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.

The fascinating characters and landscapes in Hush Tarot are illustrated with lush detail inspired by a 19th century aesthetic that explores natural forms in various states of life and decay. The result is a 78-card deck with a mysterious and distinct, almost macabre feel.

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.

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.

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.

Playing Card Oracles Divination Deck allows you to discover ancient secrets of the oracles encoded in playing cards. Each suit has its own personality, and represents one of the four essential aspects of our lives.

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. 

Among moonlit graveyards and dreamscapes, Deviant Moon Tarot explores the dark side of the subconscious with haunting surreal imagery. Premier Edition includes a custom Lunatic Spread!
The details and symbols in each card of the Hermetic Tarot reveal many of the esoteric workings of the Secret Order of the Golden Dawn, the magical fraternity founded in 1888.

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.