13 Death

 

 

 

Upright position:

 

Transformation, making way for the new, unexpected change, loss, failure, illness or death, bad luck

 

Death does not necessarily, or even usually, indicate physical death. In fact, in general, it is considered irresponsible for readers to predict physical death, as we are creatures with free will, and such things are not written in stone. This card simply indicates transformation and change. This is definitely a time of deep transformation, likely to be both inner and outwardly in your life. Situations, things, and people that you have counted on or gotten used to may no longer be available to you in quite the same way as they once were, and this transition can be difficult for some people.


The more accepting you can be of change of all sorts during this time, and the less you try to "control" the better and the more comfortable this time will be for you. Often what you need to "let go of" is some sort of self-limiting belief or attitude. Sometimes we just can't see how our attitudes are hurting us, and when that is true, this time period can be a wake-up call. The energy of this time is not just change or destruction; it is change or destruction followed by renewal. Even though one door may have closed, another is opening. Will you have the courage to step through?


Work:
If you hate your job, or are "underemployed," but you've not wanted to leave because of the steady income, you could end up being forced out. Ultimately, this would lead to your "greater good," but wouldn't you rather leave on your own volition? You may benefit most from a complete change of field. Make the leap. You can do it.


Love: If you are clinging to a relationship that you are deeply unhappy in because you don't want to let go of the familiar, or because you hate to be alone, you are doing neither yourself or your partner any favors. Have a frank and honest discussion about the problem(s) you have with the relationship, and if they can't or won't make a change or you can't or won't, then perhaps it's time to let it go. If you can be brave and take the chance of leaving the security of this relationship, you can find one that works much better. But first, you have to face the problem, and try to fix it. Not all relationships are fixable. Don't beat your head against a wall for very long. You'll know when it's "long enough."


Finances: You may have to make some sacrifices to deal with coming financial challenges. You can do it. Don't hesitate to reach out for help if you need it. You don't have to struggle or suffer alone, nor should it come to that, although there is a possibility that you'll be dealing with an involuntary loss of income as your job may be cut back, your stocks may lose money etc. Don't avoid reality, if this comes about. Figure out exactly what you are dealing with, face the situation, then do what you must to get through it. Ultimately you will profit greatly from what you have learned. You'll be fine in the long run.


Health: Keeping your stress level manageable is a must in order to stay in good health now. Deal with any problems that come up physically, don't try to avoid them. Be sure to get enough rest, as best you can, and don't abuse your body with alcohol or in other ways. If you need healing, ask for it on both the literal and the spiritual planes. Especially if you are single, now, seek out being touched physically; massage, and hugs from dear friends, etc., will go a long way toward keeping you healthy and sane.


Spirituality: Cultivate a positive attitude. Know that even if you are in the midst of a "dark night of the soul" that this too shall pass. Don't fight change. Allow yourself to feel what you feel, but don't wallow in pain or sorrow; if you need help pulling yourself away from any pain or loss that you are suffering, reach out. There is always a caring soul who will help you, even if you are quite literally alone in the world; more people care about you than you can even begin to imagine.

 

 

Reversed position:

 

Stagnation, immobility, slow changes, a narrow escape, cheating death

 

As with the upright meaning, the appearance of the “Death card” does NOT necessarily, or even usually, indicate physical death. It is important to bear in mind that in most circles, it is considered irresponsible for readers to predict physical death, as we are creatures with free will, and such things are not written in stone. This card, whether upright or reversed, simply indicates transformation and change.


When Death appears in reverse, it often indicates that the changes that are likely to be coming in the querent’s life are of a less intense nature than the changes indicated by the upright card. Again, it bears repeating that the energy of this time is not just change or destruction; it is change or destruction followed by renewal. Almost without exception in life, when one door may closes, another is opening. Will you have the courage to step through?


Work: You may be dealing with a quiet undercurrent of dissatisfaction in your working life. When this card appears in reverse, it does not mean that you should just ignore these feelings, it means you should give serious consideration to exactly what you are feeling, and why, and what you can do about it. Do not attempt to put all of the blame on others. As with the upright meaning in this context, you may benefit most from a complete change of field. If you are interested in doing so, make the leap, and know that you can do it.


Love: As with the upright meaning of this card, if you are clinging to a relationship that you are deeply unhappy in because you don’t want to let go of the familiar, or because you hate to be alone, you are doing neither yourself or your partner any favors. However, when the card is in reverse, the problems are likely to be LESS major than they would be if the card was showing upright. Regardless, if you are in a difficult relationship now, it may be helpful to have a frank and honest discussion about the problem(s) you have with the relationship, and if they can’t or won’t make a change (or you can’t or won’t,) then perhaps it’s time to let it go. If you can be brave and take the chance of leaving the security of this relationship, you can find one that works much better. But first, you have to face the problem, and try to fix it. Not all relationships are fixable. Don’t beat your head against a wall for very long. You’ll know when it’s “long enough.” If you are single and looking for love now, there may need to be a transformation in how you see yourself/an increase in your self esteem in order for love to come to you. Give it some thought.


Finances: There may be some changes looming in your financial situation when this card appears. Don’t be fearful, just be very prudent about how, when, and where you make use of your resources. If there is a downturn in your finances, know that it is unlikely to last forever. Do your part, and all will be well. Don’t expect windfalls out of thin air.


Health: When this card is in reverse in a reading looking at health issues, it’s important to keep your stress level manageable in order to stay in good health now. If you are experiencing some health issues which you generally try to treat yourself, the time may be coming soon when you’ll need to see a medical practitioner. Do not hesitate. The problems are unlikely to be major and you may find yourself wondering something like “why didn’t I do this a long time ago?”


Spirituality: Any time this card appears in any configuration or context, it is particularly important to cultivate a positive attitude. Even if you are in the midst of a deep depression, know that this too shall pass. It will pass more quickly and less painfully if you allow yourself to reach out for help. Don’t fight change. Allow yourself to feel what you feel, but don’t wallow in pain or sorrow; if you need help pulling yourself away from any pain or loss that you are suffering, reach out. We were not sent to this world to suffer endlessly. Even when it seems we have nothing but our bodies, there are always steps we can take. Take your steps, and help others to take theirs. You have more to offer to the world than you realize.