Samhain / Halloween is fast approaching, a time when the veil between the world of the living and the dead is at its thinnest.
So it comes to no surprise that if you wish to make contact with dearly departed, this is the perfect night to do so.
I am no spiritual medium and therefore no expert in making contact with dead people, but I do feel it is possible to have a conversation with them through the Tarot.
Many years ago I tried to make contact with my mum, who had died the year before, and even though nothing spooky happened during the reading, I did have some interesting dreams on several occasions afterwards, some of which where astounding to say the least.
This year I intend to make contact with my Dad, who passed over in July this year, so while I’m still going through the process of coming to terms with it, I have the need to reconcile with him in some way.
I do believe that making contact with a departed loved one can help bring some closure and therefore contribute to the healing process.
So, my advice is only to communicate with the dead, if your intention is reconciliation, closure and healing.
Before you begin, think about the questions you would like to ask your loved one. Write them all down, so you won’t forget during the reading.
Although it’s always worthwhile wording your questions wisely, you can ask anything you like, because you are trying to talk to someone you once loved (and still do), and they loved you too, so they won’t mind!
Questions like “How are you?”, “Are you at peace now?”, “What’s it like?” are perfectly okay. You don’t need to censor yourself. In addition you can also ask your loved one for advice just like you used to when they were still with you.
Do your spirit reading later in the evening on the 31st October. The best time would be around the witching hour. Make sure you won’t get disturbed by anybody, like those pesky trick-or-treaters or whoever lives with you.
3. Sacred Space
Set the scene with seasonal decorations, candles and crystals (see also Halloween ideas).
For this kind of work I love using my Black Obsidian Skull. The energetic vibrations of carved crystal skulls are said to make a mental connection with your brain, thus helping you to be more receptive to messages from the spirit world.
Start with your usual grounding ritual and include a request to the spirit world, such as “Spirit world, please open up to me, so (insert the person’s name you wish to talk to) can talk to me.”
It also helps, if you have a personal item from your loved one you can hold whilst asking him/her to come forward.
Once you feel you are ready, or you may even feel the presence of your loved one, you can begin the reading.
Shuffle your deck while thinking of your loved one. For each question you have, pull a card. The messages you receive from the cards may be from your loved one.
I say “may”, because they may also be from your own subconscious, which knows the answers all along and has the desire to reveal them to you, so you can heal.
Either way, this reading can contribute to your healing process by helping you feel connected to your loved one and getting some answers you need.
If you are planning to do a reading that is focused on self-exploration, then you can try out the spread in the box on the right.
A friend of mine told me recently that she found the transition from summer to autumn hard.
The falling leaves make her feel depressed, and she was dreading the unavoidable approach of the long cold winter months ahead.
To a certain degree I understand her sentiment, but once you consciously decide to tune in and embrace the light and dark of all the seasons, you discover the magick and beauty of each one of them.
Just like the trees shed their leaves in the autumn, so can we shed old stuff that is holding us back.
The shedding of leaves is preparation for new life and growth in spring, and we can do the same in order to pave the way for new experiences and growth.
Today is Virgo’s (the Hermit) last day in the sun until Libra (Justice) takes over tomorrow.
Over the last four weeks, the energy of the Hermit has encouraged us to go inwards, reflect and explore what new skills to learn, new knowledge we can acquire and how we can turn it into wisdom that will serve us and others well in time to come.
The New Moon in Libra tomorrow invokes the energies of Justice, encouraging us to create and appreciate harmony in life, especially in relationships, including friendships that need building and nurturing.
So there is much we can do, and the approaching darkness will help us focus on what we need to do including planning and implementing.
Perhaps today at the time of the Autumn Equinox, or over the coming weeks until Samhain, you may want to consult the Tarot to explore some of the following questions to help you gain focus and direction:
What is holding me back right now that I need to let go of?
At this time of year with the energies of Libra/Justice, explore your options rather than making a decision. It’s about weighing up the pros and cons, so you can make your final decision by Samhain (31 October).
What new skills do I need to learn to help me reach my goals?
Depending on the card/s you draw, these could relate to
leadership and creativity (fire, wands),
emotions and relationships (water, cups),
mental challenges and conflict resolving (air, swords), or
hands-on practical skills and money management (earth, pentacles)
What can I do to strengthen my relationships with people that are important to me?
Remember that important people in your life are not restricted to your partner or close family, but also extended family, friends, co-workers, professional networks… Explore how you can build bridges, overcome conflict, encourage solidarity and teamwork, bring people closer together etc.
And here are a few other practical ideas to get you started:
make a to-do list
declutter your bookshelf to make room for new knowledge
network with people and see what you can do for them
when it comes to friendships, it’s not about quantity but quality. Only two genuine friends are worth more than a large bunch of acquaintances, who don’t care about you.
get your finances in order
avoid drama and the people creating it
enrol on a course
Wishing you a Happy Equinox and a magickal autumn season ahead.
I love this card! Can you see the fart bubbles on the water behind one of the monkeys? What do they suggest to you? 😀
My Tarot Moon Journal 2014 is now available to download. It’s a practical workbook for you to use throughout the new year, and in addition I can recommend Jordan Hoggard’s Area 52 ebook, your ultimate Tarotscope companion for 2014!
I love the advice Jordan offers for the 1 January “Make today feel like a really long day in all the right ways”. Yes!
And the weekly words of wisdom are ingenious; for the first week in January it’s “quench”. You will have a whole year of fun and inspiration with Area 52.
If you would like to use your Tarot cards in more creative ways, take a look at the Tarot Activity Book by Andy Matzner.
I’ve only received this book today and must say its wealth of innovative activities and exercises is impressive. I’m really looking forward to taking time out over the holidays to try some of them.
Last but not least, here is my little gift to you, a seasonal Tarot spread. Click on the link to download the PDF journaling sheet: