We’re now entering my favorite time of year, and it’s not because of pumpkin spice lattes. I love the introspectiveness of Autumn and Winter. It seems to me that I have a natural urge to “hibernate” during the darker months, letting thoughts and ideas germinate until Spring. (When I lived in Vermont, this unfortunately manifested as Seasonal Affective Disorder.) Since it’s almost Halloween or Samhain, I wanted to create a Tarot spread focusing on “hauntings” in my life. This spread may bring up a lot of emotions so I would suggest doing it together with likeminded friends so you can process it together and support one another.
This is a spread designed to help you think about an important person in your life who may no longer be present. Most of us are “haunted” by someone who has left us, either via death, breakup, or estrangement. Often we may feel that we have some unfinished business with them, or if they “ghosted” us we struggle to understand why. This spread aims to bring a little more clarity and peace into that unfinished business, as well as helping us find a path forward. Keep your journal and maybe a box of tissues handy- this is a heavy one and may stir up some emotions.
Card 1, in the top/center position, is the Significator for this reading. A significator is a card we purposefully choose to represent the person we are reading on. For the purposes of this reading, you will choose a significator representing the person you are “haunted” by. You may wish to choose one of the sixteen court cards in your deck which best represents the person to you, or perhaps one of the cards from the Major Arcana. Take a moment to go through your deck and carefully decide which card you would like to use in this position, then lay it upright on the table.
Then, shuffle your cards and randomly pull Cards 2, 3, 4, and 5 and place them as shown above. You may choose to read them only upright or including reversals, according to your preference.
Feel free to leave a comment and let me know how this spread worked out for you! Wishing you peace and resolution during the dark half of the year.