The Death Tarot Card Meaning

Have you recently had the Death Tarot card in your reading and want to know what it means? Maybe you were given one meaning in your reading and you are curious to know if there are other possible meanings.

It can be incredibly daunting getting the Death Tarot card in your reading. Nobody wants to see it. You panic, and start searching, desperate for some alternative meanings and to learn as much about the card as possible.

But you are met with contradicting and conflicting information that leaves you unsure where to turn or who to trust. 

Well, no more! Today, we are here with the answers that you need. Keep reading to find out all the possible meanings of the Death Tarot card and everything you need to know about it!

Upright Death Tarot Card General Meaning 

Let’s start with the general meaning of the upright Death Tarot card. Although the card can be scary, the card doesn’t necessarily mean physical death. Generally, we shouldn’t predict deaths, the outcome of pregnancies, or illnesses as it is irresponsible and unethical. 

The Death Tarot card usually suggests a spiritual transformation or a time of change and new beginnings rather than a physical death. This can be welcome news for anyone seeing the Death Tarot card in their reading! 

The change or transformation the card signifies can be sudden, painful, traumatic, or difficult, but it brings a new lease of life that can be super rewarding. The new opportunities presented to you will make the challenging and difficult times seem worth it. 

It can feel easier to resist the opportunities the Death Tarot card presents, rather than surrender to it, but in the long-term, resistance will get you nowhere!

Try and consider the change as a fresh start and embrace it. You will find the change far easier to accept with this mindset. 

The Death Tarot card also suggests you need to let go of old beliefs or issues. It is time to leave the past in the past and move forward. Yes, the card can be a shock, but the transformation it brings around will be a positive one. 

Now that we have looked at the general meaning of the card, let’s dive in to look at some of the possible meanings in closer detail. 


Health-wise, the Death card can seem worrying! But the card rarely predicts a physical death. Instead, it signifies that change is coming in terms of your health.

How you handle this change can shape the outcome of any ill health you might be experiencing. 

Try to change your attitude, focusing on some positives in your life. Try and find a positive to focus on every day to improve your mental well-being. You can also use this card as an opportunity to try a new approach.

This could be a new holistic therapy, diet, or healing energy. 

The important thing to take away from the Death card is that how you are feeling now is temporary. It will change. 

Love And Relationships

The death Tarot card can suggest you or your partner are holding onto a relationship that isn’t working for you or old patterns and habits that prevent the relationship from progressing or moving forward positively.

The card can also mean that change is coming, whether you want it or not. 

You have a choice, you can either embrace the change or resist it. 

If your relationship is quite difficult, the card signifies that it is time to walk away. The Death card can mean divorce or that big changes are needed to address your issues and save your relationship.

These changes can involve tackling deep-seated issues or patterns that can be painful to address. It is worth seeking relationship counseling if you and your partner are struggling with these painful issues. 

What happens after you see this card depends on you and your partner. Are you willing to embrace the change and work through your issues? Or are you in denial and refusing to make the changes?

Yes, these changes can be painful, but they can be positive too. The changes could be a surprise engagement or pregnancy. These changes can be overwhelming too, even if you are happy with them. 

If you are single, the card suggests you will soon cast off old behaviors, beliefs, or issues that aren’t useful to you anymore. By embracing this transformation, you can bring new love into your life! 

Money And Career 

The Death Tarot card can be viewed as a warning not to become too dependent on anything that isn’t working for you. The only guaranteed thing in life is that things will change.

So if you are unhappy in your role, it’s time to start looking for another job! 

If you have recently started a side business and are worried about when to quit your full-time job, the Death card can be a sign it is time to take the plunge. 

The card can also suggest that money could be tight, but try not to let this get you down. This financial change will lead you somewhere positive, and provide a valuable lesson.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, you need to face them. Ignoring the problem will not help at all. 

Instead, take practical steps to adjust your spending and try to keep moving with a positive mindset. It’s surprising the difference swapping to own brand items and cutting down on nights out can make to your bank balance. And remember, this hardship is likely only temporary!


The Death Tarot card suggests a spiritual transformation where you can deeply connect to your higher self. During this period, you will discover new depths to your spirituality that you won’t have thought possible! 

