XIII Death Apprentice of Bells Ore of Spikes
MAJOR ARCANA: The lesson, challenge, gift, or opportunity in this situation.
XIII - Death:
A mask of rusty iron weeping salt crystals - the shocking decay of what seems imperishable. A skull dissolves, its phosphate combining with iron to form vivianite crystals in an unexpected and mysterious transformation that carries no trace of the original bone.
SPIRIT GUIDE: An aspect of yourself to draw on or develop.
Apprentice of Bells: Earth of Earth.
Hidden in a natural sandstone rockhouse in the forest, she collects iron ore pebbles and grinds them into pigment with a mortar and pestle, guarded by tiger bells tied in her hair. She loses and finds herself in her work and in the earth materials that she gathers and uses.
NUMBER CARD: A focus for action or something that needs attention.
Ore of Spikes - Hematite:
An antlered torch blazes above jasper-banded hematite, igniting the imagination. Ore glows in the furnace, an image of the birth of inspiration. Hematite is the most important iron ore, and other ores must be heated to fully oxidize them to this mineral before smelting. It is the mineral pigment red ochre.

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