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I love the hourglass Kat uses in this card with Death. The sand is about to run out... The woman on the bed is taking her last breath... The woman in the chair slumps over, probably physically and emotionally exhausted from caring for the dying woman. For me, she represents those things that we have such a hard time letting go, until possibly we are exhausted like this woman. What about the book that Death holds? Does it have "the next chapter" in this woman's life - the new beginning after the ending?
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Hmmm... seems as if interest in the study group has fizzled. Either that or life has everyone too busy!
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I'm still in! I'm really enjoying this deck!

Sweetie is forcing me to watch "Ironman" with him right now,,,I'm here because he has paused for a cigarette break,,,I'll post tomorrow .
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Hi! I am still in too...

I will talk about the mystical "white rose" on the skeleton's banner which
shows that this is a period of "pure love" that is poured forth by those
that witness the (possibly final) ending of their beloved friend, spouse, child,
or relative. It is said that the five points or petals on the rose stands for
our five senses.

The skeleton, to me, is the same as the planet "Saturn" and has a lesson for
all of us. There is no escape from this lesson (skeleton or the grim reaper).

I think the Death card says that we must die to self in order to be born again
into a new person. (the seed goes into the ground to sprout anew...another day).

ETA: want to add that "physical death" allows us to enter the Spirit World (again)
and to wait as a Spirit until we will continue on our cycle and possibly be born again...
...and on and on... until we fulfill our "complete cycle" of our learning (experiences) mission.

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I will talk about the mystical "white rose" on the skeleton's banner which shows that this is a period of "pure love" that is poured forth by those that witness the (possibly final) ending of their beloved friend, spouse, child, or relative. It is said that the five points or petals on the rose stands for
our five senses.
Ack! I thought the banner was a book! (Makes note to get stronger reading glasses...) Thanks for setting this straight Tarotlyn!

MM, how was the movie? Look forward to your thoughts on the card later.
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MM, how was the movie? Look forward to your thoughts on the card later.

The movie was actually pretty good, even though it is more of a "guy flick". I'm not a big fan of Robert Downey Jr, but have to say he was looking goood.

Baby always promises tit for tat with movie viewings, but when it's my turn and I put on Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice he always seems to ease out of the room,,,,,


The Death card.


"Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives...."

Yeah I know it's a soap tag line,,but that's what I thought of when I saw the hourglass,,,and it's true. All of us are on a time limit here,,,some shorter, some longer, but the sands eventually run out.....

It is sister's day to meet Death, and he has come for her, to take her on to another realm.

Lyn, I had no idea what the white rose meant, so thanks for the information. And knowing now that it means "pure love", I can see what you are saying,,,I am also thinking that maybe this relates to Death and his job,,,,he isn't collecting souls as a macabre, ghoulish figure on a ghastly, fearsome mission,,,instead he comes in love, there to escort us gently and lovingly to our next phase of existence (the fact that he is a skeleton may SEEM scary, but flesh and blood are living and breathing, they must be given up to the earth).

The girl in mourning certainly looks wrung out,,,much more than sister,,,,it is SHE who is having trouble letting go,,,,not the dying woman. I take this to read that death is so much harder on the living than it is on the dying.

It is sister's time to cross over, and she is ready. Death is there to see her safely to her new existence, the next phase. It is only the life in the room that can not, WILL not accept.


And so to wrap it up I see a message that we all go through deaths,,,we must let things "die" in order to begin again. But the part of us that lives those habits, ways, and lives finds it very hard to do. Change is difficult. For some reason, we hold on to "sameness" as if our very souls depend on it. And it is excrutiating and it breaks us down,,,,,

We must learn to let go of things when nature or the powers that be deem it is so,,,learn to lovingly accept change, go with it, to meet it with all 5 senses wide open to experience the new tastes, sights, smells, sounds, and touches to come(thanks, Lyn)....,, to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven.
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MM...I just love the way you took the 5 senses...and ran with them and
expounded on them...and the flood gates have opened!!! Loved it!
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It's amazing how much more I can see in these cards when I read your observations and insights! Thanks you two for your contributions!
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Same to you ,,,,I learn something new every day here. See with new eyes.
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Hi Chaps
Am still around, but have just started back to school so have less time to play on AT.
The Death card has always been a fav card of mine in any deck, the possibilities for starting over or casting off the old. Rather like the Phoenix which symbolically rises from the ashes to start over.
Death is one of the few certainties in life, certainly something we will all get to experience, so I consider the Death card a great leveller.
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