This spiritual transformation could be caused by heartbreak, loss, or any grief you might have experienced. 

The card can also represent a tough transition from an old situation to new beginnings. It can be tricky, but try to embrace the change as it is leading you to a higher path! 

Reversed Death Tarot Card General Meaning 

The reversed Death Tarot card has a slightly different meaning. Generally, it means you are resisting a necessary change that will help you move forward. Nothing new can happen while you hold onto negative energy from the past. 

You might be finding it difficult to let go, but new energy will brighten your life once you do! The change a reversed Death card suggests cannot be resisted or ignored forever.

You need to let go of what you are holding onto so the universe can push you onto your new path.

Resisting this change can be quite distressing. It is far easier to let the universe take the reins and put you on the path it wants you to be on. Deciding to let go of old relationships, situations, or issues can help you feel empowered that you made the right decision. 

Think about the change you are resisting. Is it going to be worse than how you feel in your current situation? Probably not, so why not embrace the change and see where the universe takes you? 

Now that we have looked at the general meaning of the reversed Death Tarot card, let’s dive in and take a closer look at each possible meaning. 


Health-wise, a reversed Death Tarot card suggests you are resisting tackling health issues or getting the treatment you need. Your health woes might be physical symptoms of a bigger issue that you have been putting off resolving.

You might have old fears surrounding an illness that is preventing you from getting a check-up. 

Use this card as your sign to seek medical help and get the check-up you need. Make an appointment with your doctor and go in with an honest and open mind.

Putting your health first can give you the renewed energy you need to move forward in your life. Plus, it can help to address any health concerns and get you the treatment you need! 

Love And Relationships

A reversed Death card is a good indicator you are resisting change in your relationship.  You might be holding onto a relationship that has run its course but are afraid to leave. Maybe you feel obligated to your partner or too dependent on them to leave. 

The card can also suggest that a relationship you thought was over is about to resurface! Some old flames might be about to rekindle! 

If you are single, the card suggests you need to let go of any negative behaviors that are preventing new love from entering your life. If you tend to choose bad partners due to low self-esteem, now is the time to work on yourself!

Build your self-confidence and let go of those negative behaviors. Before you know it, a love you are deserving of will enter your life. 

Money And Career

Like the upright meaning, a reversed Death card can suggest now is the time for a change of direction in your career. You might be resisting the change as you are scared of letting go of the security your current role gives you. 

You might have routine and stability now, but there might be behaviors or patterns that are part of the role that are preventing you from where you need to be.

Take some time to figure out what direction you want to take with your career and the changes you need to make to arrive there. 

The reversed Death card can also suggest financial struggles are inevitable. It is time to assess how you manage your finances and look to make changes that could make your money go further.

You might not necessarily need to cut back, but a few simple changes could help your paycheck make it to the end of the month. 

You must let go of any bad financial habits so you can manage your money better. Remember, financial hardship will be temporary. 


The reversed Death Tarot card suggests there is a spiritual transformation about to take place after a period of loss, grief, or difficult time, but you are resistant to the change.

It might be that you are extremely distressed by what has happened and are refusing to move forward. Maybe you have lost faith in the universe and don’t feel positive about any future. 

You could also be angry with the universe and reluctant to trust its process anymore. Feeling like this is natural, but you need to remember that refusing to change or move forward means you will stay in this unhappy state or situation.

While change can seem daunting, staying where you are will only hurt you in the long run. 

It can be challenging, but it is important to have faith that the spirit world will love and guide you on the new path through this period of change.

Even if you are too upset to focus on the new change currently, let the universe guide you. Start small, with one step at a time, and you will be surprised where you end up! 

Final Thoughts 

And there you have it, all the possible meanings an upright or reversed Devil Tarot card can have! Remember that this card does not necessarily mean physical death, but that a transformation is on its way to you!

Sure, this can be challenging, but if you overcome it, you can move forward to brighter and more positive days! 

Try not to panic when the Death card appears in a Tarot reading. Instead, focus on the other meanings we have mentioned today. Change is coming into your life, and you must be ready to accept the change!

By moving forward with an open heart and mind, you can accept the change the universe has planned for you. 

Relax, big things are coming your way!

Zhara O’Brien
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