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Death, Devil, Tower - why do these Tarot cards scare people?

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

Tarot cards that are misunderstood

There is always light at the end of a tunnel - this phrase strikes a chord with most tarot card readers who seek to enlighten their clients about the outcomes that stem from the constant changes they undergo. In my decades of experience as a tarot card reader, I would like to think that tarot cards are a mirror that reflects the answers that receivers unknowingly have. The highly evocative imagery of tarot cards tell an intuitive tale if you are willing to be a medium to uncover this story.

A traditional tarot deck consists of Major Arcana, Minor Arcana and Court Cards. Major Arcana cards form an inherent part of tarot readings. Most querents seem to be daunted by a few prominent cards - Death , Devil, The Tower etc. I’m often questioned whether these cards are implying threat, death (quite literally), danger or negative influences.

Understandably, most seekers find visual elements of Fire, Chains, Lightning and Skull quite terrifying. Therefore, a pre-existing level of prejudice against the three cards which tarot readers often deal with is expected. In reality, Death, Devil and The Tower are incredibly integral in conveying the need for self-introspection - they represent moving forward, materialism and unexpected changes.

Tarot cards that have a negative connotation


Visual imagery associated with the Death card has very likely earned its reputation of being perceived as a negative card that is associated with trauma and tragedy. On the contrary, this card signifies drastic change and transformation for the greater good. It usually signifies the beginning of a transition period that awaits. Simply put, this card denotes unexpected changes that might initially seem unwelcoming. A powerful message that this card conveys is being receptive to embracing change.


In The Fool’s journey through major arcana, Devil is connected with illusion, carnal desires and materialism. The card appears when self-imposed restrictions such as addiction, worldly pleasures and uncalled for bondages become a dominant factor. Any outside influences which are in excess are communicated by the Devil card. This tarot card draws the reader’s attention to potential challenges that may be lying ahead - challenges in the form of depression, alcohol consumption or merely leading a sedentary lifestyle; drawing attention to incorporating spiritual practices like meditation. It lays the foundation for seekers who are proactive about taking the leap of faith in letting themselves out of self-created entrapment.

Tower, the most feared card in the tarot deck


While The Tower tends to be the tarot card that most individuals dread, it demonstrates upheaval that leads to revelation. It indicates an unanticipated change. The card is a guiding light signalling that an unpleasant truth is a path to renewal; breaking down non-existent beliefs. In a nutshell, this Tarot Card aims to bring about open-mindedness, being receptive to changes and having a realistic outlook.

Death , Devil and The Tower are rich in symbols which unveil prototypical meanings. The cards embody a blend of emotions and situations that are a turning point in one’s life. Each card, in their own way urges a seeker to take control of situations, be vigilant and embrace realities. A common thread that binds the cards is patience and self-control are the key to limitless good fortune and well-being.

Each of the 78 tarot cards are wonderful, they represent different facets of life merging our subconscious and conscious mind. The common goal of the cards is to aid seekers establish harmony with oneself.

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