Sunday, April 13, 2014

Death and Taxes

If one is self-employed and works from home, tax time is full of:
  • frowning at figures
  • rounding up recalcitrant receipts
  • setting up spread sheets
  • totting up totals
  • blearily blinking at itty-bitty boxes on government forms

In fact, at times it feels as though working on taxes will be the death of me! So after 8+ hours staring at the computer screen, my eyeballs are ready to look at something more satisfying.

The Death card is one of those few that finds its way into silly creepy movie scenes which are largely responsible for people’s erroneous take on tarot. Poor Death, Devil, Hanged Man; it's not their fault!

I actually like the Death card in many decks; it’s loaded with atmosphere and juxtapositions. Now that I think of it I'm rather fond of skulls; they have a pleasing smooth shape that fits so well under the hand. I have a little one carved from peony stone which sits on a sideboard, amicably mingling with more mundane rocks.

Druidcraft’s Trump XIII is a beautiful piece of art; lush colours, interesting tools and objects; a peaceful mood not unlike Temperance XIV, the very next card. And this Crone can't resist that smooth round shape under her hand either!

The AnnaK’s Death XIII came up in a reading this week concerning energies surrounding a woman’s waiting for a man. Roadblock; the path to that particular scenario is good 'n closed.
It looked to me like she could die waiting for that guy to contact her.

 The Art of Life uses a quilt-like painting by Gustav Klimt with an accompanying quote from Virgil reminding us to make hay while the sun shines. There's no time but the present.

The Elora Tarot is a collaborative deck from southwestern Ontario with a colourful Fool-like Death card done in collage style. I like its panoramic, almost 3-D, view.

With flowing graceful lines, the Goddess Tarot presents the Japanese goddess, Ukemochi, as Transformation. This myth tells us that when she died, Ukemochi's body transformed into nourishment and aid for those she left behind. Her head became cows, her eyebrows silkworms. A most helpful Goddess indeed!

A ring of mourners pay tribute to a fallen songbird in the Victorian Fairy. I appreciate their respect for a creature not of their tribe.

Ciro Marchetti has provided us with many gorgeous decks in his tarot-creating career. This Trump XIII is from the Legacy of the Divine. It is infused with rich colour, and offers the eye a multi-image feast.

(Just realized that I'm posting this on the 13th, the number of the Death card. I like that.)