Card of the Week: Death

Hello, Monday! I'm changing things up today and focusing on a single card for the week vs. the weekly reading. I've been doing "weekly readings" for several years (on my previous blog, Tarot Seed) and have been wanting to simplify things a bit more lately and really get back to the basics with tarot to really dive deep. Going "card by card" has been my go-to lately and I'm enjoying the fresh study!

I hope you enjoy this COTW post! Please feel free to leave a comment and join in the conversation, I love hearing from my readers!

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Deck: Mystic Mondays

I pulled the weekly card yesterday and had some time to really process the Death card. When most see this card they automatically interpret it as "endings and beginnings", I always have. When really digging deep in this card, I started to think about death in real life, like an actual death. There are many people who have come close to death and some have even been brought back after a very quick death... you know, the people who were clinically dead for X amount of minutes, those stories always fascinate me!

Focusing more to those who have been brought back to life, made me think about breathing life back into something that's rotting away in our life that doesn't necessarily need to end, but just needs better attention. Perhaps you may have been ignoring an aspect in your life and didn't mean to, this card is letting you know that it's ok to dust things off and bring it back to the present - revive it! This could be a project you thought about cutting ties with because it didn't make sense anymore, or anything that you feel may be slipping through your fingers. Move it to the front burner and crank up the heat! You don't necessarily need to cut ties just yet, just try something new with it!

While yes, the Death card traditionally means that something needs to end in order for something new to begin, change, transformation, etc.... It gets crowded when you're constantly starting fresh and hanging on to the withered, so cutting something out helps to alleviate the baggage and lighten your load. If something truly isn't working then it may be time to cut ties if you know it's holding you back or will down the road. It's all about re-evaluating what you are doing at this present moment.

When I look at the Death card I always wonder who am I in this card. There are several figures shown in most depictions of the Death card. Am I in control or am I pleading at the feet of Death? I always compare the Death card to the Tower card in tarot, they both hold a similar meaning to me: ending. With the Tower, I read it as if something is out of your control. With Death, I read it as if you are fully in control. Nothing is going to leave your side if you don't allow it to, it's called free will. These two cards remind me of a car accident, sometimes it's out of your control (Tower) and other times you can swerve to escape a crash (Death). We are working with the energy of Death this week... YOU are in control of what needs to leave and only YOU can make that decision, no one else.

You hold the scythe and can cut when ready. If you feel something still has potential, then work with it in a new way while letting go of what didn't work. If it doesn't, then you know what needs to be done.

Ask yourself:

  • Is this working?
  • What will happen if I cut this out of my life?
  • Can I look at this in a new light and try something else?
  • Who is in control right now?
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What do you think about the Death card?
How do you see this card coming in play for you this week?

Let me know in the comments!