Major Arcana - 13: Death

13 - Death

Card Thirteen

13 - DeathThis card shows the grim reaper in armour on a horse leaving waste and destruction in his path. Interestingly, the people on the right are welcoming his return.

This card represents endings, sudden changes, renewal and rebirth, not necessarily physical death. This card is telling us it is time to move on, as good things await.

This card is all about transformation and the resolution of a situation.

(1909 Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck images)


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Meaning - upright

What this card means

Upright, this card has the following meanings:

  • a time of great changes
  • ending of particular situations
  • a need for a new attitude
  • a renewal, especially if life has been stalled lately
  • new child, new partner, or new job


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Meaning - reversed

What this card means

Reversed, this card has the following meanings:

  • changes may only have partially happen, not yet completed
  • there may be immobility, depression, loss or illness
  • changes have not even taken place yet, there is a standstill
  • you may be fearing change and putting things off
  • we will recover from any loss, but it will be a slow process


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Interesting Bits

What else?

  • Key Meaning - Reformation and transformation
  • Astrology - Pluto: rebirth and renewal
  • Numerology - 4: number of power when used wisely, but has the potential to be destructive when not used well