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Death Upright Meaning

by MoMoTarot

No death means no life, implying the end of a situation


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While the traditional Grim Reaper card is usually represented by a skeletal figure holding a scythe, Waite takes the Grim Reaper imagery to a deeper level. The image of the Grim Reaper in the Waite deck mimics a scene from the Apocalypse to express the meaning of the Grim Reaper. Here, the skeleton rides on a huge white horse and is dressed in black armor, with only his head and face exposed. Under the iron hat, you can clearly see the skull's head, and its empty eyes seem to be staring at you. Wrapped in black armor and wearing iron boots, the heavily armed knight is surely invincible. This is like the Death Knight described in the Book of Revelation, who will bring an invisible weapon like a plague.


The mysterious knight rides a huge horse, symbolizing great and strong power, and the white horse symbolizes pure light energy. The white horse symbolizes pure light energy. The armor is strong and hard, and the black armor shows a heavy and murderous aura. The black and white color contrast between the black armor and the white horse suggests the serious side of life and the representative color of death. On the black bridle reins, the border rope is also embroidered with a skull pattern, which is another set of black and white contrasting colors. The only color that stands out is the red feather on the helmet of the Grim Reaper, which indicates that it still has energy, and that the Grim Reaper actually has strong spiritual power.


"The Grim Reaper was riding a white horse with iron hooves, holding up a banner of white roses on a black background as it rolled towards the area. The flag on a black background gathered a solemn and heavy atmosphere, and on it were embroidered contrasting white roses, a combination that also meant the purity of death, cleansing the soul. Still the contrast of black and white, the colors of death, the banner of death. Holding up a black flag with the Mystic Rose, a symbol of life, this flag has a wide range of connections.


The rose motif on this flag consists of five petals in the form of the Tudor Rose, symbolizing the spiritual power of nobility and celebrating the splendor of death. The five main petals form a kind of inverted pentagon, representing the material life energy that descends. Between the petals are five spikes that resemble the iron boots worn by the Grim Reaper. The pentagon formed by the five "iron boots" is upright, representing the power of spiritual life.


In the past, the skeleton Grim Reaper used a scythe to remove heads from the ground, but here the mysterious knight does not carry any visible weapon, but only a flag, which, however, also brings incomparable killing power. This is because the plot of the Apocalypse is hidden in it, hinting at his power and the meaning and effect behind it. The mysterious power of the God of Death has caused devastation on the ground, and the people are defeated before the God of Death, and almost all the people on the ground are unable to escape from the calamity.


The Emperor, the ruler of the secular regime, was by this time lying flat on his back under Death's horse, his eyes closed with his face down to the left, and his body covered with a cloth of blue tranquillity. His crown tumbled to the ground. The Emperor was the first to face the end of death, his iron boots no harder than Death's rider. The woman kneels before Death, her hands hanging helplessly, abandoning the confrontation, yet glancing her head to the side, unwilling to see the scene, seemingly unwilling to face the fact that Death is coming. The child stood innocently and ignorantly, seemingly the least disturbed, and even curiously watched the coming of the Grim Reaper!


The woman is like that of the "Power" card and the child is like that of the "Sun" card. The two with the most life-giving energies will both be in danger from the "Death" card, and the "Death" card will be in trouble. The one who seems to be able to fight it off is the Pope, who is dealing with death and has left his spiral scepter behind. It is always the religious people who face and deal with death. Although he is able to face Death relatively calmly, he is also still waiting for the moment of the end of his life. He is holding his hands together in front of his chest, and is saying a deathbed prayer, or calling on God for salvation.


The Death card depicts four attitudes toward death or change. The four figures beside the Skeleton Rider on the white horse, the King, the Bishop, the Woman, and the Child, symbolize that no one, whether secular or secular, male or female, young or old, can escape the natural phenomenon of death. The king represents a man who refuses to change, who resists death, so that he will be swept aside by the wave of life and trampled over by the skeletal rider; the bishop stands facing death, supporting the impending change with his spiritual conviction, his scepter falling to the ground, his hands folded in reverence for death; the young woman symbolizes the part of the innocent that wants to accept the change, but which the ego resists, turning away its face from the change, because it believes that if she does so, she will be able to change, and that she will have to change. The young woman symbolizes partial innocence, who wants to accept the change, but the ego resists it, turning its face away from it, because


it believes that if she does so, she will be destroyed, and she kneels in front of death, hoping that the change will pass her by; only the child, completely innocent, is able to look at it with openness. He waits for the change, and even offers it in the form of a flower. The child is not afraid, but curious to see what death wears on its face, and what these changes will bring forth. And the flowers that the young woman was going to use for the offering had fallen from her hands to the ground. The children were fools, not understanding death, and looking curiously at the skeletal rider. The Bishop may be the Pope card, number five, whose scepter has fallen to the ground to symbolize the futility of worldly power in the face of death. Upon closer inspection, the top of the scepter appears to have a three-tiered circle, the same as the crown of power the Pope card wears on his head, while the hat the Bishop wears on his head resembles the head of a spiky fish, representing the end of the century of the Pisces, and possibly alluding to the death card's association with the Hebrew word Nun, which means fish. The kneeling woman may be the same woman from the Power card, and their clothing and headgear are extremely similar.


