13 means Death?

So today is one of those days that holds a lot of fear for some folks. Friday the 13th! I mean there's even an seemingly-never-ending horror movie series, right? And let's not even talk about covens and black cats and ladders.

But what about the thirteenth card in the Tarot deck? What does it mean when you get this in a reading? Should you hide under the bed? Leave town? Pretend it didn't happen?

Not really. Death traditionally means change. In some decks like the Sun And Moon Tarot, it's been given the additional title of Rebirth to show what happens after the change. Or Transformation in the Joie de Vivre Tarot.


Think of the Death card as unavoidable endings that lead to new ways of being. And isn't this last Death a happy fellow from the Halloween Tarot?


So, what do you see the Death card as? How would you read it in a reading about a job? What about love? How does this card make you feel? Any funny stories to share about this thirteenth card of the Tarot?

Death (sometimes riding a pale horse), in order of appearance:

  1. Cary-Yale Visconti Tarot
  2. Rider-Waite Tarot
  3. Crystal Visions Tarot
  4. Joie de Vivre Tarot
  5. Halloween Tarot

One thought on “13 means Death?

  1. 3Jane

    I can still be uneasy when I see Death in cards, although less so than when seeing the Tower. Death means an end, and therefore a loss of job or the end of a relationship (and I like it better than Tower since to me it is a natural end, a withering away, vs. a violent crash).
    It is natural to mourn a death, and so it is also natural to be apprehensive when one sees it predicted for the future. However, I also appreciate knowing that emotionally hard times are ahead, since then I can prepare accordingly (look at job ads, not schedule any emotionally stressful or time consuming activities, give myself a lot of care, meet with friends a lot etc).

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