This design is a gravestone, it marks a place where someone’s body is buried (symbolically speaking).
It also marks a place in your subconscious mind.
The exaggeration on decorative elements mean that someone has to be remembered. A part of us, and old self.
The name “Harsh Departure” reflects a difficult period where we learned to accept and to let go of the past. That was dark and emotional, poisoning our spirit and dragging us to the abysmal waters. Now we should remember how that events strengthen you and we must celebrate it.
A scarab in the center is the most important element. An hard-shell, crawling bug is spreading its wings and fly away, leaving two rotting skulls behind. It could be explained as the perfected soul leaving the body in a more religious concept. Or maybe an analogy to the past which his the hardness of the old bug, compared to the immobile skulls; a past that gains a new perspective and generates wings to overcome the most dark situations. We read somewhere, a very long time ago that “only disruptive changes cause significant changes” – it remind us the ideas behind the Death in the tarot – We tried to developed the whole design based on those conceptions.
For the Egyptians the scarabs personify the god Khepri, “who propels the sun out of the darkness of the underworld and across the sky during in its diurnal journey”- his relation to the rising sun made it an emblem of spiritual rebirth. It is also very frequent to see heart-shaped-scarab-amulets in coffins and tombs, representing that same concept.
That was the reason we opt to have a Sacred Scarab (written in Cyrillic above) as central figure, in our case, with more psychological significance.
“The boatman then gently guided the raft across. They saw a dead body floating. At the sight of this, the Master was greatly frightened. But Sun smiled and said, “Master do not be alarmed! That corpse is none other than your own.” Zhu Bajie said, “It is you, it is you!” Sha the Monk clapped his hands, and also said, “It is you, it is you!” The boatman also remarked “It was yours, I congratulate you.” The three pilgrims congratulated him, and they quietly crossed over the Could Ferry in safety. The Master’s shape was changed, and he jumped ashore on the other side with a very light body.” – Monkey: a Journey To The West (a classic Chinese novel attributed to Wu Cheng’en)