Exploring Tarot Cards: Death

Which of the following is an evergreen tree? Maple, Eucalyptus, or Birch

I was recently asked about evergreen and deciduous trees and I actually googled their definitions.

An evergreen tree is the one that sheds few leaves throughout the year and still remains green. You will never see this tree without leaves. Hence, the name ‘Evergreen’.

A deciduous tree is the one that sheds all its leaves. These trees remains without leaves  for one season and start a new cycle in the next season. So for one season, say Autumn you will not see any leaf on this tree.


The Death card in tarot reminds us to be like evergreen trees and move with the changes by leaving old behaviours and things behind that do not serve us any purpose.

The Death card warns us that if we behave like deciduous trees and cling too much to our old patterns, we will be forced to leave everything behind. This will be for a longer time, will be more painful and you will need to start from scratch.

What would you like to be evergreen or decidious?




Exploring Tarot Cards: The Tower

Have you seen any of the disaster movies, where a natural calamity or a sudden event causes it? Yes, I am talking about movies like 2012, Titanic, or The Tower.


When I first started thinking about the Tower card, all these movies came to my mind. To me, the common ingredient in all these movies are:

  • a world renowned structure that people believe cannot be destroyed
  • a complacent attitude of the authority regarding all warnings
  • a small incident causing massive impact

Think about it, if in The Tower movie organisers would have looked at the faulty pipeline or at the wind speed, they would have averted the incident. Similarly, in Titanic movie, if sailors would have paid heed to the iceberg warnings and reduced speed,the outcome would have been different.

So, how is it related to the Tower card. The Tower card reminds us that we need to pay attention to signals from our inner voice, our body,or even suggestions of our loved ones. And once we do, we should take actions to prevent or handle the long term impact. So the question for you is:

What signals are you ignoring in your life?



Exploring Tarot Cards: King of Swords

Exploring Tarot Cards: King of Swords

Let me tell you one of the stories of Chanakya, the renowned teacher, strategist and political advisor to Chandragupta Maurya ( A powerful king in Indian History). Chanakya’s teachings are famously known as “Chanakya Niti” and are relevant even today in dealing with challenges of life.

Once an acquaintance met Chanakya excitedly and said “Chanakya, I have something to tell you about your friend.

Before the acquaintance could continue , Chanakya asked him three questions.

1) Are you sure that what you are going to tell me is the truth? The acquaintance said no, I overheard it from someone else.
2) Is this news telling me something positive about my friend? The acquaintance said no.
3) is this information of use to me? The acquaintance again said no.

Thus, Chanakya said that if the information is not true, not positive and of no use to me then I don’t want to hear it.

The story ends here.

The King of Swords represents a person with personality traits of Chanakya- being articulate, clear and using his/her judgement to avoid petty politics.


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