Death Tarot Card Meanings

death tarot card


Death is the 13th Major Arcana card among all the other 22 Major Arcana cards. On this card, the ‘messenger of death’ is seen sitting on a white horse. This messenger is in the form of a skeleton (the only part of the body which exists after death) dressed in black armour (representing invincibility which signals that no one can destroy death). The white colour of the horse symbolizes purity, strength, wisdom, and power. In the left hand, the ‘messenger of death’ carries a black coloured flag decorated with white coloured rose symbolizing purity, beauty, spirituality, and immortality. The five petals of the rose symbolize freedom, change, and new beginnings. Together, all these symbols denote that death is not only about ending of the things, but it denotes transformation and the beginnings of the new things in life. A royal figure appears to be dead on the dirty ground (which represents that death doesn’t differentiate between the class of people) while a bishop is pleading for mercy. A young woman and a child are sitting distressed and pleading the messenger of death to spare them. In the background, a boat is floating in the river which symbolizes it as the boat of taking the dead to the afterlife. The sunset is taking place which denotes the cycles of life (day and night or birth and death).


  • Endings
  • Drastic Change
  • New Beginnings
  • Transformation
  • Transition
  • Metamorphosis
  • Loss
  • Destruction

General Meaning

The ‘Death’ card denotes several meanings depending upon its placement with the other cards in the spread. This card symbolizes the end of some significant phase of your life. You may realise that this phase was not providing the expected benefits. You might be feeling distressed but the appearance of this card suggests to look for other options. The favourable time of your life may provide you with the number of benefits. You have to divert your mind to something productive else you will be emotionally, physically, and mentally down. It also denotes that recently you have faced an unexpected event in your life which has brought a period of stress and chaos. Instead of worrying about the loss, this card advises you to be strong and accept the changes.

Upright Position

death-upright position

If the ‘Death’ card appears in the upright position in your spread, it denotes that a period of some drastic change in your life. This change has resulted in the ending of some unfruitful aspects of life. You might be depressed on the ending but you need to understand that all this is happening for your Highest Good. The universe will be going to shower the blessings on you shortly. Your life will be completely transformed and several new opportunities will start knocking at your door. Though this card is not related to physical death, it also says that the event of death cannot be avoided. You have to accept the changes brought up by the Supreme powers.

Sometimes this card also denotes the ending of some bad habit (alcoholism and drug abuse). Apart from all this, it also denotes the unhealthy attachments who have in your life. This card denotes the high time to end such toxic relationships as it will only going to bring you emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually down. Take some time for the recovery and open your doors for better opportunities.

Reversed Position

death-reversed position

If the ‘Death’ card appears in the reversed position in your spread, it suggests that you are resisting to the changes which the universe has brought in your life. You are still stuck with the old norms. You are not able to understand that the ending of some unproductive things in your life is very important else you will be failed to open the doors for the new opportunities. It also denotes that you are delaying the beginning of something in your life. Sometimes, the appearance of this card in the reversed position denotes that you are trying to bring a transformation in your life which is not known to others. The transformation can be in the form of starting a new venture, expanding the business, changing your lifestyle, shifting to some other place, or anything.

Death in Past Spread

You had faced some unexpected event in the past which has changed your life completely. This event can either be positive or negative. This appearance of this card suggests that instead of worrying about the things that had happened in the past, start looking towards its positive impact in your life.

Death in Present Spread

If the ‘Death’ card appears in your present spread, it suggests that you are going through the period of some unexpected change in your life. Always remember that many things in your life end so that it can make the room for the better ones. Stay positive and focused as changes are the part of life and you shouldn’t get diverted from your ultimate goal.

Death in Future Spread

If the ‘Death’ card appears in your future spread, it denotes some unpredicted event will be coming your way soon. It can either be positive or negative. You need to understand that whatever happens in life is for some good reason. You have no idea what God is going to shower on you as the reward for your dedication and hard work. Always be positive and focused.

Death In Love Spread

If you are single, the appearance of this card shows your old beliefs and your traditional thoughts which are stopping you to find a suitable partner for yourself. You have to bring some changes to your behaviour as there are chances of meeting someone special shortly. If you are committed, the appearance of this card denotes that you are going through the rocky phase of your relationship where the commitment is not yielding any positive result. You are depressed and mentally unstable. You may have to consult someone experienced or go for the relationship counselling to resolve the matters. If nothing positive happens, this card denotes the ending of such an unfruitful bond and suggests to start looking for some better options.

Death in Career Spread

The period of change is often related to the ‘Death’ card which can either be positive or negative. If you are not happy with your current career option, you can look for the better ones. You are under depression because of the burden of your job. Ths appearance of this card may signify that the universe may force you to find a favourable one for you. Whatever the situation is, always look for the positive aspect.

Death in Finance Spread

The appearance of the ‘Death’ card in the finance spread suggests some unexpected financial loss. You need to keep a proper check as to where you are spending your hard-earned money. If any of your business is yielding some unfavourable results, the appearance of this card denotes that you may have to shut your business soon. It also denotes bankruptcy and robbery. If you are thinking of investing your money somewhere, this card suggests considering every fact before accepting any financial proposal.

Death in Heath Spread

If the ‘Death’ card appears in your health spread, you don’t have to worry about anything as it doesn’t show the physical death. This card shows that right now you might be going through the event of depression, but it will end soon. You need to maintain the patience and calmness as your bad phase will end shortly. This card also advises maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Death in Family Spread

Don’t worry, the appearance of this card doesn’t show the physical death of someone. It shows that your family may go through the event of some unexpected transition which will be going to affect your family. Whatever it is, stop worrying as the bad phases always come in our life to make us stronger than before.

Death in Yes or No Spread

This card shows the new beginnings along with loss and destruction. The overall theme of this card is a bit negative so the answer to your question is ‘No’.

Other Facts

  • Elements: Water
  • Astrology/Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
  • Period: October 23 to November 22

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