Death tarot card meaning
transformation, change, uprooting, mourning, end of cycle,
resistance, blockage, rupture, repression, passivity,
Among all the major arcana of the Tarot there is perhaps no other card that causes as much fear and worry as Death. Behind the name of Death this card hides a paradox: it has an extremely positive message for those who draw it.
Death represents a person with no flesh on them at all, in effect a skeleton, which is obviously a symbol of time passing and death. In his hands the character has a long scythe which has just swept through the human remains and heads that lie on the ground. One of them bears a crown, signifying that no one escapes change, whatever their position in society. The obvious violence of the scene is reinforced by the predominance of the color black, rarely seen in the Tarot. Although it first evokes the absence of light, black also refers to everything that is created in the invisible or spiritual world. After all, the animals who hibernate in the dark come out rejuvenated once the spring arrives!
The colored vegetation growing out of the ground also refers to the idea of rebirth. Death’s objective, in fact, is not to cut down life but to prune it, so that it can come back to enjoy another day. It’s no coincidence either that Death’s spinal column looks like an ear of wheat since everyone knows that is a source of life!
Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn't matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.
In the short-term, Death teaches you that change is not necessarily dangerous. In fact, it is sometimes necessary to separate yourself from your past or make a big change to your way of living so you can develop as a person. Having new ways of seeing things also gives you the chance to enjoy new opportunities, meet new people and question yourself, so you can make better progress.
In the long-term, Death reminds you of the cyclical nature of life. It is necessary to put some distance between yourself and things, so you aren’t powerless in the face of the uncertainties of destiny. Life is a game of chance whose rules you have to accept. Once you adopt this position you’ll learn to take advantage of the obstacles you find before you and you won’t be subject to their disadvantages. Congratulations, you are now detached, and master of yourself!
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Death Tarot Card Meaning