Death Tarot Card Meaning

The Death tarot card description depicts a skeletal figure (messenger of death) dressed in black and riding a white horse while holding a black flag. The skeleton symbolizes a part of the body that survives after the spirit has left it.

The armor represents invincibility and that every person will face death no matter what. The white horse that the person is riding on shows purity and that death purifies all humans. Rarely does it signify physical death. Below him lie all classes of humans in the dirt, a reminder that death doesn’t segregate race, color, class, or gender.

Death Upright

This is a picture of the Death upright tarot major arcana card

Death Tarot Card Meanings (Upright): The death tarot card is a major arcana card and probably one of the most dreaded cards in a Tarot deck. It is also the most misunderstood card. Most people avoid mentioning this tarot card because of the amount of power it has. A lot of people take the name of this card literally. On the contrary, the Death card is one of the most positive cards and does not mean actual death.

This card is a sign that one phase or stage of your life is coming to an end and a new beginning is about to start. All you need is to close one door so that a new one can open. The past needs to be left behind to allow you to focus on what lies ahead. Trying to hold on to the past will hinder you from gaining a better future and thwart your personal transformation.

The other meaning of the Death card is that you are undergoing a major transition, sweeping change, spiritual healing, or personal transformation similar to the Six of Swords. Your old self needs to completely “die” for the new you to be created. This can be frightening because you don’t have a clue about the future. But despite the fear that this tarot card can cause, you should be ready to accept the change and open new doors in your life.

The reversed Death card can also be a sign that you need to move away from unhealthy attachments in your life. This is a vital part of life – Death teaches us the importance of letting go of the past and moving forward towards achieving success.

Love and Relationship – Upright

As far as love and relationships tarot readings, the Death Tarot card in a love tarot reading can be an indication of being stagnated in dynamics that are not working anymore. In case you are in a relationship already, you must accept change if you want the relationship to continue. The card sometimes means that you are in the process of ending a relationship because it is no longer working. You should always note that all doors that close with this card open another.

Although it is not easy to accept death in a love situation, transitioning from your current relationship to another might be the only solution for both of your to progress. You should also remember that the cards are merely suggestions – meaning that you can decide to welcome change in your relationship or let it pass. Although it can be scary at first, the transformation suggested by the card can turn out to be positive.

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Career – Upright

If you have been thinking of changing your career or starting your own business the upright Death card in a Career tarot spread may be a sign that you need to take a leap of faith and act immediately. Your current job may have made you disinterested, disillusioned, and frustrated, and failing to take concrete action will force change to change you. The reason you are clinging to your current job maybe because it offers you safety and stability.

But you must assess your current situation to see if you are really comfortable in it or being forced to stay because of circumstances. When one door closes, there is a chance that a better one is going to open. The problem is that many people fear letting go of their pasts and embracing the future.

Finances – Upright

The Death card in a Finance tarot reading signifies loss. This means that you may be facing losses in your business or investment. This period can be the start of a transformation when it comes to dealing with your finances. Chances are high that you haven’t been handling money as it is supposed to be and the consequences of your decisions are catching up quickly. But the lessons you learn from this card can determine your financial future. Embrace the change that’s looming for the sake of a prosperous financial future.

Death Reversed

This is a reversed display of the Death reversed tarot.

Death Tarot Card Meanings (Reversed): The reversed Death tarot card in a tarot reading still talks about change that you have refused to accept. You might be afraid to let go of your past or you could be worried about what the future holds for you. Resisting change and holding onto your past can put you in a difficult situation. It can bring about confusion and feelings of disappointment and halt a major phase of your life. It would be a good idea to take some time and analyze how you have been dealing with change in your life. You may realize that you have been avoiding change because of fears of the unknown.

Love – Reversed

The Death reversed tarot card signifies strong resistance as far as your approach and attitude towards love are concerned. This can be manifested in the form of clinging onto a relationship that is motionless and does not benefit anyone of you. There may also be an aspect of dependence of both of you sticking together because of some fear.

On the other hand, an old relationship can be rekindled. In case you are single, the Death reversed tarot card implies that you must avoid negative dynamics and negative patterns to be able to genuinely engage in a romantic relationship.

Career – Reversed

As far as your carer is concerned, Death card appears it indicates that you need to yield to the pressure of changing your job or business. You might be fighting to change the change that is meant to bring you success in whatever you are doing. Change is an inevitable force – you must learn how to embrace it instead of resisting it. Sometimes it is difficult to know how the change beaconing you will turn out to be. It is true that many people love staying with the status quo but what if the change is meant to make things better for you?

Sometimes the Death revered card can be a sign of repeating negative patterns coming back again at your workplace. Are you self-sabotaging yourself? Do you get over defensive after making a mistake? Does your imposter syndrome affect your interaction with other people? Pinpoint some of the things affecting you and let them go to release your full potential.

Finance – Reversed

Losing your finances may be unavoidable but there’s no option but to accept. You will be forced to make some adjustments in terms of your expenses. This will help you whither this temporary situation. But it won’t be easy for you to let go of some things. The only way to survive is to stop resisting change. You will not attain financial freedom until you truly embrace change.


If you are still not sure what this card means, consider hiring a professional to interpret it for you. Tarot cards can be tricky to interpret for most beginners.