04/07/12: Utterly Decimated | 10 Swords, Death


What we’ve got today are HARD cards. That’s what I call them—not “bad,” although they are seldom welcomed warmly. They just aren’t all that warm and fuzzy, you know? But sometimes the most difficult information is also the most important. Hard, not bad. Okay?

Not that I’d try to tell anybody that in the heat of the moment. I’m not stupid. Those times I’ve been there? I’d have taken out anybody who suggested to me in a sunshine voice, “It’s all for the best.” Even if that’s right. So I know the leap we’re talking about here. But I’m going to throw that out there anyway…

And man, this is some Ten of Swords (Gemini Sun), huh? Eeeek! Like nails through the head, except it’s swords! Followed up by Death (Scorpio), no less. But like any energy whatsoever, you work with what you get, you know? And while I wouldn’t expect this to be fun, I would expect a situation described by these cards to be POWERFUL. Do what you will with it.

That feeling of being destroyed? Yeah. It’s accurate, but only to a point. Nothing destroyed wasn’t already seriously broken. Got that? The world isn’t ending, just a corner is. Maybe a house or a room or even a city has been blown up, but not the whole enchilada. Whatever it was was already rotten, but you may not have realized. Hence, what’s really destroyed is the denial, the illusion everything is fine.

Death comes in not to say, “You’re dead.” He comes in to say, “Life as you knew it is over. So bury the dead and continue living…”

The good news: it’s all come to light. Whatever the hit is, you know it, you’ve taken the full impact, and it doesn’t get any worse. Knowing this, you can do your mourning and get on with it. Denial doesn’t work. Wishing doesn’t work. Waiting doesn’t work. There is no bringing anything back. You survey the situation, pick up what’s left to pick up, and move the Hell on. That makes the ouchy part go faster.

But for whatever comfort it’s worth, know it was for good reason—and you’ll come out stronger than you went in. And that is a good thing.

You feeling this? (I hope not too much…)

Cosmic Tarot Deck
by Norbert Losche

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01/11/12: Death’s Promise?


“From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.”
Edvard Munch

Ahhhh, Tarot Death (Scorpio). Or as we sometimes call it ’round here, expired Mayo. Ha! People dislike seeing Death for obvious reasons—but there’s one, very important point to  remember about Tarot’s brand of death: only the “sick” dies. This is Death’s saving grace.

Whatever wasn’t serving anymore, wasn’t real, whatever wasn’t healthy dies off. I won’t say the process can’t hurt. Often, albeit largely in proportion to how hard you fight the understanding it brings. It can prompt a hard look in the mirror, asking questions you’d rather not. But at least, you have some say.

But always better, because the sick part is what’s gone. And lighter. When there’s release, you reclaim all that energy spent running life support for a terminal status quo. Even staying unaware or remaining hopeful has demanded energy, constantly running. It wears you down. Letting Death do it’s work RELEASES, gives freedom.

And that brings us to the flip side of Death, after the release. Death’s promise is to make the way to new life! The caterpillar dies to give birth to the butterfly. Energy is recycled, never lost. Death is a requirement to make way for birth that follows. It’s the natural order.  You get power earned through the experience, an infusion of energy and a fresh start.

Do you think Death carries a promise?

Tarot: The Complete Kit
by Dennis Fairchild

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12/10/11: Cycle of Motherhood | Empress, Page of Coins Rev, Death

“A man is great by deeds, not by birth.” Chanakya


Once you’ve started it, you don’t have say how it’s finished. This is both bane and relief of mothers everywhere. Literal and metaphorical mothers included.

Today’s Tarot is The Empress (Venus), the reversed Page of Coins (Earth in Earth), and Death (Scorpio).  Birth, development and death. These cards read almost like a poem.

Once you’ve given birth, the choices in exactly how and what your offspring grows into are not yours to make. Whatever’s not workable dies off. The process can hurt—okay, let’s be honest—it will hurt. But it alters at a very deep level and in doing so, allows a fresh, new life to grow. That’s almost the definition of giving birth, don’t you think?

Are you finding the cycle of birth and death at play for you?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

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09/20/11: The Lesson from Repeating Lessons

“Transformation literally means going beyond your form.” –Wayne Dyer


Two steps forward, one step back… Every single major change I’ve made in my life has moved long those lines, and what I’ve observed tells me that’s fairly consistent. We want to book out an afternoon, deal with our “issues,” and check it off our list like so much laundry that’s been washed and dried and folded neatly in a stack. When life doesn’t work that way, we get frustrated, self-critical, and dejected. For what?

Just because you declare yourself “done” doesn’t mean the issue won’t revisit. That’s not only normal, but frankly necessary for fully integrating lessons. Fine-tuning, crossing your t’s and dotting your I’s, you’re reaching a higher level of mastery with each new challenge. And with each new challenge, you’re perfecting your performance.

