February 2022

Death – Tarot Meaning Deep Dive

Welcome to part 14 of my 22 part Tarot Meanings Deep Dive series – each week we explore ONE major arcana card and uncover it’s secrets, symbols and messages.

Today we’re diving into Death – the most iconic Tarot card in the whole Tarot deck!

Grab your Tarot journal, pen and a cup of tea and get comfy…

 

Keywords: change, endings, closing the door, letting go, release, clearing/cleansing, impermanence, transition, transformation

Symbols:
Flag – white rose = desires purified
Sun Rising – a new dawn is on the horizon
River/boat – flux, flow, the River Styx from Greek mythology
King (fallen crown) – no one is immune to Death
Girl (turning away) – refusal to look at Death
Man in yellow (Pope) – bargaining with Death
Child holding flowers – greeting Death

Dark Side: the pain of letting go and things coming to an end

Light Side: change, transformation, clearing and making room for something new

1) Endings / Letting Go

Death represents an ending, letting go of something and closing the door. Endings can be painful, but how well you’re able to let go will determine how well you can later receive something new.

Death can represent the end of something like a relationship, job, way of life or pattern and it can also represent the need to clear something from your life.

Journalling Questions:

♥ What are you ready to clear? To let go of? What’s cluttering up your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual space?

♥ What is your relationship to letting go like? Think of the last ending you experienced. What was it like? What made it difficult (or easy)?

2) Impermanence

Death reminds us that nothing lasts forever – everything is always in constant flux & flow, like the river that runs through the background of this card.

Imagine a world in which nothing died…ever. Things would stagnate and eventually feel very lifeless, ironically! Death is needed to keep things alive. The impermanent nature of life keeps things fresh and helps us be more present and appreciative.

Death isn’t really an ending in the final sense, it’s just impermanence in action, a point on the wheel of life, death and rebirth.

Journalling Questions:

♥ What does is mean to embrace impermanence (death)?

♥ If you truly embraced impermanence, how would you live your life differently?

3) Transition (Transformation)

Death represents the void between an ending and a new beginning. The old story has ended, but the new story has yet to begin. We must walk through this void before coming out on the other side. This is the transition toward transformation!

Death doesn’t represent the fun, butterfly part of transformation, but the gross part where the worm turns to liquid goo in the cocoon.

Journalling Questions:

♥ Think of all the void (or cocoon) times you’ve had. For example, the time between one relationship ending and another beginning. What helped? What did you learn?

♥ What helps you most as you journey through the void?

The Wisdom of Death

Death is needed so that life can continue. Change is constant. Don’t be afraid of the void, for it is where a new dawn will emerge.

Let me know in the comments below…How do YOU feel about the Death card?

Join me next week as we dive into Temperance

You can find all my previous Tarot Meanings Deep Dives right here!

The Hanged Man – Tarot Meaning Deep Dive

Welcome to part 13 of my 22 part Tarot Meanings Deep Dive series – each week we explore ONE major arcana card and uncover it’s secrets, symbols and messages.

Today we’re diving into The Hanged Man– a card of frustration, surrender and ultimate enlightenment!

Grab your Tarot journal, pen and a mug of coffee and settle in…

Keywords: Feeling powerless & stuck, going nowhere, surrender, acceptance, enlightenment, new perspective

Symbols:
T-shaped structure = horizontal vs vertical path
Tied hands and ankle = helplessness
Upside down man = different perspective
Serene facial expression, glow around head = enlightenment

Dark Side: Feeling stuck and powerless

Light Side: Finding a new understanding and perspective

Vertical vs horizontal path
Horizontal path = birth to death trajectory, linear timeline, outer life
Vertical path = The Now, presence, being, depth, spirit, awareness, inner life

Difficulty on the horizontal path forces us to go inward and ask the deeper questions in life.

1) Feeling Stuck & Powerless

The Hanged Man symbolizes a dead end where no amount of effort, action or willpower will get you anywhere. These moments in life are invitations to go inward.

The Hanged Man reminds you that when you can’t change your “outer landscape”, you must go in and change your “inner landscape” (beliefs, thoughts, feelings, responses, patterns).

Journalling Questions:

♥ Where are you stuck? How can you change your “inner landscape”?

♥ Where are we stuck as a collective? What questions should we be asking ourselves?

2) Surrender & Acceptance

The second step, after recognizing that you’re stuck and powerless, is to let go and surrender! The Hanged Man advises us to let go of the need to control things and have everything go according to plan – there’s more to life than that!

