Wed Mar 10
Today’s card from my work in progress the Rock Star Oracle is Trent Reznor / Release. “Time to let it go.”
Paired with the eight of cups, it reminds us that while it is reasonable to grieve loss or disappointment, we must be wary of escaping into our regret and allowing it to consume us.
“If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Nietzsche
There are some truths about existence that, once we become aware of them, it can be difficult to fully enjoy life. The full spectrum of human suffering is so great that, if we focus our attention only on uncovering those causes of injustice, we may lose ourselves completely in the process.
On the other side of the coin, if we never do the crucial self examination to see how we have been harmed by and may continue to harm others, we are victims of spiritual bypassing. Love and light may only camouflage the darkness; it is still there waiting to be acknowledged.
Trent Reznor is well acquainted with the shadow side of human nature. His music, especially the first two studio albums, deals with themes of obsession, self-destruction, and proximity to evil. He crawls inside the abyss and makes a cozy home there, inviting us to join him on an industrial subterranean exploration.
Reznor is a conduit between what we see and what we would prefer to keep hidden. His music is a loop between suffering and release.
Reznor has also achieved massive success by crawling out of the pit of despair and stepping into his creative power. Instead of being destroyed by the abyss, he learned to transform the lessons of pain into haunting movie soundtracks.
It’s OK to be sad, to feel grief, to explore the parts of ourselves and others that are frightening and unknown. We do not want to stay in the shadows, feeding off of our and other’s pain. But we can release these experiences into the world in the form of art, narrative, or testimony to the incredible resilience of humanity.
Deck: Tarot of a Moon Garden and the Rock Star Oracle