In the United States, and increasingly throughout the world, many people see October as a month that culminates on its last day of All Hallow's Eve, Samhain, Halloween. But during October the days continue shortening and we draw ever closer to winter, mirroring another journey, causing many to realize that each passing day takes us one step closer to the incredible but unknown adventures that await us in the next level of existence.
According to some traditions, during the last night of October the "veils between the worlds" are at their most transparent, and we can approach a dimension of transformation. We can use this time of change to alter our lives for the better. The path is shown to us in the symbolism found on the Judgement card.
There is much more in this card, but you can see that it is an incredibly powerful symbol of transformation. The figures at the bottom of the card are rising from their pasts, the spiritual fire from the Divine burning away all that is unwanted and leaving something better.
As living beings, we are constantly in the process of transformation. These transformations may be tiny or may drastically change our lives and enhance our spiritual evolution. One major test for a practitioner of magic is fostering an awareness that such changes are going on constantly and he or she will, at times, seek to control those changes. Halloween, the night when the boundaries between the planes are at their thinnest, is the ideal time to use the tarot to examine our pasts so that we might create our futures. One way to do this is with a Metamorphosis Reading, explained below. Using the Metamorphosis Reading can help give you direction for the coming year.
Turn over the "past" card (1), and say, "Show me what is past and how I should change it." Deal out three more cards face up, to the left of this card. These three represent what should be changed (4), guidance on how to change it (5), and the result of such a change (6).
Repeat this by dealing three cards (7, 8, 9) to the right of the "present" card (2), saying, "Show me what is current and how I should change it," and interpreting accordingly. Finally, repeat again by dealing three cards (10, 11, 12) below the "future" card (3), saying, "Show me what is most important for me to change for the future." Complete your interpretation.
From Llewellyn's 2001 Tarot Calendar. For more Llewellyn tarot books and decks, click here.
Donald Michael Kraig graduated from UCLA with a degree in philosophy. He also studied public speaking and music (traditional and experimental) on the university level. After a decade of personal study and practice, he began ...