Short meaning: Something is coming to an end or has run its course. Letting go can be painful and the saying “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is apt. This change is necessary and your capacity to accept it will make it easier to endure. Turn to face a new future, a new reality knowing new opportunities are available to you.
In-depth meaning: Death is probably the most famous and feared Tarot card of all. Rather than foretelling the death of the Subject, or someone they know, this card relates to a process of change. Death indicates the physical and emotional challenges that must take place for the Subject to move on….the final recognition that something has ended and they must start again. This can be extremely upsetting for the Subject; having to let go of a way of life, a relationship or anything that has been loved is clearly distressing. One of Death’s messages is that acceptance and understanding can ease the Subject’s pain and suffering.
When they are ready they will direct their attention and energy into something new. They will turn to face the future and be ready for a new reality. When Death appears in a spread it is time for the Subject to accept that what is gone is gone. By looking forward to a new beginning they can start the process of healing that will ease the pain of letting go. The Subject is encouraged to redirect the energy they spend in lamenting over the past, to working towards a new future.
Notes on the image: Here, Death is portrayed as the traditional Grim Reaper scything away all before him. Everything he touches dies and he leaves a wake of destruction behind him but ahead of him there is sunshine, life and promise.
The imagery here is intense and can often be rather daunting, but the picture is merely symbolic of the past, which is being left behind and is of no use to us now, and we must face the future. Each brand new day brings bright promises and the sustenance we need to grow. The sun always rises and it seems Death can never keep up with the sun – it continues to rise daily, come what may.