Yes, Pluto recently went direct. Opportunity to flush out some of the muck that has been weighing us down. But even so, transformation isn’t completely in a clean, straight line. It takes dedication, perseverance and resolve to grow. You’re becoming a different person, and it’s only over time that new skin really starts to fit.

So when you see old issues revisit in a more subtle form, don’t despair. That’s indication you’ve mastered the basic level and are ready to step up your growth. It’s not a failure, but indication of success. Keep working it!

Do you see this pattern in transformations?

Shadowscapes Tarot
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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09/13/11: Road to Change | 4 of Cups, 8 of Pentacles, Death

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” –Anatole France

Change is hard. It’s so much easier to daydream about a different present than to take constructive action to create it.


TXbaccataToday’s Tarot is a 3-Card spread from the Sacred Circle Tarot.  After pulling the first card to assess the mood for the day, I asked, “What might we do about it?” to get the second, and followed with, “What outcome might we expect?” for the final card.

  • Four of Cups, here labeled “Discontent” or Lord of Blended Pleasure, associated with Moon in Cancer. It features four rusty, neglected cups standing in front a Yew tree. Yew is known as the Tree of Death, with highly poisonous  berries historically used to add lethality to weapons like arrowheads or spears. But the tree is also is also considered regenerative, since new trees shoot up from the springy decay of the old trunk as it dies off.
  • Eight of Pentacles or “Skill,” also known as Lord of Prudence and associated with Virgo Sun. Like most versions of this card, the last disc is unfinished—work yet to be done. Here,the discs are pictured against a Winter landscape. We’ve completed harvest by now, but that remaining disc suggests preparing for upcoming changes, perhaps new growth or a potential new direction for the coming Spring.
  • Death or the Child of the the Great Transformers, associated with Scorpio. Here, we’ve got the Dark Harvest Goddess, the  Cailleach (Crone).  In Scotland and England, there were traditions requiring the last corn harvested was fashioned into a woman’s figurine representing the Crone, and the farmer who was slowest with his work was responsible for looking after the totem until the coming harvest, a position not envied since it was associated with bad luck. Death always deals with significant and total transformation. There is NO going back.

Emotional discontent is indication something is amiss. Like the Cancer moon, this is a but a feeling, and most likely hits close to home. While we don’t like the sensation, often dissatisfaction is the most reliable indicator we are not living the life we might, you know? Like a dull ache that doesn’t go away, it can be an early warning signal of an impending flare-up. Now, maybe all that’s needed is an attitude adjustment, but whatever the realm, the Four of Cups is indicative of the habit of dreaming instead of doing. And like other Tarot Fours, it’s is a stable energy. Nothing is changing without  intervention.

So what to do? Well, work on it! Like any Virgo sun would tell you, the details matter! Specifically, don’t finish your work on that last disc—representing manifestation into the material world—exactly the same as you’ve completed the first seven. Otherwise, you’ll get exactly what you’ve gotten thus far, you know? If you want a change, make it.

As far as what to expect…well, Death is an integral component in the cycle of life. Compost feeds coming crops. One relationship ends so that another can begin. One job is complete in to allow for moving on to the next. A life cycle is over, but from those experiences, you can feed the next one.

While this kind of transformation is seldom easy, it’s nevertheless deep and meaningful. If it’s time for something to die, it will regardless of what’s done in hopes of reprieve. Delays in feeling the effects may be possible, but not avoidance. Only the illusion of avoidance, and that takes a whole lot of energy to maintain. Winter comes regardless. Thank goodness it’s followed by Spring.

Are you feeling some discontent?

The Sacred Circle Tarot: A Celtic Pagan Journey
by Anna Franklin

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Everyday Tarot, 07/28/11: Life After Death, Tarot Style


Today’s Tarot forecast was just Death—Geez Louise. Death…I mean, c’mon! I’ve heard myself talk about the importance of letting go and how it leaves us better off and yada yada until I’m about ready to barf myself. Screw “Pollyanna loves growth opportunities” because this chick is not in the mood.

Just give me something helpful, encouraging or at least useful, Tarot. That’s what I am looking for here. So I asked, “What can we expect after the Death?” Ahhh—the Six of Wands! Okay. That I can work with.

The decay is beyond repair—understand, you could be in the same place, with the same people, even doing mostly the same things when it’s all said and done, (or not). But regardless of appearances, whatever you had, the way you had it, is O-V-E-R, over. Not a damn thing will change that. If something meaningful to you has been decimated, get busy rebuilding something new on the spot, okay? The sooner, the better. Because it’s not coming back the way it was.

The good news? The transformations, what you learn now–and yes, how you grow as a result–becomes a crowning achievement for you. Sure, you had support getting there. But you did the heavy lifting and there’s no reason not to acknowledge yourself for it. Other people sure do.

You feeling this? How are y’all faring out there?

Tarot: The Complete Kit
by Dennis Fairchild

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