Welcome to Summer Solstice 2012 (here in the Northern Hemispehere), the day of the year when the sun is exceptionally generous with life-giving energy and illumination. As we experience this plenary brilliance, much is brought into the full light of day, brought to consciousness and fullness. The Summer Solstice is also a turning point; upon reaching its bright peak, the sun begins its descent toward the darker time of year.
Curiosity about what might come to full consciousness for us today led me to add up the numbers of the date to discover which tarot card corresponds to it:
6 + 20 + 2012 = 2038
2 + 0 + 3 + 8 = 13
13 = Death
Trump XIII — Death — connotes cutting things away so that new growth may sprout, intense experiences of death and rebirth, elimination and transformation. On this Solstice, that which requires cutting away or elimination in our lives is placed in the spotlight. XIII can also indicate liberation from outworn forms, composting, and recycling. Within us and around us are old items and ways of being that don’t work anymore. These, too, are highlighted for our purusal by today’s solar peak. Death also suggests that we can become fully aware of the dead, our ancestors and the patterns we’ve inherited from them that need to be sliced away. Some of us may come to terms with death and thereby find a sense of freedom.
Trump XIII invites us to contemplate and act on questions such as:
What do I need to clear away so that new growth can sprout forth unimpeded?
What needs to be eliminated so that real transformation can occur?
What aspects of myself or my life are necessary for me to offer as holy compost?
To be with these questions on the longest day of the year is an act of healing that engenders more vitality in ourselves and in our world. A blessed Summer Solstice to all of you!