The Tarot card, Death and Transformation

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Divinatory Keywords & Phrases

Destructive love. The extremes of poverty or wealth. Begging for forgiveness. Paying for excess. Intense love. Manipulation of circumstances. Difficulty in letting go. Appearances no longer mattering. The Naked Truth. Dramatic change of life. Being initiated into a secret society. Transformation. An End. A beginning. Cleansing one’s soul. Drastic change. At the mercy of another. Spiritual protection. Out of control. Safe passage to the other side of anything. Reproduction. The Life cycle. Birth & re-birth. The soul surpasses matter. Initiation.  Secret society. The lesson of spirit is more important than matter. Deep feelings are necessary to a life that others will value. Limbo. Between life and death. What is not seen. Taking possession of what isn’t yours. Getting rid of the old to make way for the new. Taking the wealth of others. Giving money to a powerful force to absolve oneself of sin. Seduction. Taxes. Reuniting lost loves. Loss of virginity. The Little Death. La Petite Mort. Orgasm. Above and below ground. A basement. A dark beauty. Birth control. Winter. Resurrection. Regeneration. Paying for the sins of others. Lust. Greed. Invisibility. Secrecy. Politics. Politicians. Concealment of truth. Spiritual abundance. Fearing the unknown. The alchemist’s assistant. The Harvest. True achievement is beyond material wealth. Intelligence. Purification of evil, of matter, disease, of the body. Our shadow. Tormented. Spiritual wisdom or knowledge. A fallen angel. Supernatural and spiritual sex. Innocuous danger. Tread lightly. Don’t believe the cover story.


There’s a skeleton with green facial bones holding a black flag with white rose. The skeleton is dressed in black amour with a red plume coming from his helmet. His horse is white with red eyes. The bridle, around the neck has the cross and bones insignia. This can warn of potential poison or danger. The horses right leg is lifted. Close to the horse a man lies. He looks like he’s between 60-80 and of royalty, a King. A crown can be found at the left hoof of the horse. There’s also a child and what appears as a teenager in bed clothing who is overcome with a flush face But what is she overcome with? Sadness or lust? Do you see cherries on the ground near her hand? Next to these young people, is a man of the clergy, dressed in yellow. His hands are clasped, as if in prayer. He appears to pray over the fallen man. The horse and riding skeleton are in front of this scene. In the back we can see a small boat along the water. The people appear to be on higher ground, a hill perhaps. There is water cascading down and in front, two pillars and the Sun peeking through. It reminds me of the Moon card. The Moon card has a Scorpion (Death card) in it and that connects to water. This card combines the Sun and the Moon, the future promise. And there are white poplar trees to the left, near the boat traveling down the River Styx.

To Hades

Beneath the hills and wrapped in night, the cavernous plains below, the realm of Hades.
Mystic Hades, Holder of the Keys of Earth,
Incline Thy sacred ear, unlock Thy deep and adamantine gates, and bring abundant fruits to bear.
All needy mortals pray to Thee, and You reply with riches from your hidden chambers.

The seat of Gods, the basis of mankind is fixed upon Thine Avernean throne in the Underworld,
Distant, unknown to rest, where darkness reigns, and destitute of breath, pale specters dwell.
In dread Acheron, whose depths are shrouded, And Earth’s stable roots are held secure,
Thou determines the fates of the dead, heeding the council of Queen Persephone, Thy wife.
In Thy black chariot, by sable horses drawn rapt over the deep, in the wondrous cave of Atthis, the wide gates display the entrance to Thy realm devoid of light.
Thou shelters mortal souls in the comforting heart of Gaia, in the dark womb of Earth.
Father of Dionysus, of subtle works, Thou alone are the author, visible and known.
Teacher of Mysteries, Rapturous Lover, Power All Ruling, Holy Giver of Hope,
who delights in the hymns of sacred poets,
Grant favor to the work of Your Priestesses and Priests,
And rejoicing come, for Holy rites are Thine.

It is said that a white poplar stands at the threshold of the classical underworld, its roots sitting in the river of Lethe (or the river of forgetfulness).

The bark, leaves and buds are often used to make incense for use in divination, especially around the time of Samhain (Saw-heen or Halloween) when old, outworn thoughts are allowed to drift away with the smoke of incense fires. Louise Underhill

