Tarot 13 - Death Picture

Upright- The Death Card signifies an end to something, a time of grieving with the hint that there will be something new to take the place of this lost thing in the future. Rebirth is at the other end of this tunnel, but a dark tunnel must be traversed.

Upside-down - Reversed this card becomes a mockery of death. This upside-down card hints at some very grisly things--desecration of graves, mocking someone's death. Someone dies and their end is celebrated or laughed about rather than mourned. Or, worse, someone dies and no one offers compassion or sympathy. This situation makes it impossible to move on, your grief cannot be dealt with or overcome.

Creature - The Washer at the Ford, is a Scottish fairy, seen as an omen and messenger of death, also known as the bean nighe, is from Celtic mythology. She wanders near deserted streams where she washes the blood from the grave-clothes of those who are about to die. It is said that they are the spirits of women who died giving birth and are doomed to do this work until the day their lives would have normally ended. While generally appearing as a hag, she can also manifest as a beautiful young woman when it suits her, much as does her Irish counterpart, the Banshee.

Card Back [link]
0 The Fool [link]
1 The Magician [link]
2 The High Priestess [link]
3 The Empress [link]
4 The Emperor [link]
5 The High Priest [link]
6 The Lovers [link]
7 The Chariot [link]
8 Strength [link]
9 The Hermit [link]
10 Wheel of Fortune [link]
11 Justice [link]
12 The Hanged Man [link]
13 Death [link]
14 Temperance [link]
15 The Devil [link]
16 The Tower [link]
17 The Star [link]
18 The Moon [link]
19 The Sun [link]
20 Judgment [link]
21 The World [link]
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