8. Coffin / Nine of Diamonds (Lenormand card meanings)

8. Coffin / Nine of Diamonds (Lenormand Fortune Telling Cards, Carta Mundi)

No, this card won’t necessarily predict physical death. On rare occasions, it might, but only when surrounded by other distinctly negative cards. Still, this is an extremely rare occurrence and no such claims should be made by the fortune-teller, especially not when reading for others. Since our lives tend to be quite plain, expecting a prediction as dramatic as that, as if out of a novel, is most often outside of the realm of what is really likely to happen. Instead, our Coffin (just like any other “death card”, i.e. Fatality in Kipper) normally stands for endings – be it of jobs, relationships, friendships and the like. It puts an end to a situation which can be stressful but can also, in some circumstances, be a blessing and a sign of freedom to come.

Sometimes, it can stand for a long illness but, again, always pay attention to which cards surround (and especially precede) it. Lenormand, unlike contemporary interpretations of Tarot, does not shy away from negative outcomes but the predictions should always be taken with a grain of salt and kept within the context of the question asked. On a more literal, down-to-earth note, the Coffin can also stand for a mere box, a square object, a person of a particularly robust physique, or even a musical instrument. Its timing strikes at midnight.