Winds of change
I love it when the universal comms team give me a song title that makes me smirk.
Today's was one of those. As the song appeared in my mind, I did have one of those fleeting moments of... you're kidding, right ? You're really suggesting that song along with the Death card ?
Those who only have a"Tales of the unexpected" or Hollywood education of the tarot will be 'frit to death'.... excuse the pun.Of course that's not the reference book we're referring to here, thank goodness. As we will discover later in the post. So here its is Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't fear the reaper".
The line, 'seasons don't fear the reaper'; in the context of our post today, is about letting go of the old ways of being, just as the trees allow their leaves to fall, in order to provide a fertile space for the new to spring forth as the seasons turn.We are reminded not to fear the transition from the old to the new.
Which brings us to our first card for today, the 10 of swords. (Swords representative of the air element, thought and intellect)10 is known as a symbol of the authority of the universe, translated to the government of the Earth.
This number can also symbolise responsibility, law and completeness. 10 is considered to be the symbol of obedience and responsibility of people towards universal law. The law of cause and effect is what springs to mind here today.The universal law of cause and effect states that for every effect there is a definite cause, likewise for every cause, there is a definite effect. Our thoughts, behaviors, and actions create specific effects that manifest and create our life as we know it.
Change our actions and we change our life.
In the card we see a woman walking across a pale sandy environment. She is dressed in muted yellow and orange of the sacral and solar plexus chakras.The sacral chakra is the second chakra. It is associated with the emotional body, sensuality, and creativity.Its element is water and as such, its energy is characterised by flow and flexibility.
The function of the sacral chakra is directed by the principle of pleasure.The solar plexus chakra helps grow our confidence and vitality. This empowers us to follow our true path and create the life we want.
When balanced, the solar plexus chakra allows us to seize our personal power, develop our authentic self and take responsibility for our life.
Over her head fly 10 crows.The tradition of counting crows or their carved cousins magpies, began sometime in the 1600s, it would seem, with the appearance of the earliest rhymes referencing magpies in Europe.You may recall such rhymes from childhood.
Ten Crows in such symbolism relates to gold, or a complete turnaround in luck.The colour gold is the colour of success, achievement and triumph. At the uppermost level, this is a colour which is associated with higher ideals, wisdom, understanding and enlightenment.It inspires knowledge, spirituality and a deep understanding of the self and the soul.
We may feel overwhelming frustration in our restraints, in our loss of leaving behind what we once knew of our World.
The unfolding story suggests to us that there is great hope beyond this, that we will look back on this a a pivotal point in our transformation, growth and improvement.
Our second card today is 13 death and rebirth.The number 13 represents the combined energy of the numbers 1 and 3. It is a number with very a strong symbolism and has great power.Number 1 has a vibration of new ideas, new beginnings, progress and individuality, while the number 3 symbolises passion, motivation, optimism, self expression, inspiration.
In the card we see a deep red hooded cloak.Red being the colour of the root/ base chakra. Root chakra—Mūlādhāra is the chakra of stability, security, and our basic needs. The root chakra is comprised of whatever grounds we need for stability in our life.This includes our basic needs such as food, water, shelter, safety, as well as our emotional needs of interconnection and being fearless.
A beautiful link to our song today. As we can see from the card, we glimpse into the afterworld ; as in the World post staying at home, the light is gleaming and the future is bright.As with any transition it can be painful. Just like the caterpillar, moving through it's chrysalis stage, it the struggles to free itself from its temporary prison, to eventually become a beautiful butterfly. We are going through a metamorphosis of our own. Along with our 'team human' and our mother Earth
Our final card today sees a reappearance of the ace of pentacles ( pentacles representative of the Earth element and manifestation)We see two hands cupping a large pentacle, depicted here as a beautiful mandala.
At its centre is a turquoise pentacle, surrounded by many petals of shades of yellow and gold.
Roots grow down towards the earth and new shoots can be seen popping up skyward from the top of the mandala.
Turquoise resonates with the higher heart chakra. This is the etheric heart, which is the area where intent originates.
It connects the emotions of Divine love, compassion, truth and forgiveness, with the area where language originates, allowing us to speak from the heart.
This chakra is where we find the thymus gland and it is the primary gland that aids the immune system and creates a stronger healing outcome.If we plant the seeds of our intention now we can move through this time of transformation, transition and transmutation with greater resilience and grace. .... emerging with the energy of the butterfly .
Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life.
Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection.Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.
“The great loneliness- like the loneliness a caterpillar endures when she wraps herself in a silky shroud and begins the long transformation from chrysalis to butterfly.It seems we too must go through such a time, when life as we have known it is over- when being a caterpillar feels somehow false and yet we don’t know who we are supposed to become. All we know is that something bigger is calling us to change. And though we must make the journey alone and even if suffering is our only companion, soon enough we will become a butterfly, soon enough we will taste the rapture of being alive.”
– Elizabeth Lesser