An ending. Change. As one door closes another opens. The death or end of a relationship, job or situation. Complete Transformation followed by Rebirth.
The first thing to be aware of when drawing the Death card is that this does NOT mean actual death. It can indicate the death of something, as in the end of a situation, a job or a relationship but the most important meaning of this card is transformation. When something ends something new begins. This is the circle of life, with one door closing and another door opening. The Death card can indicate that we have taken something as far as it can go and there is nothing to be achieved from going down that path or pursuing that situation. Whenever the Death card shows up in a reading it indicates that something new is waiting to come into your life but in order to make room for it, something must first end that is taking up space. There can be a resistance to letting something go or to see something come to an end but it is necessary in order to make way for something new. Death is carrying a flag bearing a white rose, white for the purity of truth and the rose for passion.
Reversed or with challenging cards around the Death card, could indicate that you are resisting changing, holding onto the past and refusing to let things go. Staying in a situation, relationship or state of being that has already ended. Feeling stuck or stalled.