Il Morte, Death: In the earliest tarot decks, Death is depicted as a corpse, later a skeleton wielding a scythe on foot or on horseback. All of all classes fall before the sweep of his blade. This card is nameless in many of the old cards.
You need more than a broad-chested grin on your face to thrive where the others succumb like flies. Maybe you should harvest this and that still better.
Handicraft is to serve fair and decent harvesting, not overdoing it.
Tomorrow may never come - and prepare for that in good time. But how? That is for you to decide.
There comes a time when no crying and pleading will help.
Death is placed in the same life field as the Juggler (or Cobbler, etc) (No. 2). Both use tools with blades.
The character of the second turn of the life field spiral (see the introduction) may have gone too far - beyond sustainability also - and either he or others depicted cannot be defended. The corpse may feel he is not welcomed by all, whereas the Juggler (Cobbler, Artisan, even Carpenter) may still be . . .
Agrell, Sigurd. Die pergamenische Zauberscheibe und das Tarochspiel. Lund: The University of Lund, (Sweden), 1936.
Farley, Helen. A Cultural History of Tarot: From Entertainment to Esotericism. London: I. B. Tauris, 2009. ⍽▢⍽ Helen Farley is Lecturer in Studies in Religion and Esotericism at the University of Queensland. Her book is a researched and well written study of tarot symbolism and the changing imagery in the cards. She explores ways in which the tarot reflects aspects of European culture from Medieval Italy until our times.
Huson, Paul. Mystical Origins of the Tarot: From Ancient Roots to Modern Usage. Rochester, VM: Inner Traditions / Bear and Company, 2004. Online at Google Books (limited view).
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