Today I am working on the finishing touches on my new venture. I'm filled with nervous excitement as I get ready to launch it.
I find it fitting that I pulled two Major Arcana cards that mark the end of something, in different ways. The World card is a celebration of accomplishment. This card shows the Earth crying into someone's bowl. The barren landscape yearns for water, which the Earth gladly provides. Are they tears of compassion or tears of joy? Or both? I notice on the top of the Earth is an island colored the same as the barren landscape on the planet below. This makes me wonder, are we only seeing the tip of the iceberg at the bottom of the card? Is it also a water filled earth, watering yet another planet below? Are we all connected by the nourishment we give and receive from one another? This card represents the care I have put into this project, and my hope that it will help nourish others. The planning cycle is complete, but the venture has only just begun.
The Seven of Pentacles illustrates the Grand Reveal. Here we have several people who have emerged from boxes like jack-in-the-boxes. The party has begun! There is music and camaraderie. I can hear the lively jazz music that emanates from this card, like a New Orleans celebration. The Seven of Pentacles is often a card of having come a long way, and assessing whether to keep going or choose another course. This card, however, seems to be a confirmation that all the work (practicing with their instruments) has paid off, and it's time to enjoy the moment they've been waiting for. I hope this is indicative of how it will feel when I officially launch my new business endeavour. That it was all worth the time and energy spent, and that it will be celebrated with others.
The Death card, like the World, marks the end of something, though it's usually not as whimsical a feeling as when you see the World. Death marks an inevitable and necessary ending. It's usually something that was a long time coming. When this card comes up, it's always a helpful hint to release what needs releasing, before it forces your hand. In these situations, it's always better to be the one letting go, rather than the one holding on while someone's taking it away. In this card, Death carries a woman away. (I've always loved that the skeleton's shadow falls in the shape of a scythe. What a creative way to incorporate that symbol here!)
While working on this venture, I have had to let go of some friendly faces (fear, doubt, anxiety, procrastination, to name a few). These are all old friends of mine who love to come visit me whenever I have a new creative idea. Usually I pull up a chair for each of them and let them eventually talk me out of following through. Not this time. I have worked through the discomfort of facing up to these "old friends" and have allowed my inner voice to be the loudest in the group for a change. This Death card tells me that it's high time I made this change. Death is carrying a woman over cracked dry earth, which reminded me of the dry terrain in the World card. Maybe this Death is carrying me to the nourishment the World has to offer me, and the nourishment I will in turn offer others.
Deck: Tarot of the Sweet Twilight (published by Lo Scarabeo)
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