The Death card represents the end of a cycle, mortality, destruction, and corruption. It suggests that the Querent may be experiencing a significant change or transition in their life, which may be difficult or painful but is ultimately necessary for growth and transformation. The Death card can also represent the loss of a benefactor or the failure of a project, indicating that the Querent may need to let go of their attachments and move on to new opportunities. The card may also represent rebirth, renewal, and regeneration, reminding us that even in the darkest times, there is always the potential for growth and new beginnings.
In the reversed position, the Death card can indicate inertia, sleep, lethargy, petrifaction, or somnambulism. The card suggests that the Querent may be stuck in a state of limbo or may be resisting necessary change or transformation. The Death card in this position may also represent the destruction of hope, indicating that the Querent may be struggling to see a way forward or may have lost faith in their ability to make positive changes. Overall, the Death card reminds us that change is inevitable and that we must be willing to let go of the old in order to make way for the new.
The veil or mask of life is perpetuated in change, transformation and passage from lower to higher, and this is more fitly represented in the rectified Tarot by one of the apocalyptic visions than by the crude notion of the reaping skeleton. Behind it lies the whole world of ascent in the spirit. The mysterious horseman moves slowly, bearing a black banner emblazoned with the Mystic Rose, which signifies life. Between two pillars on the verge of the horizon there shines the sun of immortality. The horseman carries no visible weapon, but king and child and maiden fall before him, while a prelate with clasped hands awaits his end.\nThere should be no need to point out that the suggestion of death which I have made in connection with the previous card is, of course, to be understood mystically, but this is not the case in the present instance. The natural transit of man to the next stage of his being either is or may be one form of his progress, but the exotic and almost unknown entrance, while still in this life, into the state of mystical death is a change in the form of consciousness and the passage into a state to which ordinary death is neither the path nor gate. The existing occult explanations of the 13th card are, on the whole, better than usual, rebirth, creation, destination, renewal, and the rest.