Probably the most misunderstood card in the deck, Death does not foretell your or anyone else’s demise. Death is about cycles ending.
In order to have the new beginning that we humans often yearn for, something needs to end. So that we can make room for the new.
A short (I’ll try to keep it short) but necessary sidebar)
We can’t have a discussion about Depression and the Death card without mentioning suicide. Many of us, if not all of us, who have Depression have considered our own deaths in one form or another.
We may have made a plan, we may have just wished we’d die, we may have engaged in risky behaviors in what they’re now calling “passively suicidal.”
And when we’re at the bottom of the abyss, death seems so peaceful. A way out of all the pain, particularly if you have spiritual or religious beliefs that mean you’ll go somewhere lovely after death.
However, when you’re well, you know that the cost of Death by Depression is far worse than any benefits. And if, like me, you believe in reincarnation, there’s a very good chance you’d only have to come back and go through it all again.
It’s a much better idea to get it sorted this time around.
In my opinion, nobody should believe that their best option is to be dead. Nobody. (Not talking about euthanasia here, that’s a whole different ballgame).
And the only way we’re going to stop suicide in this world is if we create a society where we actively talk about how we feel. Even if we think those feelings will be considered to be weird, stupid, or attention-seeking.
We also have a responsibility to treat other people’s feelings as important as our own. Nobody matters more than anyone else, nobody is better, smarter, or more entitled to…whatever…than anyone else.
Nobody has their shit together all the time. And it’s time we started to acknowledge that. Nobody thinks in exactly the same way as anyone else. And nobody should be alone.
We need to build a world where being “different” in any way, is celebrated, not scorned.
Okay…Alright…Back to the Topic at Hand
The Death Card. Think of it as a bridge. It’s where you go from one place to another. When it appears in a spread, it brings the message that something is about to end so that something new can start.
When we have Depression, endings can be frightening. Beginnings can be frightening too. The Death card can remind us that we are not alone. We have help as we transition, there are others who have walked before us and many who will walk the same route behind us.
Here’s a very simple exercise to help you get a grip on how the Death card can help you manage your Depression.
- Grab your journal or a pen and paper
- Place the Death card in front of you and spend some time gazing at it, until you feel your eyes glaze over slightly
- Then gaze at the card just a few moments more
- Answer the following questions:
What new beginning do I want to manifest?
What will have to end for this to occur?
What else might happen when this ends?
By this time, you know the drill. Just let your hand flow and see what comes to you.
Once you’ve finished writing? Write some more. There’s always room to go deeper and it’s usually in those extra minutes when the real insights come to you.
Fiona Tate, AKA the Depression Muse, is a Lilithian Witch, Writer, and Mental Health Mentor. She’s on a mission to reduce the global suicide rate to zero through her Mental Health Membership Site: Black Orchid Alchemy. Follow this link to receive a free copy of her book Depression Sucks, and this link to receive new installments of her online vampire novel: The Childless Mother.
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