Samhain Tarot Spread

Sunday, 29 October 2017

The wheel of the year keeps turning, and it's already time to share another Tarot spread. I wrote this for Samhain, which is celebrated* from the eve of October 31st to the morning of November 1st. This festival marks the end of the final harvest and the point of 'death' in the life cycle. It is also the start of the 'dark half' of the year, when we are more likely to be snuggling up indoors and to have time for self-reflection. I've included seven positions in the spread, which cover various seasonal topics.
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You can interpret the questions in the way you find most helpful, either on a practical (mundane) or more deep / spiritual level. Feel free to pick more than one card to answer the questions, if that feels more appropriate to you. The questions were written with Tarot in mind (because that's my preference) but you may like to use Oracle cards, or another divination method.  

Position 1 - Honour: Samhain is the time when the veil between worlds is said to be at its thinnest, so this is the perfect time to remember and celebrate the ancestors who came before us. A valuable part of that is to consider how we can best honour them. The answer may be as simple as putting their photos on the mantle, setting a spare place at the table, or eating their favourite foods in their memory, or perhaps you will find a much deeper answer in the cards.  

Position 2 - Darkness:  In her book 'Rise Sister Rise' Rebecca Campbell says "Your shadow is your ticket home. If you ignore or banish Her, She will control you from within. If you listen to what She has to say, to what made Her this way, to what She was once denied She will tell you all that you need to set Her and you free." While the hours of darkness are extended, it's the perfect time to look at the aspects of your  darker- or hidden-self that need to be brought into the light.

Position 3 - Light: This dark time of year can be particularly challenging for some people. How can you help? What can you do to make things better for others? How can you shine your light?

Position 4 - Release: What habits, thoughts, behaviours or other aspects of your life (such as a relationship or job) are no longer serving you? What do you need to let go of? Uncovering the answer to this is only the first step - I will have another Spread very soon which will dig deeper on this topic. In the meantime, you may like to journal about the card(s) you pull. EDIT: Find it here!

Position 5 - Renewal: As various creatures migrate or hibernate, and the trees shed their leaves and go into 'Wintering' mode, we are reminded of the importance of resting cycles in nature. By resting now, new growth will be supported in the Spring. What do you need to relax now, in order to promote renewal when the time is right?

Position 6 - Hocus: Are you being fooled? Perhaps you are the one being deceptive and fooling  someone else, or yourself about something. This position is to help you see more clearly, despite the darkness outside!

Position 7 - Focus: Finally, it's time look forward. Asking this question for your greatest good will help to determine the best way to use your energy over the next couple of months until Yule.

I hope you enjoy the spread. If so please feel free to share the link to this page, and to tag me in your social media posts about it. I'm @thecuriouscardslinger on Instagram and you can now also find me on Facebook. (I'll be using the tag #tccsamhaintarotspread.)

*I am in the UK, in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, Beltane is celebrated at this time.

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