When you sit for a tarot card reading are there energy fields at work? Have you chosen the cards or have the cards chosen you?
Tarot card reading is a form of divination. Simply stated, the cards are used to interpret the past, present and future or to answer specific questions related to the person being read (also known as a sitter or querent). The deck is comprised of 78 cards and divided into two sections: the Major Arcana (22 cards) and the Minor Arcana (56 cards). The Major Arcana cards depict life path, and the Minor Arcana cards explain life situations and personal encounters.
During a reading, the cards are shuffled and laid out on the table as spreads. Note that there are many different types of spreads. The cards and their positions within the spread have their own unique meanings, which are interpreted by the reader. Check out your free Personal Tarot Cards, Tarot Readings and Minchiate Tarot in our Oracle Room.
In this monthly feature, we will not attempt to explain the synchronicity that is at work; however, we will offer a description of the various cards found within the classic and ever-popular Rider-Waite deck. This month’s selection is the Death card.
THE DEATH CARD
MAJOR ARCANA, NUMBER 13
The Death tarot card is one of the most infamous and misunderstood cards in the tarot deck. It is not associated exclusively with the end of human life. The card is more about endings, which can include the completion of a chapter in your life or a turning point of some kind. It can also denote the end of a bad relationship or a change in status that can result in an unexpected, life-altering change. Additionally, the card can indicate a transition point, and the need to eliminate excesses and to let go of old ideas and thinking. Keep in mind that it can equate with the death of an ailing or elderly individual you may know.
When the card appears in the reverse position it can point toward a refusal to change or an inability to move forward. It also suggests avoiding the end of something, holding on to the past or a fear of the future.
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