Death: general, standing and reversed meaning

Death, general description

Death is the 14th card of the Major Arcana. It is part of Fatecaster’s Tarot card list that summarizes the Rider Waite Tarot cards’ meaning.

It means farewell, remittal, the end. And while with all these it prepares the new, upcoming journey, the card itself mostly shows us the end. It can mean a long awaited relieving ending but of course, it can refer to the most painful experiences. In contrast with the Ten of Swords, that symbolizes the voluntary thus untimely end, this card always denotes the natural ending of things or it shows that it’s time to let something go.

This card belongs to the most feared ones with no reason. Those who live in a dream always interpret it as the herald of good news, and they want to divert us from experiencing the difficulties of farewell and the related life-affirmation experiences. “We’ve divided life from death, and the time in between is fear” – says Krishnamurti, and adds: “We can’t live without dying”.


Death, standing

Bigger change or transformation that is likely to be unexpected and overwhelming. Getting rid of past’s shackles. A new beginning. Death and rebirth go hand in and they are generally accompanied by consciousness.


Death, reversed

Stagnation and petrification. Holding onto the past. Rejection of change because of fears.