Atu XIII: Death
Atu XIII: Death
Atu XIII: Death
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Atu XIII: Death

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Original rendered artist interpretation of Death, Major Arcana of the Tarot.

Death is a rather infamous card in the Tarot, with the Devil coming as a distant second. Rather alarming, and easily leading us to assume the worst, Death culls what is no longer necessary. Alarming, intimidating - without a doubt. The irony, however, is that we have come to fear what we crave. As individuals, we simultaneously demand change to avoid stagnance, yet retreat into the outmoded models we call ours since we do not know what awaits on the opposite side of change. Thus we turn in circles, until we decide we might no longer avoid what is necessary - or it is decided for us.

In the imagery itself, we see the grim visage of death represented by Scorpio in the zodiac. From the base of the image, we see Scorpio in it's basic form - at the lowest, on the surface level of the mud pummeled by the rain and storms. For the Scorpion to be safe, it must burrow. Yet even so, in it's burrow it risks drowning out of a yearning for safety. In this imagery, it is exposed. On it's back are the gathered sparks of life - souls born or yet to be born, the potential of many things to become, but here Death chooses what is necessary. What might cease? What might grow?

As the view continues upward, we meet the dual serpent. Here, the scorpion learns that it must shed it's comforts to climb. Thus the dual energy of the serpent - one is growth and life, the other, the culling of the old for the new.

Which takes us to the apex - the Eagle: Scorpio redeemed. Here, Scorpio learns that though the storms are very much part of the whole we might choose how to approach them. Scorpio then comes to understand, by the grueling process of transformation, we might choose to rise above them.