The Death Card: Tarot Readings of This Card and its Deeper Meanings

death card tarotNovice tarot card readers are often intimidated when the death card pops up in their readings. That’s understandable – there are many frightening things associated with death, and those who do not have a full understanding of tarot can all too quickly associate this card with one of those negative meanings. That’s because unlike reading playing cards to tell a fortune, as you can learn here, tarot cards are imbued with deep spiritual meanings and symbolism. Death as a symbol can be frightening to many – but it doesn’t have to be.

It’s important to have a basic understanding of how to interpret the cards before you really get into the process of performing readings. The Explicit Tarot course divulges the meanings of the various cards through an engaging storytelling process, and is worth checking out for those who want to develop a more intuitive understanding of tarot. However, to begin with the basics, let’s have a look at the death card and how you should interpret it when it comes up in one of your spreads.

The Basics of the Death Card 

To start interpreting the death card, begin by thinking about the things you immediately think of when you hear the word “death”. Many people’s first instinct is to think of death as the absence of life, but that is not the case. Death is a natural part of life and living, and should instead be regarded as a natural ending.

It can be difficult for a beginning reader to get over the idea that the death card does not indicate an actual, physical death. Just remember this – there is no way to predict when you or any other individual will die. The death card is instead representative of other kinds of deaths and changes that might occur.

When performing a tarot reading, death will in many circumstances indicate a natural change or a transition in an individual’s life.  The death card may also indicate that the individual the reading is for needs to make some sort of change in his or her life, or that they may need to put an end to something that has been holding them back, such as a bad relationship or a bad habit.

One more thing to consider is that in the laws of nature, death is necessary for life to continue on. As such, when you see the death card in a reading you can interpret it not as a destructive force, but as a natural ending that itself gives rise to new possibilities. Only through an act of “death” can there be room for further growth and development.

The actual interpretation of the card will vary greatly depending on the subject matter of the reading, as well as the individual circumstances of the individual that the reading is being performed for. Other cards in the tarot spread will also play a large role in the interpretation of the death card in that reading. Let’s have a look at some of the different situations in which the death card may appear, and how it can be interpreted in relation to these situations.

Death in a Reading About Love 

When the death card appears in a tarot reading concerning a romantic relationship, it is time to rethink that relationship and whether it is right for you. It can be difficult to let go of a relationship that is no longer providing you what you need, but the death card indicates that it may be time to end that relationship for the personal growth of both individuals involved. Not only that, but ending the relationship may be the only way for either individual to move on to a healthier and more fulfilling relationship with another individual in the future.

Death in a Reading About Work and Career 

Just as the death card can indicate to you that it is time for a relationship change, the death card in a reading about work may indicate to you that it is time to sever your ties to your current career or job and move on to something better. When the death card appears in a reading concerning your career, be open-minded about whether or not your job is really giving you what you need, and whether it will get you where you need to go in your career.

Death in a Reading About Emotional or Physical Health 

No tarot reading can ever give you a medical diagnosis, nor can a reading tell you whether or not you will recover from an illness that you are facing. However, a tarot reading can be an incredible valuable tool in helping you to better understand the forces in your life that are contributing to your emotional and physical health, and can help indicate attitudes or habits that are holding you back in your question to be healthier and happier. If the death card appears in a reading related to physical or emotional health, it is likely indicating that there is something in your life that needs to change immediately, whether that is a bad habit such as smoking or a mental habit such as excessive self-criticism.

Death in Other Types of Readings 

Regardless of the type of reading that you are performing, the death card will almost universally indicate that some sort of major change is going to take place. In general, this change may be perceived as bad at first, but can lead to good things if the individual maintains a positive attitude. In a reading about finances, for instance, the death card could indicate a loss of some sort of financial security. Just remember that your fate is always up to you, no matter what the cards indicate.

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