Antiquarian Tarot's Death Card
Astrological Glyph: Scorpio
Hebrew Letter: Nun (Fish; To grow, to sprout, to propagate.)
Golden Dawn Title: The Child of the Great Transformers, The Lord of the Gate of Death
Meaning: Change; an ending, closure, or purging; regeneration, metamorphosis. Some part of our life has died (career, relationship, living situation, etc.) to allow for something new to come in.
The Sun is rising. Though one could easily say it's setting. For endings & changes are difficult (painful even) times in our life. However, in Death we transform. What dies becomes compost for new life. Science even says that energy never dies. Ever-transforming, ever-changing, we are eternally cycling through the Law of Transformation. Death's true meaning is in its never-ending movement and transfiguration which is constant with change. It is fear of change, of the unknown, that makes Death an enemy. A white rose grows from the skeleton's hand. The skeleton, aka Death, is fertilizing and feeding it new life. Like when a tree is felled and then new shoots grow from its stump. Life brings death and death brings life. The Sun may be setting, but it is certainly rising somewhere else.
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divineMuses will have a booth at the NW Tarot Symposium! The NWTS will be held at the Monarch Hotel in Portland, OR, March 6th- March 8th 2015. Looks like there will be some amazing tarot, oracle & lenormand presenters, workshops, venders, artists and performances planned for the weekend. Check out the list of presenters and vendors here!
Barbara Moore (author of Tarot Spreads, Tarot for Beginners and Steampunk Tarot) is the headline presenter! I recommend her books. Her writing style is fluid, and the books I have read have been a breeze to read, yet they are always packed with so much information and wisdom. The Steampunk Tarot is a fantastic deck with the traditional RWS symbol system, making it a wonderful reading deck for the beginner to learn with, but one an advanced reader could pick up and use right away. I received this deck as a gift in 2012 and I have really enjoyed it! I especially like the illustrations by Aly Fell. They have that lovely old-meets-new Victoriana artwork with an amazing use of light and shadows. The cards are rich and dark-colored, which make the computer graphics not so strikingly obvious. (I usually dislike super-CGed tarot decks.) Moore's companion book is so fully packed with tarot wisdom that any novice could read it alone and begin using the deck, or any deck, with some confidence. It's a brilliant work by her, along with her Tarot Spreads book, which I have found to be an amazing reference for making my own spreads. I'm excited to attend her workshop and see her speak!
I really look forward to the first annual NWTS! I'll have the Antiquarian Tarot and the Antiquarian Lenormand decks with me. Stop by the divineMuses table, I would love to meet you!
The 3 Symbols from Left to Right:
1. Water (mirror, reflection, self-reflection)
2. Neptune (Astrological Planet)
3. the Hebrew Letter, Mem (meaning Water: nourishing, purifying, suspending, protecting, dissolving, reflecting, baptizing)
Golden Dawn Title: The Spirit of the Mighty Waters
Some possible meanings: Surrender and trust. See the world from a different perspective, that is reverse of the "race mind", from a centered or more spiritual position. Unconventional, alternative conduct. Meditation, contemplation, self-reflection. Patience & Sacrifice. Suspension of judgement and of the Manas (Sanskrit meaning personal mental activity, the word man comes from Manas, so the traditional title "the Hanged Man" means to suspend the mind. ).
The Hanged One shows us how to suspend judgement of ourselves and others. We are all One breathing, manifesting, universal being expanding and igniting, ever-changing, ever-moving-forward into nothingness. Infinitely creating individual sparks from the same source, an eternal source not able to be named for as soon as it is attempted, it changes form. Releasing the need to always "do", inviting the pendulum to come to center and in this way finding inner equilibrium. The capacity to heal, love and restore peace exists here. The Hanged One knows this and is at ease with the circumstances, accepting even the pain. Suspend the Manas, suspend the mind, that unquenchable monkey. It has its place but it too must rest. Clarity comes when we can suspend as the Hanged One does, the Surrendered One…the Suspended One. We can then reverse our attitude, our thoughts, or situation; thinking in terms of success instead of failure and fear.
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Maree Bento is an artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a professional tarot reader and veteran deck creator born under a Sagittarius Sun with a Libra Rising & Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena. She's been deepening her astrology studies the last few years, after a years-long hobby interest in the subject.
Maree was a licensed massage therapist for 17 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
Her background in the healing arts inspires her present approach to tarot, creativity, ritual, and divination.
She loves traveling, especially to her ancestral homeland, the Azores, and has been relearning her mother tongue. She enjoys connecting with family, friends, & animals, She lives in Portland with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante where they hike rain or shine.
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