Upright meaning: Transformation, change, transition, endings, new beginnings, unforeseen change.
Reversed meaning: Fear of change, resisting transformation, stagnation, holding onto the past, delays.
The Death card depicts a skeleton, dressed in black armor, riding a white horse. The skeleton symbolizes survival, the bare bones of existence, the end of a cycle, and a new beginning. The black armor represents the need to accept that certain things must end for new things to begin. The white horse signifies purity, a cleansing that comes with acceptance of change.
Before the horse, a king lies dead, symbolizing that all, even those with power, must face and accept the end. A child, on the other hand, kneels and seems to welcome the skeleton, demonstrating that death is not always to be feared, and can represent a new beginning.
The Death card signifies the end of a major phase or aspect of your life that may bring about the beginning of something far more valuable and important. It is a card of transformation and new beginnings, and it encourages you to let go of the past to make way for the new.
RootAstro's Tarot expert, Emma Brown, combines her Ph.D. in Religious Studies with a deep understanding of astrology for spiritual development and self-discovery. Known for her compassionate and inspirational approach, she uses Tarot and astrology to provide profound insights into life's complexities, making her an invaluable part of our team.