The death card in the tarot has to be one of my favorite cards.

Usually, whenever I read for people and this card comes up, they immediately fall into panic mode. They stare at my face with fear hoping that I won’t tell them that they’re going to die. Or that something awful is going to happen when in reality, this card has a different message.

It my favorite card because the Death card is a symbol of transformation.

When this card comes up, it’s asking us to shed a layer of skin or burn the old in order to start anew. When people hear this I can tell that even though death isn’t coming around the corner, they’re still afraid. They’re afraid of transformation, afraid of change, and what it might bring. Afraid to let go of something that they knew for so long and step into the unknown. Or maybe they’re afraid to realize that there are serious underlining issues that need to die in order to step forward into a better tomorrow.

This year has been life-changing and it’s calling for us to transform.

Not only have we experienced a huge health pandemic that’s affected the entire globe, but we’re seeing a major uprising of BIPOC demanding their civil liberties. It’s a very intense year and in order for us to make it out in one peace, we have to come to the realization that we are part of the problem and the solution.

A few months ago I wrote an email stating that we have every right to be angry. To feel confused and worried about what the future will hold. We have every right to feel like we have no idea where to begin, but we need to step up and actually begin.

Our nation was built on hate. It was built upon people who took what they could and exploited people of color in order to do so. This storyline is not only seen in America, but in different parts of the world. Whether we know it or not, the system has taught us to hate because it is inherent. And to be angry and to hate is easy. We have preconceived notions about the people around us and because of this learning…here we are. A nation of fear, anger, and division.

Who do we blame? Society? Our loved ones? The system itself? How do we try and fix our minds from anger to love? How can we push aside our prejudices and open our minds to unlearning centuries of hate?

We have to put in the work.

If you’re not a BIPOC, then you have to be aware that your life is entirely different. That you may have been given opportunities that people of color weren’t able to obtain. Is that your fault? Of course not. But if you are not willing to take a seat and listen to people of color…then you are participating in the continuation of hate and bigotry.

We need a radical change not only in the system but in ourselves. To call out our own prejudices and privileges. To re-educate ourselves and fight for those who re oppressed by the system that protects you. And in order to do that, we have to be willing to transform.

Just like the mythical Phoenix, we must burn and rise again from out own ashes.

This is a lifelong journey. The learning does not stop after reading a few books, attending a protest, marching down the street, or posting something on social media. The great unlearning of hate, racism, and prejudice is an ongoing stage – one which I partake in the day-to-day. Dear brothers and sisters, please know that in order for us to seek peace we all have to do our part. That together we rise and divided we fall.

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Til next time,

kim delarosa

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