Recently, looking for inspiration I pulled out my Faeries’ Oracle deck (by Brian Froud and Jessica Macbeth). The faerie cards always bring a smile to my face and a twinkle to my eye. They are beautiful, full of magic and mischief, and always have wisdom and healing to share. They remind me to lighten up and not take myself (or others) too seriously. They inspire me to be true to myself, live a life of love and to play. They connect me to the little girl in me who believed in magic and faeries.
Imagine my surprise when I drew card #53:
Death Card & My Aloe Plant
The Death Card:
Natural, timely endings. Release. Liberation.
Ah yes, even the fun, playful faery deck has a death card.
My initial impulse was to pick a fresh card. I had no interest in exploring the death card. I wanted a card that was fun, magical and light.
But isn't that how it goes with death? It's a natural part of life, affects us all, and yet can be hard to look at straight in the eye. It's the big unknown on the other side of the familiar. Once we cross death’s threshold, there’s no turning back.
The death card is often not literal. It can point us to the areas in life where there are natural endings and asks if we are willing to say goodbye, let go and step into what's next.
Is it possible to find release and liberation in death and endings, as the card suggests?
In my experience, holding on to parts of myself that are no longer true, relevant or useful creates feelings of heaviness, restlessness and depression. This is usually a sign for me that something new wants to come forward, but there's no space for it with my current structures and beliefs. This tension invites me to let go of the unnecessary and step into a fuller version of myself. When I have the courage to acknowledge the endings, to close the door on the old, I experience excitement as I step towards what's next.
What is coming to an end in your life? What needs to be released for you to live more fully and freely?
If you're not sure: center yourself and ask, "What core attitude/belief/relationship am I holding that is preventing me from fully embodying my essence?" Adjust the question, as needed, so it feels appropriate for you.
Listen for the answer to come, knowing that the perfect answer will arrive, even if it surprises you.
Once the belief is identified, some simple ways to let go:
When we learn how to meet endings with more grace and less resistance, we'll be able to face all aspects of life with openness and curiosity.
May we all have the courage to let go of what is no longer needed, step into the unknown and embody our heart's calling.
Eleni Livitsanos is a shamanic practitioner, shapeshifter and consultant dedicated to providing individuals and groups tools for self-healing, clarity and empowerment.