Orphic Hymn to Pluto


Pluto [Plouton], magnanimous, whose realms profound are fix’d beneath the firm and solid ground,
In the Tartarian plains remote from fight, and wrapt forever in the depths of night;
Terrestrial Jove [Zeus Khthonios], thy sacred ear incline, and, pleas’d, accept thy mystic’s hymn divine.
Earth’s keys to thee, illustrious king belong, its secret gates unlocking, deep and strong.
‘Tis thine, abundant annual fruits to bear, for needy mortals are thy constant care.
To thee, great king, Avernus is assign’d, the seat of Gods, and basis of mankind.
Thy throne is fix’d in Hade’s dismal plains, distant, unknown to rest, where darkness reigns;
Where, destitute of breath, pale spectres dwell, in endless, dire, inexorable hell;
And in dread Acheron, whose depths obscure, earth’s stable roots eternally secure.
O mighty dæmon, whose decision dread, the future fate determines of the dead,
With captive Proserpine [Kore], thro’ grassy plains, drawn in a four-yok’d car with loosen’d reins,
Rapt o’er the deep, impell’d by love, you flew ’till Eleusina’s city rose to view;
There, in a wond’rous cave obscure and deep, the sacred maid secure from search you keep,
The cave of Atthis, whose wide gates display an entrance to the kingdoms void of day.
Of unapparent works, thou art alone the dispensator, visible and known.
O pow’r all-ruling, holy, honor’d light, thee sacred poets and their hymns delight:
Propitious to thy mystic’s works incline, rejoicing come, for holy rites are thine.

THE ORPHIC HYMNS | Translation by Apostolos N. Athanassakis

18. To Plouton

Subterranean is your dwelling place, O strong-spirited one,
A meadow in Tartaros, thick-shaded and dark.
Chthonic Zeus, sceptered one, kindly accept this sacrifice,
Plouton, holder of the keys to the whole earth.
You give the wealth of the year’s fruits to mankind,
And to your lot fell the third portion, earth, queen of all,
Seat of the gods, mighty lap of mortals.
Your throne rests on a tenebrous realm,
The distant, untiring, windless and impassive Hades,
And on dark Acheron that encompasses the roots of the earth.
All-Receiver, with death at your command, you are the master of mortals.
Euboulos, you once took pure Demeter’s daughter as your bride,
When you tore her away from the meadow and through the sea.
Upon your steeds you carried her to an Attic cave, in the district of Eleusis,
Where the gates to Hades are.
You alone were born to judge deeds obscure and conspicuous.
Holiest and illustrious ruler of all, frenzied god,
You delight in the worshiper’s respect and reverence.
Come with favor and joy to the initiates. I summon you.

Other Symbols

Cross and Bones

Also know as Skull and Bones. Skull & Bones Society. In Christianity, the skull and cross bones represents the mortality of man. More Skull and bones references.

The Rose

The White Rose & Rose Croix

A Treatise of the Rosie-Crucian Secrets, attributed, perhaps falsely, to Dr Dee:

The contemplative order of the Rosie Cross have presented to the world angels, spirits, plants, and metals, with the times in astromancy and geomancy, to prepare and unite them telesmatically. This is the substance which at present in our study is the child of the Sun and Moon, placed between two fires, and in the darkest night receives a light and retains it. The angels and intelligences are attracted by an horrible emptiness, and attend to the astrolasms forever. He hath in him a thick fire, by which he captivates the thin genii. Now I will demonstrate in what thing, of what thing, and by what thing the medicine and multiplier of metals is made. It is even in the nature of metals. In the great Lion’s bed the Sun and Moon are born. They are married and beget a king. The king feeds on the Lion’s blood, which is the king’s father and mother, who are at the same time his brother and sister. I fear I betray the secret!

A Child’s Toy or Horn & Child

Alluding to Funeral Games.

Origin of the Games in Funerals

“The[re] are a number of possible explanations of the custom of funeral games such as to honor a dead warrior by reenacting his military skills, or as a renewal and affirmation of life to compensate for the loss of a warrior or as an expression of the aggressive impulses that accompany rage over the death. Perhaps they are all true at the same time.”
- Roger Dunkle’s Recreation and Games *


Death & Devil are connected through Scorpio and Capricorn (ruled by Saturn, Cronos)

He is the perfect and accomplished Sophist, and the great benefactor of the inhabitants of the other world; and even to us who are upon earth he sends from below exceeding blessings. For he has much more than he wants down there; wherefore he is called Pluto (or the rich). Note also, that he will have nothing to do with men while they are in the body, but only when the soul is liberated from the desires and evils of the body. Now there is a great deal of philosophy and reflection in that; for in their liberated state he can bind them with the desire of virtue, but while they are flustered and maddened by the body, not even father Cronos himself would suffice to keep them with him in his own far-famed chains. Translation by Benjamin Jowett, The Dialogues of Plato (London, 1873), vol. 1.

The Zodiac

Zodiac Sign : Polarity: Pluto Scorpio Opposite Venus Taurus. Has Pisces, Virgo, and Capricorn themes contained.

Polarity of Scorpio-Taurus themes of determination, fixations, manipulation, decay, intense love.

The 8th house.

Pluto and Persephone.


