Transition: Major Arcana
Its hard to imagine a more fitting card of the day for November 1st, than Transition.
In Mexico, today is Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead, a day of celebration, feasting and prayer for friends and family who have passed over. Here, we might call it All Saints Day or All Soul’s Day; in my pagan way we know it as the second day of Samhain, or the first day of the Celtic new year.
Samhain, the most important date on the pagan calendar, has at its heart the cycle of life, death and rebirth. We think of the death of the god, who sacrifices himself at the end of the year, to be reborn again with the first light of Yule.
We celebrate the sacrifice and the beginning of the new journey, for the soul surely goes on to walk a new path and death is truly a transition to a new journey.
Transition, bearing the number 13, of course relates to Death. But the card of death is so often misunderstood, or deliberately misconstrued by the media, that all too often its ancient wisdom is fearfully ignored, its lesson lost.
This card so beautifully and sensitively portrays the moment of joyful liberation, as the soul is welcomed back into Spirit, ready to begin a new journey upon the path of many paths.
Transition is an ending, certainly, and we must all endure many endings in this physical life.
But endings make way for beginnings; decay brings about new fertility and growth.
Let us move forward onto each new path with hope, for who knows what untold joy and treasures we may discover?
Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related