Deck: The Witches Tarot
Spread: Card of the Day
Date: Tue May 19 08:46:24 EDT 2015
XIII • Death (Reversed)
The Death card is one of the most misunderstood cards in the tarot deck. Rarely does it symbolize physical death; instead, what it announces is radical change in the querent’s life. In this card, Death’s skull is lit with a glowing fire. The skull is a symbol of human mortality, and it is the seat of the mind. The greenish-yellow flames represent the mind’s energy and power. Death’s armor is dark and well used; his white horse has glowing eyes and a bridle with skull-and-crossbones trim. Death carries a flag that announces transformation. The flag is emblazoned with the number thirteen—the number of full moons in a year—and the flower on the flag is a five-petaled white rose, symbolizing the natural cycles of life. The brilliant red skies of sunset in the background correspond to the close of the day and the close of one chapter in your life.
A child stands before Death with an offering of a bouquet of white daisies bound together with ribbons in the Triple Goddess colors of white, red, and black. In the language of flowers, white daisies symbolize innocence. It is important to note that the child is looking up and facing Death while holding out the flowers. He is happy, trusting, and unafraid of this knight; he welcomes the change. The child represents hope.
This card represents change. In order for something new to grow, something old has to give way. This card often shows up in readings for pregnant women, which makes sense. Think about it: their way of life is about to change forever. Their lives are about to transform into something else new and exciting.
This card also symbolizes other important endings and beginnings in your life: birth, marriage, new job, leaving for college, moving, etc. Basically, one way of life is gone, allowing room for new beginnings and opportunities to emerge.
Keywords: Transformation, change. Endings and beginnings. Cycles of nature and of life.
Deity Associations: Hades, Pluto, Hel.
Astrological Association: Scorpio.
Reversed: Traumatic adjustment, delay, difficult change.