As the first card of the week, I have drawn Transformation.
Within this image, we see a person connected to the Earth. But this is not an image of vibrancy and abundance. Where the ground beneath her has cracked, so has she. Her limp body is bent forward and we can see that the tree behind has shed its leaves, appearing skeletal.
The woman’s figure begins to crumble. But from her passing, something new grows. We can see her spirit leaving her body and taking shape within the rays of light. It glides upwards, surrounded by butterflies of all colours. The butterfly is often used to symbolise transformation, because of its impressive process of metamorphosis. From egg, to larvae, to pupa and then from the cocoon, the butterfly emerges like the spirit of the woman shown in this illustration.
We all transform. I am sure that none of us are the person we was three years ago. With experience and life’s lessons, we all change and contort. Our time here on Earth is a series of cycles, even though not as recognisably dramatic as the ones which the butterfly goes through in such a short amount of time. I have read that the average lifetime of a butterfly is one month.
This card has as much to do with endings as it does new beginnings, since it suggests that in order to move forward, we must shed something we no longer need. In Oracle of the Angels, this is something we are encouraged to embrace rather than fear. Think of the butterfly: the butterfly doesn’t grieve over what she has moved on from but instead, invites the next cycle into her life without question. She encourages you to do the same.
This card suggests that we are all going through our own personal transformation. For today, become aware of what yours is and open your arms up to the fresh and new as this new week begins. What will you leave behind? What will you embrace?
Illustrations from Oracle of the Angels by Mario Duguay, published by Blue Angel Publishing, 2014