2016 – Cloak and Scythe

This has been a year fraught with the loss of some of our most luminous and beloved

artists, visionaries, thinkers, and other celebrated individuals. That there have been so many who have died this year has many of us blaming the year – 2016, for these deaths, many of which seem so untimely, and leave us feeling robbed of such immense and rare talent.

So how is 2016 responsible for the losses incurred these last 12 months? It’s a 9 energy that has moved through this year, sweeping and culling and clearing and engulfing. Many that seemed ready to go found its swirling vortex energy opportune, and others who perished much too soon were caught in this energetic tornado.

I noticed that many this year have died of heart related conditions. Heart disease is the number one killer in the US. From a spiritual perspective, the heart is the seat of the soul. A 9 attribute is an enormous capacity to love, to empathize, to put others first.  Zsa Zsa Gabor, Alan Thicke, Pete Burns, George Michael and so many others this year succumbed to heart failure.

If you look back to the last 9 year, which was 2007, you’ll notice many notable deaths that year, including Anna Nicole Smith, Molly Ivins, Richard Jeni, Wendy O Williams, Tom Poston, Jerry Falwell and others. The 9 year before that would have been 1998, when we lost Frank Sinatra, Shari Lewis, Sonny Bono, Phil Hartman and others.

Death is always jarring, in any year. It wends and slinks its way to each of us eventually, and maybe that’s why we take notice in years like this, when it feels unnervingly proximate.



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