The Death card is ruled by Scorpio » a sign that is typically associated with death, sex and taxes. The number of this card is 13, which is considered a sacred number by the Goddesses as there are thirteen moons in a year.
The card depicts Death to be riding on a white horse with a black and white flag in hand. Death here has been symbolized by a skeletal figure wearing armor that adds to his invincibility for death is something no one can conquer.
The white horse is a symbol of purity since death is the ultimate purifier. After death, everything is reborn pure and fresh. Every cross section of human population – men, women and children » are depicted in the card that is a clear indication that Death never discriminates according to age, race or gender. This impartiality is also depicted by the grey background of the card.
The black flag represents darkness, while the white motif on it is again symbolic to beauty, purity and immortality. The immortality factor is also stressed by the rising sun in the background for the sun sets each evening only to renew the hope of a fresh sunrise every morning.
The two pillars guarding the gateway to the sun symbolize ultimate knowledge. The boat helps souls ferry across River Styx that flows to demarcate Earth and the Underworld.
Upright Position: In a reading this card does not necessarily mean death literally. It means new beginnings which can happen only after a chapter is closed.
Reversed Position: In reverse, the card indicates stagnancy which is deterrent to the regular flow of life.
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