The moment when I was told that the Death card didn’t mean death I knew I would never believe in Tarot cards. If it doesn’t mean death, then what’s the point of it being the death card? If it means renewal, make it the renewal card.
You know what kind of card deck I like? Uno. I like Uno decks because Draw Four means that you have to draw four cards. You never draw the Draw Four card and get told, “Oh, but it doesn’t mean draw four cards. In this situation it means that you trade three cards.”
If I’m getting my fortune read and I draw Death, followed by the ten of swords, I expect to be killed by ten swords. Anything else will make me feel ripped off.
Of course, I suspect that the Death card does mean death. The fortune tellers just won’t admit it. If you tell your customer that they’re going to die there’s a very real chance that they won’t pay you. When a fortune teller draws the Death card they just tell you it means renewal so that you’ll feel good. Then they insist on you settling your tab in cash, before you leave.