We are in scorpio season. The card that corresponds to this water sign is the card no one wants to meet: Death. Sometimes it can represent the literal loss of a loved one, signalling the movement into grief and mourning, and a letting go of material connection to that person and inviting in the possibility of a personal spiritual connection with them. However, more often (and more broadly) this card is associated with change, endings, loss and letting go in more abstract terms. think: the changing of the seasons, falling out of love, a career pivot, moving from pregnancy to parenthood. The inevitable loss that accompanies any forge or leap forward. Sometimes these losses can creep under the carpet and hide, because we don't want to acknowledge them. But that's what they crave. Endings like being noticed and responded to in some way, however small. Whether it's a ceremony, a sentence or a few breaths alone, carve out some time to ponder what you need to mourn; what is figuratively burning. For me, the death card is also an invitation to investigate any fears I have around death, and to remind myself of my mortality.
I love this Ursula Le Guin quote: "Day to day, life's a hard job. You get tired, you lose the pattern. You need distance, interval. The way to see how beautiful earth is, is to see it from the moon. The way to see how beautiful life is, is from the vantage point of death."
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