My favorite author died. It is not a very new news, he left us in this March. I’m talking about Sir Terry Pratchett, who took the hand of Death after a long illness. It still makes me sad, and in my more emotional hours, it makes me cry a bit. I hope he held the hand of Death from his own novels, and crossed the black and white desert without any regrets.
If in a tarot reading Death pops up, seekers usually get scared. There are super-sensitive people, who don’t go to tarotists, because they fear they might see this card. However, it is not at all a baddy, exactly the opposite! Although it does mean difficulties coming up, it also means that there is a new beginning, a change around the corner, usually for the best. It is never easy to close a chapter in our lives, but after the dark night of self-pity, grief and denial, dawn comes to start a new, brighter day. It only rarely means literally death or doom. I would be more worried to see the Tower.
I have to confess, Death is one of my favorite cards. It tells you that change is coming, that things will not be the same, and most of the time this news means a great big relief to people coming for a reading. So, after the first shock, they indeed leave happy and full of hope about the future.
I wish everyone the Strength to face their Death. After all:
“Despite rumor, Death isn’t cruel. Merely terribly, terribly good at his job.” – Sir Terry Pratchett
Above the Death cards from six different tarot decks. From Left to right:
Halloween Tarot, Ancient Egyptian Tarot, Sacred India Tarot
Visconti-Sforza Tarot, Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot, and the Siprit of Flowers Tarot