Typically you will see the Card of Death with a skeleton, black robes or armour. You may also see the Death Card as a flag with a white rose pictured on a black and desolate field. There can be a rising sun and there could be other figures on the field, many times you will see a child. The proper name for the Death Card is Arcana; it does not mean a physical death. So if this card pops up, you do not have to prepare for your funeral.
What Arcana, the Death Card, actually means is that there a symbolic death taking place, this can be transformation of sorts. Usually when this card comes into a spread it is telling the person that it is time to make some changes, or that there are changes happening which they cannot control, but that they are going to need to adapt to. This "death" is necessary for growth. We all experience these "deaths" throughout our lives we just don't see a Death Card forewarning us.
There is a story that goes along with the Death Card, as there is for every card in the Tarot deck.
Here is the story of the Arcana:
It is said that the Fool left the tree he was hanging from he begins to walk through a fallow field, his head still clearing from the visions he saw as he hung from the tree. The cold and wintry air and the bare trees, then he sees before him a rising sun, and a skeleton all dressed in black riding a white horse. The Fool asks, "Have I died?" The Fool is feeling empty inside. The Skelton answers back, "Yes in a way. You have sacrificed your old world, your old self. Both are gone, they are dead." The Fool says, "How sad," and the Skeleton agrees and says, "Yes, but it is the only way to be reborn. A new Sun is rising, and it is, for you, a time of great transformation." Death rides away and the Fool is left, feeling the truth of what the Skeleton has said. He begins to feel like a skeleton himself, stripped of everything. It is then that the Fool understands that this is how great transformation begins; you are stripped to the bone so that you can build anew.
This is not to say that the Death Card never means a physical death under the right circumstances, the right circumstances being a person that is very old or very sick. Death is a transformation, from a lower state to a higher state, Arcana is the signal for transformation or passage or change.
Scorpios is the sign associated with this card, and it has three faces or forms, the scorpion, serpent and eagle. Arcana is the card of humility, so it can also mean that this is a moment of low, when it feels as though all is lost so that you can rebuild and go to a place that is higher than where you ever were before.
By: Keith Ward
Keith Ward is the Founder and Director of the Circle of Professional Clairvoyants, which offers Psychic Readings with fully qualified Senior UK Clairvoyants and Psychics.