Tarot for the 21st Century!
Another great topic:
How do you view the Death tarot card?
I view the Death card primarily as change. Change is a frightening thing, or maybe better said, the perception of change is a frightening thing. It is difficult to have held onto an attitude, belief, person, relationship, etc., for a long time and then come to the place or time or time and place where it must be let go. I think that even if the figure of death was not on this card, when you tell a person that there is change coming, it sparks a bit of fear. I think that is the body's, or maybe the soul's, natural response when something familiar will no longer be there anymore.
There are Death cards that don't inspire fear though, say, in the Darkana. This is nothing but Transformation. I mean, who can feel sad that a catepillar turned into a beautiful butterfly. The process may not be pretty but the end result is,and not only a beautifying of itself, the butterfly beautifies the world.
The Darkana Tarot. Created and Self Published by Janden Hale
I have only seen this mean an actual physical death once, and it was someone who had already passed, not someone going to or in the process of dying. There are other cards that can signify that kind of violence, this card , I see of more of something internal that must be changed in order to be able to manifest into the world the benefits of that inner change. Change is the only constant, it is the only thing that can truly be depended on. Something will eventually change, however the challenge is who we decide to handle it. Will we realize that this is a part of the process and go with the flow of it, trying to learn the lessons of it along the way (upright), or will we try to fight it or pretend that it isn't going to happen (reversed), it is all a choice. We have free will. We have the ability to at anytime in the process go one way or the other. We can decide in the middle of ignoring it, to learn from it. We can get tired of the lesson, and just be mired down in it. It is the wonder of being human. Here is the water...but will you drink?