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Origins - DeathYes, it’s Death. So many tarot decks try to make it prettier, softer, 100% gentle even. But really, Death is sometimes just that. Or as my dad would say: ‘A cure for head-ache’

And this one then, what a way to go! We are all gonna die. I imagine death came not as silent and on such soft feet back in the day. It was bloodier, louder, galloping through the wilderness and ending with snapped bones. But at least this man had a full life, he is a grown man. The way he is pierced looks like a sacrifice.

I think of death some times. Not that I am suicidal, or that old or even sick. Just that the mind gently touches the subject before dancing off again. It’s there, like a hot flame that you know with certainty will one day swallow you.

Death and the inevitability of it all

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I didn’t blog yesterday cause of illness. First just feeling weird to quitting my sleep-meds but then also outbreak of a nausea and stomach flue.

I did take a card – Death. Showing the Goddess Kali in her dance with skulls and swords. The LWB tells us that she is the destroyer of Ego (and so much more) She opens up for change much like the Tower but in a more final way. Change is often terrible. Yet sometimes yearned for. I don’t fear death myself, but I fear losing others. Death is always more terrible for those not visited. What change do I fear? What changes do I embrace? Meditating on Death can open my heart to Life. Our view on death and dead bodies have changed so much the last 100 years. My grandmother has dead children in an old photo album. They looked like nicely dressed children, just sleeping. All white and lace. In horror films the scariest thing is the sight of a dead body. But we used to care for them ourselves, we washed them and dressed them fine. We watched them and talked to them, prayed for them, remembered them.

This is all a bit morbid, but Death is a sure thing.  Closing this post with a beautiful song by Laleh. Some die young.