Native American Meaning Of Death Tarot Card
Death Tarot Card represents the death and awakening of the spirit. It can also signify physical death but usually refers more to our spiritual side. Card #13 depicts a body lifted above the dark rocks, representing the external experiences of life. In the background are the markers of the graves of soldiers from the 7th Calvary, who met their death at the Battle of The Little Big Horn.
The 7th Calvary was the famous (or infamous) cavalry troop lead by General George Armstrong Custer. During this battle, General Custer lost his life, along with all of his men. The Battle of The Little Big Horn is one of the best-known battles between the white man’s cavalry and the Indian.
Many say that Custer and his men were massacred. In a quote from Chief Crazy Horse, the leader of the Sioux tribe and one of the leaders in the Battle of The Little Big Horn “Long Hair “General Custer) came, they said we massacred him, our first instinct was to escape, but we were so hemmed in, we had to fight.”
Death Tarot Card: What It Means in Native American Astrology
This card represents the death of the old human spirit and the rebirth of the new spirit of the Grandfathers. It is only through death to self that the spirit can be reborn.
Many Native American tribes use this form of the burial ceremony, the body of the departed is offered up to the spirits through the branches of the trees. The body is usually covered with the most spiritual possessions of the deceased, believing that these things will accompany him into the spirit world and give him the honor and authority he gained well in the physical body.
It is believed that any person who passes through a Native American burial ground will be hunted down, killed, or have some great misfortune come to them.
The message of Death: “Let go of old dead habits and behaviors that no longer serve you. There is a way out of everything that you no longer wish to hang on to.” Upright Meaning: Time to leave the past and look for new opportunities in the present and future.
Need to face the newness of life with faith—sudden and complete changes in circumstances, lifestyles, and behavior patterns. Changes brought about by past actions. Reversed Meaning: Refusal to face and accept change. We need to set new goals. The old ones aren’t working. Something may be taken away from you by force. Watch for theft and deceit.