Death: Predictive Tarot Card Meanings

The primary Death Tarot meaning is that it is the card of transformation. When this card makes an appearance in a spread, you can expect to see yourself go through a metamorphosis in your career or love life. Perhaps there will be a change in multiple areas which you currently find meaning? 

Death Tarot card meaning for love, romance and relationships.

There is no denying the fact that Death represents endings. Endings in relationships, jobs, marriage, or business are indicated by Death. You will have to shed this skin to make way for a new phase in your life. Rarely will someone who receives Death come out of a situation as the same person they were beforehand.

Many diviners fall into the habit of interpreting cards like Death, The Devil, or The Tower positively but, remember, they primarily have a sinister meaning. Death always signals a drastic change. Change is usually painful. However, it is still necessary. So, while Death isn’t always unicorn farts and sugar canes, it has its place. Death is needed for growth.

Sometimes, Death can predict a literal death. The Death card symbolizing physical death is an old fashioned interpretation which sometimes proves to be correct. As always, read sensitive subjects with caution (especially if you’re reading other people). 

Death is not usually good, but there will be situations when it appears as a positive. This means that, although the situation will be difficult, there will be something you can salvage or learn. People who go through Death phases often look back and remember them as blessings in disguises. Therefore, sometimes, Death can predict that things in your life will break down to be built stronger.

Death Love & Relationship Tarot Meaning

Death is not a great card to get for a love reading. Even if you are the type of person who likes change, there are more desirable cards you can get to symbolize change for the better in a relationship; this isn’t that type of transformation.

In most cases, you will receive Death in your readings to signal the destruction of your partnership. Death marks the point in time when you begin to move on from the relationship and begin to rebuild your life. You probably already sense this ending approach. Break-ups which Death represent do not happen overnight; they are a slow process (The Tower is the card of unexpected break-ups). 

As stated before, sometimes, Death can predict a physical death. When you take the Death card to represent a literal death, this can mean that your partner will pass some time before you do. You also may go through a significant loss as a couple in the form of the death of a relative.

There is the possibility that Death can predict that your relationship will go through something which pushes you to the limit as a couple. You could have to survive an affair, bankruptcy, prison time, or a long-term period of unemployment. In these cases, your partnership may be salvageable but only with a lot of hard work. 

Have you asked what your lover is feeling or potential lover about you? Death means that they are not interested. They are too wrapped up in other things. 

There is a possibility of reconciliation with an ex (if this is what you’re reading about) but only in the very distant future when you have changed and grown as people. If you are recently separated, you will not get back together any time soon. 

Death Business & Career Tarot Meaning 

In a business reading, Death predicts the end of trading. Your company will fail, and you’ll have to restart from the ground up. Death advises you to cut your losses and move on to your next stage in life. It was not meant to be. 

Do not be saddened because in destruction, there are opportunities for growth. You can take the lessons you have learned from this business and apply it to a future project which will have an increased chance of being successful.

Death can also predict a major change in your chosen career path. This metamorphosis is not something which will take you by surprise, especially if you already hate your job. 

Sometimes, Death will signal a situation which will happen that will force you out of a job which you hate. Therefore, do not fear Death for career readings as Death usually indicates a turning point which you will view as a gift in the future. 

Death Friends, Family & Social Media Tarot Meaning 

Obviously, Death can predict the physical death of a friend or relative. Do not worry as this will not be something which comes as a surprise. You will have plenty of warning. 

In some cases, the Death card can mean that your social circle will completely transform over the coming weeks, months, or years. The change in your friendships will not be an overnight occurrence but a prolonged process. 

There will be times when Death symbolizes the natural changes taking place in your family. For example, the children of your family will grow up, get married, and have their own families. In these cases, Death represents the newfound awareness you will have of your mortality and stage in life. Death is a reminder that everything, even that which you take for granted, is continuously evolving. 

Death Health & Wellbeing Tarot Meaning 

Many people wonder if the Death card can predict your own physical death, especially if it appears in a health or wellbeing reading. I have found that this is often not the case. In any event, most diviners are ‘too close’ to their readings to predict their own deaths! 

The Death card in health readings is a rather frequent occurrence. Because Death symbolizes change, it often appears in health readings when the seeker has a scare and, as a result, has a complete lifestyle overhaul. 

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If you’re in the habit of making lifestyle changes which you cannot stick to, Death is a good sign. Death predicts lifestyle changes which you will adopt for the long-term. Therefore, if you’re trying to stick to a diet and hit the gym on the regular Death should be a welcomed omen. 

Death Psychic & Spirituality Tarot Meaning 

Death will pop up in psychic development readings when you develop a talent for spirit work and mediumship. You will incorporate this into your divination. 

It is actually rather lucky to receive Death in a spirituality reading. Death signals that you will have the natural ability to pull back the veil between this world and the next. 

Death as a Positive, Strength or Advantage 

Death will land as a positive, strength, or advantage in a Tarot spread when a monumental change is a blessing in disguise. Although it may be painful, you will look back in the future and be grateful for all that has happened. 

Also, Death will appear as a positive when change it is long overdue. In this case, you will welcome significant shake-ups in your life. 

Death as a Negative, Weakness or Obstacle 

When Death appears as a weakness, obstacle, or negative it represents a change which, although it is long overdue, you will not be mentally prepared for when it happens. Change is difficult for most people, even when it is expected. 

Death as a Yes or No 

Death is typically a no for most types of Tarot readings.

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Death Tarot card meaning. An illustration from the Major Arcana with the Rider Waite Tarot deck. Post by divination and fortune-telling with Tarot for love, romance and relationships. Ideal for readers who are just learning the interpretations.

Death Tarot card meaning. An illustration from the Major Arcana with the Rider Waite Tarot deck. Post by divination and fortune-telling with Tarot for love, romance and relationships. Ideal for readers who are just learning the interpretations.