From the Halloween Tarot, Death and The Sun.
At first glance, these two seem to be an unlikely combination. Yet, I knew what they represented the moment I turned them over.
My thoughts are turning towards the Southern Hemisphere’s upcoming Samhain. This is, hands down, my favorite Sabbat. It is just under two weeks away. (See countdown at the bottom of the sidebar menu).
I am happily planning my Samhain altar and rituals. It was this that was on my mind as I drew these cards. I Don’t think I could have picked two cards that represent this Sabbat any better. It doesn’t really surprise me either that the Halloween Tarot picked up on the run of my thoughts!
Samhain is life and death, endings and beginnings, joy and sorrow, and bringing these polar opposites together. In this context, the darkness of The Death card and the joyful light of The Sun sit so very well together, creating the middle ground that Samhain celebrations centre around.
This is also a good example of the difference between the Major and Minor Arcana. The Minor Arcana is concerned with the more mundane, everday aspects of our lives. These are also the things that we have power over. Don’t like that nasty looking Ten of Swords in your spread? Never fear, it is within your grasp to change the circumstances and outcome of which it represents.
On the other hand, the Major Arcana represents the larger forces around us, that shape both ourselves and our lives. The Universe, God, The Goddess, Fate, whatever your beliefs, this is what the Major Arcana speaks of. It is forces outside of you control, that which is bigger than you. (I have also found the Majors can sometimes represent other people and the impact they have on your life).
This is illustrated perfectly in the changing seasons, Samhain representing the onset of winter. There is nothing we can do to stop, or change, the seasons. The wheel will turn, winter will come, and go, and there is not a damn thing we can do about it.
Of course, we can do things to soften the impact. Things like collecting firewood, knitting warm clothing, and closing the windows. We can make ourselves comfortable and shelter from the cold. But, like it or not, winter will arrive.
This goes for any undesirable event concerning the Majors. We can’t stop it, but we can soften the blow. Mostly, we have to learn to accept the good with the bad and understand all things happen for a reason, and we will emerge on the other side, like springtime, older and wiser for the experience.