Samhain is definitely one of a witch’s favorite times of the year. It’s a time to work on our introspection, tune our intuition, and connect with the past and our ancestors, while learning how to channel their messages.
It helps us become more aware of who we truly are and what we truly want to be happier and more present in the moment.
A Samhain tarot spread can assist us in this introspective journey while honoring and celebrating this special, spiritual, and mystical time of the year.
What is Samhain?
Every religion, in late summer and early winter, honors souls who are no longer on Earth, from Christians with All Saints’ Day to Anglo-Saxons with Halloween.
Everyone celebrates the transition from light to dark and the power of connection that we can establish with spirits, the afterlife, or any other otherworldly entity during this period.
For many of us, Samhain is the most important holiday, the most heartfelt Sabbath. It is believed that on this day, the veil between us and the spirit world is lifted, and spirits are free to roam the streets.
Now is the time to honor and celebrate the lives of our departed loved ones. There can be no life without death; it is a part of the circle of life and the Wheel of the Year.
We are celebrating death itself, and it is still a joyous Sabbath, so there’s no need to feel sad. We are aware that life will return next spring with Beltane.
Darkness and winter are taking over, and the days are getting shorter and darker. The Sun God is dying, and the Goddess mourns his passing. The Triple Goddess is in her crone stage, ready to swallow the Sun God and bring darkness across the Earth.
The Samhain Tarot Spread is a powerful divination tool for connecting with the energies of this sacred Celtic festival.
It typically consists of cards representing themes such as introspection, ancestral wisdom, transformation, and guidance for the year ahead.
Samhain Tarot Spread
It is an ancient tradition to seek omens from the Spirits of the ancestors during the night of Samhain.
Once upon a time, when divination still had a sacred character, it was an integral part of the celebration of this feast. In accordance with the ancient spirit, I have devised a divinatory rite to understand the messages of the Gods and Ancestors for us.
The spread is presented here for Tarot but can also be performed using other divination cards. The entire deck is used.
|Message from Ancestors
|What Ancestors want you to release
|What Ancestors want you to embrace
|Guidance for honoring Ancestors
|How to strengthen your ancestral bond
|What has come to fruition this year
|What still needs to be harvested
|Lessons learned from the past year
|Energies to embrace in the coming year
|Guidance for a successful year ahead
|What aspect of yourself is in the shadows
|Why this aspect needs acknowledgment
|How to integrate and heal this shadow
|The transformative power of embracing it
|Guidance for your shadow work journey
How to Prepare for Your Tarot Spread
To prepare for this tarot spread, you can start by chanting a prayer or meditating. If you wish to create a ritual-like atmosphere, here’s how to do it:
On the altar, leave an offering for the ancestors. Also, light three incense sticks for the deities – one red candle to symbolize the setting light, one black candle to symbolize the dominating darkness, and one white candle to symbolize rebirth. Then, spread a white cloth on which to place the cards.
Sit comfortably with your back straight, arms at your sides, and feet flat on the floor if you are reading the cards on a table and are, therefore sitting in a chair.
If, on the other hand, you read the cards on the ground, you can assume the lotus position or the seiza position. In any case, maintain a straight back, relaxed shoulders, and keep your head erect on your neck.
Gaze into the flame of the black candle in front of you and take deep breaths.
Find your centering, then take the tarot deck and begin shuffling the cards while reciting this formula:
“The wind blows, cold and sharp.
From the gnarled, black, and silent branches of the trees,
Leaves, dreams, lives, hopes,
They detach and whirl in the air like Sad dancers.
The harvest time has now passed,
The time for sowing has not yet come.
Now is the time of silence,
Now is the time to listen.”
Cut the deck, put it back together, visualize the questions you want to ask the cards, shuffle them again, and then pick the cards.
The meaning of the arcana may not always appear clear during the divination ritual; it may take some time to decipher the message.
It’s advisable to take notes.
The Symbolism of Samhain
Samhain is the Celtic New Year, which marks the transition to the dark period of the year and, therefore, the conclusion of a cycle.
The earth has now given its gifts and is preparing for rest and silence, during which new seeds will be sown.
Generally, this holiday is celebrated on the night of October 31st, and it is a special moment when the veil between the two worlds thins. Just like our ancestors once did, they performed rituals to honor the dead and practiced divination.
Furthermore, on Samhain, every fire was extinguished and rekindled only the following day.
An Irish legend narrates that all the people who died the previous year returned in search of new bodies to possess, so in the villages, every hearth was extinguished to prevent the arrival of malicious spirits.
The rite consisted of extinguishing the Sacred Fire on the altar to rekindle the New Fire the following morning; all of this symbolized the arrival of the new year.
When dawn came, the Druids brought the burning ashes of the fire to each family, who then rekindled their hearths.
The Samhain tarot spread can be the right way for you to embark on an introspective journey while connecting with your ancestors and unveiling the messages they have for you.
Moreover, Samhain is one of the best times of the year to cultivate and practice divination and even engage in some shadow work.
If you feel the need for spiritual work and a focus on your inner feelings and your spiritual existence, use this spread to get started.