Yoga Tarot Challenge: Day 39| Death

TIME TO CELEBRATE. It’s Day 39/78 and this means we are at the HALFWAY POINT of this challenge. It’s all downhill from here!

XIII. Death or The Nameless Arcana (La Muerte, La Morte, La Mort, Der Tod, De Dood) is associated with the Goddess Kali in the Yoga Tarot deck. For this card, Yoga Tarot has paired Jathara Parivartanasana (Revolved Abdomen Pose), though I’m surprised they didn’t do straight-up Shavasana (Corpse Pose). But then, Death is not always about a person’s death; it can represent any number of endings.

Yoga Tarot Card Image © Lo Scarabeo

“Kali, the terrible, is the force that destroys to say [sic], and the objective of this destruction is material encumbrances, impurity, or in other words, the Ego. Change — fear of change” (p. 7).

Death to the old me. Death to my old ways. Death to my negative thoughts. Death to unhealthy habits. Death to grudges or anger or shame. Death to old systems. Death to ignorance. Death to stagnation. Death to whatever needs to die in my life or in my world.

Am I right? Sometimes, we have to bring death into the picture; some things need to go. It’s the time of year for spring cleaning, for new growth — let’s clear out last year’s death. Nature doesn’t keep the dead contained and saved in corners; nature eats its death (whoa, now there’s a visual). Nature transfers death into energy for new life.

It’s time for that transfer in our own lives. Time to take the energy from our dried up relationships to new ones. Time to take the energy from decomposing careers to new endeavors. Time to take the energy from our destructive thoughts to active lifestyles. It’s time to channel some Kali and burn all that evil down!

Just heard that T.I. song, “Dead and Gone,” on the radio yesterday and the words to the bridge are ringing in my head:

That part of me left yesterday
The heart of me is strong today
No regrets I’m blessed to say
The old me dead and gone away.

It takes daily inner strength to end the negative influences in our lives, and like the Yoga Tarot quote implies, the first step is to kill the Ego. We sometimes have to give up our attachment to an identity that no longer serves us in order to do good.



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