Arcana, does not mean physical death. Rather, the Death card portrays symbolic death-a change or transformation. Often, it heralds the end of a familiar or more comfortable mode. It conveys a release which is necessary for growth and expansion. Perhaps it even brings a whole new set of principles which will guide you spiritually, emotionally, psychologically or financially. Joseph Campbell, author of A Hero with A Thousand Faces, describes times of personal change as periods when “The familiar life horizon has been outgrown; the old concepts, ideals, and emotional patterns no longer fit; the time for the passing of a threshold is at hand.” The sunrise depicted in the background of the Death card holds the promise of the transformation which is about to take place: the death of the old self, but also the dawning of a new day. The Death card is a cue that you are at a “threshold”-a crossing into a new phase, unbounded by the past.
It was inevitable that the death card would rise out of my Tarot pack, signaling the inevitable change and transformation that comes on a journey like this.
Few who come to Lemuria can, or should, bypass the Valley of Bones where ancients like Cerridwen still reign supreme.
My life is changing again. Comfortable habits and routines that I have had are being altered. With each day comes small deaths.
It is hard to lose old ways. Memories rose as I sat drawing, small fragments to be treasured and held lovingly.
I am mourning what was and coming to terms with what is.