Sutra: You are as the yellow leaf. The messengers of death are at hand. You are to travel far away. What will you take with you? ~The Dhammapada of Gautama the Buddha. CA. 500 B.C.~
Dust unto dust, any moment and death is going to possess you. Tomorrow may never come, even the next moment is not certain. This is the only moment you can be certain of, next moment you may not be here. What are you doing to prepare for that great jouney into the unknown? Have you earned anything that you can take with you? If you have not earned anything, then your life has been a sheer waste. You may have accumulated much wealth, you may have become very famous, but all that is futile. You cannot take it with you. Your degrees, your titles, your awards, all will be left behind. You will be going utterly alone. Is there something which you can take with you? There is only one thing that you can take with you, and that is true wealth. Buddha calls it meditation, awareness, watchfulness, mindfulness, consciousness. If you become more and more conscious, you can take that consciousness with you.
On a personal note...I never see these kinds of cards foretelling of an actual death (although that's not to say that they can't). What I see in this, for me, is the fact that something major is about to happen. An inevitable shift in my own reality. Which is true....I've had a lot of upheavals lately. My financial situation, my job satisfaction level, my home life has changed a lot over the last four months. Things are about to put into motion which will make several of these huge changes a lot more permanent and to be completely honest...it scares the shit out of me. But this card has reminded me that I need to live in the now, be present in the now (while preparing for the future), live with no regrets and be more mindful. What does it say to you??