This the perfect card for the times we find ourselves in. The message hidden here is one of transformation and ongoing change. Dickens describes what it feels like to be in the midst of deep and profound change, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
Some decks title this card Death, but here it is called Transition. Contrary to what some may think, it is a positive and joyful card. Transition is change, the act or state of passing from one place, condition or action to another, a transformation from one state to another.
All change has two faces, a face of life and a face of death. The end of one thing is always the beginning of another. Our own body replaces itself with a new set of cells every seven years to ten years, and some of our cells are revamped even more rapidly.
There is a seed in the upper corner, denoting the promise of life and rebirth. Every seed is destroyed and broken open, for new life to emerge. My heart is like this seed, breaking for those who are ill, or dying, for those that have lost their jobs, for the homeless, the poor and for those who are afraid.
Life as we know it is crumbling around us, revealing fault lines in our systems and structures. But even as those thing crumble, they are giving way to embryonic and hopeful signs of change. The heads of a man and woman on this card represent the growth of Wisdom and Understanding, and the wheel shows possible progress in new activities.
I hope and look towards a new beginning to be born out of this shared global experience. The pandemic will change how we approach healthcare in this country, for example moving to more telehealth, and community health. It is moving us to novel ways of working, communication, and global cooperation to solve problems. It will affect how we make a living and how wealth is distributed.
We are now living and experiencing a common story together, holding hands as we move into the unknown future together. There are many trajectories we could choose, but in this card the sun is rising (not setting as some suppose), and the river of life is flowing into it.
Nothing in this blog is about writing fiction but all good fiction is about transformation, showing how characters, how worlds, how ideas change, and the best fiction changes us, too. I am finding that writing during this time is different, and deeper, affected by the state of my mind and my heart. What about you?