major arcana tarot Death cardTarot Wisdom Death

The most widely misunderstood card in a Tarot Deck. The Death card reminds us not of destruction, but of rebirth. We are called to remember the rising of the Phoenix bird, that arose from its own ashes to begin anew. Often this card speaks of triumph after a challenge. When a butterfly is newly formed; it has to struggle to build strength in its wings, otherwise it will never be able to fly and it will die. This card reminds us that to reach our fullest potential, we must be willing to accept the death of what has become obsolete.

Position 1: Background | Present Concern

Restructure and renewal, often after a period of loss or challenge. A cycle of ending followed by new beginnings; the full circle of a given situation. The process of leaving the past and building the future simultaneously.

Position 2: Your Drive and Motivations

Feeling the need to break free from the past and move forward into the new & unknown without fear. The realization that change is upon you and that past conditions are being removed or are falling away.

Position 3: What’s Blocking You – Fears and Subconscious

Fear and uncertainty about the future. Don’t allow past disappointments to keep you from blossoming again into the beautiful person you are. There is an immense opportunity for growth whether or not you perceive it at this time. Fear of loss, or repeating mistakes. Feeling “karma” or “bad luck” is upon you. Clinging to past pain keeps you stuck in a cycle of dissatisfaction. Can indicate depression or nostalgia, clinging to something that cannot be.

Position 4: Perspective and Further Awareness – What you Need to See Clearly

You must accept “death” in this area of your life in order to achieve renewal. Situations can not be corrected without this transformation. Embrace the conditions now as a catalyst for renewal and something that is ultimately going to lead you to more of your potential. What has been must be let go. Now is the time to exert yourself and work with the healing powers of transformation. We can’t always control external conditions, but we grow by adjusting and embracing change.

Position 5: Course of Action

Refusal to move forward only prolongs pain and frustration. There is no other option now but to put the past behind you and move forward. You must accept this “death” and move forward to new beginnings. This card heralds the promise of a new day. Rebirth and resurrection after challenge.

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