Samhain Divination

Traditionally, Samhain is the time of year when the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is at its thinnest. This makes it an ideal time for many activities, including divination. Since 1993 I have done Tarot readings on October 31, usually asking some form of the question “what does the coming year hold?”

As any good reader will tell you, when you ask a vague question you get a vague answer. Still, when the curtain is pulled back it’s hard not to try to take in the whole wide view. Looking through my reading notes, I can see times when the Samhain reading was perfectly accurate, times when it’s still rather vague, and times when I clearly showed my inexperience in reading the cards.

Here’s the spread from last night. My interpretation is a bit too personal to post on a public website, but if any blog readers are also Tarot readers, I’d be interested in hearing how you’d read this spread.

I’m using the Robin Wood Tarot, which I bought in 1993. It was my first deck and is still far and away my favorite, because it combines modern Pagan imagery with traditional meanings.

Click the picture to enlarge it. The center card (covered by The Fool) is the 10 of Pentacles. I don’t read reversed meanings – as my Tarot mentor Dolores says, “there are 78 images in the Tarot deck – if you need more than that you’re getting awfully sophisticated.”

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About John Beckett

I’m a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I’m an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. I’m the Coordinating Officer of the Denton, Texas Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. This year I’m also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National. I’m a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I write as a spiritual practice. It helps me organize my thoughts and work through ideas and concepts. It helps me evaluate my beliefs and practices against my core values and against what I know (or at least, what I think I know) to be true. It helps me interpret my experiences (religious and otherwise) in ways that are both meaningful and honest.