This week I picked two cards. This happened because I place past cards back in the deck and I thought I may had already drawn that card. They both apply to my life situation this week, so I will post information on both cards. In between the descriptions, I will give you insight how these cards apply to my situations.
Death – Transformation (the 2nd card, 1st)
The image of Death charging across a field on his spectral steed would strike fear into the heart of almost any man. The appearance of the Death card has a similar effect on most people, though it really should not. Whether you like it or not, Death is one of the most powerful cards in the Tarot. Humans naturally fear the unknown, and so Death is our greatest fear since it is the greatest unknown. The majority of us are unaware that our mind and spirit die all the time, constantly shedding old beliefs and acquiring new ones. It has been said many times by many readers: the Death card is not a card of death – it is a card of transformation.
In the Tarot, as in reality, Death is nothing more than a transition to the next level of life. Whether you believe that a soul goes to heaven or back to Earth to be reincarnated, the fact remains that the soul lives on. The candle is extinguished, but only because the day has come. The river shown on many versions of the Death card is a symbol, showing that life will go on, no matter what disastrous things happen. The river water will reach the sea, rise into the clouds, then rain onto the land to flow into the river again. Nothing is destroyed, because nothing can be destroyed – there can be only transformation.
The only real reason the transformation shown by Death is so catastrophic is because it is being held back, fought against by those too afraid to realize that change is beneficial. Every change happens for a reason, and Death is a force like Justice in that it is absolutely fair. It does not discriminate against one group and spare another – everyone is equal in the eyes of Death. So if big changes are happening in your life it is certainly plausible that you are the reason for them. There’s no point fighting death, it only makes things worse. Like the Hanged Man, accept that change happens and let it do what it must.
Take a look at the Rider-Waite version of the Death card, and note the bishop on the right side of the image. He is actually welcoming Death, because he knows of the great spiritual transformation it brings. Almost all versions of the Death card show a symbol of resurrection or re-birth. This could be the rising sun, an egg, or a sapling sprouting from the body of a dead man. All these symbols show that to progress in life, our old form must die, just as a snake sheds its old skin to reveal a shiny new one. This is the message of the card: Death must be conquered by the regeneration of the soul, and he who knows this shall live forever.
When the Death card appears, big changes are heading your way. Usually this change refers to something in your lifestyle; an old attitude or perspective is no longer useful and you have to let go of it. While the Hanged Man was a card of voluntary sacrifice, the Death card is a forced sacrifice – but that does not mean that it is not for your own good. Sometimes you cannot see how your attitudes are hurting you, and when that is true, the Death card is your wake-up call. Death is not simply destruction; it is destruction followed by renewal. Even though one door may have closed, another is opening. Will you have the courage to step through?
If so, before you go forward, take a moment to look back. Is there anything that you are carrying with you that is no longer necessary? Let it go now, before you proceed. Are your old attitudes holding you back, or are high expectations constantly disappointing you? Cast them off, or let Death’s watery energy wash them away from you. Open yourself and let it strip away all that you no longer need – fear, revenge, intolerance. Flowers cannot bloom if the land is full of weeds which choke the ground, and likewise, your spiritual enlightenment will be held back by doubt and fear. Let them go now or risk having them painfully ripped away when Death inevitably returns.
