My father died on January 14. It’s been heartbreaking to bid farewell to someone who was such a welcoming and sharing presence. At his funeral, I quoted Joanna Macy: “The heart that is broken wide open can contain the entire world”, and encouraged all of us to generously and hospitably invite one another into our capacious, broken open hearts. In all of this, I accept that Dad’s death has indeed happened and I appreciate the gifts of support, love, and life-honouring that are growing from the experience.
Overall, I’m doing quite well. There are moments of tears and sadness that sneak up on me, and there are moments of immense gratitude that flood me. In the spirit of what I’m saying, I offer you a new tarot layout to explore the spaciousness of your own heart that comes from the profound cracking open of that place in you.
GRIEF TO HOSPITALITY TAROT LAYOUT
(can also be used with runes, goddess cards, soul cards, crone stones, gifting bones, or other tool of insight)
© 2012 James P. Wells, Toronto, ON
- What is my deepest heartbreak?
- To whom or to what does this open my heart?
- How can I most hospitably receive him/her/it/them into my opened heart?
Note: If you’re already certain of what your deepest heartbreak is, you can go through your face-up pack and consciously pick a card that most looks or feels like that experience. Use its characters and symbols to help you talk about the experience and your feelings connected with it. You can also just pick your first card at random, as usual, and allow it to take you to the heartbreak that most needs to make itself known.