Samhain (pronounced “SAH-win”) comes from the pagan religious festival celebrated by ancient Celts. Observed from October 31st to November 1st, this is the time when the veil between the physical and spirit world is at its thinnest, allowing us closer connection with the departed.
It goes without saying that this is many witches’ favorite holiday! Laurie Cabot, Official Witch of Salem, Massachusetts popularized yearly “Witches’ Balls,” that many now partake in in different regions of North America. Participants are asked to come dressed specifically to reflect what they would like to become or experience in the coming year.
This is the peak time of year for shadow working as well as for mourning. We’re in Scorpio, which has the skills to hold and transform trauma. In order to let ourselves heal we must sit with our trauma. Scorpio Season facilitates that healing process.
Now is also an excellent for calling on departed ones and ancestor veneration. For many queer people, and/or people estranged from their families or have ancestors whose histories are troubling; we choose to make our own families in death and in life. Connecting with non-blood related ancestors is also possible. Finding an ancestor whose story inspires, and you can gain strength from can be just as meaningful.
Here is a tarot spread in honor of Samhain to help connect with our ancestors, reflect on the past, work with our shadows, center in the present and project our hopes and dreams to the future.
1 What should I let go of?
2 What should I welcome into my life?
3 How can I connect with my departed loved ones?
4 Where should I look for an ancestor to help inspire me?
5 What aspect of my shadow side should I focus on?
6 What should I do to achieve my dreams in the coming year?
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