Death Tarot Card Meanings 2017-03-05T05:18:31+00:00

death tarot card meanings

Death: Endings

Death Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:

Death tarot card meanings in traditional tarot stem from its connection to both Astrology and Numerology. Death tarot card can mean:


Endings and new beginnings.

Completing a chapter in your life.

Putting the past behind you.

Dealing with what scares you.

Regeneration after a transition.

Seeing the truth of a situation.

Creating a whole new life for yourself.


Abuse and addictions.

Blocked grief

Unable to move on. 

Symbolism in Death tarot card

The corpse in black armor riding a white horse symbolises the image in revelation. The king,a bishop, a woman, and a child all succumb him, none is immune. The skeleton symbolises the reaper which represents death. Death symbolises endings in all it’s forms. The black banner decorated with the Mystic Rose symbolises Mary. Mary represents being the instruments of God’s earthly incarnations of energy. Rebirth and renewal of all kinds are therefore indicated. The bishop represents faith in the face of death. The maiden symbolises grief and release of sorrow at times of endings. The rising sun represents a new beginning, a new day. The pillars in front of the sun symbolise character gained in the process of rebirth. The river is the River Styx which symbolises the boundary between Earth and the Underworld. The boat symbolises the souls that cross over. Death is the number 13 which is a number of moons in a year, symbolises cycles, endings, and beginnings. Death is ruled by Scorpio in the Zodiac.

Death tarot card and Astrology

Death is ruled by Scorpio. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto. Pluto is the planet of transformation, rebirth, and regeneration . Pluto’s energies are very intense and can hit you like a ton of brick. it can change your whole life, until the phase ends, where you might find that you have a whole new set of ideas and goals. Pluto can seem destructive, but when well aspected is aiding transformation necessary for our soul growth and helping us see the truth. When poorly aspected it can denote power abuse, addiction, violence and unexpected events we are not equipt to handle well.

Death tarot card meanings upright

Death in a general reading

Death tarot card represents transformation, endings, and new beginnings. When Death tarot card shows up it tells you that things will not be the same again. You have outgrown a part of yourself, and it’s time to embrace the new. A transformation is taking place, you are growing and changing with the circumstances you find yourself in. Death can represent new people, new places, new work, new belief systems being born into your life. Death shows up in a reading to tell you that you can safely let a part of yourself go. You are like a flame, constantly changing, never remaining exactly the same from day-to-day, throughout your life. Old habits and patterns might have to be shaken off so that you can be reborn again as a new and improved you. You are probably not even noticing how much you are changing, and then one day it catches up with you, and you make the necessary steps towards creating a whole new life for yourself.

Death in a love reading

In a love reading, Death tarot card often shows up when the Seeker has lost their identity within the relationship. Maybe they entered into the relationship too soon and are now having second thoughts. If the Seeker is single Death tarot card can mean they will soon be in a relationship.

Death in a career reading

In a career reading Death tarot card means careers in the police or military. Death also shows up when the Seeker is about to change their careers. 

Learn what Death tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality types in Death tarot card

Death tarot card denotes someone who is going through a great transformation and has experienced their share of loss and endings. They need to release the past, let go and let God. This is someone who needs to surrender what is beyond their control. They might feel drawn towards everything dark and dangerous with deep urges to survive, reproduce and have power and control. Sometimes there are issues with money and owing money to others, as well as gaining an inheritance of some kind. There are hidden grief in Death people who are waiting to be released so that a new dawn can emerge. They never forget if someone has hurt them and is often dreaming of revenge and payback.

death tarot card meanings

Death: Endings

Death tarot card meanings reversed

Death tarot card reversed indicates that something that should have come to a blessed end for some reason persists. ‘Not death’ is not a desired thing as it is not living either. For some reason, the person is holding on. Blocked grief is often a factor. The seeker might be unable to face the pain of loss. They remain in the tunnel, and rebirth is prevented from happening. At worse, this card indicates mockery of someone’s death. There might be a lack of care, support, and sympathy for those left grieving. Sometimes this card shows up reversed when the seeker has cheated death.

Personality types in reversed Death tarot card

Death tarot card reversed is someone who is dealing with credit problems, such as mounting bills, debts, and tax problems. This is someone who might even be heading for bankruptcies. Death reversed speaks of someone who should have entered into a transitional stage and come out the other end. Instead, there was no transformation and therefore no renewal. The person is instead stuck in a limbo state where not much is going on. They need to embrace a new way of life and a new existence. They might wish to change and long for transformation, but are struggling with deep safety and survival issues. This is someone who might be consumed by fears of both living and dying, this might be someone suicidal. Death reversed indicates someone who is lost in despair and trauma.

Death tarot card combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Death:

Death + The Magician: Skill shortage.

Death + The Chariot: Settling down.

Death + Justice: Taxes. Others resources.

Death + The World: A completion. Graduation.

Death + Ace of wands: Lack of support.

