Animal Wisdom Tarot (CICO Books, 2013) is dedicated to the Moth.
moon with a strange vortex within and around it shines from the centre
top of the card. Below it, leaving behind the grasp of shadow-fingered
branches, a moth flies upward. Its wings are delicately patterned in
pinks, mauves and white, and on its body is a grinning skull!
There's something in the image for me about clinging to ideas that are no good for us, like the moth's idea that it could reach the moon, which leads so many to burn up against lightbulbs. And the juxtaposition of Death and the moth also makes me think of the creepy collections so many Victorians made of moths and butterflies, gassed and pinned to sheets of card :(
On a more positive note, if we can recognise the "omen of death", if we can acknowledge a loss or ending, we are better placed to grieve it. And from there, we can eventually let it go.
Today sees my Dear One leaving on a five day survival course. I'll admit, I'm a little nervous about it. Still, I'm sure it will do him the world of good to get away for a bit. And I have a weekend trip to visit my friends in Spain planned for the end of August, so turnabout is fair play... So, I shall try to let him go with good grace, and also release my fears about what I'll do if Big Boy gets ill while he's away. And I'll grieve not seeing him, too, I guess, as it'll be the longest we've been apart since early 2005!
I am grateful for a loving man to share my path with.