Keywords for the Death Tarot Card

  • Transformative rebirth, like the Phoenix
  • Final endings, involuntary change
  • The end of one cycle and beginning of the next
  • Letting go and moving on


The Death tarot card scares people. It’s the card that elicits the most gasps and cringes when it comes up in a reading. But the Death card is one of the most misunderstood cards in the deck.

Despite the imagery and name, this card rarely has anything to do with actual, physical death. Instead, it’s a card of rebirth. It’s about change and letting go of the past to move on to something better.


The Death card indicates one cycle is ending and another is beginning, hence the imagery of the elephants in transgender colors. There is a major transition happening where you must leave your old life and start something new.


In The Fool’s journey through the Major Arcana, this card follows the sacrifice and acceptance of The Hanged Man and represents what happens after that sacrifice. Once you let go of what you can’t control, you will be reborn into a place of clarity, acceptance, and action.

Keywords for the Death Card Reversed

  • Lethargy, sleep, inertia
  • Refusal to accept change
  • Stagnation
  • Hope destroyed



  • The original was painted on 11x14 high quality 140lb watercolor paper with Turner watercolor paints.
  • Signature is hidden in the painting. 
  • Your original painting will come with a certificate of authenticity and a backing board, wrapped in plastic.
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