Returning to the Skeleton Knight, the red feather on his head is the same one worn by the Fool, and his banner is on a black background, symbolizing the non-existence of light, while it has also been said that the design of a five-petaled rose on top is the totem of the Rosicrucian order, and there are numerous claims made about the totem, which may represent new life coming with death, while another says it is symbolic of the spark of Mars and the life-force, and yet another says it is symbolic of beauty, purity, and immortality.


Slightly farther in the background, in the lowlands, is the canyon immediately adjacent to the cliffs further down the mountain, which is a yellow land, along with a pool of water and a few green trees. The river in the distance is one of the four rivers that flowed through the Garden of Eden, called the Styx, symbolizing the endless cycle of life. There is a boat on the river, and the river and boat indicate that it is possible to get away from it all. Above the boat there is a cave-like area, and on the right there is an arrow (at the heel of Death) pointing to the cave, which may have been Dante's passageway to the underworld in the Divine Comedy, and the cliffs are colored in blues and grays, symbolizing a gray vista, while the riverbanks on the ground and the green meadows still have a sense of life. And a path to the right of the card leads into two towers (both the Moon and the Beatitudes have the same background, which could also be the pillars behind the priestesses), representing the mystical journey to the New Jerusalem.


In the distance, the Twin Towers can be seen, with another river or road leading to them running through them. At the edge of the horizon, a distant mountain, on the edge of which the eternal sun shines brightly, and the sunrise, symbolizing eternal life, rises between the two towers, representing the new life that is born from them, seems to tell us that death is not the end of everything. Death brings change to all of us, and that without regard to race, creed or class. Though some may resist change, no one can escape it. All things must pass away. People, jobs, relationships, and even civilizations change and come to an end or become history. The river on top of this card represents the fact that life is always moving towards its ultimate purpose.


This twin towers have the original image of the sun between them, from an Egyptian mystical symbol ~ Djew and Akhet. Djew : The significance of this symbol is two twin fronts next to each other. The western peak is called Manu and the eastern one is called Bakhu, which is a mountain that acts as a summit, with a low depression in the center symbolizing the Nile Valley.Akhet: This is the Djew symbol plus the sun disc, which is a symbol of the sun rising and setting on the horizon. In the Tarot, patterns similar to this group appear within the picture of many cards and are used to symbolize a wealth of meanings.


The most prominent colors in this card are white (pure motives) and yellow (clarifying thoughts), two qualities that will allow us to be gentler in the process of making change. The river in the background is a reminder that we will eventually come to the end of this life, as all people and all opportunities have come to us.


Card Meaning Deduction


This is the most intimidating card in the entire tarot deck, as most questioners believe that the meaning of this card is physical death. Though it usually means submission, the inquirer's fear of this card always lingers. Yielding to life, to a higher power, or to the spiritual path can be one of the most difficult decisions to make, as yielding usually requires faith. Hopefully, we can borrow some faith from the Star card, but we can't yet unless we accept the subject of the Death card and give in. When the Death card is in the deck, we may have to count on ourselves, hoping that we still have a chance of salvation, and trusting that what life is taking from our side now will be given back to us fairly in the end.


This is a card representing Scorpio, and the Death Death card teaches us how to gently yield to change. When you pick this card, it is possible that you have completed a certain chapter or cycle in your life and thus change is to be expected and necessary. It is possible for life to be replaced with something more appropriate.


People are afraid of the Death card, just as they are afraid of the Bull and the Horse and the Black and White. Death number 13, an ominous number in the West, 13 is also a higher 3. In the Empress and Death cards we can see the beginning and end of life. The Death of the Waite deck is full of various symbols that correspond to the sign of Scorpio, and in any case, the overriding card meaning is the end. The end can take many forms: it can be the end of a career, such as graduation, moving, changing jobs, getting married (ending singleness); it can be the end of a relationship, such as a breakup, a divorce, or a breakup; it can be the end of a habit, such as quitting smoking, drinking, gambling, or sexual activity; but the meaning of physical death is very rare in astrology. The end is a natural phenomenon, and no one can escape it. Even the longest-lived people have to leave one day. However, this subject is the most difficult one for most people. Because man is a creature of habit, to cut off the habit of the past is like a pain in the heart and bones.


