Thirteenth Card Of The Tarot

Death, or the Skeleton Mower.

The ideas expressed by this arcanum are those of destruction preceding or following regeneration.

A skeleton mows down beads in a field, from which hands and feet spring up on all sides, as the scythe pursues its work.

The works of the head (conception) become immortal as soon as they are realized (heads and feet).

The 13th arcanum is explained by the 10th (Fortune) and by the 16th (Destruction), between which it stands.

13 is therefore the centre between the Yod (Principle of the creation) and the Ayin (16), Principle of destruction.

The 13th arcanum is completed by the 18th, its complementary, as the fifth was of the second, and the twelfth of the seventh. (See the 8th and the 5th arcana.)

Death is completed by The Moon

14 17 Temperance is completed by The Stars

14+17=31

15 16 The Devil is completed by Destruction

The thirteenth card of the Tarot is placed between the invisible and the visible worlds. It is the universal link in nature, the means by which all the influences react from one world to the other. It Signifies--

1. God the transformer-

THE UNIVERSAL TRANSFORMING PRINCIPLE. Destructive and creative.

2. The negative of realization-

DEATH.

3. The Astral light accomplishing the function of the Creator-

THE UNIVERSAL PLASTIC FORCE. (Balancing death and the transforming force.)

Death.

AFFINITIES

SIGNIFICATIONS

Primitive Hieroglyph: The Woman Hebrew Letter: Mem (one of the 3 mothers)

THE UNIVERSAL TRANSFORMING PRINCIPLE Destroyer and Creator

DEATH

OBSERVATIONS

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