When The Death card literally means Death

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I do not issue predictions of death. Never. Nor will any responsible psychic reader. We might well be wrong, but if we are not, who and what do we serve by sharing such a prediction?

This is not to say I will not discuss death with a client. Death is part of Life. Sometimes people want – need– to talk about it. Maybe they are preparing for a death they already know is coming soon, to them or a loved one. Maybe they are dealing with probate. Maybe they want me to look at a dead loved one, act as a conduit using Tarot as a form of medium-ship. I have been asked, for example, if the dead loved one is OK, where are they now, and is there anything they would like to say?

The Tarot will talk this talk, walk this walk with them, if the reader is willing. Some are, some are not.

The Death card, associated with autumn and the zodiac sign of Scorpio, while perhaps the most notorious card in the Tarot deck, will usually not be detecting an actual physical death. Usually it signifies the natural conclusion to a situation. We have come to the end of the road now with this one. As such, it may actually be a welcome card. Some things, we are desperately happy to see the back of.

From The Touchstone Tarot

There are other cards that may also mean death: the Nine and Ten of Swords. The Fool card reversed (Number Zero, we go through the gate) and The Sun card reversed (The sun has set,our done is done) may also rarely, refer to a literal, physical human death.

But when we are discussing the actual dead, there are no spirits present at the reading so far as I understand it. I am accessing the understanding of the person I am sitting with. Still, it is quite astonishing, what the cards will show me, what they will convey about the dearly departed that make complete sense to the client, and that I could not possibly know.

Such is the Tarot. At its most acute, it is an enabler of downright telepathy. Or maybe something even more; an intimation of what we call the Divine, the Oneness of Everything.

“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamed of in your philosophy.” – Hamlet- Shakespeare

Horatio (standing, dressed in red) with Hamlet in the “gravedigger scene” by Eugène Delacroix[

Yes, there are. There really are. I do not care who does not believe that. One feels it, encounters it directly, perceives it, apprehends it, or one does not.

I like to test myself, and sometimes I lay out a spread for the coming day, to see what it ‘looks’ like, and then I look back and take stock that same evening or next day, to see what I can learn.

I did this two weeks ago, laying out a cross shaped spread of 5 cards like this:

In the position representing The Unexpected, I drew the Death card.

I studied the surrounding cards. These were health related cards, and included the Four of Swords. But the cards did not indicate any family members; an absence of tell-tale court cards or family cards, such as the Two, Six or Ten of Cups.

I said to Il Matrimonio, ‘today or tomorrow, I may hear news of a death, unexpected, but it’s not in our immediate circle, though I don’t think it’s something on the news either.’

People die every minute of course. That is a constant, but the Tarot will show me things that mean something to me personally. The Tarot is dealing at one and the same time with Universality and Particularity. Hacceity, and the unique or special ‘this-ness’ of a thing.

The next day, visiting one of my online places, a health clinic I used to visit, I read the very sad news that a lady I slightly knew, the former manager with whom I had had a few dealings, always very helpful, had died the previous day at 5 PM. She had died after a week in hospital. She was admitted with Covid. It was the reason for admission and she died of it. Leaving behind an utterly distraught daughter of 18, who had been excited to go off to University this autumn, and is now dealing with the funeral arrangements, and left all alone, so far as one can tell.

Enough of the conspiracy theories. This lady is not the only one I have personally known of to die before their time of this horrible new virus. Covid is real. Yes, flu can kill you. This is not flu. It is an epithelial disease, and may attack the cells anywhere in the body, not only the respiratory system. It is now wrecking the health of young people it does not kill. Hopefully not long term, but there are situations for which the ‘normal, healthy immune system’ is not prepared. As I should know. Something like this happened to me some time during my twenties. There was some ‘insult’ to the immune system, never conclusively identified, and it went on to cause me years of severe pain, and put me in a wheelchair from which I may possibly not escape, except in Death. And I was perfectly good health up until this mystery event. I had always thought I had a perfectly normal immune system before this happened, in so far as I thought of it at all.

A brand new virus, whatever it is, whatever its origins, is always a challenge to the immunity of the wider collective of humanity. Globally, we do seem to be heading on out of this particular pandemic, and this should be more apparent by March-June 2022.

Death is an angel. Death was the price of our freedom. We could have stayed immortal, living as clones in the primordial seas, but we chose otherwise. We chose specialization of species. We, then at some further level ‘chose’ specialization of the individual as an unique entity.

‘We’ did not want to be ‘immortal’ at the price of immortality experienced as identikit clonal single celled soup. OK. But space on Earth is not infinite. So we chose Death, The Hourglass, and the foreknowledge that our sands are forever fast running out.

This is it. Our moment in the sun.

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It could be said then, that Death came as a friend from the very beginning. One could say Life invented Death, as the enabler of The Individual.

It is suffering with no hope of reprieve, not Death, that is the enemy. Though we might be nowhere near ready yet, to welcome our one definitive meeting with this mightiest of rescuing angels, swooping by to collect us and carry us home to the Source.

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Till next time 🙂

Author: Katie-Ellen

Intuitive Tarot reader, consultant and writer.

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