I originally wrote a traditional-for-me post on these cards, then decided to delete it and start over. If you want something more directly related to the cards, click here for journal prompts. Otherwise, here’s a little story inspired by this selection from the Awakening Far Memory – Reincarnation cards (Ger Maa, 2008).
Crouched behind some dilapidated baskets, I cower at the sound of voices in the street beyond my alley. They are loud and brutish, laughing and confident. Fullsome topknots over silken tunics and trousers, bright metal at their sides. These thoughtlessly cruel boys, who think themselves men, call me hag and chase me away from their fine houses.
The fine houses where once I wove baskets such as those that now lie rotting in this stinking alley. Baskets I filled and carried, day after day, year after year, and eventually put out in the alley behind the house, when those baskets no longer served their purpose. Until the day when the master and mistress deemed that I no longer served my purpose.
“Didn’t your mothers teach you better?” I scold the brash young men who chivvy and hound me silently. “Do you hate me because I show you the fate that awaits even you, to die, one day?”
Fear keeps me silent, though. I do not want to die bleeding and in pain. Better to let the cold numbness slip over me.
Yet instead, what comes is warmth, a feeling of being embraced by a motherly presence, these many years since my own mother died. Acceptance of my life and my death pass through me, as I whisper ‘Kuan Yin’. And then, the sweet embrace of silence.
This deck is one someone mentioned when I blogged about the Past Life Oracle by Doreen Virtue and Brian Weiss (Hay House, 2014). Overall, while not as ‘beautiful’, I rate these cards more highly. They cover a broader spectrum of reality, and the hand-drawn images appeal to me.
The deck is structured into five areas: occupation (e.g. military, health, education), culture (e.g. China-Japan, Greece, Dark Ages), environment (e.g. desert, fields, city), theme (e.g. love/indifference, power, fear, betrayal) and cause of death (e.g. peaceful, fire, suicide). To show this, I picked one card for each section, which is what you can see in the image.