The Spring Clean of the Soul
It’s all about change. Much of life is about change. Death is all about change, or at least the card is.
This is the time of year we open our windows and doors to let in the fresh air. OK, maybe not literally, yet. In Co. Kildare I still have to defrost the car in the morning, but the sun is shining and the equinox is upon us so the last of winter should soon be past us. So much for the weather report.
Part of the airing out process is to discard the things that seem to be serving no other purpose than to collect dust. That way the fresh breeze blowing in won’t cause said dust to blow up your nose and in your eyes, and your home won’t be cluttered when you bring in new things to it.
The energy of the death card is very much like that spring clean energy, only applied to oneself rather than to one’s home. This can be a little less comfortable, and perhaps partially because we make a choice to clean the house, but when it comes to the changes indicated by the Death card, it feels like we are the ones who are being cleared out, and we have little or no choice in the matter.
Many of us probably have a natural resistance to the kind of changes indicated by the Death card. They are challenging. We may need to move house, town, or even country. We might find ourselves losing one set of friends and making others. The job we thought we had for life might suddenly evaporate because the company was purchased by a competitor. Anything could happen, and our complacency could be shattered and replaced with a new appreciation for how little in this world we can take for granted. Death can be quite inconvenient.
The thing is, these unavoidable changes that come along in our lives are usually for our own good, even if we can’t see that immediately. What we might lose in imagined security, social status and creature comforts we make up for in character development and spiritual growth. That is, as long as we are willing to go with this energy and ride the wave of change. Swimming against the current will get you nothing but exhaustion, but people still try to do it.
We are here to live, to learn, to love, to experience life. The energy expressed by the Death card is a necessary part of making that happen.