On the other hand, ending is really just a transformation. The only constant in the world is change, the difference is just how fast or slow the change is. A slow change will not be felt, but a sudden change will be hard to accept. The end is the most sudden change of all, a change that, in a moment, must force you to give up something at once, whether you want to or not. The fear of the unknown is inevitable, but it is a subject that everyone must learn.


Death rides a white horse, and white is the purest color. Indeed, death is like an eraser that wipes away all that has passed, causing everything to be reborn, and everything to start over as if it were white paper. As the saying goes, "If God closes one door in front of your eyes, he must open another window for you", death is such a new life, just like the yard is full of weeds, maybe we have been accustomed to it, but if we don't get rid of the weeds, how can we have a day full of fragrant flowers and trees? Ancient proverb: "put to death until life", and the cloud "not after some cold bones, how to get the fragrance of plum blossoms". It is evident that the ancients have long understood this principle. The Grim Reaper is the perfect card for kicking bad habits in the past. If you have had a bad past, the Grim Reaper can give you a fresh start.


As hard as it may be, there are no constants in this world. Death points to the end of something in the past, and it's our job to recognize, accept, and find new joy in our new life, and maybe you'll find that the end wasn't as good as you thought it would be, and be glad for the new life you've got.


In the Hanged Man card, the terror you felt because you might have to give up some insight is now justified in the Death card. This card represents sweeping away the old in order to have more room for the new - new beliefs, new stages, new opportunities, and new understandings. Without death, nothing new can come into the world. Life is an endless cycle of birth and death. Some parts of it you can easily accept and some parts you need to adjust to.


If you are able to accept death, you are able to live a more fulfilling life. When you are disconnected from your spiritual source, your ego (self) becomes resistant to thoughts of death or change, fearing that you will be destroyed. These fears can lead to clinging to life, which in itself is tantamount to some kind of death. No new energy is strong enough to enter your life to replace the old because you are still holding on to the old energy. This can happen when people panic. They suddenly try to take a big breath in without letting any out, and in more serious cases, they may pass out.


The death card does not refer to deformation or deterioration, but rather to a moment when you are submissive and willing to allow change to occur. It is the act of submitting to change and trusting that life will eventually give you something better than what you have given up. This card is not the same as the Hanged Man, which refers to you submitting to life, whereas the Death card refers to you submitting to change and letting go of something.


The Death card represents the astrological sign of Scorpio. One of its themes is to understand that "submission" can sometimes be powerful. There are many changes in the life of the average Scorpio, and they often come in sections. When a door closes, many people, situations, and even places are left behind and usually never seen again.


There will be many deaths in life. When you go to school for the first time, change schools, graduate from school, get a job, enter into a relationship, move, move to another country, get married, and have a family, these are all deaths of some sort.


Death puts a stop to the old and makes way for the new. The Death card represents a period of change in between. We can say that a chapter in life is coming to an end and your acceptance of this change will be the natural progression of change. Hold on to the belief that life will bring something better than what it has taken from you. Subconsciously, you may be longing for change to happen, and the death card means that change is on the way. Don't resist this change, try to embrace it.


The scene of Death's iron hooves, like the battlefield of life, is one of never-ending change, of people transforming and experiencing highs and lows. The clear and inescapable meaning of this card is death, but another derived symbol is change and transformation. Since it's a "Death" card, and the image also features the Mystic Knight of Death, and also features people facing death by death, it certainly represents possible and unavoidable death. However, this is not emphasized very much, and more emphasis is placed on the sudden change of the old self ~ but not necessarily physical death. Also, other imagery that is close to death is included, like resting well and sleeping peacefully.


The image of Death, with his huge body riding a huge white horse, represents a powerful force that cannot be fought against him. The tall white horse is an irresistible force. Most often it is a change, a shift in environment or situation that brings about a situation that the individual must cope with. Death also represents various stages of change in life, where familiar situations change or come to an end. This is especially true of the end and closure of an event, the end of a relationship, or the breakup of a relationship. Such events may be more drastic, sometimes even causing destruction or devastation. Sudden changes in life are always unwelcome.


The picture of death in many cards emphasizes the death of the king, and the other figures in the picture are bowed under the hoofs of the horse, except for the king who has fallen to the ground, and also those who are bowed down and begging for forgiveness, which is the attitude of the people who are facing the "death". This is the kind of attitude we have when we face death. Those who are strong enough to resist will be the first to die. This image symbolizes the four attitudes towards death in people's minds: resistance to death, avoidance, ignorance, and peace. The nature of the four characters is also the nature of the four human beings facing death, and most of them are also symbolized.


