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Death is no respecter of earthly status, another reminder for the Cathar that the trappings of worldliness are valueless, ultimately. He is stepping over a prone king, which symbolizes that not even royalty can stop change.
Death as The Curator
At this stage Death is shown riding a white horse and tramples royalty while the bishop pleads for mercy. Royalty at the time meant earthly power as represented by the Emperor and Empress so a possible interpretation in psychological terms might be letting go of the ego's limitations and rescuing the spirit.
In the Curator death is represented by the owls, often portrayed as connecting the material world with that of the spirit. They bring messages from the unconscious from which we must extract the gold, here represented as golden apples. The owls have absorbed the information accumulated in The Consumer and release only the digestible content. The squirrel holds the golden apple that represent his personal value. 
I'm showing the Death card from the Jean Noblet tarot here since its original meaning is closer to my owls card. Jean-Claude Flornoy describes this card as the stage where someone recovers his/her personal history so that the dead parts of one's life, traumas and psychic wounds, can be swept and evacuated to eliminate repetitive neurotic behaviors. This then opens access to past memories and allows one to reconnect with a greater reality. In Jungian terms this would be the moment when "the personal repressions are lifted and the individuality and the collective psyche" starts to break through.
This card works in tandem with The Consumer, which I associate with The Empress in the Tarot.

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