Many of us have wonderful memories of trick-or-treating our neighborhoods when we were young, and taking our own kids trick-or-treating years later.
Concerns about safety and sugar have added some new Halloween traditions these days, but many kids still have the opportunity to yell “Trick or Treat?” and expect that the answer will be a treat.
This week I’m thinking about the phrase “trick or treat?” on a larger level. Even with divination and intuition, it’s hard to know for sure what’s coming around the corner. It’s hard to know if what comes next will be a trick or a treat.
Sometimes the trick is to find the treat in whatever comes, and to know that even things that are “tricky” can bring us unexpected good fortune.
Halloween is the cross-quarter day between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice. In England and Ireland, Halloween was celebrated as “Samhain.” Modern Pagans still celebrate Samhain on October 31st.
Halloween, or Samhain, is the third and final harvest celebration. It is also the “Witches’ New Year.”
October 31st is the time when the veil that separates the world of the living and the world of the dead is at its thinnest. It is thought that the spirits of our departed loved ones can return to Earth for one night to walk among us.
The tradition of costumes, especially ghoulish costumes, comes from this belief. Either folks were dressing up to make the spirits feel at home, or they were trying to hide from those who might come to seek revenge for past misdeeds.
Trick-or-treating started as the practice of leaving treats for the returning spirits in hopes that they not play a trick on you!
The time of the thinning veil is celebrated all over the world. In Mexico, November First is the “Day of the Dead.”
At this sacred time, it is appropriate to take a moment to reflect on your loved ones in spirit, and to feel them close to you. Make an altar for your ancestors and loved ones in your home, or spend some time telling stories to honor the memory of those who have gone before. Know that their love and support is available to you always, but most especially at this time of year.
Are you aware that there is a ukulele craze sweeping the nation? Read about my new uke on my Dark Forest blog.
On my Tarot Topics Community Blog, I’ve challenged readers to try doing a reading while standing up!
On my Tarot Trends personal blog I’ve shared some business advice for new tarot professionals.
From Around the Web
Just in time for Halloween, check out one of my favorite seasonal divinatory treats! Florida artist Lisa Hunt has produced the Ghosts and Spirits Tarot, from US Games. Try this deck for some spooky Halloween fun, or for a serious reading to confer with your ancestors.
Here is an interview (with a seasonal theme) you might enjoy. Entitled “Spirits, Ghosts and Tarot,” this is Andrew McGregor’s interview of Nancy Antenucci.
This is a predictive two-card tarot spread. I created this spread to celebrate Halloween as the Witches’ New Year. You can use it now to predict a few things about the next twelve months of your life.
We know that, in life, there will always be things you like and things you don’t like. With this spread, we will ask for information about one thing in the coming year that will be tricky, and another that will be a treat.
Lay the “trick” card down first, and then the “treat” card next to it. Pay attention to how the two cards relate to each other. You can interpret these two cards on a few levels. They can simply predict possible events and situations. You can also look and see if the cards offer any advice as to handle the “trick” and take advantage of the “treat.”
Together, these cards should give you some indication of the energy of the coming year.
The past Sunday we enjoyed an encore presentation of my conversation with Fiona Benjamin, the “Tarot Reader of Okinawa.” Fiona was declared “Young Tarosophist of the Year.” If you haven’t seen this show yet, make sure you watch it on YouTube!
This coming Sunday we are featuring a rerun of one of my “business panel” shows. I gathered a group of young metaphysical professionals together to discuss when it’s good business to give services away for free. Join Saxz Stevens, Hillary Gauvreau, Jenna Matlin, Amethyst Mahoney and Gary Karp as we discuss free offers, service to the community and good business sense.
Watch it on PEN Sunday evening, or enjoy it in the archive on YouTube.
Christiana’s Psychic Café is my weekly webcast. It airs on the Para Encounters Network, each Sunday at 9 pm Eastern.
Earlier this year, I asked a number of metaphysical professionals to share their philosophy on giving free offers and services. We’ll revisit this conversation. If you are a metaphysical professional, or considering beginning a career, this show is for you.
Sunday, November 9, 3:30 pm
Tampa Bay Area Tarot Meetup
Panera, 23388 State Road 54, Lutz, FL 33559
If you live in the Tampa Bay area, or Central Florida, please join the brand new Tampa Bay Area Tarot Meetup. This will be our very first meeting. Come meet some new tarot friends and help us chart our course for the future!
Sunday, November 9, 9 pm
Christiana’s Psychic Café
Join us for a brand new episode, featuring a conversation with Kristina Angelgate. Kristina is a spiritual counselor, psychic reader and Certified Angel Healing Practitioner.
Sunday, November 16, 9 pm
Christiana’s Psychic Café
I am very excited to announce another brand-new episode of Christiana’s Psychic Café. I will be interviewing Rana George, author of “The Essential Lenormand.”
Rana has been reading Lenormand cards all her life, and is one of the leading experts on Lenormand in the world today.
Monday, November 17, 7 pm
An In-Depth Journey into the Major Arcana – Spiritual Enlightenment
The final seven cards of the Major Arcana, cards Fifteen through Twenty-One, hold the secrets of the Fool’s Journey toward spiritual enlightenment.
This online presentation will focus on these seven important cards. Students will learn the astrological, numerological and elemental associations for each card.
Students will contemplate the lessons of these seven cards, and discover how they point the way to enlightenment.
Armed with a complete understanding of each card, students will have an easy time learning ways of interpreting the cards when reading for themselves and others.
This is the same class that Christiana teaches in her West Palm Beach classroom, available worldwide in an on-line format.
Christiana’s virtual classroom is accessible using your computer or your telephone.
Christiana has been a full-time tarot professional for more than twenty years, and is the author of two books about tarot. In 2008, Christiana was granted the title of Tarot Grandmaster by the Tarot Certification Board of America. Christiana provides readings by phone, Skype, and in her office in Lutz, Florida.