Birth, Death, Rebirth (Fool, Death, Judgement). Welcome to this Samhain Tarot Blog Hop. Let’s explore beginnings, endings, and starting again. I love this cycle. As we near the darkest days of the year, knowing that they will, yes, get longer yet again (good ole’ Sun, always comes back!), we contemplate shifts in our darkest depths, the losses that punctuate life’s course itself. And yet, always the rebirth, of Sun, of our feelings, of life itself, through us.
And on more mundane levels (maybe), things just change. Coming up on this particular Samhain, I contemplate a large-scale change in my physical home. We are set to close on a house purchase within a week after Hallowe’en. It’s an old house, too (well, not by British standards, but American West standards, built in 1929). Could be some resident ghosts, although I haven’t felt any weird energies in the visits we’ve made so far. We (hubby and I) hope to make this our home for the remainder of our time on the planet.
Our move here to Oregon is all three transition cards at once: the stepping off the cliff of the Fool (what, take on a new mortgage in a totally new space at age 60?), letting go of a past that did not serve us (living in a suburban subdivision of a huge city in Texas—death for our souls), being reborn in a new, quiet space, close to the beauty of nature with room to grow food, poetry, music, craft, all sorts of life.
We live ever in hope as we move through this birth, death, rebirth cycle, one of many within a single life time.
Jay Cassals, our intrepid blog hop wrangler, also gave us a simple and very cool retrospective spread to try out. He uses the past to represent my Fool taking off on the journey from elsewhere. Then he asks where we are headed, which corresponds more to my Rebirth card, I think. He finishes with a reflective question about what has changed as a result of taking off from the old and heading into the new (Death).
So, let’s see what happens when we draw three cards on these questions, using the same Cosmic Whispers deck (my own creation, actually, but not quite published yet).
- What do the cards tell you about where this cycle has led you – Where have you been?
- What do they tell you about where you are headed – Where are you going?
- What do you feel has changed for you at the end of this cycle along your journey of life?
So, the way Jay’s questions are set, they seem to apply to the cards together as a message, so here’s what I see: Seeing the choice, use intuition to transcend the pain. We’re using both our physical/mental discernment (Two of Swords) and our even more powerful intuition (High Priestess) to move beyond a painful past in a space that did not support us (Three of Swords).
And here we are, ready to start anew, crazy old hippy wannabes, to live, as my husband puts it, as “Fools on the Hill” in rural Oregon.
And don’t forget to visit my neighbors and make your way through the other wonderful perspectives in this blog hop.