Terry Montimore "Death"
Ink, Acrylic, Stain and Penci on cradled birch panel
14” x 18”
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XIII. Death: The iconic Death Card is one of the most misunderstood tarot cards, perhaps revealing our society’s lack of understanding in and fear of death. The Death Card does not represent death in the sense of the end of life, but the death of old ways and ultimate rebirth. In ancient societies many initiation rites involved a symbolic death and rebirth. At Neolithic chamber cairn of in the Orkney Islands one must bow their head and crawl into and out of the the womb-like chamber. On the Winter Solstice the rising sun hits the back of the chamber, so those who exit Maeshowe on this sacred day in a bowing position are reborn into the world. The Death card is the rebirthing initiation: it is your own exit from the symbolic womb chamber. It is the moment you shift into a new person who is grown, wise, and forever different. In the traditional Death card, a skeleton in a black suit of armor rides a white horse, a reference to the Book of Revelations, where Death rides a pale horse. Various figures respond to him in fear or discomfort, with the exception of a child who innocently offers him flowers. In the background of the card the sun is rising through two pillars, showing the dawn of opportunity. Perhaps the pillars represent a portal point or the sun peaking through sacred monoliths which marked the valuable passage of seasons. The Death card reminds you that endings will lead to new opportunities. Loss and change is painful, they also removes blockages that have kept you from evolving. You cannot resist change. You cannot avoid it, and once you accept it transformation occurs. Common meanings: change, evolution, transformation, leaving behind harmful habits, transition, loss, rebirth, progress, purification, passage, new opportunities, elimination, endings and beginnings.
- Kiki Dombrowski (http://www.