A key aspect of reading your own tarot is interpreting cards. For a beginner interpreting a single card can be fine, as there are plenty of resources to help you out, however interpreting two or more can be very tricky.
However, if you have been practising single card readings for a while a 2 card spread will be a great introduction into reading multiple cards.
As you’ve found this page, you’re probably wondering how to interpret the The Fool card and Death card together in particular.
The The Fool card and Death have unique qualities and will interact with each other in different ways depending on what kind of reading you are doing.
What does The Fool and Death mean together?
The Fool tarot card means fresh hope, and new beginnings. It is a reminder that we should take chances in life, and explore new paths and adventures. The Death tarot card means big changes, and the end of something. It is a reminder that sometimes it is time to move on, and that rebirth and transformation is possible.
The meaning of the cards will depend on what kind of reading you are doing and the question you asked the deck. This is a guide covering the general meanings of the cards and how they relate to each other.
Common 2-card spreads
Whilst it’s great to know who these two cards interact with each other, it’s important to note that the meaning will depend on the context of your spread
The most common 2 card spreads I recommend to newer readers are:
- The 2 card cross (otherwise known as “The Fool’s Journey”)
- The 2 card “Yes or No”
“The Fool’s Journey”
Setup: The two card cross is where you place two cards face up, one placed vertically and with one laying horizontally over
Interpretation: The 2 cards represent a “situation” and a “challenge”. The first card will describe the situation you are in with the second horizontal card being the “challenge” crossing you (literally crossing you in this case!)
Reading: Using the overviews in this guide is a great way to start. First, look at the meanings of the 2 cards, and see how they might relate either as your “situation” or “challenge”. Once you have that you can look at the general overview for how the two cards interact with each other.
The benefit of this spread is that it can give clarity when you’re feeling uncertain or anxious. Once you have clarity of thought, and a strong idea of what your challenge is you can find solutions to help your situation
The 2 card “Yes or No”
Setup: The 2 card “Yes or No” is where you place two cards face up side by side, whilst asking your deck a “yes or no” question.
Interpretation: Each card in a tarot deck has a “yes” or a “no” meaning. Look at the meanings of each card, and you will have your answer.
The benefit of this is you get a stronger yes or no compared to a single card draw. You may find you often get a mix of “yes or no”, and this is fine. It simply means there is doubt, or things are not yet clear.
Yes or No meaning
Things are a bit tricky for this combination, as The Fool and Death mean different things. The cards are unsure about your question, or the answer to the question has not yet been decided.
The “Yes” and “No” meanings can differ from reader to reader. The meanings here are based on what I believe are the generally accepted definitions.
What does The Fool mean?
When The Fool card comes up in a reading, it suggests that it is time to take a new approach or approach a situation from a different perspective. This is a time for new beginnings, new adventures and taking risks. The Fool encourages us to let go of our fears and inhibitions and to follow our hearts. This is a time of optimism and hope, where anything is possible.
For health, The Fool suggests that now is the time to take risks and try new things. It is time to let go of old, unhealthy habits and to embrace a new, healthier lifestyle. This is a time of new beginnings and fresh starts.
For finances, The Fool suggests that now is the time to take risks and to invest in new ventures. This is a time of new beginnings and fresh opportunities. The Fool encourages us to let go of our fears of failure and to take chances.
For relationships, The Fool suggests that now is the time to let go of the past and to embrace new beginnings. This is a time to take risks and to open ourselves up to new experiences. The Fool encourages us to let go of our fears of rejection and to take chances on love.
What does Death mean?
Death signals big changes and endings. In health, this may be a time to move on from an unhealthy lifestyle and make positive changes. In finances, this may be a time of transformation, where you let go of old, outdated ways of handling money and start fresh. In relationships, this may be a time of rebirth, where you let go of past wounds and start anew. No matter what area of life death touches, it is always a time of transformation, a time to let go of the past and make way for the future.
Understanding how the meaning of a reading changes once you start involving more than one card can be tricky. This will come with time and practice, however I hope this guide on what your cards might be telling you when you draw The Fool and Death has helped you.