cards in the Tarot, “Death” was always a close friend of mine in a number of ways–but that’s my personal story and one to be told another time. In tarot, as is so often and commonly the case, people tend to react immediately with concern or fear. While it’s true that the Death card can sometimes indicate an actual death, most readers will probably not see it anyway because, let’s face it–none of us is omniscient, nor are readers an authority on who lives or dies…so if you do see Death in your cards, please refrain from panicking. :)

Death is generally associated with endings, and endings with sadness–but an ending is not always indicative of the ending. Anyone who studies tarot (or has at least had enough readings to know) knows that the Death card almost always indicates a form of transformation. This, obviously can be a very good thing–especially if you find yourself stuck in a pattern or simply stuck altogether.

I see this card as a form of completion and the promise of a new beginning. Whether I think I’m ready for it or not, a cycle in my life is ending and a new cycle is beginning. If you can build a comfortable relationship with Death you may then see how positively it can serve you. Through the Death card I see (or at least try to see) an opportunity to learn and grow. I feel that it tends to be one of the more forgiving cards of the Major Arcana because even in the face of what appears to be bad news, you know that with Death there can also be a silver lining.

I realize that it also depends on what other cards are surrounding it, but let’s face it–all endings are followed by beginnings… we simply need to be open to the possibilities.

Celebrate this Major Arcana card and ask Death what it can offer you.



(*The Death card in the photo is from The Star (Major Arcana) Tarot Deck by Cathy McClelland; it was one of the first of two tarot decks that I started to work with and still one of my favorite decks to this day.)