Friday, February 22, 2013

Edmonton Tarot: Death (XIII)


Interpretation: Drawing the Death card often scares the bejesus out of people because they assume it means that they or someone they love will die. But actually, this card rarely indicates physical death. Usually it just indicates the end of something significant -- a relationship, a job, a phase in one's life, an attitude, a belief system, etc. The change is final and irrevocable, though.

Image: Since the end of something usually means the beginning of something else, isn't death really a form of recycling? And speaking of recycling, the City of Edmonton has one of the best recycling programs in North America! There is extensive recycling of not only paper, cardboard, glass, plastics and metal but also electronics and environmentally sensitive waste. Organic waste is composted and returned as topsoil to our city parks and gardens.

[Photo by Debra She Who Seeks]

37 comments:

supersu said...

i LOVE your posts!
just wanted to tell you that
cheers & happy friday
su :)

Workingdan said...

Recycling not only saves the planet, it also saves our souls!

Lois said...

We have a good system in Hamilton too, which I fully embrace. The Death card never scares me but the Tower! The Tower upside-down frightened me so badly once I set my deck aside, and ended up with pneumonia a day later. The deck was passed on to eldest son, who reads them with a skill I envy. ;) Now I use my old Motherpeace deck, because circles are less scary.

Doug Jamieson said...

I hope that I am not recycled for some time yet, beneficial as that might be for the planet.

Laurie said...

that is an incredible recycling program, I think death is a part of recycling, I agree,

mxtodis123 said...

I've always thought of death as a sign of new beginnings. Indeed, even physical death is the beginning of the journey through the Otherworld. Have a great weekend.
Mary

DEZMOND said...

well, a loss is still a loss... :(

Linda Wildenstein said...

love your choice for this tarot. Recycling is the circle of life.

Akashic Cosmic Creations said...

That card comes up every now and then and yes people do get freaked out, also with the tower and hangman. I interpreted as you do, so I dont see anything wrong with something ending and something beginning. New beginnings are good.
Recycling, we recycle everything, our food scraps, our paper and cardboard and I keep most containers to reuse. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle....the 3 R's. Cool post.

Adam said...

I suppose it is a form of recycling

Leeanna Henderson said...

Is there such a thing as recycle envy? I'll have to check that out. We are starting our curbside recycling pickup program here in town very soon. We will have different cans to put our recyclables into.

I think the neighbors across the street might want to get two LARGE cans for their beer bottles. They have all their college sons on a soccer team and they drink everytime they win, which is all the time.

Cheryl said...

Yes, that card would freak me out...not because I think it is a literal death but the death of anything would worry me.

Our city also has an awesome recycling program. All of our yard waste is picked up by the city and we can reclaim as much free mulch and compost as we want. My garden thrives on all that free compost.

Chung said...

I really like the way in how you explained that, thank you!

Dancing Goddess said...

It's the irrevocable part of the death card that gets me.

Robin Larkspur said...

Excellent choice for the Death card. You rock as well as recycle!

Francie M said...

Bravo! What a great image and i love the comments on this one, too!

Sulky Kitten said...

Good to know that it's not what I thought it was. Recycling, I can do!

Guillaume said...

Recycling is part of physical, natural death.

JACKIESUE said...

I still don't like getting that card.

Fundy Blue said...

Hi Debra. The death card threw me for a minute ~ I have just returned from the funeral of one of my students. I found out he died late yesterday afternoon. Not only did I have him in my homeroom, but also his sister and two of his brothers. His third brother I taught science and social studies. DM was just eighteen ~ died of complications from diabetes.
It's been a rough day. DM is on to a new beginning and release from pain and suffering, but it's hard on those left behind. I had his youngest brother in my class last year (3rd grade), and all I could do was hug him so hard. DM used to ride by on his bike and stop where I was doing door duty just to give me hugs now and then even though I hadn't taught him in years. I hope his new beginning is easier than the life he left ~ because this kiddo had such a hard 18 years. I'm thinking about the recycling of lives, and maybe the next stage being kinder and easier.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Phew...thank goodness. I always thought the death card literally meant one's death, or the death of someone close to them.

mrsduncanmahogany said...

Whenever I get my cards read, I usually turn up the Death card. It is so true, it really does mean change!

I wish Winnipeg would look to your fine city for their recycling program. We are getting better, but no where near fantastic.

Riot Kitty said...

I love the juxtaposition of death and recycling. It's true, come to think of it. I am reminded of a quote about how for new things to happen, rot has to occur first - rot in the sense of the old fading away, not the GOP.

Victoria said...

Yay Debra..my most favorite card..so transformative! Haha..so true it deso scared heck out of all. Love all you post..always unique and always makes me smile!
Wishing you a fab wkd!
Victoria

Jim said...

This is good to know! I love a positive twist and outlook.

heartinhand said...

I get that card all the time. My life is always in some sort of change mode. I guess that's good, better than being a hamster in a ball.

Peaceful Town has the worst recycling ever. I can't wait to get back to civilization so I can make a difference.

Elsie Amata said...

When my cards were read many moons ago, the death card was drawn. She told me it's true meaning and it helped put me at ease for when the death came. She told me to look at it not at the end, but as a chance for a new beginning. When the dust settled, I remembered that - if that makes sense?

Great post. =)

Jeanne said...

Death is definitely the ultimate form of recycling!
Just love how you think! :0)

Magic Love Crow said...

Good going Edmonton for your recycling program! I wish all our cities were like this!!! A+++ Thank you for the interpretation of the Death card!

Laeli said...

Our program is one of the many reasons I love this city! We so rock!

sophie...^5 said...

So happy to hear this....the skewed info I receive from some Edmontonian's that I know, don't know this fact. I feel better now!

laughingwolf said...

good stuff, deb :)

[aside: i've always HATED the goofy E used as apart of edmonton's logo!]

Stacey Warner said...

I've learned to welcome the death card...much love!

Tricky Nag said...

What a fabulous and creative choice for the death card! Nicely done.

Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous said...

I always find it amusing how people flip out when I'm reading their cards and they get the Death card. But then the Moon card comes up and they're all "Ooh, nice! I like the moon!"

Rose - The Center of My Self said...

Learned something new! The Death card is actually about Transformation - interesting. We have a wonderful Environmental Services program, too. One example: Half a million people attended the recent US Open of Surfing and 85% of the waste was recycled. Wonderful to see cities like Edmonton and Huntington Beach promoting environmental awareness.

Intuitive Goddess said...

I haven't been around in awhile, so I don't know when or why You started doing these BUT they are fun and a delightful interpretation!
Blessing!