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Closure Equals Freedom

Updated: Jan 6

How to Give Anything Closure, Including 2022 with the Ten of Swords and Capricorn's Card, The Devil

Here we are, in the final days of 2022. The reindeer have returned to the North Pole, but the Yule celebration doesn’t end until January 1st, and so I’m excited to share one final message before the New Year.

Personally, I’ve found it liberating to orient my calendar to the Wheel of the Year, which begins in March. Springtime is more energetically aligned with new beginnings; however, because we honor the Gregorian calendar as a collective, January 1st has its own transformative power.

By honoring the date, as opposed to the season, we’re approaching change with a linear mindset.

Linear thinking can be very useful, but it may also be the reason I’ll inevitably hear, “What a dumpster-fire of a year it’s been” or “20XX has been hard on everyone.” No such generalization could ever possibly be true.

When we look at change as something that takes place externally along fiscal quarters, our expectations breed disappointment.

In reality, winter is an entire season that’s dedicated to renewal, and we’re barely in the first few weeks!

Painting over the past with broad black strokes is a lazy and disempowering way to bring closure on a year that was actually filled with all flavors of wonder and delight.

Instead, today I’m offering a different framework to approach our end-of-year reflections, and a ritual for gaining closure you can use any time.

On December 22nd we left Sagittarius, and entered Capricorn season.

Each Zodiac sign is aligned with a card from the Tarot’s Major Arcana. The Majors can be divided into three lines, like a three act play. Act one would be titled “I am”, act two “Who am I?” and act three, “There is no I.”

When we left Sagittarius season, we shifted from “Who am I?” to “There is no I.”

Since we began this journey in March with Aries and The Emperor, we’ve done some major growth and exploration. What started in the early spring has blossomed, ripened, and been harvested.

Now that we are in winter, it is time to rest and reset. Line Three’s energy is very different from what’s preceded it.

In Line Three we are asked to explore the Buddhist concept, “there is no self to defend”. This will require us to look beyond the initial discomfort of stillness.

I chuckle each year when, right around Christmas, I get to introduce Capricorn’s Major Arcana card, The Devil.

The card for 2022 has been The Lovers (2+0+2+2=6 and Major Arcana 6 is The Lovers), so you may also find last year’s post on The Lovers and The Devil supportive in releasing this year’s lessons.

First off, when I write about The Devil I am always referring to Major Arcana card XV and not any religious scripture.

Second, The Devil is not about a descent into hell or sin or Satan. Quite the opposite in fact.

In The Devil, we get to work through the ego’s false narrative that says, “The material world is all there is. Give the brain whatever it craves, and that will keep you safe and in control.”

In the image above, we see a reversed pentacle atop The Devil’s head. This symbol is like an imaginary ceiling above our spiritual bodies, blocking our continued growth and freedom. It doesn’t exist, but we act as if it was real.

In Milton’s Paradise Lost, Lucifer says, “Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven,” because he fears giving up control. “Serving in Heaven” doesn’t mean begging for love, it means trusting that we are infinity loved by something bigger than ourselves.

In reality, control is only an illusion, and abandoning our desire to be in control is the only path to experiencing true freedom; but the brain fears and hates that idea!

In order to unpack how The Devil can help us grow spiritually, and bring us a new framework for closure, I want to call on the Ten of Swords.

The Ten of Swords is probably the most visually arresting image in the Smith Rider Waite, but like The Devil, there’s nothing to fear.

In the Minor Arcana, the Swords represent the intellect. Our thoughts, our speech, our b