Poll: Would you ever tell someone that the Death card predicts a literal death?
While re-editing my book, Tarot Tells the Tale, which I plan to reissue soon (see my recent article on this topic), I got to a section where I talk about the Death card.
I mention there the fact that although I have, on rare occasion, seen the Death card signify a physical death, in my readings it has always indicated either a death that has already transpired (for example, in a reading for a recent widow) or one that is expected, such as for a querent with a terminally ill loved one. In such cases, it addresses questions about how this person is dealing with death, or perhaps about what he or she believes about the afterlife.
So … does the Death card ever indicate an actual, physical death? Is it ethical to predict physical death in a Tarot reading? Or is it ethical to avoid making such a prediction? There is a lot of difference of opinion about these issues within the Tarot community, so I have created a poll to gauge our thoughts about this issue. The available answers here (from no to maybe to yes) are fleshed out based comments from an online discussion on this topic on the Yahoo group Comparative Tarot that I initiated a few years ago in order to get other viewpoints about it.
I am attaching the poll here, and I’ll be interested to see the results!