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The Death Card — Spiritual Message of the Day

April 11, 2013

Death -- Tarot of the MastersIt is a truism in Tarot circles that “the Death card does not mean someone is going to die.” Rather, it is about profound change, transitions, and transformations.” Nevertheless, this card can bring up the topic of the transience of life, such as in the discussion here.

In our culture, we constantly avert our eyes from death to the extent that we don’t even want to speak its name. We won’t say that someone has died; we say that they passed away, kicked the bucket, or met their maker. In looking away, we actually give death a sense of reality and power over us, and we reaffirm our fear of it.

Unfortunately, the problem is not just that we have a long list of euphemisms for death; we outsource it too. In older cultures it was not swept under the rug; it was dealt with personally. But now, all too often, people have to die alone. They may be surrounded by other people in a hospital or a retirement home, but they are still alone if they don’t have a loved one by their side at the end. Try not to let that happen to anyone you love. It may take great courage to offer that support, but the experience can be exquisitely beautiful and meaningful for you as well as for them if you see it as a passage and allow it to occur with a sense of sacred spaciousness.

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

  1. James, I’ve noticed before how often you “hit the button” with something I’m dealing with in these spiritual messages and pithy readings. Today you’re right on something my on-line class is discussing. I’ll be giving them the URL of this post. Thank you very much for it!

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