Accept things and people as they are, without judgment and without trying to fix things and see what happens. This will put you on the path to a new way of seeing things…

Journalling Questions:

♥ Think of a time in your life where you just gave up and let go…how did things eventually work out?

♥ What helps you let go and surrender?

♥ What happens when you fully accept everything and everyone (including yourself) as they are in this moment?

3) Enlightenment

The final and third stage of The Hanged Man is…Enlightenment! But enlightenment only happens AFTER we let go of plans, timelines, expectations and ideology and go inward.

Enlightenment represents a new vision and understanding of life – a cosmic AHA! moment, followed by blissful peace and serenity.

Journalling Questions:

♥ What does “enlightenment” mean to you?

♥ What do you think enlightenment will feel like?

The Wisdom of The Hanged Man

When we get stuck and feel we have no control or power over our outer lives, it’s time to move inward and become adept at shaping our inner world of thoughts, beliefs, emotions, energy and subconscious patterns.

Letting go of our need to control and change things can ultimately lead us to a new understanding of things – a divine acceptance of all that is – which leads to enlightenment!

The Hanged Man says “don’t forget to honour your vertical path as well as your horizontal path!”

Let me know in the comments below…When was YOUR last Hanged Man moment? And did it lead to a new understanding of things?

Join me next week as we dive into Death (the card I’ve been looking forward to exploring since I first started this series!)

You can find all my previous Tarot Meanings Deep Dives right here!

Justice – Tarot Meaning Deep Dive

Welcome to part 12 of my 22 part Tarot Meanings Deep Dive series – each week we explore ONE major arcana card and uncover it’s secrets, symbols and messages.

Today we’re diving into Justice – a card of balance, fairness, truth and cool rationality.

Grab your Tarot journal, pen and a cup of something good and get ready….

Keywords: balance, fairness, non-biased, truth seeking, clarity, discernment, cool rationality, cutting through illusion, rising above polarity and distractions.

Symbols: sword (cutting through illusion) scales (balance), blindfold (in some decks) = non-bias, High Priestess imagery (two pillars, curtain).

Justice = 11 and High Priestess = 2 (these two cards are similar – both women are guarding something)

Dark Side: cold, impersonal, more logic than feeling

1) Balance

Justice always considers both sides and takes a non-biased, balanced view of things. She knows how to rise above polarity and move beyond personal stories, juicy narratives and attachment to a particular view.

Justice knows that the less bias she has, the more understanding she has and the more empowered she becomes. Getting sucked into polarity and bias makes us small and helpless, but Justice is bigger than that!

Journalling Questions:

♥ Are you aware of what your own personal biases are? (It’s easiest to ask this question in relation to a specific issue, rather than a general question) Where can you benefit from a more unbiased view?

♥ What helps you rise above polarity and get a more balanced view of things?

2) Truth Seeker 

Truth & Justice go hand in hand! There can be no justice if the truth remains hidden. Justice can see through illusion, stories, depictions and trickery to get to the heart of what is true. Justice always asks: what are the facts?

When we look at the world through our personal lens, we never really see the pure truth – just tainted versions of it or complete illusions! Justice represents the ability to transcend the human limitation of only being able to see things from one limited perspective, so that a more complete picture emerges.

Journalling Questions:

♥ What are the FACTS of this situation? What do you know to be true? (Notice when your imagination, storytelling or judgment starts creeping in)

♥ What happens when you pretend to have Justice’s ability to see things from all sides?

3) Cool Rationality

Justice is all about putting your emotions aside, using your head, being discerning and making fair and balanced decisions.

Justice can rise above the hot, sticky passion of polarity and see things with a cool gaze. She doesn’t buy into any spin or seductive narratives.

Journalling Questions

♥ What helps you get into that cool, rational mindset?

♥ OR, what keeps you from doing this?

The Wisdom of Justice

Justice knows how to step out of her own drama and her own story so she can make some fair, balanced and level headed decisions. She doesn’t get all caught up in the steamy battles of mere mortals – there is a coolness to her, a crisp, clear rationality that despite making her a bit chilly, allows her to be fair and compassionate in her own special way.

Let me know in the comments below…How do YOU feel about lady Justice? Is this a card you can easily connect with or do you struggle with it?

Join me next week as we dive into The Hanged Man!

You can find all my previous Tarot Meanings Deep Dives right here!