It’s a great idea to ‘interview’ a new deck before you start to work with it, and many people rely on the following 6 card spread in that process for an effective intuitive exercise. (Six, you say? I often see seven (or eight!) in these posts. Yup, I can’t resist making this a Seven Card Spread.)
As it’s October, the month of Halloween, I wanted to start using my most witchy/occult/creepy decks for spreads this month. I was going to save the Halloween Tarot for the week of Halloween, but I just can’t wait! I LOVE this deck and am so happy it’s the season to bring it out.
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
Page of Pumpkins (Coins). She’s clearly Wednesday Adams, everyone’s favorite goth teen. If this card could speak it would say: “I’ll use pop culture to make my point, so that people feel safe and secure enough to hear me.” True. This deck is sweet and familiar and silly like all the cheesy Halloween decorations that crowd the stores. For me, Halloween is more than just candy and costumes – it’s far from silly. But for many, the color and fun is what draws them in and so that’s what this deck uses.
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
Strength. (This deck is a bit snarky, in my experience.) But you’ll notice that on this our lion tamer is helping her charge. This card says: “My strength is my gentleness.” This is very much in line with the Page of Pumpkins. It’s not a scary deck, nor is it trying to be despite the fact that it’s The Halloween Tarot.
3. What are your limits as a deck?
The Sun. A two-headed troll going to sleep in his cave as the sun comes up with sleepy bats and a pile of skulls. With tongue firmly in cheek again, I think this card says, “Even my Sun card isn’t too sunny. I am, after all, dedicated to a night of goblins and beasties.”
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
The Empress. She’s certainly in control of her domain. Despite how cute this deck is, I know from past readings it’s got chops. Perhaps this card is about learning how to deliver a meaningful reading gently. The Empress is powerful, but makes it look effortless – a great way to give readings.
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
Ace of Bats (Swords). I hope this card speaks of getting quiet and letting inspiration coming closer, like a cute little bat perching on my finger. As he’s upside down, I hope at least it speaks of new perspectives.
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
4 of Ghosts (Cups). I know that this card is often about not seeing what is right in front of you due to a desire for something unattainable, but all I can think about when I see this kid on a hill surrounded by friendly ghosts is: “You’ll make friends with the dead.” After all, those ghosts are offering up hot chocolate and cookies! Also, as the last card was about letting inspiration come closer, this is further reinforcement that one should get quiet, and listen so that all those things that are out and about in Halloween season can feel safe to come closer.
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
Justice. I always whisper the questions I’m going to ask to the deck in advance, and I got to the last question and this jumped out. So it was technically the first card. But I do not ignore jumpers – and this 7th card in this reading always seems to have a jumper involved. At first, I thought it was a snarky joke – I do need to get working on my post about the Justice card. But then I thought about it. “Halloween is about balance” is what this seems to say. “we give ourselves permission to look at the things that scare us, in order to deal with them. We let the rats and ghosts and creepy dark things in on our terms in order to learn, release, and re-adjust. I do good work at this time of year because I’m soft enough to help with that process without getting super-scary.” I could not agree more, and I’m so happy this deck is in my collection.