Tarot from Conscience (or the Traveling Moth)
A space for tarot reflection for the day, week, or moment it comes across your screen. Each of these is reworked intentionally for The Edge, from the egregore of GroupTarot’s Card of the Week, to center education, diversity, and intuition.
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A Message from Kate to the Edge Community!
This Week’s Card
Not all of the cards are happy.
However all of the cards have layers of lessons and even the challenging cards that delve into the pains and traumas within human and worldly conditions have silver linings that may be helpful to remember.
This week gives us The Tower.
Rather than start typing about the Tower, I took the picture and procrastinated a bit by doing the tech work I usually save for the end of writing.
But not today.
Today, I didn’t want to look at our figure falling from their high perch hit by lightening.
I didn’t want to think about the world crumbling around us, including my part in building the failed structures or living in complicity with them.
And yet denial does nothing helpful. It just prolongs the inevitable. The walls come tumbling down regardless, when the foundations are faulty. Our ability to get out of the burning building is aided by our preparations. Our fire drills, our go bags being packed, our escape routes planned out and coordinated with loving, trusted folx.
There are a few things different in this illustration vs. Pamela Coleman Smith’s classic imagery.
In this one, our falling Timon is HUGE in the center of the card. Which asks the question – are we centering our own experience to much? Forgetting to think about how those around us, and those outside our immediate bubbles, are faring during tumultuous times?
And there’s a Peter Pan flying feel to this card as well.
Can we find joy in the fall? Enjoy the exhilaration? The feel of the wind in our hair? The wonder of seeing the world upside down?
What this imagery doesn’t show is that other systems and structures are being built. Are already in existence.
Maybe we’ve been too focused on our own experience to see/find them.
Another aspect of The Tower is intentional demolition.
To pull an analogy from my own life: the satisfaction of tearing down a carpenter ant infested garage wall, burning that wood in a glorious fire, then building a new garage wall, with quality wood and labor.
Ready for the next 7 generations.
So… what do you need to tear down to build back better?
More about the deck’s creator – A. Bronwyn Llewellyn. I didn’t find a lot about her through Google searches. I’m waiting to see my LinkedIn connection is accepted and learn whether it’s the same person or someone different with the same name.
To purchase this deck: I don’t have a favorite store or publisher link for this one as they’re not selling it on Llewellyn directly anymore. I always recommend calling your local brick & mortar first before heading online. Do you have a favorite local store? Please share in the comments!
Further recommended reading – Sonnet 90 by Shakespeare http://www.shakespeares-sonnets.com/sonnet/90. It is one of my favorites; evocative and wrenching, like if the Tower and Three of Swords loved each other passionately then had a miscarriage.
By Kate Mura, Owner of Group Tarot and Creator of Conscience (or the Traveling Moth)
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