Death – Change – Transformation – Transition – Endings - Removal - Elimination
Black amour & White Horse = balance off opposities, life & death. Yin and Yang.
Feather = The feather on the helmet is lifeless, limp. As in contrast to The Fool and The Sun which are full of life and energy. This is symbolic of Death, lifeless and ending.
Sun = The sun in the background is either rising or setting. It is ambiguous to allude to the concept of transitions, in-between stages, endings and beginnings.
River and Boat = Passages and transition from one side to the other. often symbolic of death from the physical into the other side (Underworld).
Meaning & Message
Death speaks more about metaphorical and symbolic Death rather than actual physical death and dying. However it is a possible subject which it can represent in a reading. Do not fear this card if it comes up in a reading.
The main meaning in Death is endings. It is a card which represents endings of all sorts. From the loss of a relationship, the ending of a job or even the ending of project, the ending of stage of life. Anything which ends and comes to a completion.
Second, the idea of transitions which comes as a result from endings. Something ends and we transition into something new. When we end something we allow something new to enter. As a relationship ends a new one may start and take it’s place. There are many life cycles we go through, transitioning from childhood to adolescence with the start of puberty. The from adolescence into adulthood, on to old age then finally death. The birth of a child is also a transition and death of the parents life as individuals responsibility for themselves, now being responsible for another life. The Ego dies a little, now it is not just about you but about your child.
Thirdly, removal and elimination. Death signals a need to clean house. Remove what no longer serves you, old notions and ideas which are out dated. Replace it with up to date and useful ideas, thoughts and beliefs. Remove what is physically useless like junk in the house.
Shadow Aspect – Ill-dignified
Fearing change, fearing loss of control and stability. Wanting to keep everything the same, never changing. This causes stagnation and thus blockages and energetic backups in your life. With regard to actual Death you may be in denial, unable to express your sadness, unable to mourn or accept the loss.
Tarot M&M – Tarot in Ten Minutes – 5 of Pentacles
Hardship, unpleasant situation(s), trouble meeting your needs, lacking resources, needing help/assistance, separation, forced isolation, rejection, financial problems, spiritual void.
Church - The church in the background represents the “establishment” or society as a whole. The church is mean to be a place of safety and security. It provides spiritual and material aid.
Bell around the man’s neck – The bell indicates this man has leprosy. He is rejected by society because of his condition. The bell warns others when he is around.
Meaning and Message
Because the church represents society and all types of establishments and the man has leprosy, he is left outside (excluded). He is separated and isolated, the only companion he has is a woman (his wife?). This brings us the meaning of feeling rejected by other and being forced into isolation.
Fives bring us challenges, Pentacles represent the material so this indicates material/financial hardships and difficulties.
The is a spiritual void within this card. This card when not indicating material poverty it represents spiritual poverty. Feeling spiritually lost, or disconnected from the divine.
Your arrogance and or pride keeps you from getting help. Instead of seeking a solution you seek revenge for your current disposition.
- Worry, Anxiety, Fear, Distress
Something is causing you to be anxious, fearful and worried. These emotions are originated in your mind. Somehow you convinced yourself that you may be in present danger or something in the future will turn out against your favor.
-Trouble sleeping, nightmares, insomnia
Experiencing nighttime problems as sleeping problems, restless nights, constant thinking that keeps you from sleep.
- Negative Cognition
Your general thinking is set to a negative mood. Doom and Gloom type of mentality.
The woman in her bed crying stands to represent nighttime troubles. Crying indicates sadness, depression, worry and anxiety. The swords above her are symbolic of her thoughts that hover over her mind.
The 9 of Swords is a very psychological card. Because it does with anxiety, fear, depression and all sorts of cognitive distortions. Around 30% of the American population has Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Fear and Anxiety are two different emotions. Fear deals with the present through danger being presented to us. Anxiety is a future based emotion, fearing an outcome that will not be in our favor. Behavioral theorists believe that we become anxious through classical conditioning (programing) to be anxious in certain events. We are wired in other words to that tendency. Anxiety is co-morbid with Depression. People with anxiety often have depression as well. This idea is reflected in the 9 of Swords.
Messages & Meanings
- You are worried and anxious about something outside of your control. This lack of control may be the source of anxiety. Avoid extreme thinking when the 9 of Swords appears. You worries may only be that of thoughts, without any real evidence or reason for real worry. Examine your thinking critically for flawed reasoning.
You may be invoking bad dreams, looking for danger. Deep down you know that you are being irrational.
3 of Pentacles
- Team work, cooperation, collaboration, directing, direction, giving instruction, compromise
You are in a team working towards a common goal. You may either be the one giving the directions or taking them. Either case it is important to compromise and find the middle ground.
-Building foundations, growth, expansion
Growth is at the heart of this card, 3 is The Empress the card of birth and creativity. The 3 of Pentacles reveals tangible growth and expansion of ideas and projects.
- Work, change in experiences, skills, knowledge, know-how
If looking for work you shall find it. The 3 of Pentacles can indicate changes in experiences regarding to work, perhaps a new type of job. The 3 of Pentacles has a certain level of know-how and skills to get what it is need to be done.
Lack of ethics at work, refusing to take responsibility for what you produce, desire for fame and recognition.
Examine what needs to be synthesized together. What may seem to be opposites and incompatible may be a benefit.
criticism Ask yourself, how open are you to taking direction and constructive?
Teamwork and working together will produce good results.
The 7 of Cups
- Imagination, fantasy and illusions
Things are detached from reality, you are not seeing things objectively but via a subjective emotional view. You escape reality and enter a alternate world.
- Opportunities and choices
You are faced with many choices, paths to take, options and opportunities which you have difficulty deciding over.
- Wishful thinking
You are not looking at the facts of the matter but rather wishing and hoping for the best.
Giving into your fantasy and living a lie. Illusions become delusions. Giving into temptations. Possible drug abuse as a means to escaping reality.
Messages of the 7 of Cups
Look at things realistically when deciding and making choices. Don’t let your imagination run wild with “what if”. Come down from the clouds and see things for what they really are.
Use your imagination and visions as a means to create what it is you desire.
Be careful of becoming lazy and indulging in pleasurable pastimes as that will hinder your development.