Profound change, destruction and renewal, new situations, transitions, change of being and thought, morality, endings, transformation, separation, loss, liberation, revolution.







The end of something which has been lived out, with new beginnings to follow.


(Spiritual Animal Symbology) 


The Master of the Death card is the Master El Morya. The Master El Morya works with those that have a desire to expand their level of awareness, and those who seek active participation within organizations to increase public awareness of the ‘Universal Mind.’

The Master El Morya helps direct those wishing to achieve self-awareness so that they may learn how to express their deepest inner-thoughts and feelings. He also assists in stimulating those who may initially find some difficulty in realizing the need to accept spiritual enlightenment. The Master El Morya also helps in the control of one’s willpower and tolerance when life seems difficult.

The Master El Morya joyfully offers his energies to those who interests lie in Astrology and Numerology. The Master El Morya works on the 1st Ray energy and gives his energies to the number 13.

Upon the Tree of Life, pathway 13 connects sephira GEBURAH with HOD.

The energy of Death combines beauty and victory to transcend physical boundaries and emerge reborn.

Elderflowers are an alterative and diaphoretic. Elderflowers are traditionally planted in cemeteries as a protection against negative spirits and energies.

Elderflowers can be made into teas for cold and fever, and to purify the blood and to remove putrification and to clear the skin.

Symbolically, Elderflowers are used for clearing the past, for letting go of old ways of being, and for protecting oneself from possible karmic reactions of past deeds.

The Divinatory meaning for Elderflowers is ‘re-birth’. It tells of the beginning of the new, and suggests letting go of the past, and things no longer needed in one’s life.

Initially a nameless card, Death very seldom literally means death. Instead it is the image of profound transformation, the ending of one cycle, and the transition into a new state.

The Death tarot card symbolizes sudden and inevitable change and the death of the old self so that the new consciousness can emerge. This experience can be saddening and painful and we may be reluctant to accept the inevitability of the ending. To accept and recognize the necessity of endings liberates and allows for inner change, rebirth, and renewal.

Death in the Tarot does not connote physical death; on the contrary, it means that a cycle has ended and a new one is ready to begin. However, the transition between death and new life requires a period of mourning. If we refuse to accept that a real ending has occurred, we do not mourn the loss and thus cannot symbolically let the soul rest. By acknowledging and mourning losses or endings we can let things end peacefully and clear the way for a new beginning. If the ending is not accepted, a new beginning cannot take place.

The Tarot is a very subtle tool, and many ‘negative’ events manifesting in a reading may not be quite so devastating when put in its proper perspective. Although the card can in some cases foretell of an actual, physical death, it most often manifests as a death of an outmoded concept, idea or lifestyle. Death allows for regeneration and re-birth. Therefore, when in a reading, Death may not necessarily predict dire events, but instead the refinement and attunement of a situation.

Death is a card of transmutation and immortality. Death equals transition. ‘Death’ as we fear it, does not exist. Life is continually changing from one level of consciousness to another. Death tells us that when something is taken away, something important is put in its place. Death tells that one must transform and release the ‘old’ to enable growth from potentially great opportunities and possibilities.

Death can represent the belief in the doorway to eternal life and/or reincarnation.

The energy of the ‘Angel of Death’ combines beauty and victory to transcend physical boundaries and emerge re-born.

Death is represented by one of the apocalyptic visions. The mysterious horseman moves slowly, bearing a black banner. The banner depicted on the Death card has the five petalled rose, which is symbolic of the planet Mars, and signifies the ‘life-force’.

The river shown is indicative of the constant circulation of the life-force, through our material life and back out again

The Sun is shown in the centre of the Death card with the twelve signs of the Zodiac surrounding it, making 13 signs in total. The Sun alone in the background represents hope.

Between two pillars on the verge of the horizon, the sun of immortality shines brightly.

Falling in front of the horseman are a king, a child and a maiden, and a man of the church awaits his end with clasped hands.

In its association with Scorpio, it tells of a ‘sting in the tail’. Being ruled by Scorpio, which states ‘I seek myself through what I desire’, the Death card is to do with the sexual aspect of humans, as well as the elimination organs of the body.

Being related to the karmic number 13, Death tells of tests, trials and temptations in the search for greater spiritual consciousness. 13 reduces to the number 4, and 4s in a reading indicate the realization of one’s goals.

When Death appears in a reading it indicates that it is time to look at the old and release it to allow transformation to a higher level.

Appearing in a reading, Death asks one to look at issues of trust, letting go, attachment and obsession. It is our challenge to learn our lessons from these experiences and emotions.

Appearing in a reading, Death indicates that a major change is about to occur in your life, which may require any outmoded concepts to be discarded for a newer, better life and lifestyle.

The Death card asks that you step out of the past and into today. If you live in the past you will miss out on the opportunities presented for you today.

The Death card is asking that you face the future, accept the changes and adapt accordingly.

The presence of the Death card in a reading indicates that a stage in life is coming to an end, but that from this ending new experiences will evolve.

The Death card in readings indicates major transformations in the near future and rethinking ones’ life and beliefs which brings about many positive changes and eventually renewal. It tells of recognizing the end to a situation or a change in attitude.

Death in a tarot spread tells of new opportunities and asks that you not resist the changes that are coming towards you.

Death asks that you fill your life with joy and hope and leave your past behind.

The Death card indicates that it is necessary to look at your life and to question the amount of energy that you are putting into relationships. You need to decide whether it is necessary to let go in order to save energy.


Disaster, accidents, incidents, upheaval and temporary stagnation, inertia, lethargy, delay, indecision, destruction.

Appearing reversed, Death may indicate a lack of motivation at this time, and constantly looking for courses of action that require little effort. It implies that you should try to find enthusiasm for life or the destructive nature of this behaviour will take its toll.

When the Death card appears in a reading reversed, it may be implying a feeling of stagnation, sorrow or depression. Look at new ideas to gain motivation.

Death reversed in a spread indicates a time of stagnation that results from excessive stubbornness. It tells of being weakened by the loss of will, and a fear of facing and dealing with life and life issues.

Reversed, Death tells of being held back by the fear of what may be lost, therefore this is not a good time for change, instead, the time is best spent in planning and forethought as fears and negative emotions always create delays in moving forward.

Death reversed, may be telling of unwelcome changes that will see you having to pick your way through an unknown and unwelcoming new environment.

When Death appears reversed in a reading, it may be telling of a feeling of being in limbo. It can foretell of disaster, accidents, incidents, upheaval and temporary stagnation. 

Death informs you that nothing will happen or change unless you make it happen.

Appearing reversed, Death tells of a long drawn recovery or conclusion of a difficult situation or circumstance.

Reversed, Death signifies resistance to change and a fear of the future. It may be that changes made in your life are more traumatic the more you hang onto the past.

The negative interpretation is depression due to neglecting that a cycle has come to an end, break-up of relationships, obsession, and stagnation.

Joanne WalmsleySacred Scribes
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  1. this is very well written because the card came up amid a group of very inspiring cards.. it felt very frightening and defeating however your interpretation renewed hope and actually describes what I am feeling with this particular issue.. Every Tarot reader needs to really absorb this interpretation and convey this to the person who's Tarot is being read.. otherwise one can walk away feeling very depressed and saddened and has this imprinted on their mind until they understand the deeper meaning as it is laid out here thank you..

  2. With my relationship in mind, i did the three card reading...Five of eands for Past, Two of Swords for Present snd reversed Death for Future. Made me feel bit uneasy, but took ot as a warning what may come if i won't face my fears. Thank You