By the mentality acted out by living human beings, we can find that there is, as facing the necessary changes in life, and the end of a phase, perhaps coming too fast to catch people off guard, this unpredictable, towering force is stronger and more absolute than the emperor's worldly power. What is more frightening is that this force may be an unexpected change.


The fact that there is still a road or a current behind the background means that there is still a choice, only that this choice is under duress, and one must still give up one's original insistence and bravely face the reality. "The Grim Reaper can be a loss of life, a corruption of life, but it can also be a reorganization and a renewal, or even the beginning of a new era, and after the Grim Reaper, it can change the whole world and elevate the mind.


The Death card represents the end of relationships, love relationships, friendships, but it doesn't mean that they won't be resumed with a particular person in the future. The conduct of business is of course also facing a crisis, and there will be many setbacks and losses. For finances, the situation hits rock bottom, losses are hard to avoid, zero or debt situation, major events have the possibility of bankruptcy. Academically beware of failing or facing the crisis of dropping out. If you are facing an examination, account for the examination should not be able to achieve the ideal, need to start again. In career there is also a possibility of damage to a position of power or else defamation of reputation. Disasters sweeping through the area can also represent the spread of bad customs, and of course personal illnesses and ailments, or anything that depletes vitality and health.


Money-wise the meaning of the Death Ace is picked in financial problem analysis, and that represents the death of a certain condition or something. If you are asking whether or not a particular investment is long term, the result of this card is clearly "no". This card is suggesting that you end an old financial mindset and start a new one.


In the life sense, the Death card appears in the analysis of life to mean the complete end of a certain way of life. If the Death card appears along with at least three of the following cards, then he may be suggesting physical death: the Ten of Swords, Six of Swords, Three of Swords, Four of Swords, the World card, the High Tower or the Blank card.


On a spiritual level, when the Death card appears, it is time to let someone or a situation gently release from your life. Inner peace comes from understanding that life will provide you with another kind of fulfillment, albeit a different kind of fulfillment than the one that is leaving you. Though there is room in your heart for both the new and the old, try to recognize the greater purpose of life at this time, and this may give you the confidence to release the old from your life.


In terms of relationships, the Death card symbolizes a relationship that is about to undergo a profound change, or a profound change in your attitude towards relationships. It could be the end of a relationship, such as a separation of some kind, or the end of a phase in a relationship, such as the birth of a baby.


The Death card can also describe a Scorpio, especially when combined with any of the Court of Cups cards.


One day as I was setting up my table, a young couple approached me, deeply curious about the Tarot. The woman pushed her partner toward me, and I could see his grave fear as he steeled himself in case I might speak to him. She looked at him expectantly.


"Come on, just ask him."


"Uh ...... are these tarot cards?"


"Yes, they are exactly that."


"How do you count this stuff?"


"Its simple, each card is different and all have some sort of special meaning. After you pick out a series of cards, I will do the reading for you. Why don't you pick a card and let me show you how it counts."


They looked at each other nervously, and then he finally worked up the courage to try. He picked out a card and placed it face down on the table. I opened it up and it was a death card, and from my side it looked upside down.


They were wide-eyed, and I could see that he regretted that he had walked toward my booth instead of looking for another one in the market. I felt obligated to calm him immediately so he wouldn't leave with any doubt or fear. I defused the tense situation by laughing because they were worried.


"Don't feel bad, things aren't as bad as it's made out to be. In fact, if you're a Scorpio, then it's only likely to mean very much to you."


Both of them were obviously delighted at this statement, and he was even staring into my eyes, trying to find something in them.


"Oh god, what kind of chance is it that I ran into such a neurotic Scorpius and I just happened to say something like that?" I thought so.


I went on to explain that Scorpios often turn to this card and it explains the subjects they need to learn about, which is to stay open to change and go with the flow of life.


They both listened intently until I finished and then left. I bet they then sat down somewhere and carefully experienced what I told them.

Core Tip

The Death card signifies the end of a situation, a card that represents termination and closure, a time to stop. An end of a phase, willing or not, usually met with a strong tendency to make it happen, showing the power, absoluteness and forcefulness of the Death card and its lack of mercy.
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Knowledge Expansion

This card can also be used to symbolize a complete transformation in an individual's life, thus allowing them to enter into new areas of their life. For the individual, this is a transformation, a renewal of the old, a rebirth, a renewal of his or her life, and thus a potential for creativity unlike any other.
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Card Meaning Extension

Death is a form of passage from one journey to the next stage of the journey, perhaps, as the Twin Towers suggest, an unknown and exotic entrance into a different state of being, as through this path or gate of death, the gateway to a new world.
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