Stop dying, start living. This is such a cool spread. I’m sitting here in semi-darkness smiling from ear to ear. Death, #13 of the Major Arcana and a Scorpio, doesn’t refer as often to physical death as a ‘seasonal change’, or a natural ending – complete and total transformation.
We always expect to see the sickle-slinging skeleton in the black hoodie in the future position of course, but instead, today we have one of the happiest cards in the deck, the 10 of Cups (Mars in Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio).
Celebration of Life
This is definitely putting something behind us, and today it seems that I could interpret a physical death, as the 10 of Wands, (Sagittarius/Aries/Leo) shows a human struggling along under an impossible weight he or she has taken on in the form of a huge load of logs. The suit of Fire talks about our spirit and passion, and in the upright is a difficult card. It’s overwhelming…but we made it.
10 = 1 + 0 = 1 and we have not 1 but 2 today, 3 cards that are talking about cycles ending and new beginnings, but also that talk about Spirit, love, and protection. When you have the 10 of Cups in your spread, 10 being the maximum of the suit of Love, Cups being associated with warm, squishy, sloshy hearts, you’re blessed. 10’s in the cards talks about a lot of people, so we could be looking at an upcoming wedding finally able to take place after having been long postponed. Or, a funeral. On the Morgan-Greer version of Death, it is illustrated so that we are the ones offering Death a white rose in full bloom. Although not pictured on the Morgan-Greer version of the 10 of Cups, white roses, of course, represent purity and are traditional in wedding bouquets. I could make a million marriage/death analogy jokes but it’s a natural ending of one cycle of life and the beginning of another. For those who appreciate death humor why not enjoy a few episodes of ‘Stupid Deaths’? (“They’re funny ’cause they’re truuuuue!”-Ed)
The heavy load borne by the ‘burnout’ of the 10 of Wands or Clubs also represents also whatever ‘weighs us down’ in Spirit: guilt, shame, feelings of failure. Even the ever-present awareness or even obsession with Death just isn’t in the cards much longer.
As that Disney song says, ‘it’s a whole new world’. Whatever your ‘dark cloud’ is, on the 10 of Cups, it’s gone and there’s a rainbow in its place. It’s a beautiful card. You are loved, wanted, protected, and absolutely content. What more could you possibly want. (Or have wanted? -Reaper)
Glasses are lifted, toasts are made. The past is peacefully laid to rest, and life goes on.