13. 1+3=4. = Earthy, stable, structure, planning, design, human organization, obsessive, architecture, teaching, counseling, sales, dependable real estate, construction, control, decoration

Milestone, Archetype, Age, or role

End of life. Dramatic change of Life.

Jacques Brel – Ne Me Quitte Pas

Don’t Leave Me

We must forget
all that can be forgotten
that already has passed away…Forget the times
of misunderstandings,
and the times lost
trying to know how
Forget those hours
which sometimes killed
in attacks of “whys”
the heart of happiness

Don’t leave me (4 times)

I’ll give you
pearls of rain
coming from countries
where it never rains
I will dig the earth
until my death
to cover your body
with gold and lights
I will make a land
where love will be king
where love will be law
where you will be queen.

Don’t leave me (5 times)

I’ll create for you (make up)
crazy words (words without sense)
That you will understand
I’ll tell you
about the lovers
who have twice seen
their hearts catch fire
I’ll tell you
the story of this king
who died from not
being able to meet you

Don’t leave me (4 times)

We often see
the fire erupt
from the ancient volcano
we once thought too old
It is shown that
lands that were burned
gave more wheat
than the best April
And when the evening comes
with the sky blazing
the red and the black
which doesn’t blend

Don’t leave me (5 times)

I won’t cry anymore
I won’t talk anymore
I will hide there
To watch you
dance and smile
and to hear you
sing and then laugh
Let me become
the shadow of your shadow
the shadow of your hand
the shadow of your dog

Don’t leave me (4 times)

Ne me quitte pas

Ne me quitte pas
Il faut oublier
Tout peut s’oublier
Qui s’enfuit déjÃ
Oublier le temps
Des malentendus
Et le temps perdu
A savoir comment
Oublier ces heures
Qui tuaient parfois
A coups de pourquoi
Le coeur du bonheur

Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas

Moi je t’offrirai
Des perles de pluie
Venues de pays
Ou il ne pleut pas
Je creuserai la terre
Jusqu’après ma mort
Pour couvrir ton corps
D’or et de lumière
Je ferai un domaine
Ou l’amour sera roi
Ou l’amour sera loi
Ou tu seras reine

Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas

Je t’inventerai
Des mots insensés
Que tu comprendras
Je te parlerai
De ces amants-lÃ
Qui ont vu deux fois
Leurs coeurs s’embraser
Je te raconterai
L’histoire de ce roi
Mort de n’avoir pas
Pu te rencontrer

Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas

On a vu souvent
Rejaillir le feu
De l’ancien volcan
Qu’on croyait trop vieux
Il est para”t-il
Des terres brulées
Donnant plus de blé
Qu’un meilleur avril
Et quand vient le soir
Pour qu’un ciel flamboie
Le rouge et le noir
Ne s’Ã pousent-ils pas

Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas

Ne me quitte pas
Je ne vais plus pleurer
Je ne vais plus parler
Je me cacherai lÃ
A te regarder
Danser et sourire
Et à t’écouter
Chanter et puis rire
Laisse-moi devenir
L’ombre de ton ombre
L’ombre de ta main
L’ombre de ton chien

Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas

What others say

Wikipedia | Reverend Mary Velez

©Psychic Jasper aka Ryan Arthur

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10 Comments for this entry

  • Anonymous says:

    When I see the Death card, it represents in symbols everything we have encounter in life, including our belief system.. the rider stepping in.. its the messenger that bring change/transformation of who we were.. giving the opportunity to redemption or to take a deep look into ourselves. Usually, after this card is draw, there is a positive card following.. like after the storm, comes the calm sort of speak. The Death card is a very interesting card to meditate upon it while in self discovery of who we are and where we want to be in the next chapter of our lives.. 

  • Roxannemuir says:

    challenges, hardships, pain, but afterwards beauty, you must allow certain things in life to die before you have the ability to move forward

  • Janegreenall says:

    One door closes another opens, a bright new future ahead :)

  • Biddy Tarot says:

    While the Death card appears to be quite a confronting, frightening card, I am often really pleased to see this in a reading.
    Death is symbolic of the ending of a major phase or aspect of your
    life that may bring about the beginning of something far more valuable
    and important. You must close one door in order to open another. You
    need to put the past behind you and part ways, ready to embrace new
    opportunities and possibilities. It may be difficult to let go of the
    past at times but you will soon see how important it is so that you can
    bring renewal and transformation into your life. If you resist these
    necessary endings, you may experience pain, both emotionally and
    physically but if you exercise your creative imagination and visualise a
    new possibility, you allow more constructive patterns to emerge.
    Death indicates a time of significant transformation, change and
    transition. You need to profoundly transform yourself and clear away any
    of the old in order to bring in the new. Any change at this time should
    be welcomed as a positive, cleansing, transformative force in your
    life. The death and clearing away of limiting factors can open the door
    to a wider, more satisfying experience of life.

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