This Servant is about learning from the past, and not making the same mistakes over and over.
This card is all about the lessons learned from history – the Querent’s own personal history or our collective human history. The Dead suggests that the Querent should heed the lessons, warnings or advice from those who have gone before them – whether that be people who have done or gone through similar events or challenges before, or generally just being mindful of the warnings from history.
The Dead Card asks The Querent to reflect on past experiences so that they don’t make the same mistakes again. The card reminds the Querent that there is a huge amount of wisdom and available to them from the previous experiences of the entire population of the world, including all who have long since died.
The Dead suggests that the Querent relooks at what has gone before then and try to learn the lessons of the past. For instance, are they making the same mistakes in this relationship as the previous ones? Are they ignoring the experiences of those who have gone before them and think only they know best? Are they dismissing an old fashioned idea or method simply because it is old? Are they ignoring messages and teachings of deceased friends, relatives or people of note?
Depending on the rest of the spread, sometimes when this Card appears in a reading it means something has died or is about to die. This usually isn’t a person or any living things (although it can be) it is more likely to be the end of an era, passion or interest, relationship, job, or the end of a certain period in the Querent’s life. However, this is more the domain of The Depleted Card.
The Dead can be used for general Ancestor work. An offering to The Dead is an offering to your Ancestors and the Mighty Dead to thank them for all they have done. Without them the Operator would not exist.
Old hatreds or arguments with the Operator’s Dead friends or relatives can be appeased or mended by using The Dead Servant as a conduit between the parties. A candle offering can be made in front of The Dead image and the Operator can ask that She carries messages to the deceased. A separate candle offering can be then made to the deceased person and forgiveness sought or offered, joy expressed, love received, or whatever is needed or desired.
The Dead is an exceptional Servant to use for healing. If there are parts of the Operator’s past that need healing an offering to The Dead and a request that healing occurs can be extremely beneficial. Sending love or comfort to a time in their life when the Operator needed it most can be very helpful.
The Dead Servant can be used to connect to any part of the past, including family history or even the history of the location the Operator is located.
The Dead can be asked for guidance or help on any matter or any situation as this servant is hugely knowledgeable being that She has access to the entire history of human thought and deed.
If someone close to the Operator passes, they can ask The Dead to help bring them safely to the other side.