It’s been a while since I’ve posted – exactly 3 weeks. I’m so happy to be on the other side of those three weeks. It was a busy time that included a wedding, coordinating a major donor fundraiser, and finally flying to Albuquerque for the funeral of a dear Tia. She was 88 and beautiful and loved by so many and she loved and cared for so many.
I have a huge family, so death is something we are very familiar with. My first funeral was when I was 8 years old, and I’ve been to more than I can count ever since. It’s never easy, but there is something comforting in having my family together in a familiar space where we’re all loving each other and holding each other through such a hard time.
Another thing that stays consistent during these hard times is that we tend to have a strong connection to the other side, what ever that other side may be. In my family, when someone dies, some of us either have vivid dreams or get strong signs of communication from a loved one who has passed. Sometimes someone who’s already passed starts showing up in visions or dreams just before a family member dies. It’s not always the same person who has the strong connection and it doesn’t always depend on the same factors. But the connection is there and to me, even though not having our dearly departed with us physically is so sad and painful, it never feels like they are really that far away.
I attribute this to the energy of The High Priestess who is the link or bridge between the worlds. This could be the worlds of the living and the dead, the worlds of the conscious or the subconscious, or the worlds of what is logical/known and the mystical or psychic. The High Priestess helps us access what can’t be proven or logical or easily accessible just by thinking. She invites us to be quiet and still and listen with our whole beings to what our ancestors, or our deepest selves are trying to communicate to us. She has no agenda as one can see by her trance-like state in this particular version of the card. She simply sits, holds deep wisdom, and connects to the mystery.
I am grateful for this energy in my life and in my family’s life especially during times when our physical world has shifted so tangibly.