Death Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
XIII Death Correspondences:
Keywords & phrases:
An ending that brings major change.
Death Tarot Card Meanings
Death is probably one of the most familiar images of the Tarot, not least perhaps, due to the media; if Tarot cards appear in the script you can almost guarantee the Death card will be shown and suitably dramatised!
Generally, the Death card signifies something coming to an end and is rarely seen or used as a predictive card for physical death by most responsible readers. The depiction and title often provokes a strong response, so it’s important to handle this card sensitively.
In view of interpretation, it’s probably the most decisive card we can easily relate to, as Death suggests finality, indicating a definite ending to something. Whereas the Ten of Swords may show an ending that brings some feelings of disappointment, the Death card usually signifies an ending that’s accompanied by a major change in life.
Our biggest challenge with this card is that most of us tend to resist change; we like to feel a sense of continuity and find security in the familiar, yet in the timeline of our lives we will transition through a number of major changes and some are welcome – so it’s not always bad news. Ending one career to start another, the end of a single life for someone getting married, etc. Clients going through a difficult time are often relieved if this card comes up as it means they can finally close the door on something and move on at last! Death is like drawing a line in the sand as we transition from one way of life to another.
If reversed it doesn’t tend to indicate an opposite meaning but instead can represent a prolonged ending, dragging something out, or stagnation.
Similar or supporting cards: Ten of Swords (ending) Wheel of Fortune (change) and also multiple sevens indicate a cycle change.
Opposing or contradictory cards: The Aces and The Fool, indicate new beginnings.
Death Tarot Card Combinations:
Due to the meaning this is one of the easiest cards to read in combinations, so there are too many to list here. When reading a simple line, or string of cards in a progression, the card preceding Death would show what is coming to an end. Look to the following cards to see where it leads, in particular, watch for the new beginnings the Aces would bring.
> Wheel of Fortune > Fool: complete change from one path to another and usually fortunate.
> Ten of Pentacles: inheritance, particularly if Six of Pentacles also included.
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