Death is the card of transformation, change, and rebirth. Although it has a bad reputation (made worse by B-horror movies), Death is actually one of the most positive cards in the Tarot! Death sits upright on his horse, ushering in a new era. Without winter, there is no spring. Death is the other side of life, making rebirth possible.
Death reminds us to let go of what is not serving us. When we let go of what is no longer healthy, we open ourselves to positivity and possibility. When one door closes, another opens. Similarly, Death signals that a major phase in your life is ending, but another is starting. When we lean into its energy, we can let go of the past and focus on our present and our future.
If you are asking about love advice, and you draw Death, that means that you are advised to get rid of unhealthy attachments in your life, specifically when it comes to relationships. You should embrace change, no matter how painful it is. This card calls upon you to put an end to something to make way for a new beginning. Death causes pain and grief, but it is inevitable. You may delay it all you want, but when it finally happens, you need to let go. .
For love, Death as advice means that you should learn to accept endings as part of the ebb and flow of life. Whatever happens from here on, you will overcome it, and it will lead you to something new. Be patient and kind to yourself at this time, for this too shall pass. The Death card reminds us that nothing lasts forever, so learn to just be present in the moment. When it’s time for change, accept it as an opportunity for you to see what life has in store for you next.
For singles, Death as love advice means some sort of transformation is required for you to be in a relationship that you desire. For example, you could be a workaholic who lives and breathes work. You want to be in a relationship, but love has eluded you. Getting the Death card in this scenario means working excessively and compulsively may be hindering you from finding love. Try to balance work with other areas of your life.
For new and potential relationships, Death as love advice means there is something in your relationship that needs to be purged for it to go further. Perhaps it’s the inability to compromise or toxic habits like alcoholism or controlling tendencies between you and your partner. Is your partner a chronic cheater who can’t or is not willing to change? Whatever may be causing problems in your relationship, getting the Death card upright in the advice position is a sign that it should be eliminated. If the situation is so bad that you simply can’t be happy together, then perhaps you should simply remove the other person from your life.
For existing relationships, Death as advice means that they see you as someone who needs change. This card is associated with the zodiac sign Scorpio. Perhaps you can be too moody, jealous, or dominating? The Death card is asking you to recognize these negative traits and make the necessary changes. Another possibility is that they see you as someone who has undergone massive transformation to be where you are now.
If you are asking about reconciliation with an ex, Death as love advice shows that it may be best for you to just let go of this person. They may not be good for you, and the breakup is in fact a blessing. You could be grieving the end of the relationship, but this too shall pass. When a door closes, another one opens. The Death card here means that you may be transitioning to a better state of mind or a better relationship.
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If you are asking about love advice, and you draw Death reversed, that means that you are advised to stop resisting change in the relationship. Nothing stays permanent, and change is inevitable, whether you like it or not. Clinging to the status quo is not conducive to growth. When you get the Death card reversed in the advice position, ask yourself: “What am I resisting? What would be the positive outcome if I embraced it?” The card is asking you not to let your fears block you from pursuing something or someone.
For love, Death reversed as advice means that you should closely examine your approach and attitude and how your resistance to change could be causing more harm than good. Are you hanging on to a person or situation that is no longer serving you? Are you self-sabotaging your happiness by clinging to old beliefs and patterns? Are you causing yourself unnecessary grief by continually holding on to the past? The Death card reversed means it’s not the situation itself that is causing you untold misery, but your own perception of it.
For singles, Death reversed as love advice means you could be needlessly fearing new beginnings. Perhaps someone in your past badly hurt you, so now when someone expresses interest, you don’t want to have anything to do with them. Let go of past attachments so you can welcome a new loving relationship into your life. The Death card reversed in the advice position means you’re the one sabotaging your love life. Process your pain and make positive changes in your life so you can finally heal.
For new and potential relationships, Death reversed as love advice means you tend to ruin this relationship before it has a chance to bloom. The universe wants to give you a new chance at love, so seize it. There is a need to bury the past so both of you can start with a clean slate. Let go of attachments to people, situations, and behaviors that no longer serve you so you can fully enjoy this relationship. Leave negative patterns and dynamics that were hallmarks of previous relationships in the past.
For existing relationships, Death reversed as advice means that they see you as somewhat stuck in your old ways. You may be avoiding new people and situations due to unnecessary fears. You may have difficulty reaching your dreams due to your unwillingness to get out of your comfort zone. You could still be pining for a lost love. This card means your partner could see you as too stubborn and unable to adapt to new situations.
If you are asking about reconciliation with an ex, Death reversed as love advice shows that you may be holding on to a relationship that you know has run its course. There may be codependency and fears of abandonment. When the bad outweighs the good, ending the relationship may be the best course of action. There is no point in being together when you can be happier apart. This card is asking you to let go.
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For relationships and feelings, Death reveals the power of transformative change. For the end of every cycle comes the beginning of another. In order to grow, we must shed beliefs and behaviors that are no longer serving us. Death can mean the literal end of a relationship. Equally, it can mean the end of one phase in your relationship and beginning of another. There is no life without Death. Embrace the transformative energy of this card to feel radically empowered.
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