TarotBlogHop: May 2015

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Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop. We are joining in a circle of twenty one blogs today to celebrate the community of Tarot. Please enjoy our post then click next to move to our neighbor who just happens to be our own Celtic Lenormand deck. Or if you prefer going backwards, choose previous to visit with Vivianne. If you get lost, please click on the Master list link to find your way to another post.

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet;”

Chrysalis_13DeathOr so Juliet would have us believe. But in Tarot, there are some cards that seem destined for other names.

Why are we discussing Shakespeare on a Tarot blog? Well, it’s all Morgan Drake Eckstein’s fault. You see, he has posed this question for the May 2015 Tarot Blog hop.

For the May 1st Tarot Blog Hop, we are going to be talking about the “distasteful” cards—the cards that evoke a strong negative reaction, and quite often signal that something is about to go Boom! (ex. Tower).

TotOP_13DeathThe first card that comes to mind is Death. It’s been named and renamed by so many artists and authors; it’s a wonder the card doesn’t have a personality disorder. From Ariadne in the Chrysalis to The Close in the Tarot of the Old Path, Death is one card that seems to have an unpleasant, or distasteful, name.

We could assume that’s because most of us view Death as something to be avoided. But how is renaming it changing the card itself? It’s still about painful change whether it’s a maiden with a ball of thread, a shadowy figure or even a skeleton dancing in the riggings. It doesn’t matter if it is La Morte or Santa De La Muerta either. Language doesn’t soften the blow of this card.

Thoth_13DeathSo how do you react when the Death card shows up in your readings? Do you flinch? Do you try to soften that message?

Tell us in the comments. What would you name the Death card if not Death?

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