The image of Death, a skeleton carrying a scythe which symbolizes the severance and liberation of the self from the body, also carries the number thirteen, forbidding in itself. But death is part of the initiation into the spiritual world. In all mystery religions and shamanic traditions, the initiate had to undergo a secret ceremony in which he or she "died" and journeyed across the dark river to whatever lay beyond. Death brings us face to face with this transforming experience.
Divinatory Meaning: blessing in disguise, end of prevailing negative situation, profound inner changes.
Reversed: inertia, lethargy, stagnation.
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The Hanged Man
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