8 Death Tarot Meanings: Love, Outcomes, Feelings & More!

Death Tarot Meaning

The meaning of the Death Tarot card is ‘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 in which you currently find meaning? 

Death General Tarot Meaning

There is no denying the fact that Death represents endings. Endings in relationships, jobs, marriages, or businesses are all 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.

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Death – My Thoughts

“For many, Death is a much feared Tarot card. However, you should welcome Death if you’re hoping to make major changes in your life. Personally, I do not think that Death is so bad.” – Lisa

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, and change is usually painful. However, it is still necessary. So, while Death isn’t always unicorns and sugar canes, it has its place. Death is needed for growth.

Death can sometimes predict a literal death. The Death card symbolizing physical death is an old-fashioned interpretation that nonetheless can prove 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 from it. People who have gone through Death phases often look back and remember them as blessings in disguise. Therefore, Death can sometimes predict that things in your life will break down, only to be built up even stronger.

Death Love Tarot Meaning

Death is not a great card to get for a love Tarot reading. Even if you’re the type of person who welcomes 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 start to rebuild your life. You can probably already sense this ending approaching. Break-ups that Death represents don’t happen overnight; they are a slow process (The Tower is the card of unexpected break-ups). 

As stated before, Death can sometimes predict 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’s also the possibility that Death can predict your relationship going through something that 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. 

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 both changed and grown as people. If you’re recently separated, you will not be getting back together any time soon.

(If you would like more love and relationship Tarot meanings for Death, be sure to check out my Love Tarot Meanings e-book.)

Death Feelings Tarot Meaning

Have you asked your Tarot cards what your lover or potential lover is feeling about you? Death means that they are not interested. They are too wrapped up in other things. You may have to wait until the situation develops further to get more information. 

Death Career & Business 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 overly saddened because, in destruction, there are opportunities for growth. You can take the lessons you’ve learned from this business and apply it to a future project that will have an increased chance of being successful.

Death can also predict a major change in your chosen career path. This metamorphosis isn’t something that will take you by surprise, especially if you already hate your job. Sometimes, Death will signal a situation that will force you out of a job you hate. Therefore, do not fear Death for career readings, as the card usually indicates a turning point that you’ll view as a gift in the future. 

Death Future Tarot Meaning

Death will land in the future position of a Tarot reading to indicate a major change. While the re-adjustment will be difficult for you at first, Death is a sign that you will eventually look back and view this as a blessing in disguise. 

In some cases, Death in a general Tarot reading can symbolize physical death. However, it is much more likely that it represents a metamorphosis.

For love readings, Death can symbolize a break-up in the future. If it doesn’t represent a breakdown of your partnership, it can represent a significant change that will completely transform it. 

Yes or No with Death

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

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 Transformation is a common meaning for Death when it appears in your love Tarot reading. The Tarot cards featured in this post can be purchased here.

Do they like me? – No, they do not like you. 

Am I pregnant? – No, you are not pregnant. 

Is this relationship going to last? – No, this relationship is not going to last. 

Does the future of this look promising? – No, the future of this matter does not look promising. You should change tactics. 

Am I going to reconcile with my ex? – In most cases, no. In some cases, your ex will return, but only in the more distant future when you have made major changes to your life. 

Death as a Negative, Weakness, or Obstacle

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

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. 

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

Closing Thoughts on the Death Tarot Card Meaning

As you can see Death is not so bad. The Death Tarot card is nothing to fear. While it is true that Death can have a sinister meaning, in some ways it is also the card of new beginnings. 

How do you feel about Death? Do you hate when it appears in your Tarot reading? Or do you welcome the change which the Death card predicts? Feel free to share in the comments section below!

(Please note that I do not interpret other people’s readings for them)

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