Weekly Tarot, 6/10/13: Uh Oh! aka Death

What are you gonna do? I get the cards I get, man.

Short answer: Looks to be an intense week. It may be more global than personal–I can’t say for sure how it will hit you. But know that whatever it is, it needs to happen and all that needs to happen clears the way for the future. It could be cold comfort I’ll grant you, but cold comfort is better than none.  Scorpio energy (associated with the Death card) demands nothing less than surrender, willing or not.

If you’re too bummed, go back and review my coping skills video. ‘Cause that’s why I made it!

Gosh. I’m almost afraid to ask…but are you feeling this?

04/27/13: Death’s Grip: The Upside


The most dreaded card in the deck, Death is Scorpio ruled and has a utter finality about it. By the time we get to this point, it’s beyond rescue. I’ll spare you the speech about how Tarot Death is not the same as physical death, and the “fresh start” imagery. I consider it a disservice to pretend like this is bright, feel-good energy. It’s not.

There are plenty of factors to comfort us with Death energy, however.

  • Death is a fresh start, if nothing else.
  • Whatever falls with the Death card, it needed to. Death doesn’t generally show up for something that could have been fixed, you know?
  • Death energy roots out infection, rot, lies and unsound structures of all sorts. In short, it’s the sickness that dies.
  • Death brings and end. Endings are perquisite for new beginnings.
  • Death is not equivocal. There is no confusion or hesitation or false hopes here. You know where it stands.

Maybe these things are cold comfort if you are not happy about what’s happened. But it doesn’t matter much if you’re happy about it or not, because it’s beyond being up to you or me or anybody else. So best make the best of what you’ve got. You know? That’s how you keep on living.

Are you seeing Death’s grip?

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01/21/13: Dying for a Break | Death

tarot-death-card-meaningSo, it’s late. I’m tired. I worked very hard on my site today—the kind of work that makes me all OCD for hours on end, the kind that nobody can even see but me. It’s 11pm already, I just finished eating the pot pie dinner that took an hour to cook because I forgot to turn on the oven. I’m not written ahead for the daily forecast, the way I prefer. It has been like that lately.

I do a card draw, ready to pop off a quick snapshot on my cell phone and whip up  a column. Wham, bam, thank-you-ma’am. Efficient, right? I’ve been doing this a few years now.

Great. I drew Death.

I didn’t even consider putting it back and calling a do-over.

“Thanks, Tarot,” I say with just a hint of sarcasm. Enough to be true to my feelings, but not so much as to piss the cards off. I was hoping for an easy one tonight.

There is no amount of spin that will ever make people happy to see the Death card. There is no amount of spin that will ever make ME happy to see the Death card. But it’s absolutely true, sometimes it’s the best card in the deck.

When it’s the card that carries the message you need.

Most of y’all been reading here long enough, I’ll spare you the “it’s really about transformation” Pollyanna bullshit.

Yes, Death IS transformation.

Death is also generally not pleasant transformation.

But nevertheless, Death represents a NECESSARY transformation. It’s the clearing out of rot. It’s the cutting away of disease. It’s the blast of utter devastation that clears the land for new growth. Without death, there would be no more life. Only that which is sick dies.

I can also tell you how to handle it, if this is where you’re at: let go. Let go, let go, let go! Release and accept. Cry if you will, rant if you must, but do NOT fight the writing on the wall, lest some of the debris crash atop your head while you’re busy clinging and denying.

Here’s to hoping you have no idea in Hell what I’m talking about.

Do you?

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11/22/12: Words that Kill | Death, Page Swords

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Happy Thanksgiving to my US folks! Sorry to say, this forecast is a bit on the ominous side. But if you heed it, perhaps it can save you some stress! Here’s hoping it’s utterly irrelevant, though…

The combination of the Page of Swords and Death speaks to me as words that kill. Not so literally, of course…but lies told, agreements abandoned, and nasty, hurtful sarcasm delivered “with respect” or “without judgment” are neither—and don’t think spewing disclaimers or speaking in polite tones somehow cancels ugly intention. Nobody is buying that bullshit.