Death + Five of wands: End of conflict.

Death + Nine of wands: End of struggle.

Death + Ten of wands: A new routine.

Death + Ace of cups: Lack of motivation.

Death + Two of cups: End of friendship.

Death + Six of cups: Your childhood.

Death + King of cups: Possessive.

Death + Ace of swords: Changing your mind.

Death + Three of swords: End of sadness.

Death + Four of swords: Needing lifestyle change.

Death + King of swords: the tax man. A business man.

Death + Three of pentacles: End in work. New work.

Death + Five of pentacles: End in money troubles.

Death + Nine of pentacles: End of an investment. End of luxury.

Death + Ten of pentacles: An inheritance.

Death tarot card meanings summary

Death tarot card shows up when there is an ending occurring in your life. A new opportunity is representing itself. Death tarot card can also signify your childhood. Sometimes Death represents a fear or fearing the inevitable. Death says there really is no death, just endings, and re-birth.

Learn what Death tarot card means as a final card in a love reading. 


  1. Eva February 9, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Dear Inger,

    I moved in with my boyfriend a week ago.(After seven month)
    Both of us lived alone and/or with our parents for a long time, despite the fact that we are not so young. Both of us are difficult person with difficult personality, spiritual sensitivity, and a lot of pain and injury. (In fact, I’m hypersensitive, and it makes everything hard…) It wasn’t a romantic decision, it was a possibility, and we started. We love each other, just a bit difficult to show his emotions…

    I asked may cards:
    1. What can I do to make our relationship happy, and succesfull:
    Death reversed
    2. How does my boyfriend feel about the moving in:
    The Magician reversed and King of swords (it doesn’t seem to promising to me :/ )
    3. What does he expect from me to behave:
    The High Priestess
    4. What should I do to make him a bit relaxed, a bit more proactive, to make him more brave about me, sexuality, etc.:
    Knight of Wands reversed
    5. How can I make him happy in this relationship?
    Three of swords reversed
    6: How can I make me happy in this relationship?
    The Judgement reversed

    Thank you very much for your help!

    Blessings: Eva

  2. Inger Bråthen February 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Hi, Eva. With your reversed cards they are telling both you and your boyfriend that your union has a lot of potentials, you just have to slow things down, take a step back, and take a deep breath, and incorporate the energy of the card before the reversed card. For example, in card position 1: what can I do to make our relationship happy and successful: death reversed. The card before is Hanged man. Which mean you must focus only on what matters. Priorities what is truly important to you in life, and put the people you love front and centre. Practise meditation as this will help with your hyper-sensitivity. The way you communicate to your boyfriend is extremely important. Communicate kindness and compassion, and he will be a different person. He will be able to give so much more of himself to you. He feels excited about you, but he is afraid to show it as he get the Magician reversed. King of swords mean he is serious about you. He expect you to be able to read him, thus he does not always communicate clearly as he thinks he already has. He wants you to be able to read his mind as he knows you are very intuitive person (high priestess). Knight of wands reversed means if you step into the energy of Page of wands and show him how passionate you feel about him. This will make him feel much better about himself. How to make him happy in this relationship: Three of swords reversed. Help him to trust you. Deep down he expects you to leave him, and therefore he can’t relax properly to enjoy this relationship. How to make yourself happy in the relationship: Judgement reversed. That means you need to stop being so hard on yourself and avoid comparing yourself to others. You are your own unique person who are in your own unique relationship, and your path is your path, your relationship is your business, and no one else. Give yourself permission to be happy! 🙂
    Love, Ingie.

  3. Eva February 11, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Dear Ingie,
    Thank you so much for your kind and detailed interpretaiton.
    It means a lot to me, and It makes me much more peaceful and hopeful. 🙂 (As always, when I read You )

    Love and thanks, Eva

  4. Steven brighouse February 21, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Hi. Yesterday was dealt the 2 of cups card . Today was dealt the death card. My partner and I have been together 8 months and living together for around 5 months. We love each other and have a great relationship but have been having small troubles now and then . She has told me to leave now and we are apart at the moment . Wondering what the cards will be meaning.of know the two of clubs is a great card and so is death bit together are they so goodon’t. Your help would be very much appreciated .thankyou steve

  5. Inger Bråthen February 21, 2017 at 8:45 am

    The Death card can mean an ending that was meant to be. The cards indicate this woman might not be your highest and best soulmate, and you will know find that your life will start flowing in a new and more harmonious direction.

  6. M March 15, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Can you tell me what ten of swords, page of cups, death, four of cups and the fool mean together please? Question was can me and my ex resolve our issues. When I reshuffled and asked if we would get back together and pulled one card I got the empress. Totally confused!

  7. Inger Bråthen March 15, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Hi, M. I feel like you will have to work on your trust issues for this relationship to be able to work, and also I feel like you need to be in a set routine together, as it seems like your lives are now going in different directions.

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