Death Tarot Card Meaning

Death Tarot Card Keywords

Change, outgrowing a situation, new beginnings, release, parting, accepting the inevitable.

Death Tarot Card Description

It looks like someone could do with a good square meal, still, those folks around him seem to have lost their heads and one or two other body parts. This is the kind of tarot card that could give you the jitters, but is it really that ominous?

Upright Meaning

There’s no need to watch cartoons instead  of epic films, the appearance of Death does not mean you or your loved ones are at any more risk of dying anytime soon than anyone else. Actually, despite his grim visage, Death is quite a cheery chap. When Death appears in a tarot spread, it does imply that something is going to change, this could be a relationship, a job, your abode or even something as intangible as a set of beliefs. You may be well aware that this is going to happen, but are edgy about what happens next. Well, that’s understandable, most of us like to know where we stand, but why assume the change is for the worse? It is just as possible that the relationship that ends is replaced by a better one, you lose one job only to be promoted to a better position, or your new home is much pleasanter than your previous location. On the other hand, Death could be telling you that this is the ideal time to implement a change you may have wished to make for a while. If you can pluck up the courage to take this step, you are likely to benefit in the long run. When Death appears upright, he is telling us it is time to walk away from the past and embrace an exciting and fulfilling future.

Reversed Meaning

In the words of Bob Dylan ‘The times they are a changing,’ and there is not much you can do to stop them. In point of fact resistance is useless, if you dig your heels in all you’ll get for your trouble is sore ankles, so it’s better to go with the flow. Once you decide to move with the cosmos instead of working against it, the results can be very impressive and better than you could ever have imagined if you’d followed your old routine. This is also a good time to see things as they really are, instead of holding on to past impressions. It could well be that in all the turmoil and excitement that surrounds you, you can’t quite see the wood for the trees, and this has you feeling confused as to your next move. When Death appears reversed, it is likely that another stage of your journey is about to begin, don’t let fear hold you back.

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