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Join Date: 29 Mar 2003
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Phantasmagoric Theater - Death

I drew Death today; no big surprise considering that summer is over and my son is back to school. For me, that is a big transition:-)

Graham's booklet says: A celebration is taking place across the stage. A new beginning is upon us. Death makes itself known, clearing the way for a new start. A feeling of freedom fills our spirit.
The time of role-playing is complete, great progress has been made. Death has no hold on harmful habits; he sets us free. Carrying his scythe, he clears the theater for a new start, until once again we are in control of ourselves and obstacles are removed. Death is not a destroyer; he carries both happiness and sorrow, and both masculine and feminine elements necessary for creation. The future is born from the breakdown of the past. Death is a resolution to our problems.

In spite of the skulls, the sloshing water and the tilted platforms, I find this a very positive looking card. The Sun is up and smiling benignly at this dark hour. The stars shine with hope. Whatever is being left behind or cut away seems to be causing a disturbance in the foreground- the present moment. But the tranquil backdrop seems to show that the near future, perhaps once one has attained the level, yellow platform and gained a broader view, is a landscape bright with promise (pinks) and potential growth (trees). I feel drawn to start walking between those trees (which remind me of the High Priestess and Moon pillars), on to what lies ahead, and leave the initial topsy-turvyness behind.
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