Death

Death:  Newton'a Apple Tree 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.

To the Maya, death was symbolised by the god Ahpuch, son of Tezcatlipoca who was his father, and Tlacolteotl (mother), He inhabited Mictlan in the Mexican underworld Xibalba. You must transform yourself into a plumed serpent and hatch from its egg. Otherwise terror and misadventure awaits anyone who cannot leave the old behind: "get over it". Mayan god of Death:  Ahpuch The old has to be torn down to make room for the new. The creative principle cannot do its work until Shiva, the destroyer, has done his work. This card is number thirteen in the major arcana and one plus three equals four. Fours often indicate the need to create space in which to grow. When one door closes another one opens. A change in circumstances will work to your benefit. You will be worried about these changes but remember that it is all for the long-term good.
Death is thirteen in the major arcana and correspondingly takes the thirteenth letter of the Hebrew alefbet, mem (M). This is one of the Hebrew letters which appears in two forms depending whether it is at the end of the word or not. The Death card carries the symbol for the astrological sign Scorpio.

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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