Artist: Michael Calandra
Change, rebirth, endings and beginnings
For my take on the Astral Death card, I wanted to stay with the traditional theme of a skeleton on a white horse with a black and white banner. To adapt him to a galactic theme, I portrayed him as an alien riding his dead, white horse. The cool planet and flaming sun, each setting and rising respectively, symbolize change, rebirth, and immortality. My two astronauts, although doomed after their spaceship crashes, have embraced death and change without fear. The spaceship can be seen as a device that transports souls across the River Styx, symbolized by the water vapor that Death is going to carry them through.
A spaceship has crashed on a far off planet. It is not a planet that is overtly hostile, but still alien and unforgiving of human frailties and needs. The two survivors sit on the planet, with no hope of rescue. The space helmet of one has shattered in the crash, and the atmosphere is slowly killing her. Death approaches on a white steed, but instead of fighting, or running, she reaches for him happily, calmly, accepting her fate.
When this card appears in a reading, this is not something to fear – the death that it brings is a journey to a better place, a necessary change to improve the situation. A perfect depiction of the old saying “when one door closes, another opens”. It is not to be resisted, but welcomed. This is a chance for rebirth and renewal, to get rid of what is no longer necessary. A chance to walk away from attitudes and habits that have held you back, so that you can focus on what’s essential to you, moving forward.
Astrological Element and Association
Water / Scorpio
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