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Death Tarot Card: Upright, Reversed, & Love Meanings

Death Card Meaning

The Death card in Tarot is a card of major transformation and new beginnings, and it probably won't be easy. The Death card meaning in a Tarot reading is about transformation, passage, and change. The basic symbols of the Death card are Death as a skeleton in black robes or armor. There may also be a scythe or a flag featuring a five-petaled rose. There may be other figures in the field, the most common and recurring is that of a child.

Upright Death Card Meaning

When the Death card is upright in a Tarot reading, it symbolizes transformation, making way for the new, loss, failure, illness or death, and bad luck. That might all sound bad, but think of this as the end of one chapter and the beginning of another! You are in a time of transition, and it's best to embrace it even if it's painful. And it might be. But everything good is worth working for, and you're ready.

Reversed Death Card Meaning

When the Death card is reversed in a Tarot reading, it stands for immobility, slow changes, a narrow escape, and cheating death. You're resisting change, and that's not good. You need to let go and move forward into a brighter future.

Death Card Love Meaning

The Death card in a Tarot love reading might meant that you are hanging on to a relationship that is no longer serving you. If you're single, it's time to let go of old habits that have held you back from love. If you're in a relationship, it's time to either reconsider if you want to continue or make some difficult changes to get the love you deserve.