If you aren’t familiar with the Tarot you may assume that drawing or being dealt number 13, the death card, means your demise is imminent. Despite its name the death card is not as ominous as it may seem. Here are a few of its main interpretations. If perhaps your spread includes The Death card, The Tower, Judgment, and the ten of swords then perhaps you should begin to worry. If not then you need not worry about your possible physical death. So what exactly does the death card mean? Read on to find out.
The Death Card
Death is the thirteenth Major Arcana card in most tarot decks. It’s usually depicted by a yellowed skeleton in black armor, riding a white horse. Most often there is also a baby and a young girl kneeling at the hooves of his steed. The Horse is adorned with skulls along his leather bridle. The skeleton does not hold the scythe most have come to associate with death, instead holding a black flag with a white flower. In the background you will also see the sun setting perfectly aligned between the two watch towers featured in the Moon card.
Death Card Symbolism
As with all the cards in the tarot the symbolism on the card is not there by accident. It is important to note a few things. For instance, the sun has not fully set. This indicates that while things may be coming to an end you are not without hope and opportunity. The sky is gray not black. You may have noticed that cards with black backgrounds provide no way out. Whereas a grey sky is neutral, this can mean that the changes being brought about may not adversely affect you. The skeleton is not looking out of the card at the person being read. Instead he is looking ahead at the changes to come. The card does represent an ending but not necessarily your ending, just one you will be involved in.
Death Card Meanings
The death card stands for sweeping changes and transformations. It symbolizes the death of something in our lives. However its direct meaning will change depending on if it falls in your past present or future. Most normal transitions in life are a form of death and rebirth. Every ending has a new beginning. While this card represents an ending it may preclude a wonderful beginning.