their book Rennes le Chateau Capital Secrete de l’Histoire de France, Jean
Pierre Deloux and Jacques Bretigny say this:
“The reader of Le (sic) Vraie
langue Celtique et la (sic) Cromlech (sic) de Renne-les-Bains needs to speak the
of the Birds to understand the word games of the phonetic cabala, and to
know how to read the stars. He must question the Tarot and the Zodiac to
discover the secret of
Death (Tarot card)
Death (XIII) is the thirteenth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. It is used in Tarot card games as well as in divination.
The Death card commonly depicts a skeleton riding a horse. Surrounding it are dead and dying people from all classes, including kings, bishops, and commoners. The skeleton carries a black standard emblazoned with a white flower. Some decks depict the Crashing Towers from The Moon with The Sun rising behind them in the background. Some decks, such as the Tarot of Marseilles, omit the name from the card.
* The king is trampled by a reaping skeleton horseman, as the Pictorial Key to the Tarot describes him, which appears to be a personification of death. The fall of the king may represent the importance and magnitude of the critical event of this card.
* The reaper carries a black banner emblazoned with the Mystic Rose, which according to Waite symbolises life or rebirth.
* As in other cards, the gray background may indicate uncertainty surrounding this event.
* The bishop may represent faith in the face of death, faith in the divine plan, and faith that "God works in mysterious ways".
* The maiden seeming distraught by the fall of the king represents the sorrow and great pain that often accompanies death.
* The child, seemingly entranced by the occurrence, may represent bewilderment or curiosity.
* In the darkness behind, according to Waite's PKT, lies the whole world of ascent in the spirit.
o Although some believe the New Jerusalem (SION) appears as a silhouette across the Sun, it does not appear clearly enough to be certain and may instead be the tops of The Moon's mountains.
The Grim Reaper as a personification of Death is a common motif in European iconography; here, he illustrates a poem on the danse macabre.
A. E. Waite was a key figure in the development of modern Tarot interpretations. However, not all interpretations follow his model.
Some frequent keywords used by tarot readers for the interpretation of Death are:
* Ending of a cycle ----- Loss ----- Conclusion ----- Sadness
* Transition into a new state ----- Psychological transformation
* Finishing up ----- Regeneration ----- Elimination of old patterns
* Being caught in the inescapable ----- Good-byes ----- Deep change
According to Eden Gray and other authors on the subject, it is unlikely that this card actually represents a physical death. Typically it implies an end, possibly of a relationship or interest, and therefore implies an increased sense of self-awareness — not to be confused with self-consciousness or any kind of self-diminishment.
Signifies the end of an era.
The treasure is described by the layout of the small parchment.