“The phoenix must burn to emerge.”
― Janet Fitch, White Oleander
“It’s said that All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright.”
― Erin Morgenstern
I know you have heard it. The whispering. No, your mind is not playing tricks on you. There is music in the air, and it’s an eerie tune that seems too familiar. The gramophone crank keeps turning and turning, and no matter how you plug your ears with your fingers and go “LALALALALA…” Honey, it ain’t gonna work no more.
Do you see that wreck below? That’s a wake up call. It’s time for rebirth, for your Renaissance, for revivification… She is here to rescue you, but she’s not the one that needs to do the work. You are the one that has to do it. This message is the one that will save your life. Between the aether of the heavens and earth, this dutiful angel plays… but everyone hears a different song. A song unique to each person, and this song is unique to you.
The Judgment card isn’t all about how others judge you or how you judge yourself, what’s fair or unfair; it’s time to let go of all the questions and the whining. As you can see, there’s no going the same old way. What’s worked before doesn’t work anymore. When you hear your song this week, the message of this card is a big fat YES, to do what you are called to do. You know what it is. Act.
It’s likely that whatever this is scares the living daylights out of you, gives the bejeebies Beatlejuice bejeebies. Whatever this grave you have lain yourself inside is, it’s time to rise from the numbing dark, to rise from your ashes like the phoenix. It’s scary, it’s radical, but this is your calling.
There is a holiday celebration in the northern hemisphere that coincides perfectly with this card for the week: Halloween (or Samhain, for the many people who celebrate earth-based traditions). Halloween is a bit more than the sugar rush and dressing up in costumes, acting like someone else for a change. Costumes do allow us the opportunity to be something other than we are or to emphasize something wild inside. We, who are masked in our own way everyday, wear masks to free ourselves―to give ourselves permission to let loose and be childish, to indulge the whimsical, to face our fears and let ourselves be tickled by the adrenaline that fright gives us. As the veil between seen and unseen thins, your ancestors and guides can provide further clarification to encourage you, as they have been doing. (Don’t forget to thank them.) Do them and yourself a favor: Listen. Take heed. Act.
You need to do something, and you know it. Go ahead, scare yourself alive.
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Image: Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore and Aly Fell.
Tiffany Chaney is a poet, a witchy woman that still swings on the swing set and wishes on stars. She suggests you try it sometime. Her poetry collection Between Blue and Grey won the 2013 Mother Vine Award for Best in Poetry. Take a creative e-course, snag a tarot reading, or map your inner mythos over at Three Path Thinking, and discover more about her writing at tiffanychaneycom. Now, crank up the volume to the tune playing in your head and dance to a Mad Girl’s Love Song.