Know the explanation of the meaning of the Death Card, what it indicates when it goes backward or forwards, and its possible application to the various facets of your life and day-to-day issues.
Death is Card XIII of the Major Arcana of the Marseilles Tarot. This Card symbolizes all the misgivings and negative superstitions associated with the number 13. It blinds without compassion everything that appears in front of it. It also warns of the precept that, to evolve, it is necessary to die and be reborn, a previous step for any personal and spiritual evolution. Know the meaning of the Death Card in the Tarot, what it indicates when it comes from the right, backward, or combined with other Cards, and its possible application to the various facets of life and day-to-day problems.
The Major Arcana numbering tells you where you are in a particular situation or problem. Ask your question to the Tarot and interpret the Arcanum according to its number and respective position in the deck. When his life experiences are complete, El Loco returns to zero. Despite the divinatory meaning of the Cards, think of the Tarot as a journey. If you look at the Letters that are coming out in this way, for each topic you place, it becomes easier to intuitively interpret the Letters and face their messages as, also, a life story.
The figure and the symbolism of the Death card in the Marseille Tarot
- Arcanum XIII
- Zodiac Affinity: Scorpio
- Keywords: Change, new beginnings, end, transformation, construction of something new, end of a cycle.
- Key expressions: End of one cycle and the start of another, need to leave the past behind, suggests that, when one stage closes, another begins, acceptance of the inevitable, need to accept that life is constantly changing, the existence of cycles in life that oscillate between phases more positive than others.
- Advice: Abdicate, free yourself without fear.
- Reverse meaning: Resistance to progress.
The illustration for the Death Card shows a skeleton armed with a scythe turned to the right side. One of his feet is buried while the other steps on a woman’s head. The ground is black, like the shadows, with blue and yellow plants. The position of the figures that are partially buried in the ground and the fact that they seem to be gesturing can symbolize the continuation and not the end of something.
This is a threatening letter, but this Letter also symbolizes that the end of something can be the seed for a different reality, who knows, perhaps better and more suited to the wishes of the person. In the Tarot, Death symbolizes regeneration, new beginnings, and a new opportunity.
This can be a very positive letter that involves renewal and change. It is a sign that something will change, that the person will have another type of life, or that it may not be negative at all in the face of certain personal circumstances. In the Cabala, Death corresponds to path number 24 of the Tree of Life: the beauty of victory.
This Card has several names in the different Tarot decks, such as The Nameless Card, Mortality, The Transformation, The Change, and The Conclusion. In some way, all of these names reflect the deeper meaning of this Charter.
The exit of this Letter in reading is one of the most feared, despite the fact that its interpretation is not as sinister as the figure that La Muerte illustrates or the name of the Letter itself. When it appears in a reading, Death announces a loss, but not physical Death. It can refer to the Death of a certain way of being in life, overcoming behaviors, of a relationship, a project, or of a job.
Card Reading Death in the Marseille Tarot Game
Reading of the Letter to the Law
In a Tarot reading, the presence of Death indicates that the change will be radical, shocking, and even unpleasant, but it will eventually turn out to be a good thing. This Letter opens the way to change, to the construction of a more positive reality, but also the conclusion and closure of a certain situation or relationship condemned to Death. With this Letter, the old and the ties that bind the past are released to give way to new things.
Despite the test predicted by the current moment, La Muerte announces that we will be free to start a new phase and a new path of life at the end of the process. The skeleton that appears in this Letter reminds us that the base, the essential, that structures the personality of a person remains, regardless of the most negative circumstances of life. The meat, the muscles, and all the rest can be reconstituted. Everything that is important will survive, despite the change being profound, and, at the end of the process, a new person may emerge.
Reading the Card that comes out the other way around.
When Death comes up backward, its reading is slightly different than when it comes up straight. However, its main meaning is the feeling of fear. The person may feel terrified of change, the loss of a partner, unemployment, or another situation that represents, in some way, a loss or insecurity. This is the case of job loss and fear of not being able to face financial responsibilities or estrangement from the partner, creating a feeling of sentimental insecurity.
Even when reversed, this Card seems to give the querent more power to resolve the situation, even though change is inevitable. As unpleasant as the consequences may be, doing nothing and keeping the situation as it is can be much more damaging to a person’s self-esteem and mental health. The break may be the only way to create space for something new that is more positive and brings happiness and personal and emotional well-being. This Charter demands courage in the face of inevitable change.
Reading Combinations of Death with Other Marseille Tarot Cards
When it appears conjugated with The Devil, Death, it highlights the irreversible nature of the change that is approaching. Combined with the 10 of Swords, it indicates violence. Close to the Moon, it indicates inner conflict, and close to El Mago, it means that the changes are progressive and radical, as well as the potential benefits of this transformation.
Major Arcana of the Tarot of Marseille
The Major Arcana, or Great Mysteries, are seen as symbols of great problems, moments, or people. His Letters represent a human archetype, evoking the most varied feelings, moral positions, and behaviors. Discover the Major Arcana and reveal the meaning of each of the Marseilles Tarot Cards.
Reading, Symbiology, and Interpretation of the Major Arcana of the Tarot of Marseille
The Tarot is used as a tool for self-discovery and self-knowledge. In this sense, more than guessing the future, it serves to read and interpret all the elements of our life: it describes the current moment, clarifies the motives, desires, and intentions, and points out the path and the energies that are present in our life.
The possible readings for each Tarot Card are of virtually infinite variety. There is no single interpretation for each Card, for each Card arrangement, or each reading method. The Tarot is based on intuition. Each person who reads the message of a Letter, or of a set of Letters, intuitively reveals the meaning of the message of the Letter and how it is associated with their reality and life circumstances.
The word “arcanum” has its origin in Latin and means “secret.” In the Tarot, the Major Arcana are seen as universal, symbolic, and figurative figures: they are considered symbolic of great themes, moments, or people. They are considered archetypes; that is, they represent the most diverse feelings, moral positions, and human behaviors. When they arise in a reading, they indicate an important event or decision, be it practical, spiritual, or emotional. They also establish correspondence with the signs and planets of Astrology.