By Ciro Marchetti from the Legacy of the Divine Tarot deck
With the pagan celebration of Samhain (in the Southern Hemisphere) approaching we are reminded with the change of the season that the rhythm of nature mimics the cycle of human life. To follow the energy that abounds this time of year means that we are confronted with the idea of mortality. It is easy to fall into the trap and think only about obliteration; fear of death is something that we all face and sooner or later, at some stage of our lives our beliefs will be tested.
This part of the cycle, however need to be about fear and loss. The only emotional pain and letting go we need to experience is one we choose consciously. The 13th card of the traditional Tarot deck is Death. As scary as the image is, we need to see beyond the stereotypical symbolism of the skull and other reminders of physical death. Instead what we need to look at utilising is the archetypal energy to aid us in letting go.
There are many things in our lifetime that we accumulate: experiences, objects, physical conditions, ingrained beliefs etc. Some will serve us for the entirety of our existence on this plane and some will only be useful for a short time. What do we do with those we don't need anymore. We have a choice to hold on and carry it with ourselves, therefore weighing ourselves down and preventing us from evolving to our full potential. Or we can choose to honour the experience, person, belief etc and leave it behind, letting it go from our lives completely.
Believe it or not, the second choice, though sounds harder initially, is the more rewarding way to live in the long run. While it is a daunting decision to make to leave something behind and let go of it completely, if we look at the scope of our lives in its entirety, it is easy to see why we don't need to take unnecessary baggage on our spiritual journey.
Use the energy of the Death card to effect a powerful transformation in your life. Meditate with that card in mind. Imagine that you carry a backpack on your back with all the things in it that you have accumulated over your lifetime and see all the things/people in it that are not useful in your life anymore. Now it's your choice what you take out of your backpack. Give thanks for everything that thing or person brought into your life, including the lessons you have learned and say good bye. Now let it go out of your hands and see it float away, knowing that you don't have to carry it anymore. You may use this technique as needed, knowing that you can come back to it anytime you want.
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