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Union of Opposites

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For this round of the Tarot Blog Hop, Aisling the Bard asked us to consider the Union of Opposites through a single card that represents several elements, or through a pair of cards.

My first thought was to explore Death and the Sun, as sorrow and joy.  Then, I thought about the Sun and the Moon, as light and shadow.  Finally, though, I settled on Death and Judgement.

Both are a kind of transformation, and each can engender sadness.  Yet, the differences are also strong.

Death is connected with the element of Earth, into which we are buried.  It highlights the sadness of ending, the need to mourn what we are letting go, though it can also be a relief.  Most often, what I see in this card is the need for some time to just be, like a seed in the ground, waiting for a better moment.  There is a finality to Death, which it may take time to accept.

Judgement, on the other hand, is what happens on the other side of the ending.  Some decks, such as the DruidCraft Tarot, even change the name to Rebirth.  In the RWS (US Games), the image shows figures literally rising up from within coffins.  Now is the time to emerge.

And how do you know it’s time?  The Angel Gabriel sounds his clarion call from above.  Not only does this give the link to the element of Air, but it also indicates that you will hear a calling, or perhaps feel this drive to change, to embrace a new chapter, which literally reverberates through you.  Or maybe you will see the portents in the clouds, or in the flight of birds, as many a diviner of old would do.

Whatever the case, Judgement ushers in a new phase.  And that requires releasing the old first.  Yet, while Death focuses on that releasing, Judgement is about heeding the call, embracing the new, being reborn.

Perhaps some post in this blog hop will help you accept the finality of something, or act as that message for change.  Shall we go and see…?

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17 Responses to “Union of Opposites”

  • Aisling the Bard

    Nicely done–very thought-provoking. Now I’m thinking…. 😉

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  • What jumps out about these two, for me, is how even though Death is the one who would claim the souls, with these cards side by side, it looks like the angel in Judgement is claiming the dead from the Death card. Like a continuation. Also, Death somehow feels more final next to Judgement. Interesting choices!

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    • Funny, I get almost exactly the opposite reading of these, Siobhan. Death becomes less final, because it is followed by this resurrection… 😀

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    • I know what you mean, Death should be equanimous, dispensing his ‘mercy’ even-handedly. Yet, why shouldn’t Death feel something? Makes me think of the Terry Pratchett books with Mort… 🙂

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  • Why is Death connected to the element of Earth ? And if Judgment connects to Air, is that the opposite of Earth ? why not Water or Fire … 🙂

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    • Good questions, Viv. I went back to my books, and actually most attribute Death to Water and Judgement to either Water or Fire. Yet, the Angel in the card is Gabriel, who is associated with the Breath of God – surely Air. As for why Earth and Water should be inimicable, I’ll admit I don’t tend to use those kind of elemental understandings. Still, I’m reminded of Elizabeth Hazel’s Tarot Decoded, where she suggests using the positioning of cards along with their elemental dignities to decide on the “ill/dignified” nature of cards. In that system, which I believe is common to most elemental dignity approaches, water and fire are inimical, as are air and earth. So, even if the cards are taken as Water and Fire, they’d still be inimical/opposites.
      All that being said, I’m not sure I really subscribe to the elemental dignities, but it was something mentioned in Aisling’s brief for the hop. Even without it, though, Death and Rebirth/Resurrection seem a kind of opposite that unites… 🙂

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      • Yes; I’m of course aware of the elemental assignations, but don’t use dignities 🙂

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  • These two cards remind me of the kind of dramatic change that happens when we go through an ordeal or experience and afterwards discover that we no longer perceive or react to life in the same manner.

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    • Very true, Bev. The same could come with the Tower paired with Judgement, I think. For me, the difference would be in the mourning aspect of Death. The Tower shakes me up in such a way I don’t have room to mourn, at least in the moment. And in both cases, Judgement is a blessing, a new beginning. To me, it offers a feeling that there is a reason for these things, that there is life after all these troubles, and one that feels meaningful 🙂

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  • I love this writing a lot, as well as your style, you are so easy to follow, very clear! I totally resonate with what you write. Do you know the Connolly Tarot? One of my best friends ever. In that deck, Death is called Transition – maybe you know it. Thank you for this article! 🙂

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  • Interesting to see these two cards considered together – certainly a union of opposites, but I don’t think I’d ever looked at them in conjunction like this. Thank you!

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