Will Worthington, was authored by Stephanie and Philip Carr-Gomm, and published by Connections Book Publishing. As well as its beautiful imagery, the deck incorporates celtic druid symbolism including mythology and plant lore.
However, the differences to traditional Rider-Waite-Smith imagery are less apparent on this particular card. A man lies face-down, slumped over a hillock, with ten swords piercing his back. To his sides lie a shield and helmet, leaving him unprotected, though his right hand still holds a broken stave. Above him is a dark cloud, but a bright new day seems to be dawning in the distance.
This card reminds me that sometimes it is necessary to accept endings, to let go of hopes and fears, habits and expectations, and be vulnerable to whatever will follow. While this may often feel terrible in the moment, I am comforted by the lack of blood from the man's wounds, and the dawn in the background. Endings are rarely as painful and annihilating as we fear, and once something has left there is room for the new.
I also seem to be back to a musical turn of mind:
I am grateful for the ability to let go of the old.
I give thanks for the phase in my life that is ending - good riddance!