Death is a means to spiritual rebirth.  It governs the seasons of nature and the cycle behind the alchemical process.  This is seen in the rising sun in the background of the Death card.  Facing our fears and deathing/clearing our egotistical thinking can be successfully accomplished when we connect with the innate wisdom of the body, the collective unconscious.  As we can see the young boy calmly looks upon death personified holding the hand of the dreaming aspect of himself, shown as a peaceful maiden behind him.  Learning to work with the dreamer within ourselves we can use intention with dreams to help us identify and remove our fears.