The Death is the card with a metaphorical representation of an ending. Surely the most feared card of the tarot, it rarely has anything to do with physical death. We are often stuck in situations that keep dragging, and don’t reach a conclusion; this card indicates an end to that torture. It foretells a monumental change in the form of an ending, and of course implies a new beginning. We are struck by the knowledge that life is constantly changing, and to grow and move on into the new, we need to let the old die. In a reading, this card indicates the magnitude of the change, and signals the end of an era. Our reaction is upto us – we could choose to be sad about it, or we could be optimistic about what the future will bring. At another level, this card also gives us a wake-up call as to what is important in our lives, and tells us to not waste time on the unimportant things. A new day has arrived, and it will bring brightness and positivity, so we should embrace it with open arms.
The usage Arcana stems from the word Arcane. ‘Major Arcana’ means ‘the big secret’. The Major Arcana deck of Tarot comprises of the first 22 cards in the deck. These cards signify the major events in the journey of life of a person from birth to death, and rebirth. Each of these 22 cards has a particular meaning to convey, a definite significance. For instance, The Fool, the first of the Major Arcana cards, signifies the innocent baby embarking on the journey of life; The Lovers is the card of the heart and relationships; The Chariot signifies an ongoing journey; The Death is the card of eternal change, or rebirth; The Moon means the gaining of inner knowledge; and The World signifies the end of the cycle of birth and reincarnation.