Per Bastemhet

Nefertari Tarot: Death (13)

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Visual Card Description:  Anubis/Anpu stands holding a was scepter.*  At his feet are a man and woman kneeling with their hands held up in supplication.  There are hieroglyphs to his right. 

Free Association:  The End, The Beginning, Transformation, Formative Experience, Unexpected Turn of Events 

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:  Death does not necessarily, or even usually, indicate physical death. In fact, in general, it is considered irresponsible for readers to predict physical death, as we are creatures with free will, and such things are not written in stone. This card simply indicates transformation and change. This is definitely a time of deep transformation, likely to be both inner and outwardly in your life. Situations, things, and people that you have counted on or gotten used to may no longer be available to you in quite the same way as they once were, and this transition can be difficult for some people.

The more accepting you can be of change of all sorts during this time, and the less you try to "control" the better and the more comfortable this time will be for you. Often what you need to "let go of" is some sort of self-limiting belief or attitude. Sometimes we just can’t see how our attitudes are hurting us, and when that is true, this time period can be a wake-up call. The energy of this time is not just change or destruction; it is change or destruction followed by renewal. Even though one door may have closed, another is opening. Will you have the courage to step through?

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Sudden changes, radical transformation.  End, close.  Fatality, disilusion, spiritism.  Here it is represented by Anubi, Seth’s son and god of Death. 

My interpretation:   This card shows us the ultimate transformation.  We go through many formative experiences in our lives, but none quite so drastic as the one shown here.  Remember that the ancient Kemetics did not see death as a finality, necessarily.  They see it as the beginning of a journey through fire (quite literally there existed a lake of fire* that one must overcome along with other demons and perils) for which one must equip themselves well in order to overcome these trials.  Whether that includes knowing the correct spells, or even finding the emotional strength and patience to overcome one’s own personal demons, the idea is to be aware of the trials that come ahead, but will ultimately lead to a grand transformation, which can be either good or bad depending on the moral character of the traveller.

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Written by Bastemhet

May 19, 2013 at 11:23 am

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