In my yearly draw, the card for August was Six of Swords, or what represents crossing the Styx for me. August is definitely a period of transitions for me – it is the month my father died, the month I moved away from Tallinn years ago – and of course the transition between summer and autumn.

I used the Mary-El Tarot for the yearly draw. where the 6 of Swords depicts Raphael guiding Tobias through a long journey at the end of which he heals him from blindness. The inner child is led by Raphael, who banishes ignorance and darkness.

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Mary-El Tarot by Marie White

Niccoletta Ceccoli shows us an entirely different image, where a dead child sails over a sea of forgotten toys. She is wearing a bow, suggesting that she is a gift doll as well, abandoned by her owner. The bunny rabbit is crying – perhaps also abandoned. The bunny has wings, a soft allusion. There is a saying that always gives me chills “one day, your parents put you down and never picked you up again. This is what this image feels like – when our inner child is forgotten, the toys forsaken in a deep sea of regret and yearn. Nostalgia.

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Six of Swords – Ceccoli Tarot by Niccoletta Ceccoli

In the Wildwood Tarot, we see another depiction of a transition:

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Wildwood Tarot Six of Arrows

The night waters, swan and the full moon speak of the same aspects – yearning, leaving things behind. Notice he sails away from the sunset, not knowing what lies ahead in the dark night, not knowing the threats.

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The Fountain Tarot focuses on the journey, the blades that point at you are blades of the past. I also get a feeling of a swift transition, like a sling that has been tense for too long and now let loose.

What have I done in August?

Bought myself a white piano on my father’s eight death anniversary.

Took a week off to reflect.

Dyed my hair.

Wrote three new songs.

One of them was called, Hear the Wind Sing.

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