The insight to your question about your past, present and future situation lies below. First, observe the symbols and images in your tarot cards, then slowly take in the wisdom in your reading.
Contortion is an umbrella of skills. In this picture, two performers are showing contortion, but in different forms. The top is using an acrobatic tissue, and the bottom is using canes. The bottom figure must use much energy and concentration to stay up, while the aerialist can make a bind and hold on to stay up. In other words, the bottom figure is at the mercy of wands, while the top performer is doing the opposite and is in partial control. Both show skill and stability -- the backbone meaning of this card.
The two drinks indicate a partnership - friendship, business, romantic, doesn't really matter. What matters is that there are two of you, and you are close enough to sit down and share a drink together, and hopefully, to wash up afterwards. We don't want the milk to go sour in the cup now, do we! It's not likely to though, the two of you mesh, you share a synchronicity - if one of you has made this drink, the other will most likely clean up afterwards, but what ever you do, you will share in it together.
The real kingdom of death is free of the material world and the "death" that occurs there; it is a place to shed the trappings of the material world and come to the light. Less literally, to brave your fears will lead to transformation. The end is the beginning.