From the Robin Wood Tarot

Something ends. And if the lesson of the Hanged Man has been absorbed, it will be accepted as inevitable. The Fool has learned how the past has shackled him since what he thought was a new beginning at the Wheel of Fortune. He is now ready to set it free. Death is associated with Scorpio, which in turn stands for both Sex and Death. Both of these mysteries involve transformation and change and are the key to this card. Both are an inevitable and natural part of life and yet they are so difficult to come to terms with. Perhaps because of this ending, not necessarily a fatal one, the Fool hears for the first time Lady Death whispering in his ear… “I am coming, so Live.”