19. Fatality (Kipper card meanings)

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19. Fatality (Original Kipper Wahrsagekarten, Königsfurt-Urania, 2005)

This would be your typical “death card” and its meaning is quite in sync with that of Death in Tarot and Coffin in Lenormand. It heralds endings, separation, a sudden misfortune. It is a farewell, prompting you to let go of the old and embrace the new. It is the end of one phase and the beginning of another, a chance for salvation even when everything seems as dark as night. Fatality can also be the card of the nether world, afterlife, funeral rites, graveyards and black magic, but also simply signal night-time due to its dark aspect and burning candles or the cold, deathly grip of winter.

If close to the significator, it comes as a shock, a sudden blow and – if far from it – is morely likely to mean quiet grief. When describing a person, it can stand for a widow or a widower, or a newly acquired partner that has lost their previous mate to death. It is a definite warning about health but rarely foretells a truly fatal outcome. In its less sinister aspect, it can be a box, a trunk, drawer or anything (being) closed.