Tarot “Death” Card.

February 26, 2015 by  
Filed under Energy Healing Systems, New Posts, Tarot

Letting Go of the Old to Become Something New.

Image of Death

Metaphoric Image of Death

In a tarot reading the Death card from the Major Arcana (Crown Chakra) is a very powerful card.  It can have many levels of meaning, although physical death is not usually one of them.

I drew this card today, and appreciated the reminder that all of life is about change and letting go of the old to create space for the new.

Since I tend to hold on … and on, and on … to things far longer than I should, it made me wonder if there’s something specific I’m holding onto right now that I need to consciously release.  This will require some additional contemplation.

One thing is certain … as we let go of the old, we usually experience grief, just as if someone had died.  I’ve certainly been working through massive amounts of accumulated grief from over the years.  Perhaps the card is reminding me that I have more grieving to work through.

Grieving is a difficult process because it has so many stages and you experience a variety of emotions:  denial, sadness, loneliness, anger, guilt, and more.  Each of these require attention to clear them.  So any “death” – big or small – can throw our emotional body into the grieving process.

The good news is that, once you do let go and you do your grieving, you arrive at a place that is very different from where you started.  When you fully grieve, you achieve a new level of personal power and integration.

The main thing to know is that, whatever or whomever you have lost isn’t ever really lost.  Everyone you know and care about is still connected with you and you’re with them on the Soul Plane whether or not they are with you in a physical body.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that you don’t miss them and don’t need to grieve when they leave the physical world.  But when I came to fully understand and appreciate the truth of this, it made it easier for me to complete the grieving process and move on.

So the Death card is about transition, and the whole of our Earth and humanity and everyone else on the planet are in a major period of transition.  The transitional period is and feels chaotic, but if you can let go, allow yourself to grieve, and then focus on creating the new, you will come through this period transformed.

Death and Dying

November 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Food for Thought, New Posts




Yesterday, Paloma Baertschi-Herrera was a guest speaker at the Animal Communicator Forum.  Her talk was “Animals and the Final Journey.”  She spoke about her experiences as she allowed animals to die naturally, without euthanasia.  

Paloma explained that there is a natural dying process, just like there is a natural birthing process.  She proposed that when humans choose to interfere with that process, we may rob ourselves and our animals of something extraordinary and important for the spirit/soul to experience.

In a society where human death is hidden away in hospitals and hospices and where we are encouraged by veterinarians and each other to euthanize an elderly or sick or severely injured animal without considering what the animal might want or need, the courage to explore the topic of death seems to be lacking.

Everybody dies.  That is a fact of life.  And you or a loved one (human or animal) can die at any moment.

What does it mean, “die?”  Maybe that’s the place to begin a discussion.  So many of us only think about what may or may not be true AFTER we die, and because we have been conditioned by religions to fear the afterlife or because you may not even believe in the “after life” the subject of dying is frought with fear.

But each of us will, one day, leave our body behind.  If you believe that you are a spirit or that you have a soul, then something of who are believe you truly are with continue beyond the physical form.

“Death” and “Life” are part of the duality of our existence at the level of our current physical existence.  They are the “yin” and “yang” of this reality.  So doesn’t it make sense to begin exploring the topic of death while you are living so you can prepare yourself for the experience ahead?

My favorite book on this subject is called Deathing: An Intelligent Alternative for the Final Moments of Life by Anya Foos-Graber.  I found this extraordinary book when I began preparing myself for the eventual passing of my equine companion, Echo.   There were no books on this subject that focused on animals at that time, and I found this one to be multi-cultural in its approach, as well as to explain how to prepare yourself and/or a loved one for the final journey.

Paloma Baertschi-Herrera has recently published an e-book on this subject.  It is called Animals and the Final Journey and is available at her website, http://tiertalk.ch

If you feel ready to explore this topic, for yourself, for your human family and friends, and/or for your animals, I strongly recommend these two publications.  You can purchase Deathing at http://www.amazon.com

Some other ways to explore this subject include TV shows and movies.  My favorites are

  1. Six Feet Under,  a TV series which teaches us about grieving and the struggle that we have in our culture coping with death of a loved one and the knowledge that we each will someday die;
  2. Dead Like Me, a TV series which explores this topic from a different perspective;  
  3. Defending Your Life, a movie that illustrates for us what the life review process may be like during the transitional phase the soul experiences after leaving the body;
  4. What Dreams May Come, a movie which also explores some ideas of the afterlife;  
  5. Ghost, a movie which is mostly about Love knowing no boundaries.

Exploring the subject is death does not have to be morbid (or deadly).  It can be an affirmation of choosing to live life fully!  I so choose!



April 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Animal Communication, New Posts




This message was given to Karen Nowak by a cat who was euthanized.  The message was addressed to the veterinarian who performed the euthanasia.  Karen is a good friend and colleague of mine who has been asked on a number of occasions to speak with an animal as they are receiving euthanasia.  Here is what the cat had to say to the veterinarian.


This is a very emotional subject for many of us. Our society has collectively had a fear of death. For many emotional reasons that are deeply personal to each one of us, I would like to share with you information that was given to me by a patient of a veterinarian friend when he was feeling his own pain experiencing what he repeatedly takes part in, [helping an animal to leave]. 

Death and Dying, What I would like my Veterinarian to know.

“I am a spiritual being, just as you are.
 I know about life, and its many turns.
 I know this body won’t last forever, I accept that.
 I know when I am brought to see you, I am often struggling with my body and its changes.
 I experience the struggle of the body, not of the spirit.
 I feel your compassion.
 I know you care, or you wouldn’t do what you do.
 I know you are human.
 I know you hurt.
 I know you feel helpless when you can’t save me.
 I know healing means many things, that it can also mean leaving the body.
 I feel relief when you help to release me. I am grateful.
 I know the future holds much.
 I know humans feel the pain of separation. I will miss our time together too.
 I know the future holds more love, in whatever form it comes.
 I know goodbyes aren’t easy.
 I know humans are forever in my heart and a part of me..
 I know that being in spirit is full of joy and love.
 I know that whatever I went through it is but a moment in time.
 I know if I could tell you one thing and you would feel it, my spirit doesn’t die, only my body.
 I am not alone.”

“I know that releasing me from my body was a gift.  I would like to give you a gift as well.  If you choose to hold pain in your heart, do not do it over me.  I am free now.  Free of a body that no longer serves me.  My spirit is still strong.  I send you gratitude from the other side.  Some day you too will remember where I go when I die, and you will know, it is heaven.”


Our view of death is changing.  It is still painful to say good bye.  In the work that I do I have worked extensively with animals who are dying.  Many hold no fear.  Those that do generally are feeling and reflecting the fear coming from their human companions.  I have found repeatedly and often a sense of relief when the subject is out in the open between human and animal.  They know our tears are because it hurts how we will miss them.

Karen Nowak

Visit Karen’s website and blog for Sunday Interviews with the Animals and many other animal perspectives on life, the universe, and everything.  http://www.freedomreinsllc.com and http://www.freedomreinsllc.com/blog