Clients “freak out” if the Death Card comes up in their Tarot spread, said the Tarot readers whom this Examiner interviewed. However, says Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, this ominous-looking card in fact “speaks to turning a corner or changing the path you’re on.” “It’s an ‘old you’ dying and a ‘new you’ being reborn,” says Trisha Wooldridge. In other words, it means transition, not literal death. “It’s being given to you as a gift,” says Ms. Wooldridge.
Ms. Wooldridge believes that this card “can be for positive or negative; it depends on the cards around it.” Yulia Applewood emphasizes that, even if its context in the spread indicates a negative meaning, “There’s always hope. There’s always a way of dealing with the situation and making it easier.” When reading a spread all Tarot readers consider the position of the cards; some, such as Ms. Reynolds-Alpert, also apply additional skills such as intuition. But whatever the Death Card’s specific meaning, says Ms. Wooldridge, it always affects the whole person: spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
All three women use the Rider-Waite deck in their readings. In this deck, the Death Card shows Death wearing full armor and riding a white horse, facing a bishop, with a king lying on the ground. Rev. Applewood describes what this picture symbolizes for her: “The only dead body in the picture is the king. The king could stand for personal ideology that’s rigid and inflexible. A lot of the time, when change comes into our lives, personal ideology needs to be shifted. The other figure in the card, the bishop, can represent relying on faith to help you through the transition. I like the image of Death being the knight on the white horse. There is this kind of cliché rescue imagery to it.
“Sometimes change is a good thing.”
Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert reads in Crystal Cave in Medfield MA. Contact her at http://readingsbysuzanne.wordpress.com/contact to arrange a reading.
Trisha Wooldridge reads in Stained Glass Creations and Beyond in Stafford Springs CT. Contact her at http://www.stainedglasscreationsandbeyond.com/contact.html.
Yulia Applewood reads in Aquarius Sanctuary in Westford MA. Call her at (978) 337-2063 or email her at email@example.com.