Friday, May 21, 2010

Death, Card XIII

It seems important to talk about the death card in a spread first. There are a lot of negative stereotypes about this card, but often I receive this card in times of change and grief. We go through many deaths throughout our lives: A lover's parting words, the last day on a job site, or a drive away from home with boxes piled in the backseat, and kitties meowing in your lap - along for the ride. Orgasms have even been described as "little deaths." Our cells divide everyday, shed and grow new skin. Our uterus sheds every cycle and even aligns with the moon. The moon itself cycles every day and season, always changing, sometimes reflecting the sun's bloom. You get the point...

The death card is a lesson in change, but also an opportunity to grow, and find joy in the rebirth of things. The card tells us that we are done and it's time to grieve now. When the card is reversed we have a harder time letting go. We are resistant to change and want to hang on to comfort, even though it might make us miserable, or when we know deep down that it's time to move on. It may also represent a stalemate situation because of our defiance. As we grow older we might be more resistant to change because we expect comfort or security with age.