death tarot card meaning upright and reversed

13 – Death Tarot Card Meanings – Upright



General Death tarot card meanings

The death tarot card represent changes that will be permanent because this change will be better for you or it is a natural change that has to be made anyway. So for example nature makes that you aren’t growing younger but you are getting older.  The death tarot card represents the moving forward in life and the growth that comes with these changes. The death card shows that life doesn’t go backwards but forwards.

The Death tarot card is about transformation and endings of cycles which doesn’t always mean that it is the end of your job or your relationship. It can indicate that a certain period in your job or relationship is about to end and that it is time now for a new cycle. Death tarot card represent upcoming changes.

The transformations in a death period in your life shows growth. For example when you graduated from school you are going to find a job or start a business. You are not going back to school again because you like to move forward. So being at school wasn’t necessarily better then working. It is about the transformation. every part of this cycle is as important.

Death in a Tarot Card Combination

Because this tarot card is related to the element water these changes might affect you or people around you in an emotional way. In tarot card combinations the death cards could tell about the kind of change that is coming up. So for example death and star tarot card could indicate that there is a hopeful change coming up. Since the star tarot card is about healing this tarot combination could indicate that you will heal from a situation or illness. You could call this a healing tarot card combination but this could also mean healing on an emotional level.

The number 13 can be reduced to 1 + 3 = 4. The number 4 is about stability, security, safety and need to keep your life in balance and the number 3 in the Death card is bringing growth. The Death tarot card brings change in order to realize your goals. Read more about tarot & numerology.

Death as feelings and in love readings

The tarot card death as feelings from someone towards you could represent that someone feelings are changing for you. This could be positive or negative depending on the tarot cards that are nearby in the reading. For example when the death card shows up together with the 10 of cups this could indicate feelings are changing into happiness. Bad periods will end and it is time for a fresh new period. When the death card shows up together with the empress they might see you now as their long term girlfriend or wife.

Especially if you feel a need for change the death card is a great card to see in your love tarot reading. This doesn’t mean that if you are having a good time and the death card shows up it will be a bad period. You need to take a look at the subject of your tarot reading in order to make clear what is changing. Changes aren’t always good or bad. They are changes.

Death in a job and career tarot reading

When your company is making a major change the death tarot card could show up. For example when you started your business at your attic and now you found an investor this will mean a major change for your business. The business is in transformation when this happens. This isn’t good or bad because it depends on how you handle these changes and if you take the appropriate actions to make it grow.

When you had a difficult time and the detah tarot card shows up together with the star tarot card, you will get renewed hope in your projects and positive changes are coming up.

Death as outcome and advice

  • letting go of old habits and outdates ideas
  • moving to another place
  • natural ending of a cycle
  • a bad situation is coming to an end
  • moving forward, being open to growth
  • embracing change and transformation
  • overcoming something
  • closing a period and starting a new




13 – Death Tarot Card Meanings – Reversed


The Death tarot card reversed could indicate that the querent wants the change a too fast. In this case it could be the querent is running away from a situation. The Death tarot card represents a natural change and it is important to live this period out until it is time to leave.

Reversed the Death card can also symbolize that the querent is resisting change. For example when you are still in contact with an ex boy or girlfriend even though it is over. The advice of the Death card is to accept change in order to move on.

For feelings death reversed indicates upcoming changes. Also feelings that you had for someone could be still present. Changes are hold back because of it.

The Death card reversed can also be a sign that an ex is in the picture again and it doesn’t mean a natural reconcilation but indicates a resistance to change. The advice of the Death card is to accept change in order to move on.

Death reversed as outcome and advice

  • resisting change can lead to suffering
  • premature leaving (a job or relationship)
  • forcing an end to a period
  • running away from a situation
  • something that you thought it was done is not over yet, it will probably end later
  • resisting transformation and growth
  • resistance of closure of a period
  • allow transformation, change and growth


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All Major Arcana Tarot Cards


0 – The Fool 1 – The Magician 2 – The High Priestess 3 – The Empress 4 – The Emperor 5 – The Hierophant 6 – The Lovers 7 – The Chariot 8 – Strength 9 – The Hermit 10 – The Wheel of Fortune 11 – Justice 12 – The Hanged Man 13 – Death 14 – Temperance 15 – The Devil 16 – The Tower 17 – The Star 18 – The Moon 19 – The Sun 20 – Judgment 21 – The World

All Minor Arcana Tarot Cards


Suit of Wands:

Ace of Wands 2 of Wands 3 of Wands  4 of Wands 5 of Wands 6 of Wands  7 of Wands  8 of wands 9 of Wands 10 of Wands Page of Wands Queen of Wands Knight of Wands King of Wands

Suit of Cups:

Ace of Cups 2 of Cups 3 of Cups 4 of Cups 5 of Cups 6 of Cups 7 of Cups 8 of Cups 9 of Cups 10 of Cups Page of Cups Knight of Cups Queen of Cups King of Cups

Suit of Pentacles:

Ace of Pentacles 2 of Pentacles 3 of Pentacles 4 of Pentacles 5 of Pentacles 6 of Pentacles 7 of Pentacles 8 of Pentacles 9 of Pentacles 10 of Pentacles Page of Pentacles Knight of Pentacles Queen of Pentacles King of Pentacles

Suit of Swords:

Ace of Swords 2 of Swords 3 of Swords 4 of Swords 5 of Swords 6 of Swords 7 of Swords 8 of Swords 9 of Swords 10 of Swords Page of Swords Knight of Swords Queen of Swords King of Swords

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