|Death - Daniloff Tarot|
Can you name the 5 rivers of Hades? These are the rivers that separate our world from the underworld:
Acheron - the river of woe
Cocytus - the river of lamentation
Lethe - the river of forgetfulness
Phlegethon - the river of fire
Styx - the river of hate; the river that the dead had to pass over to reach the underworld
All these rivers are said to converge in the middle of Hades in a kind of marsh also sometimes known as Styx. Hades was regarded as a misty and shadowlike abode of the dead. Not heaven, not hell. Just a shadow world. It could be that the boat is going there.
Or maybe it's going over another river, which takes its importance from the Bible in folk, gospel and spiritual music and poetry -- Jordan River, which symbolises the boundary between earthly life and the Promised Land. If so, the card focuses more on the spectre of Death, with the peace to follow only hinted at by the presence of the boat.
Or it could be another figurative boat ride, to 'the other shore' of enlightenment. We see this in the Heart Sutra, where 'prajnaparamita' is sometimes translated as 'insight that brings us to the Other Shore', such as in Thich Nhat Hanh's translation.
So the card is not all bad news. There is cause for hope -- but not before the bitter taste of finality, in one form or another.