From the Halloween Tarot, Queen of Pumkins and Ten of Bats.
The Queen of Pumpkins has been making a regular appearance these last few days. She is the earth-mother type. Happiest in the home, caring for her family and creating beautiful, yet practical things.
The Ten of Bats is one of those dreaded cards. Betrayal, hurt and finality. Yet, it also carries a message of hope. The worst is over and you can now be at peace. The darkness will not last forever, the sun will rise again, bringing with it the promise of a new day and a fresh start.
With my focus set firmly on Samhain, I can’t help but notice the similarities. We can look at the Queen as the Goddess, Demeter. She is now in mourning for her daughter, Persephone, lost once again to Hades and the Underworld.
As Demeter laments her loss, she refuses to fertilize the Earth, effecting the barren months of winter. Demeter is more traditionally depicted as The Empress, but the Queen of Pumpkins seems to fit just as well.
The Ten of Bats is the earth laying dormant, Demeter no longer active. We could look at this card literally as well, you can easily see Persephone, seemingly descending under the Earth.
The Ten of Bats does not depict physical death, residing in the airy suit of swords, the realm of the mind. But in this instance we will read it as such. Acknowledgement of the cycles of death and rebirth, and honoring those that have gone before us, is a huge part of Samhain.
The number 10 depicts the end of a cycle, in this interpretation, this cycle is the ending of the solar year. And yet, we know, the sun will soon enough return to us, nothing lasts forever, and that includes winter.