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Margarete Petersen : XIII - Death

Link the the image : Tod

Of all the paintings in this deck, I find Death the be the most spectacular of all. It is a study in perspective, la Escher, which confuses and tricks the eye - Does anyone see how the continuum of snake slithers either in-and-out of the world beyond, or along the surface of it... depending on how you focus your eyes? -- that is real magic. Visually, the snake accomplishes exactly what he symbolises, psychopompe, he navigates between worlds.

It works just as well, if not better reversed! and makes sense -- the sky is above and the fiery plane of earth below --as we often imagine it should be of heaven and hell.

But I love how the space voyage is beneath, down under, something to fall into! (When meditating, I sometimes see a starry night-- and wonder -- are my eyes open? Am I just sleeping outside? ) It's like that scary amazing stanleykubrickian* thought that outer space is actually the inner world!! -- and vice versa- by going inward inward inward, we arrive in the world beyond. oooooooooooooooo!

*as in the film 2001: a space odyssey

Her text:
  • Death
    Entrance into formlessness.
    Changing clothes.
    Flames like a sunset.
    Voyage on the path to nothingness.
    Snake wisdom.
    Cut the thread -- from no longer being separated, we expand ourselves.
    Stepping out of oneself.
    Death - old woman, with your flaming coat, take away that which must change.

There is much much more to say! I haven't even begun. Please fellahs, step right up. What do you see in this card?? What does it make you think of? How do you understand her text?

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