I had to ask Iris why she keeps showing up in our readings. Are we still waiting for those clear skies she promised? Or is she here for a different reason every time? She told me this: “You need to remember there is nothing stronger than hope. Think of all the struggles that have taken years, even decades to make a difference. You need to hear that better times are coming–because they are. They always are. So you should never stop striving to reach them.” I immediately thought of the Civil Rights movement–we study it as history, but the world is still reaching for a dream of true equality and dignity for everyone. The work of the movement is far from finished; but that doesn’t mean nothing has been accomplished. When we are feeling like we aren’t getting anywhere, it’s a good idea to look back to where we were before; chances are, we’ve come farther than we think. Our climb uphill might be long; we need to keep our hope alive.
It might seem that the Death card immediately following a promise of a better future is contradictory. It’s important to bear in mind that the Death card rarely indicates literal death of a person. Death is a card of letting go in preparation for transformation. When Death appears in the reading, she tells us it’s time to let go of something we’ve been clinging to–something that no longer benefits us. In fact, clinging to it is holding us back from the brighter days promised to us by Iris. Today is a good day to ask ourselves what is holding us back–and to think of how we might release it with love and gratitude so we can enter a new stage in our lives. Physical death can seem scary because we are surrendering our bodies, and none of us really knows for certain who we will be without them. In the same way, the idea of letting go of our self-destructive habits and limitations is terrifying–who will we be without them? It really is time to find out.
Honesty knows we sometimes lie to ourselves. Most of us know, on some level, exactly what we need to surrender in order to move forward. Trouble is, it’s difficult, or frightening, so we work really hard to convince ourselves we’re okay the way we are. Sometimes we even succeed. Honesty says this is always a bad idea, but right now it’s a really bad idea. The world needs us to be our best selves, even when it’s hard. Especially when it’s hard. Honesty says we need to tell ourselves the truth–and then act on what we know.
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