The Death Tarot Card: a Wake up Call in Tarot Reading
I recently have been working with Kat Black’s, Golden Tarot Deck. This deck is simply gorgeous. Although its imagery is somewhat traditional, Kat Black does incorporate some unusual interpretations. This is particularly true for the Death Tarot Card. In her version, the Death card depicts a sleeping woman, pale and subdued. I assume this references a literal death. However, I also associate this imagery with a deep slumber. Her eyes are closed and she holds a flower. Surrounding her there are angels dressed in black, and above her a winged skeleton spreads its arms.
Traditionally, Death, the Tarot card of transformation, signifies the commencement of profound change. In a Tarot reading, the Death card indicates that another life cycle has ended and a new cycle has begun. It can refer to the completion of important life stages or relationships. However, it often symbolizes metamorphosis. It is the rebirth of one’s psyche. Old beliefs and ideas are discarded for new ones. In essence, it is a metaphorical death not a literal one. In a tarot reading, Death refers to a transformation that occurs at one’s deepest core.
Yet as I peer into Kat Black’s image, I do not fully identify with this traditional explanation. I am drawn to the angels attempting to raise a young maiden back into life. They are beckoning her to wake up, to once again embrace life. Their small hands reach for her eyes and mouth. I can imagine them whispering to her, “Open your eyes and speak your truth.”
Perhaps, the Death Tarot card is telling us more. We would be foolish to deny one important element to the concept of Death. Death references our own mortality. It is an underlying fear that lies within all of us. We all want to live. In fact, we tend to avoid the very thought of it. At some point in our lives, we need to accept its inevitability. In this context, the Death Tarot card urges us to face our fears. We must come to accept our own mortality. Once we accomplish this, life takes on new meaning. Life, indeed, becomes much more precious.
Perhaps the Death Tarot Card is a wake up call. It is reminding us to open our eyes and embrace the world around us. In this regard, it may refer to our own lack of perspective. Are we missing the bigger picture? Does our life have meaning? Are we failing to see the beauty in our relationships? Kat Black’s imagery is truly an invitation. She beckons us to open are eyes and speak from our hearts. She reminds us to shift our consciousness and embrace the divine that is within all of us. In this regard, Death is truly the transcendence of one’s level of awareness and perceptions, forever reminding us to wake up to the world around us.
Kat Black’s Golden Tarot is published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. http://www.usgamesinc.com (800) 544-2637
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