Death is the Major Arcana No. 13
Death is next to the Devil, one of the cards that generates the most fear when it appears. However, its meaning is not literal, it is not dying nor does it indicate the death of anyone.
Death is a card that presents a forceful meaning, both to the right and when in a reading it appears inverted.
Kabbalistics associates this card with the planets Pluto and Mars , with the letter Mem and the number 40 .
Esoterically it is associated with the astrological sign of Scorpio , the Water element and the spring season.
In numerology it represents the number 13 or 4 (13 = 1 + 3 = 4 ), which is change, transformation, and for some it is positive and for others it is negative.
Death: Card Description
The card shows us Death in person , mounted on a white horse, carrying a black and white flag. Death is represented as a skeleton , since the bones of the skeleton of our human body are the part of the body that survives death.
The armor she wears indicates that she is invincible and indeed, no one has yet triumphed over death. The horse that Death rides is white , the color of purity, therefore death is the ultimate purification. All things are reborn with fresh, new and pure air.
A bishop is observed paying homage to him, and all sectors of the human race are represented here, men, women and children, which shows that death does not distinguish between age, race or sex, much less social class or material possessions, as evidenced by the fallen golden crown belonging to a king who lies dead.
The flag bearing death has a black background , which indicates the absence of light. The white rose , on the other hand, indicates beauty, purification and immortality.
In the background of the image, there is a rising sun , a representation of immortality, as the sun “seems to die” every night, but is reborn again every morning. The two thick pillars are guarding the gateway to the sun, symbolizing the knowledge necessary to gain immortality.
The boat in the water in the background of the image is the one that transports the souls through the Estix or Styx river (also Éstige or Estige), which in Greek mythology constituted the boundary between the earth and the world of the dead.
The background is a neutral gray , demonstrating once again the impartiality of Death.
Death (Reversed) – General meaning
This inverted card loses all the positive that it indicated to the right. The change continues to manifest itself, but it basically indicates that what complicates things is the great resistance you oppose to the change.
Many times changes have a negative first impression, but in the long run they are very favorable and if you are reluctant to make these changes, things are not going to improve for you. His reading depends on which cards accompany this in the reading, to know if the change is good and it is necessary to do it.
If Death is alone, to describe specific things, its meaning is negative.
Death (Reversed) – In Love Tarot Reading
In love it means breakups, there may be cheating and infidelity, your partner’s attitudes change suddenly or you yourself begin to present an unexpected change.
Long-term relationships can get complicated and if you are alone and looking for love, you may not meet the right people. Risks of being emotionally lied to and cheated on.
It also indicates that you yourself must make a deep rethinking of yourself and your attitudes, above all improve your self-esteem, because ultimately that is what others see and accept or reject you for it.
It does not mean that all is lost, but you have to be very careful. To speak deeply, communicate, expose and let out what you think and feel, that is the way so that the collapse does not occur.
Death (Reversed) – In Job or Profession Tarot Reading
As for work, he is crying out for you to change jobs, you must innovate, generate new ideas, think in a different way.
It can show the end of an employment relationship or a partnership. Your attitude is key, if you do not accommodate, if you do not adjust to what they demand of you, the occupational risk is serious. You must commit, fulfill and do your part.
Death (Reversed) – In Money Tarot Reading
On money and finances, Death is certainly negative. You can suffer losses of money due to bad decisions or simply due to outright bad luck, such as bad advice, buying shares in a company that collapses after a few days.
There may be theft of money, and it is not advisable to make loans, since the chances of recovering them are slim. It is not a good time to play or try your luck at chance.
The only consolation is that as they say, “money comes and goes,” therefore you must hold on and be sure that this will not last forever. Economic failures and mistakes is something that everyone goes through to a greater or lesser extent. Do not let money occupy the center of your life, because just as it left, it will reappear.
Death (Reversed) – In Health Tarot Reading
It does not indicate death in any way, yours or anyone else’s, but you must pay special attention to health when this major arcana appears inverted.
Problems that you have given us more importance to can get complicated if you don’t deal with them in time. If you are recovering from an illness, it may be long and slow. See your doctor, take care of yourself, from a simple control of your blood pressure to more complex check-ups. Try to eat healthy.
Many times we are worried about some ailment and do not consult out of fear, but if you do, it is likely that it will not be as serious as you imagined and you tell yourself, “but since I did not do this before. Prevention is the key right now.
Death (Reversed) – In Spirituality Tarot Reading
Whenever Death appears in any setting or context, it is particularly important to cultivate a positive attitude.
Naturally there are situations in life in which it is difficult to have a positive attitude, but you should avoid falling into pain, negativity, pessimism and everything that pushes you to depression and sadness.
Everything, absolutely everything changes in life, nothing is eternal! And even if you are now in the shadows, the sun will come in time.
Try to understand why and why this change that has taken place in your life is due, surely it has a message and a lesson that you need to learn, to be better, to evolve in this incredible journey that is life.
Major Arcana (Reversed) Card Meaning
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