American Tarot Association statement on 'Death'
American Tarot Association shares the nation's concern over the senseless
killings in Washington DC. As a service to the media and the public at
large, we are providing the following "Fast Facts" about Tarot
in general and the Death card in particular. This information may be used
and distributed freely.
ABOUT THE TAROT CARD RUMORED TO HAVE BEEN FOUND AT THE SCENE
No definitive “key” to the meaning of any Tarot card exists, because meanings assigned to Tarot cards vary from book to book and user to user. The Death card is no exception to this rule.
Are you saying that this card indicates the person who left it is undergoing some kind of change or transition, or that it indicates the killings are over?
No. Our statement relates traditional or popular meanings assigned to this card, and they in no way are intended to provide insight into the mind of the person who left this card at the scene.
What does the fact that the Death card may have been found at the scene of one of the attacks indicate about the person who left it?
Because that person appears to share the popular misconception that the card is associated with physical death, that person likely knows very little about the Tarot, and is most likely not a Tarot reader.
ABOUT THE TAROT IN GENERAL
Generally, "the Tarot" refers to a wide variety of card decks. Many, but not all, of these contain 78 cards:
can you tell me about the Death card?
Death is one of twenty-two trump cards, collectively referred to as the “Major Arcana.” In the most popular deck on the market – the Rider-Waite-Smith deck from U.S. Games—Death is depicted as an armor-suited skeleton astride a white horse.
Where does the Tarot deck come from?
The Tarot deck was created in the fifteenth century by craftspeople working for Italian nobility. The cards were manufactured for use in a trick-taking game very much like modern Bridge. Even today, the game remains popular in parts of Europe.
Are Tarot cards Satanic or Demonic?
Actually, most scholars agree the earliest known decks reflect a Renaissance Christian mindset (though the illustrations also draw upon other sources, including mythology). Many authoritative sources believe the earliest Tarot trump cards depict an allegory, or symbolic story, which appears to illustrate the triumph of God's will over all.
The cards are put to many uses -- and some people do tell fortunes with them.