When doing a tarot reading, whether for yourself or another person, seeing the Death card in your spread can be a little disconcerting. In general, the Death card is an agent of change. Change away from one thing, into a new thing. Basically, it's the sign of a new beginning on the horizon.
This still leaves a lot of room for interpretation, especially in Love readings. So in this hub, we're going to go over some common interpretations for the death card in tarot love readings.
End of the Relationship
Since the most common question concerning the Death card in a love reading is "does it mean a breakup?", I feel it's best to cover this interpretation first.
When the death card comes up in it's upright position, it less often signals a break up. In reverse, it is a much more positive indicator of such a negative thing happening. That being said, even in upright, the Death card can signal the end of the relationship. Though in it's upright position, it is suggesting that this is not a bad thing.
In the instance of the end of a relationship, you're going to want to examine the surrounding cards. Are there a lot of cups or swords accompanying the Death card? Big indicator cards of a potential break up in the future could be:
- The Lovers
- The Tower
- The Two of Swords
- The Eight of Cups
- Three of Swords
- Ten of Swords
- Four of Cups
The meaning of these cards with the Death card, can vary depending on whether they are upright or reversed. So look carefully before assuming anything.
Often, the death card in a love reading can indicate that new life is about to enter your relationship. If the Empress is smiling up at you from next to the death card, this is a strong indicator that a new baby is on the way.
This could also indicate more family or friends coming your way, such as step children, extramarital children, in-laws or completely new friends.
Behavior Patterns coming to an end
The Death card could be an awesome card to get, when it comes to the end of behaviors and patterns, especially if you have been unhappy about the way your relationship has been going. These behavior patterns could be coming from you or your partner, though they are probably coming from both sides. The Death card is signaling that things are about to get better.
In this instance, if the death card is joined by the Devil card - an indicator of passion and emotion that is bottled up, this could mean that you'll soon feel less restrained.
The Death card couple simply indicate that you and your partner are going through the stages of life, and that at this time, you're leaving one stage and going into the next. This might mean that you two are going to get more serious, or it could indicate that marriage might be on the horizon. Check the surrounding cards for more signals.
It could be that Death is letting you know that you've been seeing things through rose colored glasses, and that it's time to open up your perspective to see the wider view. Or it could be that your lover is going to have a change in vision soon, that may or may not bring positive outcomes. More often then not, a change in perspective is a good thing.
Sylvia Sky from USA on May 15, 2012:
This is a wise and subtle reading of the Tarot card that scares so many people unnecessarily! Thank you and voted up.
theastrology from New Delhi on March 10, 2012:
HI BizGenGirl, I always love to read astrology and tarot related articles. Very pleased to read it.