Tarot In 9 Words: Death

RWS_13DeathThis is part of my ongoing 9Words Poetry project. I take a Major Arcana (I’m working through them in order). I pull nine words from that card then create a poem.

The poem isn’t meant to be an interpretation so much as an experience for me. This one was.. well, today marks the eleventh year since my beloved Mama left for her own journey with Death. So when I decided I would “just write a poem and get the post over with,” you can imagine the gobsmacked look on my face when I saw what card I was at in the list.

Yes, Universe, I hear You. Loud and Clear

The 9Words: King Child horse forward uncaring Gold Blue White Armor

Death’s Armor

They say you come riding a pale horse.
That you are uncaring, unspeaking, cold.
They say you are unavoidable in passing.
They say a lot but do they know?

You come for the king.
You come for the child.
You come for the mother.
You come for them all.

They say a lot but do they know?
Gold can’t buy you.
Black or white doesn’t sway you.
Blue doesn’t soothe you.

And I have to wonder if they know?
You wear the armor.
You ride the horse.
You carry the banner.

Not, as they say, because you conquer all,
But because you must protect your own heart.
That you wear the armor because you must.

Death rides a pale horse.
Not uncaring.
Not unseeing.

Death rides a pale horse.
Collecting debts owed.
For lives spent, well or not.

In your wake you leave change.
How those left, spend it?
That’s up to them.

Stephanie Arwen Lynch
For Marilu 11/18/39-06/19/2002

See the full list of poems so far.

Tarot In 9 Words: The Wheel of Fortune

wheel_fortune_rwsOne of my favorites of the Major Arcana is the Wheel of Fortune. Not because of what it represents–although that is delightful, but because of my love of trivia. Are you still with me? Poetry about Tarot leads to trivia. Easy, right? Continue reading “Tarot In 9 Words: The Wheel of Fortune”

Tarot In Nine Words: Hermit

What is my reminder that not all my questions of the Universe are ready to be answered? How do I cope when I can’t get a word in edgewise?What does the Hermit teach me?

Hermit Rider-Waite-Smith
Hermit (Rider-Waite-Smith)

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the Hermit. I see him in so many different ways. He is Luke’s mentor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. He is the bane of my existence reminding me of the Charge of the Goddess. He is the guardian at the gate of all I seek and all I fear.

Sometimes, I see this card and can feel my inner Continue reading “Tarot In Nine Words: Hermit”

Tarot In Nine Words: Strength

rws_strengthIn my ongoing effort to write a poem for each of the major arcana, I have the Strength card in front of me. This is from the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot. Card 8 in this deck is the classic scene of the woman taming the lion. For me this is not an external struggle so much as an internal one. I see it as the external manifestation of our personal struggles with our own shadow selves.

This card is big for me right now as I am doing some personal shadow work. The second to last line came to me during some of this core examination. I realized that I needed to Continue reading “Tarot In Nine Words: Strength”

Tarot In Nine Words: Justice

When I am doing readings for people and Justice shows up, I often counsel them to be very fair in any legal matters. No matter how much we want to be right, we are not always right. It’s important to remember that others have the same wants in their own lives.

rws_justiceJustice can be a harsh card if you know you are in the wrong. Sitting on his throne, he stares at you as if he knows every thing you’ve done right or wrong.

Libra is the sign associated with Justice. Consider how difficult it must be to balance things all the time. Is it our own panic that makes us see this card as bad?

When I am doing readings for people and Justice shows up, I often counsel them to be Continue reading “Tarot In Nine Words: Justice”

Tarot In Nine Words: The Chariot

rws_chariotThe Chariot represents mastery in the Major Arcana. Here we learn the lesson that we must drive our own lives if we are to be truly in charge. Some would tell you that the Charioteer is a ruthless warrior, but consider something if you will. Continue reading “Tarot In Nine Words: The Chariot”

Tarot In Nine Words: The Lovers

Oddly enough this was a difficult poem for me to write. At 47 I hold some rather cynical views on what love is and isn’t. Sometimes I have to rein myself in when I am in a Piscean fit of “love HA!”. My friends laughingly tell me I seem to do better at bitter in love poetry.

But write a poem I must and this is the next on the list of the 22 Major Arcana which means it is my 7th poem in this project. So I am either Continue reading “Tarot In Nine Words: The Lovers”

Tarot in Nine Words: The Hierophant

Now let’s visit the Hierophant. Interestingly enough one of the words I chose for this card also was used in the Emperor. Stern. Stern to me is that firmness that brooks no argument. It can not be wheedled or pleaded. Stern simply is. I don’t see it as a bad thing. For me stern means “I know best. It may not be easy, but it is what must be done.” Continue reading “Tarot in Nine Words: The Hierophant”

Tarot in Nine Words: The Emperor

Rider Waite Smith EmperorThe Emperor is one of those cards that I fear. Odd, isn’t it? That I would fear a card not normally one of the “scary” cards in the Tarot? I think it is because I grew up in a fatherless home. My dad and mom divorced when I was three. Then daddy died in a car crash on my eleventh birthday. I idolized my father because he wasn’t there for me to learn in a real, human way.

When I came to Tarot and first saw the Emperor, I was reminded of a friend’s father who was incredibly cruel Continue reading “Tarot in Nine Words: The Emperor”