While often associated with evil and death, the color black has many more nuanced meanings than just that. It is also often associated with power,fear, illness, mystery, strength, elegance, authority, aggression, and formality. The addition of black is what gives other colors their many shades of meaning and differing depths of color.
True black is not the absence of color, it is the absence of light. This is why Black is so often associated with the unknown and with negativity and evil. Things we don’t want to meet lurk in the dark. Black can also convey strength and authority, it is known as a serious and sober color. Above many other colors it evokes a strong response in us often pulling at emotions we would rather keep hidden.
Black in the western world is the color of grief and mourning. It represents loss and death and the dark times that many of us face after losing someone close to us. To many of us black brings up associated feelings of grief and sadness, gloom and depression. In Asian countries white is the color of mourning and death.
When black stands out to you in an Oracle card, take close note of the symbols that it is appearing on. That is what will give you the needed clues as to what role this darkest of colors is taking this time. Remember that any card that represents death often does not mean literal death. Usually it heralds a change in our lives, the end of a cycle and perhaps more importantly, the beginning of a new cycle.