When I'm doing a telephone reading I never tell people that they have got the death card in a spread. People take it literally. We've all seen Hammer House of Horror films where you turn up the death card and two minutes later you are laying face down on the floor with a dagger in your back.|
In reality, of course, the death card represents total change, death and rebirth. This is likely to be allegorical rather than biological death and rebirth. If you are unhappy with your situation you are not about to patch up a relationship, change your working environment slightly or put a coat of paint on the living room. You're moving. The death card represents the need to break old cycles. This is often difficult as we tend not to like change but as the I Ching points out, the only thing in the universe which is constant is change.
With death comes grief. This may be as the result of a loved one passing over but there is also grief at, for instance, the end of a relationship; there may not be actual physical death involved, nevertheless you may feel grief. Remember that grief is a healing process. People may tell you that you will eventually "get over it". You won't get over it but you will eventually come to terms with it, accept it and be able move forward with your life.
I can't think of any tree which typifies death and rebirth better than Newton's original apple tree. The one under which he saw an apple fall and the event inspired him to formulate the theory of gravity. It is still growing in Lincolnshire. Every time a branch becomes rotten and droops to the ground, it puts out new roots where the branch touches the ground. New shoots spring up and off it goes again.
As well as a photograph of this tree the card bears the Celtic Cross of Saint Patrick. Again, the concept of total change suits St. Patrick. He was a Welshman who became patron saint of Ireland. Undeniable a pretty big change of direction for him. St. David, on the other hand, was an Irishman who was patron saint of Wales. Reversals like this occur all the time. The song "Danny Boy" was written by an Englishman while "Waltzing Matilda" was written by a Scotsman. The Greeks invented the Bagpipes, the Roman invented Haggis while Whisky originates from Italy. All of which indicate the total change of direction which the death card signifies.
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