XIII Death

The Death card is one of the most feared and misunderstood in the Tarot deck. Don’t take this card’s name literally; the true meaning of this card implies the end of one phase and the beginning of another. This card challenges us to embrace change and let go of what no longer serves us, so that we can make way for new growth and transformation. Often this card can indicate a profound transformation and a truly positive change on the horizon.

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In the midst of transformation and change, I embrace the inevitability of endings and welcome new beginnings.


In the upright position, the Death card signifies transformation, change, and new beginnings. It represents the shedding of old habits, beliefs, and patterns in order to make way for something new and better. This card may indicate the end of a relationship, a job, or a way of life that no longer serves us. But it also signals the opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to create something better.

The Death card can be a difficult card to face, as it often requires us to let go of something that we have been holding onto for a long time. But this card reminds us that endings are a natural part of life, and that they can lead to new and exciting opportunities.


In the reversed position, the Death card can indicate resistance to change or a fear of the unknown. It may suggest that we are clinging onto the past or holding onto old patterns and beliefs that are no longer serving us. This can be a sign that we need to let go and allow ourselves to move forward, even if it is uncomfortable or scary.

The reversed Death card may also suggest a fear of transformation or a reluctance to face the challenges that come with growth and change. It is important to remember that while change can be difficult, it can also lead to positive outcomes and personal growth.

Conclusion: The Death card may seem ominous, but it is actually a card of great potential and opportunity. It challenges us to let go of what no longer serves us, and to embrace change and transformation. Whether we are facing an ending or a new beginning, this card reminds us that we are capable of growth and resilience, even in the face of uncertainty. The Death card asks us to trust in the natural cycle of life and to have faith in the journey ahead.

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    Also called: batons, staves, clubs, or rods

    Element: Fire

    Astrological signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

    They symbolize: will, action, desire, ambition, masculine energy


    Also called: chalices, goblets, or vessels

    Element: Water

    Astrological signs:Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio

    They symbolize: emotions, feelings, the subconscious, intuition


    Also called: blades, daggers, or spades

    Element: Air

    Astrological signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

    They symbolize: thoughts, intellect, communication, mental processes


    Also called: coins, disks, or rings

    Element: Earth

    Astrological signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

    They symbolize: foundations, the material and physical realm.

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