In many places around our country today people are paying homage to 9/11. Three little numbers – leading to so much devastation. Three Tarot cards came to mind – The Tower, for the heartbreaking attacks, stunning damage, and horrific aftermath – The Hermit, for how each of us processed these events – and the Sun, for the wisdom we have gained and are taking into the future.
On September 11th, 2001, the United States endured three coordinated suicide attacks by terrorists: two commercial passenger jetliners were deliberately crashed into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York City. Everyone on board was killed, and there was tremendous loss of life in the two buildings themselves (both buildings collapsed). A third airliner was crashed into the Pentagon, in Arlington, VA. A fourth airliner crashed in a field in rural PA, after some passengers and crew tried to retake control of the plane, which had been redirected to Washington, D.C. No one on any of the four flights survived.
Our nation watched on TV as first responders hurried to the sites. I remember watching the news almost from the first moment, transfixed and in shock that something like this could happen. We all heard and read the stories of people in the buildings helping each other, of the endless shifts for police and firemen, of the loss of hope for more than the initial survivors. We had our Tower moment.
The Hermit took over as we began the cleanup, and pieced together the information about the terrorists. Many things changed overnight – including security at our airports. To this day, we are still recovering from this devastation. As a nation, we let our guard down. We cannot afford to do that again.
We are now in the period of the Sun, where we can accept the loss of lives, and know that we have learned from it. We have a much better idea of what is important, and what is not. We live our lives differently – with more of a conscience.
Let us honor our fallen heroes, the families that were left to move on without them, the people who helped each other, with no other thought than what was the right thing to do, the first responders that will never be far from the horror that they saw. Let the biggest monument that we build be within ourselves, that we become stronger as individuals, as a people, and as a nation.
© September 2010 Bonnie Cehovet