The Death card is one of the tricky cards of tarot. When it shows up in a reading, readers are very quick to point out that it does not mean actual death. Instead, it means transformation.
I agree that there is a transformative element to the Death card. However, I think we do a disservice when we gloss over the hard aspects of the card. By doing so, we either neglect our jobs on at least two counts. First, we provide information about what is to come so that they can be prepared for it. If we ignore the messy parts of Death, we do not allow or help them to face it with all the necessary information. If they are going through it and tell the to simply focus on the â€śnew beginningâ€ť promised, then we disrespect their painful experience.
In the middle of our celebration of spring, we look at the Death card. Sometimes the focus of Death is transformation and sometimes it is time to focus on the bright new beginning.
So, Iâ€™m laying the Death card on top of winter. This year, it has been a long, slow death indeed. Winter is dead. Long live Spring.
The Death card from the Mystic Faerie Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft.