Death holds number 13, and it is the fourteenth tarot card of the Major Arcana cards.
Death tarot card, in its core, usually represents setting the past to ashes and making way for new things to be born.
When drawing tarot cards, usually they are put in a vertical setting, spread on a timeline of the past, present, and future. In this kind of drawing, Death may come up straight, as well as reversed. Some psychic readers like to read reversed tarot cards. Some don’t. Either way, the other tarot cards in the drawing will make up for the way the psychic reader conducts their readings, because a tarot card deck is connected to the energy of the psychic reader, so it ‘talks’ to them.
Death card would represent:
|Putting the past behind||Completing a chapter|
|Change of status, transitions||Moving into the unknown|
|Eliminating what does not serve anymore||Shedding the old shell|
|Accepting what can’t be avoided||Death of ego|
In a reverse position, Death would mean precisely the opposite of its core qualities, bringing in the drawing:
|Experiencing losses||Dealing with bad luck|
|Clinging to the past||Being obsessed with something|
|Fear of new beginnings||Unable to move forward|
|Negative patterns or vices||Resistant to change|
There are also spreads where the tarot cards pulled are placed on vertical as well as horizontal positions. If Death would sit in a horizontal position, it reminds you that your ego could be the culprit for what you can’t manifest.
This card represents new beginnings, which come along with a new perception, a new awareness, and even a new you. It signifies closing a chapter to start something anew. You may be longing and needing a scenario change, but you may also be entertaining old vices and negative patterns that keep you stuck in the past.
For example, you may be closing the chapter on a long relationship that never became a family, thus closing the chapter on the part of your life to start something new, but you may still entertain revenge thoughts. If you want to manifest something new, like a new relationship, you should forget the past to make space for the new.
Death – One card pull [Yes or No]
One Card Readings are for when you need a fast, straight to the point answer, you wish not to see the future events or the past events. You just need a specific answer to the question for a present situation that is bothering you. You shuffle the cards, then choose only One Card, or you read the One Card that falls out while you are shuffling. Whichever method you use to pull the card, listed below are some of the questions and answers you may get when you pull Death.
Yes or No Answer
Upright Position: If you pull the card in an upright position, it means Yes.
Reversed Position: If you pull the card in a reversed position, it means No.
Death – Love and Relationships
Death would indicate that your relationship is going to face significant changes. It can suggest that your relationship has been dead for a long time, and neither one of you is choosing to revive it or walk away from it. This card indicates that even if you don’t want to change anything, it is going to happen, so all you can do is accept it or resist it.
If you have been fighting with your partner for a long time, it can also mean that you are going to find a new meaning to the relationship or seek counseling to make it work. In most cases, the Death card would foretell an inevitable break up or divorce, or on a lighter note, things taking a significant turn for the better. Whatever happens, your relationship is not going to be what it was.
How someone sees you or feels about you?
The answer would be they see you as someone difficult to handle sometimes, and other times you don’t even know what you want for yourself. You are always changing your mind about everything, one day deciding on something, the other day considering another approach. They also see you as dissatisfied with life. Once you get something, you want another thing because you always keep reinventing yourself. At some point, this can and will become tiring for your partner, unless you change patterns.
Just starting dating?
If you have started dating this new person, they see you as mysterious, not letting out more than you want to, and they may be intrigued by your energy. Either way, the Death card indicates that this is not working, and it will soon come to an end.
What not to do?
It advises you not to hang around in a relationship that has ended. If you feel you can still save the relationship, but your partner does not seem to put any effort in, then you are just exhausting yourself and adding to your hurt. You should accept the change and that some things must come to an end and move forward with your life.
Reverse Position (Love and Relationships)
If you pull Death, reversed, it may indicate that you are in an abusive, controlling, manipulating the relationship. You or your partner have obsessions and vices that negatively affect your lifestyle and your wellbeing.
Your relationship has run its course for a long time now, but you are both failing to realize it, or you are aware of the fact you both no longer work as partners but are still together for other reasons. Death reversed does not indicate a breakup happening soon.
Death – Finance, Business and Career
In business and career, the Death card may indicate that your business is not making an income for you anymore, or your job may close down or fire you. Either way, your current business or job situation is about to change, so you should start looking for other opportunities to stand in your feet. Regarding finances, it indicates that you have experienced significant financial losses, and you may take some time before getting back in your feet.
What not to do?
Death would advise you that you should not stop yourself in your own tracks. You should keep moving and looking for better opportunities. If you fear changes or the future, sometimes these are choices that will be made for you, if you don’t make them yourself, especially if the Death card appears as your answers. So, while you are still holding a job or a business, start looking for a job that will satisfy your needs more, or engage in a side hustle.
Reverse Position (Business and Finance)
In this case, it can indicate that you are stuck at your job, but you don’t see it yet. You may feel unhappy or dissatisfied, but misplace the unhappiness on other things rather than your job, because you need the job to make a living. You may also see that your job is keeping you stagnant.
Still, you choose not to look for another opportunity for fear of reaching out for something new or because the job you are in has created a sense of security and comfort because you know the people, environment. You have a set income you have accepted.
Death – Timing
If it is a question that involves around the timing of an event and you pull Death, it foretells that the event you are asking about, or you want to manifest, will happen during the Zodiac Season of Scorpio (October 22 – November 21).
Death – The Message Answer
Sometimes, we don’t have a specific question. We just want to know how our day will look like, or how we should approach the day ahead. This reading best performed in the morning, so you form an idea of what that day will bring you.
Death would foretell a day when you may see things falling apart, or you may finally decide to close old chapters and begin something new. Even if you don’t communicate it right now, you have already made up your mind.
If you pull Death in reverse, it indicates a day when you will feel stuck and unwilling to make changes that you need to. You already know what you have to do, but for fear of change, you keep postponing the end.
Death – Cards Combinations
That’s why it is essential to have a look at how Death communicates with the other tarot cards. Taking into account, there are 78 tarot cards in a deck. We will have a look at how Death would be interpreted and affect the outcome of the reading in the light of Suits.
Interaction with the Cup Suits
The Cup Suits represent emotions, feelings, relationships, and contract-ships. This Suit is associated with the water element. If we were to draw Death along with the Cup Suits, this is a spread that may indicate that you are closing chapters with your family, friends, or partner. You may find peace in removing toxic people from your life, no matter who they are. It also indicates that these changes will take place on an emotional level first.
Interaction with the Pentacles Suits
Death, along with another card of the Pentacles Suit, would foretell business or job meeting a dead end. This spread indicates that you have to move faster and secure your income or money now before these changes happen because you may see yourself out of a job or out of business. It also pushes you to look for something else, so you do not get left out in the cold. It could indicate that a new fresh idea may save your business if you are willing to take a significant risk.
Interaction with the Swords Suits
The Swords Suit, along with Death, is also an interesting drawing. The Swords Suit gets its share of being a negative suit. This spread would indicate that your suffering and heartache or your dark times may be over soon. All that you went through was meant to happen so you could learn more about yourself, life, get the experience you need, and help you grow. This spread indicates that you will emerge from the ashes of the past.
Interaction with the Wands Suits
Death and the Wands Suit is a combination that foretells a choice that you may be forced to make. This spread may indicate that either what are deciding upon is going to be a dead-end, so you should watch out for any setbacks or possible factors that can influence your success. Or it could indicate that now it is time to choose something else for yourself and move forward.
Overall, Death is a card of closing chapters, forgetting about the past, and moving on. A time of rebirth and reinvention.