Remembering 9/11

This is one of the hardest posts that I have ever written. It has been ten years since 9/11, but I can see it in my mind as if it just happened. I was watching the news of the first tower being hit, sitting in my living room, absolutely horrified, when the second plane struck. By this time I was numb … my country was under attack! How could this be?


The bad news kept rolling in – the damage to the Pentagon caused by a third plane, and the incredible courage of the passengers and crew on United Airlines Flight 93 in PA that brought their plane down before it could accomplish its mission.


In all, nineteen terrorists hijacked four passenger jets. This nation was absolutely numb. We watched on TV as first responders rushed to the site. We heard the stories of calls made to loved ones from family members that knew they weren’t going to get out alive.  We heard the stories of those that did survive. We heard the stories of those who, for whatever reason, were not where they were supposed to be on that day … and survived because of it.


We heard about the policemen, firemen, and medics that rushed to the scene. Their job would not be done for one very long time. We read about the community response – setting up temporary shelters for the workers, with food, water, and counseling available. Yes, counseling. Theirs was not an easy job.


There is so much more to say, but I am not going to say it. This is too much for me. I am going to do a three card reading, and let is serve as my tribute to those who did the work, and suffered the consequences.



What overall purpose did 9/11 serve? – Judgement

What do we need to know on this, the tenth anniversary of this incredible tragedy? – King of Wands

Where do we go from here? – Queen of Disks


The overall purpose of 9/11 was to wake us up from the illusionary life we were leading. It allowed us the opportunity to raise our consciousness as individuals, as communities, and as a nation.


On this, the tenth anniversary of 9/11, we need to understand that as individuals, and as a country, we need to lead with strength and courage. We need to not beat the world over the head to make it do things our way, we need to look at our needs in alignment with global needs. We need to learn from history, and not repeat it.


Where do we go from here? We need to network, and take a more conscious, caring attitude towards the world around us.


Blessings to all on this day!


Images from “The Tarot of the Holy Light”,  by Christine Payne-Towler and Michael Dowers, Noreah/Brownfield Press, 2011.


© September 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

September 11th, 2010

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