Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Intuitive Tuesday - Death (reversed)

Every Tuesday I select one card and give you my interpretation of it. See how it applies to your life. What messages are here for you?

Each Thursday I choose one reader's comment from Intuitive Tuesday and pull an additional card for more clarity...so check back on Thursday to see what cards come up.

The Death Card is a card of transformation...something dying so something new can be created. In it's reversed position, the card can indicate that you have some resistance to necessary change or possibly stagnation. The card above is from the Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti.

Being a Taurus, I like things to be predictable; I rely on habits and routines. I rely on the status quo. Sometimes this can lead me to feeling stuck because my need to keep things the same can also keep me from growing and changing. And sometimes things change, whether I'm ready for them to change or not.

I just read a great quote from a new book called, DailyOM, Learning to Live, by Madisyn Taylor. "But change will come and status quo will go...sooner or later with our consent or without it."

My husband and I tease about my comfort with the status quo because he seems more open to change. Who else would go from being single with no kids and jump into my life with three young boys...which is exactly what my DH did.

When he is suggesting some kind of change and I give him "the look," he'll say..."Am I moving your cheese again?"

As I look back, the times when I significantly "moved my cheese," even if I was reluctant or uncomfortable, is when I experienced the most growth.

In yoga yesterday, the instructor said, "When you begin to feel uncomfortable in the pose or feel like you need to come out of it, that is when you begin to grow."

My Death (reversed) reluctance right now has to do with changing the projection of my "mainstream"career into something that is more metaphysical, intuitive...and more truthful to who I am and what I am meant to do. My thoughts and fears center mostly around, "What will other people think?"

I'm getting to the point where I don't care AND that my calling to move into this realm is SO strong, that I realize that this shift must happen in order to continue to fulfill my purpose. It's time.

Here are some questions prompted by today's card, Death (reversed):
  • Where in your life are you being called to "move your cheese?" 
  • If you feel reluctance to make a change, what are your fears?
  • What is the worst thing that could happen if you make a change and could you handle it?
  • Think of at least three times when you "moved your cheese" and what were the results?
I'd love to hear your feedback and in the meantime, know that I will be busy moving through Death (reversed) energy...and moving my cheese.


LauraRose said...

Years ago when I first became acquainted with the tarot (which I kept hidden as my church at the time claimed tarot cards were "of the devil"), the Death card held terror for me.

Not that I thought someone would die (and then years later my son died and all the terror I feared had to be met face to face), but it was the root emotion of fear which would almost overpower me.

Now that I have lived through many of life's challenges - you know, life is what happens when you've made other plans - I tend to be more able to release and let go.

The spiritual journey is like “getting into a very small boat and setting out on the ocean to search for unknown lands” writes Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron in When Things Fall Apart. “Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s waiting out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.”

We are inspired and exhilarated along the journey, but we also encounter fear.

The best advice I ever received about change is found in the Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Finding that prayer and the courage to live it have been the wildest ride of my life - and it's not over yet!

Quiet Dreams said...

This part seems written about me:
"the card can indicate that you have some resistance to necessary change or possibly stagnation."

I have been feeling "stagnant," not as much in my circumstances (though there's that, too), but more in my response. Stuck in avoiding the feelings. Stuck in eating to self-soothe. Stuck in not challenging myself.

I am feeling that it's time to start working on my eating issues more consciously, with renewed energy. I remember when I first started working on them. A lot of issues came to the surface (particularly issues about my marriage--'nuff said).

Tami said...

Isn't some resistance to change necessary? Or is it wrong in the first place to hope for something? To believe in something?

If we don't resist change at some level, could we really have cared in the first place?

I'm not one who relies on the predictable. I can usually ride with the tide as it comes to shore and pulls out to sea. The ride itself is often the joy for me.

But when I get off my board, it's good to have some things constant.

What if it was change, itself in which you are invested, when the status quo swipes in and takes away your hope?

What then?

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thanks for speaking right to my heart(as you do every week). I am at a place where all of what seemed stable has collapsed and all that made me certain of my decisions has evaporated.
I am facing some BIG questions about where and how I want to raise my kids, what kind of work I'll do to support us and what kind of influence I'll expose the three of us too.
All of these questions have been keeping me from sleep, making me anxious and really putting me out of my comfort zone. This card has me feeling like I'm right where I'm supposed to be--even if I don't like how it feels. It also speaks to the wave of loss that has predominated the start of 2010 for my little family.

Lori Lavender Luz said...

This is my card. Right now.

As you know, I've been stuck awhile now. Moving just doesn't seem right, at this time.

So am I truly stuck? Or merely being guided?

Your DH and his cheese moving is really good for you!

And Tami asks a good question.

suzicremecheeze said...

I am facing some changes in my life that involve my parents. We are all waiting at the moment for the results of my fathers tests... I am not certain what they will be but I do know I have to be prepared for whatever they hold... Not an easy task and I tend to get stuck in the fear that comes with all of this. I know that is not where I want to or need to be. Thanks so much for the reminder!!!!!!! I totally agree with Laura Rose about the serenity prayer... and hope I can help my father realise the same when the time comes...whether that be sooner or later...

Kim said...

Change is constant and happens all the time when we aren't looking. Funny how our awareness of it can trigger resistance - you'd think a heads up would be appreciated because it give us an oppportunity to focus and help guide the change that is coming next.... which it will because as we all know....change is constant and one of the few guarantees in life we can count on.

Bonnie said...

This really speaks to me again today. You know we've been struggling to keep our business alive even though our hearts are not 100% in it. It is our only Money maker right now. We seem to go back and forth between "how to we grow our business?" and "We need to do something different."

I feel like we are being nudged/pushed to go in a different direction but neither of us can seem to see what that should be.

I've had this sense of something has to die for something new to grow. "But change will come and status quo will go..sooner or later with or without our consent."

I wake up every morning and make a conscience decision to be positive and "still" to listen to the signs. It's sometimes difficult to put the fear aside (of running out of money) and stay focused.

It sounds as if you are being nudged in a new and sounds to me exciting and fulfilling direction. Can't wait to see where it goes!