Death – Keywords
Spiritual transformation, letting go, change
Inability to progress, resisting change, dependency
The death card can be an arresting image to land in your Tarot card spread especially if you don’t have any context for the reading someone may be doing for you but don’t panic, it probably isn’t as dire as you might imagine.
In the traditional Rider Waite deck, it shows a large image of death on a white horse standing over our brave fool who has become a successful merchant or ruler. The pope stands before him and his wife and child grieve him as he lays lifeless on the battlefield. But the message is clear; Death outweighs all those earthly concerns.
Death can be a reminder to embrace life though. Usually, in the image, we see green shoots re-emerging after the current crop has been raised to the ground and the fact that the man leaves the next generation to take up the journey is also hopeful.
Also, this is the image of the END of a battle. These cards were originally drawn in a time when Europe was experiencing the black death and the 100 years war. They knew all about forced endings and there was a certain calm created by the end of a battle.
The death card is about taking time to regroup. Take a breath and give the next generation of crops and children a chance to grow and prosper.
This card can often indicate the end of addiction.
It involves sudden massive change and letting go of the illusion of wealth and strength and imperviousness to the clutches of it.
The presence of the clergy can indicate that you have the support of your higher power and your family whom you have caused so much grief, the healing will take time but hope is written into the landscape if you surrender to the process.
It may be time to think about rehab or hitting up a meeting again.
One thing is for sure when the death card lands in your reading; Change is coming swiftly and there is nothing you can do to stop its inexorable march.
In many ways, this is the card of autumn of things shutting down for a season. It is a time of putting the garden to bed and settling down to enjoy the stores of winter while you and the land rest for a season.
Winter is the time we sleep more because the nights are longer we gather family close and appreciate them with gifts and food and we dream of better days and things we will plant in the spring.
The death card comes to say it’s time to bring it down a notch and get off the treadmill, because rich or poor; we all run out of beautiful summer days eventually. So take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and the people in your life you love you. Acknowledge that there is a higher power in the mix who has offered you great blessings and relaxation.
Spring is coming again because after every ending there is always a new beginning. The Earth keeps turning and the season progress the death card is a reminder to come into tune with those seasons.
The death card comes to remind you to get back to basics and take a step back from the politics that cause never-ending wars.
It’s time to work on yourself. Clarify your beliefs and make a plan for a brighter future.
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