This page was made by James Rioux (The Black Shadow), firstname.lastname@example.org. Copyright 2000 James Rioux. **************************************************************
If so, before you go forward, take a moment to look back. Is there anything that you are carrying with you that is no longer necessary? Let it go now, before you proceed. Are your old attitudes holding you back, or are high expectations constantly disappointing you? Cast them off, or let Death’s watery energy wash them away from you. Open yourself and let it strip away all that you no longer need – fear, revenge, intolerance. Flowers cannot bloom if the land is full of weeds which choke the ground, and likewise, your spiritual enlightenment will be held back by doubt and fear. Let them go now or risk having them painfully ripped away when Death inevitably returns.I have been doing this, sometimes at a snail’s pace forward, throughout the last seven months. I became a single person in January 2013 after seperating from my husband of twenty years. Stripping away old habits, thoughts and a belief system that things will work out if only you believe they will, had to occur. I had to find ways to transform myself from the shell of the person that remained after the seperation. I chose to live in a tight knit Spiritualist camp. It has been a wonderful place to heal. In February 2013, I was fortunate enough to catch the attention of a wonderful man. Our short relationship was sent from the Universe. Having such a nourishing relationship with a man so soon after seperating from my husband was a shock, but I received it with open arms and an open mind. All things in life are temporary, and this relationship couldn’t continue on the path that it was on. When I realized that is was being detrimintal to us both despite the great time we had together behind closed doors, I needed to end it. Although I am sad that because I ended it, we won’t hang out together much at all. I stayed at home for most of my adult life, raising my two beautiful children. I had two part time retail jobs at the time of the seperation but without going to college and benefiting my bank account with school loans and grants, I wouldn’t have made it this far on my own otherwise. Today I have been asked back to have an interview with a company offering me a full time position as a proof reader. My first opportunity to go from retail to an office setting. This change is in line with my career pursuits and if I land this position I will feel the hard work of the last three years have paid off and just in time too! Eight of Pentacles – Craftsmanship (1st card drawn, drawn previously as well)
Eight of Pentacles
The Eight of Pentacles is the first card of its suit to touch explicity on the spiritual realm, though it does so briefly and in certain circumstances only. Most of the time it refers to a time of hard work and dedication on the material realm, in the hopes of improving your work and yourself at the same time. Unlike the Three, which shows a rewarding and expressive career, the work shown on the Eight often goes without reward until the very end. But once that end is finally reached, the rewards are often unimaginable; they transcend the material realm.
In material affairs, this card shows the kind of dedication that is often necessary to achieve success. This is a wide umbrella covering many concepts such as attention to detail, persistence, concentration, and working for the sake of working. The Eight of Pentacles also implies a sense of material and financial security if we remain committed to the task. This committment does not have to remain limited to the material world, however. The Eight can be a sign of commitment and dedication to a relationship, or genuine interest in learning new skills. It is at this point that the spiritual meaning of the Eight becomes apparent.
Often the man on the Eight of Pentacles is pictured as an apprentice learning a new skill. Like the Hermit, he seeks knowledge, and sometimes this wisdom will be of the spiritual sort. The apprentice’s goal is practical experience rather than theory, however, because theory can only get you so far in the real world. Beyond that, you have to work through your problems with earned practical knowledge. This is the card of applied skill, intelligence devoted to a task. The Eight of Pentacles also governs learning through doing, and reflects the Confucian proverb:
I see and I forget
I hear and I remember
I do and I understand
When the Eight of Pentacles appears in reference to a project or a task you have been working on, redouble your efforts and your concentration, because rewards are near. What you are undertaking will be difficult, but it will give you a lot of valuable work experience and knowledge. Watch for someone more experienced that you who may be willing to gave you assistance; every apprentice needs a master to guide them towards greatness. Never take your eyes off the goal. If a job is once begun, never leave until it’s done. Be the labor great or small, do it well – or not at all.
Copyright 2000 James Rioux. The job prospect I have is an entry level position. I feel confident I can do this job and do it well. As a craftperson, I have to believe in my abilities and my schooling thus far and show the company I am the person for this position. The message from another source, The Tarot Discovery Kit Guidebook by Amy Zerner & Monte Farber states the following about this card:
You need to approach your situation like a skilled craftsperson. Study your subject, learn your work, attend to all the details with love, and avoid perfectionism. Do not think about the results (of working hard) or the rewards. Think only about the task at hand.As a proof reader, I have to be attentive to detail, grammer usage and spelling. I am glad to have this opportunity as a stepping stone to my desired outcome, seeking a Master’s Degree by 2015 in Non- Profit Adminstration and an emphsis in Grant Writing.