Tarot musing

Samhain/Halloween and Tarot cards

Samhain is an ancient Celtic festival that marks the end of the harvest and the beginning of longer, darker and colder days, in other words winter. It is believed that the veil between the material and the spiritual world is at its thinnest around 31st October.
Samhain starts the new cycle of the wheel in the Pagan calendar and is effectively the beginning of a new year. The festival of Samhain is marked by honouring ancestors, bonfires, divination, feast of apples and magic.

Personally, this is my favourite time of the year, when the air becomes crispy, when the leaves on the trees change colour and wear magnificent crimson, gold, orange and brown hues. Animals such as squirrels are busy burying nuts, bees are pollinating the last flowers, mushrooms are appearing and generally speaking, nature is preparing for the big sleep.
Time to stay more indoors, to prepare earthy food, to read books and to honour our ancestors, to remember them, to reflect on the passing year and to be grateful.

Small cauldron blog

Day-of-the-dead-spreadOf course, tarot readings at this time of the year are quite potent, perhaps more than usual. With that in mind, the spread above can help you connect with your ancestors.
If you choose to do this spread, meditate afterwards because lots of info will be available and it may take time to absorb into your understanding.

A good idea would be to take a picture of your spread and to write down your thoughts and impressions of the cards for future reference. I looked at mine from last year and it was so spot on, that if I didn’t know better, I would find it totally spooky!

small halloween decoration

 

Dark-decksTo enhance the spread, I have listed some of the Gothic decks you could use.
The list is not by all means exhaustive.

I will write another blog on decks that use skulls and zombies, vampires and the like.

 

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Bohemian-Gothic-TarotThe Bohemian Gothic Tarot – 1st and 2nd edition – BabaStudio.

Many of you know the legendary BabaStudio, who have produced very beautiful decks for a number of years. These decks featured are both out of print, but you can get a 3rd edition deck .

The decks are exquisitely gothic (the old Goth in me loves it) and can really enhance any questions about the past, past lives etc. I particularly love the 9 of Cups, the Absinthe drinker….so deliciously Victorian and dark.

 

Deviant-Moon-tarotThe Deviant Moon tarot by Patrick Valenza

Another great tarot deck dealing with darker characters, some quite menacing and others like the Ace of Wands or the mermaid in the World, depicted in this image, are quite whimsical if not, a darker, underlying tone.

Patrick has a unique style which deals with the darker side of humanity’s psyche whilst being truthful to the tradition of the tarot. A very delicate balance that he has achieved.

 

Gothic-tarotThe Gothic Tarot by Joseph Vargo

This deck is a firm favourite of mine, as readings with it can be powerful, straight to the point and not running around the bush. I used this deck quite a bit back in the days when I was doing psychic readings on TV, and was using it particularly for past lives.

Maybe because of my Gothic tendencies, reading a deck with Nosferatu, Dracula, vampires, skeletons and the like makes an old Goth happy 🙂

Halloween-tarot

The Halloween Tarot

Halloween without pumpkins, black cats, ghosts, witches and ghouls would not be Halloween right?

This deck is whimsical and follows the Rider Waite tradition in its imagery.
A great tarot to have at parties (I use this deck as a treat and, a darker deck as a trick) and people love it, as it is lighter unlike the ones we have just reviewed.

A fabulous deck if you prefer a less dark tarot and more fun looking at the kitties on the cards 🙂

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The Halloween Oracle

Okay, not a tarot deck, but rather an oracle deck, and I absolutely love this one.

The artistry is very good and evocative, and I like to use it at the end of a reading at a party as the message of “spirits” with very spooky accuracy!

Of course cauldrons, black cats, skulls and the like are part of the attraction for many people following an ancient spiritual path.

Wormweird-tarot

The Wormweird tarot

This one is the darkest tarot I have. It is a rare deck and out of print.

It is not for the faint hearted and has an underlying Victorian sense of the macabre, which means death and taxidermy, needles, absinthe, torture and the like. A descent into a disturbing asylum of the dead and the grotesque.

I have done readings with this deck for myself and it was quite revealing actually.
But not to do if you do not want to see the depths, mechanics and undercurrent in a situation.

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We have now finished our little walk through some darker tarot decks in my collection.

I hope you will have a magical Samhain

small Happy Halloween

 

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Day of the Dead Tarot spread

This is my favourite month of the year, Autumn is truly around, leaves on trees are changing colours, the air is full of magic and nature is preparing for the big sleep.

October is by far an exciting month as it is of course the month of Samhain or Halloween.
Halloween is very special to my heart as it was on an Halloween night that I kissed my beloved for the first time (and he did not turn into a toad) 24 years ago 😀

Another festival which is close to my heart is the Mexican Day of the Dead which is a festival honouring our dear departed and ancestors. It is a joyful celebration of the dead, to remember those who went before us.

It is said that the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest around Samhain.  With that in mind, I have designed a little spread to reach our ancestors.

Day-of-the-dead-spread
1 – Advice from my ancestors (here take it as what you need to know or to do to improve your life)
2 – What I need to banish, to let go, to remove from my life, what is no longer serving me.
3 – What I need to embrace, to welcome in my life, to attract to me.
4 – Ancestral traits I need to tap into.
What qualities from my ancestors (immediate ancestors or from many generations ago, in other words, your tribe),  I may want to use.
5 – What is holding me back? What is not working, not good for me etc….
6 – Blessings from my ancestors. What is the message from beyond the veil from your ancestors to you. What is essential to acknowledge and to be aware of.

I did a reading using this spread with very surprising results, which I am still meditating on.

Have a blessed Samhain and enjoy the Day of the Dead.
I know I will 🙂

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