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. For instance, ending one career to start another, the end of the single life and getting married, or finally being able to close the door on a difficult situation 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.
Death Tarot Card Combinations
Ten of Wands > Death: Overwhelming situation coming to a close.
Ace of Cups > The Hanging Man > Death: A new relationship may fail to ignite and eventually comes to a close.
Three of Cups > Death: Party or celebration cancelled.
Nine of Swords > Death > The Star: The end of a difficult and worrying period, concerns can finally be lain to rest and brings the promise of brighter times ahead.
Three of Pentacles > Death > Eight of Pentacles: Existing work position or project coming to an end and starting a new one, possibly moving from one post to another.
The Hanging Man > Death > The Chariot: May bring a close to a frustrating period of non-movement where matters seem to have been stuck for a while and then moving forward apace, determination will help to drive the situation forward and should go well.
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