XIII. Death

Endings, Rebirth

Appearance

Skeletal death in black robes or armour. He may carry a scythe or a standard of a white rose upon a black field. He may be mounted upon a white horse.

Story

Having left the tree from where he hung, the Fool moves carefully through a fallow field, head still clearing from visions. The air is cold and wintry, the trees bare. Before him, he sees, rising with the sun, a skeleton in black armor mounted on a white horse. He recognizes it as Death.

As it stops before him, he humbly asks, "Have I died?" He feels, in fact, rather empty and desolate.

And the Skeleton answers, "Yes, in a way. You sacrificed your old world, your old self. Both are gone, dead."

The Fool reflects on that, "How sad."

Death acknowledges this with a nod. "Yes, but it is the only way to be reborn. A new Sun is rising, and it is, for you, a time of great transformation." As Death rides away, the Fool can feel the truth in those words. He, too, feels like a skeleton, all that he was stripped away. This, he understands, is how all great transformations start, by stripping things to the bone, and building fresh upon the bare foundations.

Divinatory Meanings

Transformation, passage, change. Rebirth, resurrection. The end, mortality, destruction, corruption. Winter.

Reversed

Sleep, lethargy. The inability to grieve, to deal with the sorrow, to move on; renewal is denied. An ending delayed; continuance beyond comfort.


The Fool | The Magician | The High Priestess | The Empress | The Emperor | The Hierophant | The Lovers | The Chariot | Strength | The Hermit | Wheel of Fortune | Justice | The Hanged Man | Death | Temperance | The Devil | The Tower | The Star | The Moon | The Sun | Judgement | The World


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