by Nick Andrea
The Death card shows a skeleton knight wearing black armor, riding in on white horse. He carries a black flag with a white rose on it, and rides his horse past a dead man on the ground. A woman and child appear to be mourning as a pontiff pays homage to the knight. In the distant background the sun rises.
Death’s black armor shows the absoluteness of death. It triumphs over all. Yet, the white horse and white rose symbolize the purity that endings bring. In particular, the white rose symbolizes the flowering of consciousness, while its black background indicates emptiness. Realization occurs when the ego becomes empty and receptive.
The radiant rising sun indicates hope in transition. All things end that new things may begin. The entirely of nature follows this principle.
This card is about closing doors so that others may open, allowing for new possibilities and transformation to take place. Seen as a ally, Death really is an angel, helping you break free of your attachments.