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Whenever I think of fall, I immediately think of Halloween (or Samhain). The cool air, crispy fall leaves, pumpkins, spices, long nights and fires. As Halloween approaches, it’s the perfect time to introduce a Halloween themed tarot spread! The spread I created is meant for fun, but it’s also very in-depth as well. The position and question of each card is based on a popular Halloween symbol. For this spread I chose:
Jack ’o’ lanterns
Now, most of us may be familiar with those symbols, but not everyone is familiar with why those are popular images associated with Halloween. Before I get into the spread, let’s talk a little about the origin of Halloween and the significance of each symbol.
Halloween as we know it today has its roots in the Celtic celebration of Samhain (pronounced sah-win). This was a celebration of the harvest as well as the nights getting longer and the days getting shorter. Some historians also say that the ancient Celts believed at this time, the veil between the living and the dead was at its thinnest and the spirits could roam the earth.
Many years later, the Catholic Church declared November first as All Saint’s Day (Day of the Dead in Mexican cultures) and October 31 as All Hallows Eve. This was a time to honor our deceased loved ones.
The history of Halloween has much more detail than what I’ve mentioned, but that’s a good summary of it. The present day Halloween is a mixture of lots of traditions and history.
So what about those symbols? Let’s talk about them!
Bats: During the Samhain celebrations, the Celts would have huge bonfires. Bonfires attract moths and bugs which in turn attract bats. Bats are nocturnal animals and are typically associated with night. Bats are also a symbol of intuition.
Jack ’o’ lanterns: The Irish used to put a candle inside a hollowed out turnip. They believed the light would ward off evil spirits. Once in the United States, pumpkins were switched out for turnips. The scary faces carved into the pumpkins adds to the idea of keeping away evil spirits.
Ghosts: This one only makes sense to include as Halloween is a holiday all about the thinning veil and connecting to spirits.
Black Cat: When the Catholic church tried to demonize old pagan traditions (like Samhain), they started hunting for witches. Basically, anyone who wasn’t following the church was deemed a witch. Cats were commonly thought to be a witches familiar, or even the witch themselves. So the connection of black cats to witches to Halloween occurred. Black itself is associated with night and the dark. Cats are known for being mysterious.
Skeletons: As Halloween is a holiday to honor those who have passed on, the skeleton is a physical reminder of the cycle of life and death. A reminder to let us know that when something ends, it’s making way for a new beginning.
Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for. The Halloween spread!
Halloween: What message do my ancestors have for me?
Bats: How can I better connect to my intuition?
Jack ‘o’ lantern: What issue in my life do I need to shed light on?
Ghosts: What issue from my past am I ready let go of?
Black Cat: What mysterious side of myself should I embrace?
Skeleton: What in my life is ending to make way for something new?
Did you enjoy this spread? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
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