Palabras: La Muerte

After a brief hiatus, I sat to pull this week’s general oracle reading. I was a bit annoyed with myself for having missed a couple of weeks. I thought about it and realized that I needed to take a break and did. There’s much to say about replenishing oneself. While I hadn’t been pulling cards and some of my other usual activities, I’m very happy to say that I’ve started a new novel. It isn’t the one I had in mind. That almost completed first draft, along with outline and running synopsis is sitting quietly in its folder. The new novel is flying out of my fingers at the laptop, on small pieces of scrap paper and on my iPhone. Its characters are telling me the story and I must write it. That’s where I’ve been the last two weeks. Tonight, I smudged with sage, grounded and centered my energy. I invited the energy of my spirit guide, Graciella la Gitana to come and share in pulling this week’s card. Together, our energies pulled the card-La Muerte.

Image: The image is that of a heavy browed male figure who is crouched behind a stone wall. His dark hair is covered in a bandana. In his right hand he holds a dagger ready to strike at whomever or whatever is coming around the corner.

Words:  Reflect on the actions you are about to make. They may bring discomfort and distress. You can stop what you are doing swiftly. Let you heart bleed into your brain and create a pure channel from which to work.

Read: La Muerte. When I saw the image a shiver went up my spine. I’d heard a song earlier this evening that reminded me of a dark time during my childhood when I experienced the death of a love one. That song was popular at the time and its promise was for a better time to come. Instead, I struggled with years of darkness and whenever I heard it another shoe dropped and sometimes a screaming siren came screeching round the corner. During these last few years, whenever it’s played on the radio, I remind myself that I am actually living the better times it promised but have yet been able to shake those little girl fears. My read is that, indeed, fear will make us react in a way that may not be most beneficial to us or the party who is involved in the situation. The man depicted in the card is waiting to make the first strike. Often, when someone is fearful of something they come to it in a defensive stance and, at times, quite offensively. Check your motives. As advised, let the compassion in your heart join with the intellect of your mind. There is no need to jump at shadows. We often see weird distortions when it comes to poorly lit areas and situations. Be ready to respond to what is coming, there is a transition of sorts on its way, but don’t kill it before it happens which is what you may do if you react in fear.

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Palabras: La Muerte

We went to visit a dear friend, yesterday, who is very ill in the hospital; she’s been very helpful to my spouse and me in our spiritual lives. We did energetic healing work, prayed for her and translated “hospitalese” for her son. As a nurse, I take for granted the language of medicine. I hope that I translated it to the language of healing. Afterward, I read a poem I’d written at Bluestockings in NYC with a Latina writing group, La Pluma y La Tinta that I’d helped to found with Raquel Penzo. We’re on hiatus but still get together to read. Busy day, diverse as life can be. This is why I’m pulling this card today and didn’t last evening. I first smudged myself and the cards with sage, shuffled and fanned the cards. Together, Graciella la Gitana, my spirit guide and I pulled the card- La Muerte – the death card.

Image: The image is that of a male hiding behind a wall or doorway. He stands with his eyes gleaming, darting furtively. In his right hand he holds a dagger, ready to plunge at a moment’s notice. Is he the hunted or the hunter? Is his fear well-founded or a manifestation of thoughts that are unclear and an inability to discern the truth of the situation?

Words: Reflect on the actions you are about to make. They may bring discomfort and distress. You can stop what you are doing swiftly. Let your heart bleed into your brain and create a pure channel from which to work.

 Read: Frightened at first when I pulled this card, as always. Why is it that the death card- no matter how long I’ve been reading oracles- is alarming? Death is about transformation- from the old to a new way. There are so many ways to read this. We can live in fear and ruminate about something bad happening. We can wait for it-whatever that awful thing is- to take a prominent place in our lives. The truth is that the other shoe will always drop. The truck will come bounding round the corner. Actions that we take are the ones that end up more determining than the one situation we are sure will make or break or lives forever. This message to me is one of taking time to stop, reflect, meditate on what is important and take positive action. It may not seemingly change the events at hand but a pure channel is one that makes living with the consequences and results much easier. Heart and brain together make for a place of serenity when they are linked and not blocked with fear.

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