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…?