The Death card in the tarot card deck has been used in movies to illicit fear in even the bravest of heroes. Usually, it comes with background music that enhances the feeling of impending doom for the viewer. One glance at the imagery of the Death card can send a chill through the questioner, a gasp, a shudder, and an immediate feeling of something dark and sinister encroaching into the room. This is usually where the professional tarot card reader has to work hard to soothe the fears of the client. Yes, it looks scary. Some decks even portray macabre images that only sharpen the fear. But the Death card in the tarot card deck may not be as frightening as one might expect.
Of course, the meaning in every card in a spread depends on where the card falls in the tarot layout and the surrounding cards. But for the most part, the Death card simply means that a major change is imminent in the life of the client. Death signifies the end of something. But the meanings in tarot cards can be subtle, even sly sometimes. The cycle of life tells us that with everything that ends, a new cycle begins. Death is transformation. In mystic circles, death is not the end. In the death of the physical body, we are transformed into spirit. So from this perspective, Death is the beginning of a new life, a rebirth into a different life, a transformation, perhaps even into a spiritual life of utter peace and joy. We must remember that the major arcana cards involve the more important aspects in our lives. So, in a tarot card reading, Death usually represents a permanent change. Death is, after all, rather permanent, is it not?
So, for anyone pulling the Death card in the tarot card deck, one can expect major life changes, perhaps a permanent end to something, or a transformational event. The surrounding tarot cards will help you intuit just what this ending may be all about. Is it the end of a relationship? The end of a job? Or the end of a long battle?
In closing, just remember, despite the often macabre images on the Death card, Death is nothing to be feared. Life is always changing.
Enjoy the path.
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