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13. Death

Sometimes displayed as XIII Death, it is one of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck that make up the Major Arcana or Trump Cards. In most traditional decks it is also the thirteenth Trump of the 22 Trump cards.


 0 The Fool

 1 The Magician

 2 The High Priestess

 3 The Empress

 4 The Emperor

 5 The Hierophant

 6 The Lovers

 7 The Chariot

 8 Strength

 9 The Hermit

10 The Wheel of Fortune

11 Justice

12 The Hanged Man

13 The Death Card

14 Temperance

15 The Devil

16 The Tower

17 The Star

18 The Moon

19 The Sun

20 Judgement

21 The World

Ace of Cups

Ace of Wands

Ace  of Pentacles

Ace of Swords



 The Death - Meaning of the Symbols.

The Death tarot cardDon't be afraid of the tarot Death card when it turns up in a tarot reading, everything dies and this card is usually referring to the demise of something like a relationship or a business, it actually symbolizes rebirth, transformation and a new era. The black flag relates to death but its covered by a white rose, the symbol of purity. The River symbolizes life giving forces while the ship sailing on it symbolizes travel to new  pastures. The pillars form a gateway to the rising sun symbolizing a bright new dawn.
The death of one thing offers us the chance to start again but will we use the gift wisely.















  The Death Card Correspondences and Associations.



Defining Keywords
Endings. Restart. Change. Loss. Inevitability. Transition.

The Deaths cards Meaning.
Cleaning away the old to make way for the new. Loss of security. The end of an era. Kicking a bad habit.

The Death card Reversed.
You must face your fears. Stagnation.



Transient, Self-Willed, Purposeful, Unyielding

The Sun is in Scorpio between about 23rd October and 21st November.

The nobility and strength of an eagle combined with the tenacity and...er...sorry...sting of a scorpion just about sum up your strengths and weaknesses if you were born when the Sun was in Scorpio. When you set your mind or heart on something, that's it. Nothing will dissuade or distract you. You'll dig as deep as needs be to uncover the truth of the matter, however painful, and you''ll feel it deeply and deal with it wisely, unless you're so hurt that you lash out. Then, woe betide your assailant!

If you have Scorpio as your Rising Sign, other people probably find you intriguing, maybe even magnetic. They might see you as mysterious, or intense, and sometimes they'll find your penetrating insight very uncomfortable. Which is a pity, because you can face and fight the demons others flee from.



18 Berkano: (B: Berchta, the birch-goddess.) Birth, general fertility, both mental and physical and personal growth, liberation. Regenerative power and light of spring, renewal, promise of new beginnings, new growth. Arousal of desire. A love affair or new birth. The prospering of an enterprise or venture. Berkano Reversed or Merkstave: Family problems and or domestic troubles. Anxiety about someone close to you. Carelessness, abandon, loss of control. Blurring of consciousness, deceit, sterility, stagnation.

18. Berkano: This is a Rune which promises prosperity, fertility, productivity and beauty. It may portend new elements of excitement being introduced into a romantic or erotic relationship. Look for tranquil growth and spiritual development within the framework of tradition. It represents the “Divine Feminine,” the female force. Thus, it can represent a virgin, a mother or a whore. It stands for all the complexities of the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone.













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13. Death



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