Origins of Halloween & Samhain

There’s something about Halloween that excites both young and old souls. 

It might be the thrill of hobnobbing with ghosts and goblins, lighting up jack o’lanterns or chancy encounters with black cats. For many, Halloween is as much a time of merriment as it is about delving into the dark mysteries beyond the grave. The spooky holiday has it origins 2000 years ago with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This important feast time at the end of October marks the finish of the autumn harvest time and the beginning of the long, dark winter. Ancient Celts believed that on the night of October 31, the veil between the living and the dead was lifted, allowing ghosts to visit the realm of the living. People made roaring bonfires and dressed in animal costumes to frighten away the ghosts. During Samhain, Druids (Celtic Priests) were consulted for their prophecies of what was to come after the long winter.

Here are some Halloween themed tarot and oracle decks to choose from to do your fall fortune telling.

Paying homage to the mystical energy of crows and ravens, Crow Tarot invites us to fly through the veil and connect with our intuitive powers.

Ghosts & Spirits Tarot presents 79 ethereal beings, some frightening, some friendly. In this luminous (and award-winning) deck spirits deliver their messages from beyond through the divinatory meanings of tarot.

Other Traditions 

Christians also celebrated on October 31, which they called All Hallows Eve, to remember the dead and honor the holy saints and martyrs. In Mexico, it is also believed the gates of heaven open at midnight on October 31 allowing families to reunite with their deceased family members for two days. On the Day of the Dead altars and graves are decorated with colorful food, flowers, candy and skulls to honor the dead. 

The Halloween Oracle offers a chance to connect with “the other side” and glimpse the future. The 36-card deck features black cats, vampires, zo mbies, witches, skeletons, mummies and Day of the Dead motifs.  

Halloween Customs

Many of our Halloween traditions, such as carving jack o’ lanterns, probably came from the Celts. The Irish originally carved turnips and potatoes, until they later discovered the bounty of pumpkins in America. Trick or treating may have also started with the Irish villagers who would come to town to ask for donations of food for the celebration of All Hallow’s Eve.

Halloween Tarot invites you to trick or treat with a black cat as your guide. You’ll meet Frankenstein and his bride in the Major Arcana while pumpkins, ghosts, bats and imps stir things up in the Minor Arcana. Halloween Tarot is available as a deck, a pocket-sized deck in a tin, and as a deck/book set.  

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Witchlings is an enchanting oracle deck/book set by Paulina Cassidy. 40 wonderful Witchlings share their easy and uplifting spells to help you with your positive intentions.

The witches of the Wildwood coven have important life lessons to offer. Through vivid artwork and heartfelt messages, Raven’s Wand Oracle invites you to explore the profound wisdom of witchcraft.

Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Cards provides an easy-to learn method of fortune telling, based on the divination system created by Mlle Lenormand.

Exploring the Dark Side

Some tarot and oracle decks that seem scary can actually provide ways to move beyond fear, to find healing and resolution. 

Deviant Moon Tarot Set among moonlit graveyards and dreamscapes, Deviant Moon Tarot explores the dark side of the subconscious with haunting surreal imagery. Also available as a borderless edition.
Vampire Tarot invites you into the underworld of darkness shrouded in mystery and beauty.

Les Vampires Oracle offers a pathway through the darkness and troubled times to dissolve the patterns that hold us back.

Check out the award-winning, fully illustrated companion book by Patrick Valenza.