the death tarot card, scary as it may sound or appear, actually denotes rebirth and rejuvenation. it may, but rarely, signifies an actual death. instead it represents the death of an old self or an out-grown phase, lifestyle, or relationship. this death creates a transformation. life and death are in a constant flow. after death, there is birth. what is old must die to make room for what is new to be born. honor this death as you would honor birth. honor this transformation, which calls for a period of mourning. we cannot hide from this. we must acknowledge this death in order to put it truly to rest. with the death card, this transformation can happen suddenly, so it can be difficult to want to let go. but it is necessary. as we find closure, we must also find gratitude for what was and what will be.
as we grow, our old self sinks away and we step into our new being. old habits, old ways of living, old beliefs, old relationships, old patterns cannot move forward with us. they must be laid to rest, to experience death. death in this context allows for a purification. we can release ourselves from what is no longer serving us and what no longer fits who we are now. this can be a cleansing process that allows us to start fresh, having washed away what held us back and kept us stuck. death can leave us filling empty, but that space is now available to be filled with great things, with what we truly desire and what we truly need. we have transformed through this process and what we desire and need to fill our lives has transformed with us. with this space opening up within us, within our lives, all that fits who we are now becomes available to us. we must let go to create space. we must honor that space. we must nurture that space.
we do not seek death. it finds us when it is time, time for something to end, to make room for something new to begin. but there is a true loss. we must acknowledge this loss. if we hide from it or try to imagine that what is lost is not really gone, then we remain stuck. we will be giving our energy to something that is no longer there and we will then be dying along with it. we cannot stop death, as we cannot stop time. we must not live in our past if we wish to experience our future. and with the death tarot card, it promises a profoundly better future. in order to move forward into the greatness that lies ahead of us, we must find closure with our past, with our old self, with our old lifestyle, with our old relationships, with what has left us. through closure, we are able to find gratitude because what left us really created an opportunity for us, an opportunity for something better. we must feel grateful not only for this, but for what we learned and gained from our time with what is now gone. death will force us to transform. we do not always have to be happy with the change right away, but we must not fight it. we must accept it. we must open up to it. as we open, we honor death and we honor the space it creates.