The next card in our Major Arcana tarot card meanings series is Death. Keep reading to learn what it means when Death shows up in your tarot card reading.
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XIII – Death
Death Tarot Card Meaning
When people see the Death card in their spread, they often get unnerved because they think that physical death is announcing it’s arrival. However, this is not the case. In actuality, when the Death shows itself in a spread it’s signifying endings and new beginnings.
Death in the tarot card deck is about ultimate transformation. While the Death card can mean shocking or unexpected changes and or events, it indicates these things are being removed to clear a way for a brand new life. This card is about out with the old and in with the new; it’s a complete transformation.
Depending on the spread and surrounding cards it can mean sweeping changes, clearings and the beginnings of a new life. It represents that the change is a result of the underlying circumstances and this creates the transformation.
The Death card is a card of major change. It can also represent that a particular phase of life has played itself to the end – it’s purpose was served. The changes the Death card talks of brings abrupt and complete overhauls of circumstances, ways of life and patterns of behavior due to past events and circumstances. It is also a card warning of altercations.
When the Death card appears reversed it’s telling the person that they are resisting the inevitable changes that are needed in their life. It symbolizes stagnation when reversed. When the death card shows reversed it’s indicating that the person is missing opportunities because of their refusal to let go to the situation.
It can also represent fear of change in this position and a loss of a friendship. The Death tarot card shows in this position as a reminder that change is painful and unpleasant for this person. This person refuses to face their fears of change. Reversed, the Death card represents lethargy and mental, physical and emotional exhaustion.