Death

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symbolism

  • VS → grinning skeleton, veil tied around his scalp (removed blindfold), holding elegant bow
  • dance of death, uniting circle (10) and death
  • as a gracious hunter, bow and arrow (later the image of the scythe appears)
  • untitled card in the TM deck, “la treizième” or “L'Arcane sans nom”
  • RW → death as black knight, black flag with white rose, riding on white horse
  • body parts…
    • decapitated head → inevitability of change
    • feet → changing material conditions
    • hand → change on will
    • crown/sceptre → change in rules, etc+
  • kali → making space for something new, necklace of skulls

plant connections

  • Atropa belladonna. deadly nightshade, poisonous, paralysis, contains atropine, scopolamine and hyoscyamine. Atropos ( Ἄτροπος ) of the three fates, she who cuts the thread. Atropa_belladonna
  • Datura. angel's trumpet. Datura perhaps Datura_ceratocaula sweet smelling but toxic (compare 15)
  • nightshade family used in 'witches brews' for flying, invisibility and poisoning

colours

  • black
  • electric blue
  • grey
  • brown
  • muted green

other

note: work in progress for PARN. not general reference

major arcana