One kills relationships, destroys partnerships, and creates pain, both for others (and often themselves) by virtue of  impulsive, inconsiderate or detached words, spoken without considering impact. Yeah, maybe it’s cathartic to release a little venom. But poison is still poison.

Whether there is another chance, whether something new is forged in the wake, who knows? What’s for damn sure is whatever the mouth has dismantled, it’s permanently done, dead and gone! No going back. True, it often has reached a point where it needs to die, if this is where we find ourselves. But it could have gone much cleaner, if you ask me.

Regardless though, the practice of running with a knife probably isn’t such a great idea. Sooner or later, you’re going to trip. The mouth can be instrument of tremendous healing or a tremendous weapon. Words have great power—particularly upon those who care enough to care what you have to say, you know? How do you want to wield that power?

Consider carefully in choosing your own words.

Have you found impulsive communication deadly to your own relationships?

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11/11/12: Deep Down Truth | Death


This rendition for Death from the Zodiac Tarot shows a place: the Scorpio submarine! The outer world, as normally perceived as reality, is long abandoned on this quest. Ties to cherished beliefs must be cut or you won’t be able to reach the bottom depths.

Deep, deep underwater, beneath the sea of feelings, down below where the light naturally shines, deep within the soul is where the truth lies. This is the treasure you’re seeking.

Do you see the deep-down truth?

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08/16/12: Surrendering to Death

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“It hath been often said, that it is not death, but dying, which is terrible.” HENRY FIELDING, Amelia

I have a little trash TV confession: I watch Cheaters. I know, I know, it’s a lowbrow show with lots of manufactured drama, but I don’t care. It’s interesting to me, to see how people behave in the intense, emotionally-laden context of infidelity. (And okay, some of them are funny. Hey. Don’t judge me!)

One thing you’ll see frequently is the suspicious party saying they want things to be “just like they used to be.” It’s a given to me, if a relationship has made it to the point of being Cheaters’ material, that’s damn unlikely. It doesn’t mean some will not reconcile, sure. But like it was? Eh.

“It ain’t ever gonna be like it was before.” In a nutshell, that’s the message of Death. We’re not necessarily talking a literal dying (although sometimes), but more often, a Scorpio brand of transformative death.

Card readers sometimes prefer the symbolic death of healthy transformation spin, focusing on the Phoenix’s arising from the ashes. That’s the upside. Yeah, yeah, I hear you.

But truth be told, this is HARD energy, no sugar-coating the reality it’s often excruciatingly painful. Even Mary-Freakin’-Poppins-of-Woo-Woo-Love-and-Light is likely to have hairy moments. So cut yourself some slack if this is where you’re at, okay?

If you develop a few coping skills—like these, courtesy a hard-nosed Pluto transit I survived—it can go easier.

  • Avoid clinging and denial. Death, like anything Pluto-flavored, tends to gives a lot of warning. It takes a lot of energy to maintain an illusion there is nothing going on. Even if you do manage to put it off, sooner or later there is no more Snooze-buttoning to be had. It’s hard coming from under the covers, but hiding your head won’t slay the monster. You you need to know the difference between monster dirty clothes. But hey. The light can also save you from tripping over bodies or getting clobbered with skeletons tumbling from the closet. Har! “Conscious, humble and flexible” are good keywords.
  • Keep integrating lessons as you go. Temperance follows Death in the deck; it’s the natural progression. WHAT can you  integrate? How can Death change how you live? How can the new life that be for a higher good? This is where the gifts show up. It also helps mitigate the ouch factor, creating the conditions for an evolution.
  • Stay in the present. Energy gets scattered under stress, and you need the best quality of energy you can generate now. Pay attention to how you care for yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Look for activities that soothe raw nerves. Pay attention to the people you spend time with. Auras can get compromised when you hurt and you’re more prone to pick up “energetic lint.” Surround yourself with as much loving vibe as you can. It eases aches and raises the overall vibration to aid healing.
  • Surrender. No one stops the reaper. Death touches all. We don’t get choice on whether, only on how. By the time Death shows up, the status quo is no longer an option. Facing that truth square-on makes it possible to begin constructing new options.

It’s in within the surrender that Death’s gifts are given. Energy never dies—it’s transformed into other creations. Without death, there can be no new life.

Do you see Death differently?

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