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Meaning of The Death Card - No 13

The Death Card in the Major Arcana is probably the best known but most misunderstood card in the Tarot Deck. Its energy is transformational in life and not to be feared. It is part of the cycle of life and depicts completions and endings. Sometimes with confirmation from other cards it can mean a physical death of someone close to you - another form of transformation and change but more often than not it is evolution of the self and your circumstances and radical change making way for new beginnings.- clearing out the old. Grief is necessary and this transition and major change can be difficult to deal with particularly when it feels like its been forced upon you.

The Death card is just a timely ending to a situation, habit or pattern of behaviour. This change is necessary to move forward to a new way of being.

It is the card of change and transformation, endings and completions. The 1 represents the self (1) which through reasoning process and thoughts (3) leads to a new state of firm foundations and stability (4) = 13/4 For most when the Death Card turns up the person is well aware that something is coming to an end. Sometimes it can signify a physical death or extreme ill health but usually not for the client since it represents how they feel about a particular situation or circumstance. There will be many other indications in a spread and the same message will be said several times in a session and with other cards to support this if this is going to be the case. Only an experienced reader would pick this up and we always need to be careful of what we say and how we say it. Negatively is extremely damaging and self fulfilling. No matter what area of life this change relates to there is an element of leaving the past behind and a new beginning is ahead.

The appearance of the Death Card is not a death sentence either. It can be a warning of the need for radical change to deal with a situation. For example an alcoholic needing to make drastic changes in the habits and way of life in order to recover. The death card here says - let the old ways be gone and start afresh. The sunrise in the background shows that a new start is ahead. The child and the pope in the scene have special significance. The child represents the innocence and unbiased nature of a child' s spirit in relation to the cycle of life of which death is a part. The pope reminds us of the wisdom of religious faith in god and the afterlife. The Death card signifies the ending or completion of a phase of life and is not to be feared. Change can be difficult but it is a timely ending to a situation, habit or course of action.The sunrise in the background heralds that new beginning. 


In the Fools journey here he learns to eliminate old habits and patterns. He is aware of endings and the need to move on from the past.

In the reversed position delays, negativity and resistance to change can be indicated. Acceptance of an ending is hard to do but necessary.

If you select the Death Card today. Face it with confidence that something is coming to an end and is meant to. Maybe it is just an old habit or pattern of behaviour or the ending to a difficult situation. Be open to this necessary change and look forward to a better tomorrow.

The Death Card No 13
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