Samhain. Hallowe’en. Scorpio time. The Death card month. Whatever we call it, we’re reminded of non-permanance. Here’s a layout to use at this poignant and wispy time of the year. In the spirit of autumn mist and winddropped pieces of twig, feel free to arrange your cards in any pattern that feels/looks appropriate to you. You might even stand on a chair or other higher place, state the layout numbers and questions one at a time, and drop each card onto the table, floor, or ground one at a time as if they’re falling leaves slowly disengaging from the life support system of root, trunk, and branch.
You might even do this in group format by sitting around a table with friends, dealing eight cards to each, and letting everyone respond to each question with whatever card in their hand feels/looks most like the answer. Let this turn into fruitful discussion. You’ll have a grand evening sharing heart-rooted stories about life. A concluding snack or meal might consist of a pot-luck of ancestral foods. Blessed be the most life-affirming wisdom of our ancestors. And love to you all.
1. What in my life is well and truly dead?
2. How does it need to be honoured?
3. What in my life is in the process of dying?
4. How can I appropriately midwife that dying process?
5. What in my life is sprouting from the compost of the past?
6. How can I appropriately tend that sprout?
7. What ancestral gifts and skills do I carry in this lifetime?
8. How can I use them for the well-being of all of life?
NOTE: If you don’t have tarot cards, you can use runes, crone stones, soul cards, or any other tool. You can also reflect on these questions in your journal or with a trusted friend or take them into a shamanic journey.