Death Tarot Card Meanings

Death Tarot Card Meanings

Death tarot card meaning

Card Number: XIII Death Arcana (13)

Death upright

abrupt change of the old self though not necessarily physical death. alteration, beginning of a new era, change, clearing away the old to make way for the new, financial loss, illness, loss, possibly death ( not likely). renewal, The ending of a familiar situation or friendship, Transformation, unexpected change,

Death Reversed

immobility, inertia, narrowly avoiding a serious accident. partial change, revolution, slow changes, Stagnation,


this is perhaps the most-feared card of all the tarot cards. Many people think that this card predicts death–literally. WRONG. First of all, tarot cards DO NOT PREDICT anything. Tarot Deck basically serves as a guide and allows one to connect with his or her subconsious mind. Reading tarot cards do not predict anything. If it does, i will be better off predicting when i will strike lottery instead of sticking to my stressful day job. So get this point very clear before we proceed. Do not fear the Death card, it is not meant to be a threatening card.

Tarot Symbol

There is skeletal death dressed in black robes or armor. There is also a flag which has a white rose depicted on it. A rising sun is also often seen. There are also other figures seen in the picture, the most common reoccurung figure being children.

Tarot Story

Death tarotThe Fool left the tree where he last hanged on and moves towards a field. He sees the rising sun and a skeleton dressed in black armor. The skeleton was seated on a white horse. The Fool recognised the skeleton as Death and he asked the skeleton if he had died. The Skeleton told the Fool that in a way, the Fool had died and that this is the only way to be reborn. The Fool felt enlightened and understands that all great transformations start by stripping everything and are built upon the bare foundations.

Tarot meaning

The Death Card has always been depicted in a dramatic manner in the movies and dramas. Actually, it is a card which suggests transformation more than anything else. It is a card of humility and advises the Querent that only after being brought low can he or she rise to greater heights. The Death card encourages changes and hint that the changes may be good to bring about a great transformation, leading to a better life. New things can only be reborn after death. Hence, do not take the Death card as its face value but look beyond the card and attempt to change for a better future!

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  • Heidi Post says:

    Death rides a white horse. He is clad in black armour, with a red plume on his helmet. The face-mask is raised, and his skeletal face is visible. We can see part of a white cross on his breast-plate. In his bony left hand he holds a flag. It is black with a large white rose emblazoned on it. His right hand holds the steers of his horse. The steers are black with a white skull and crossbones design. The horse is facing to the right of the card. Only his front half is in the card, his back legs and tail are not visible. The horse faces straight ahead, with red eyes, and he looks like he is grinning, but his red eyes give him a mean expression. His right front foot is lifted, as he prepares to take another step forward.

    A bishop in yellow robes and pointy hat stands in front of the horse, hands out before him, as if he is about to pray He has pale yellow gloves, with a small black cross on the back of them. A young girl on the bottom right corner of the card is on her knees. She looks like she is about to faint, hear head is tilted back, almost resting on her left shoulder. She wears a white long-sleeve dress, and has a garland of white flowers in her blond hair. What looks like a yellow rose has fallen from her right hand. A young child kneels in front of the girl. He too has a garland of flowers on his head, his hair is short and dark brown, and he wears a blue long-sleeve tunic, he has light brown tights. His right hand is reaching behind clasping the right hand of the girl, his left hand holds a small posy of white flowers close to his chest.

    Beneath the feet of the horse lies the king, his golden crown has fallen from his head and his golden staff lays by his side. The king wears blue robes, with a wide white collar. His right hand rests on his chest.

    The ground beneath the horse is brown, no plants grow beneath his feet. In the background is a small lake, surrounded by yellow sand, and a small stream crosses the card from left to right. A sailboat, similar to a Viking ship sails on this stream. A few trees littler the yellow sand. two brown crosses, like grave markers, protrude from the ground by the stream. On the other side of the river lies a green riverbank. A cluster of trees grow on the other side, at the base of the blue cliffs that rise up from the other side of the river. The ground on the top of these cliffs is covered with grass, another stream runs along this cliff top. In the distance are two towers, similar to the ones on the Moon card. The stream runs between the towers. The bright yellow sun is rising up behind them. We can see the peaks of mountains in between these towers, they are black in stark contrast to the glowing sun behind them.

    LBW:- Transformation, clearing away the old to make way for the new, unexpected change, loss, alteration, abrupt change of the old self though not necessarily physical death. The ending of a familiar situation or friendship, financial loss, beginning of a new era, illness, possibly death.

    Reversed: Stagnation, immobility, slow changes, partial change, inertia, narrowly avoiding a serious accident.

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