A screenprint with watercolor of a river with five tributaries. It travels from top to bottom and the roman number 5 is written at the top.

Expressing Grief

The 5 of Water in the ECOtarot deck is pictured here. The water cards are related to emotions and the 5 cards are cards that relate to loss. This loss is something that must be passed through in order for something new to emerge.

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Grief can be heavy and hard to express because of the extremes of emotions that arise. An exercise to help you express your emotions:

– Fill a large bowl with fresh water.

– Find a quiet place where you can sit where it is ok if water spills.

– Place the bowl on your lap or on a hard stable surface like a table or floor.

– Submerge your entire face (eyes, mouth, nose) in the water and scream, yell, curse, rail against your higher power – whatever you need to express.

– Come up for air as needed and refill bowl as many times as you need.

Prompt by: Adriene Jenik and Luana Lynch

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