TAROT CARD – DEATH
Pulling the Death card in a tarot reading can sometimes make my clients feel uncomfortable. Sometimes the card can mean a physical death when related to other surrounding cards and yet the interpretation can be seen in other contexts.
Death is a familiar issue that we have to deal with in our lifetime. The uncomfortable part mostly is the fear that it is something that we are assured from the minute we are born that one day it will be our time to lose our body. What happens after that is unknown and we can all have differing beliefs as to what happens after the moment we have taken our last breath. Fear of the unknown is what accompanies the Death card.
Yet to look at Death as a friend and not something to be afraid of gives one great wisdom and courage. In a sense it can shake us up to be more present in our lifetime and deliberate in our actions. One thing we can also be assured of is everything changes. Everything we see experience and feel can change from moment to moment. Even every single part of our body is not the same after seven years. Every single minute we have cells dying in our body and we are birthing new ones. To be born means also to die and the two come together as one. Who is this person witnessing from these new eyes, change, birth, aging, and death in a lifetime?
The Death card challenges us to welcome change in our life. Nothing stays the same and the clinging on to or rather our ‘attachment’ to people places and things makes us suffer as they will not stay the same. If we live in the moment knowing that everything we see and experience will change, we become more conscious and aware of the gift of honoring whatever is.
I feel it is dangerous to adhere too much to anything in life except that of dedication to the Soul, the unchanging principle. To live a full life, death must become our friend. It is a lesson in accepting life as it comes. It teaches us the beauty of letting go and embracing the new.