Because Halloween/Samhain is nearly upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere, I thought we’d look at how to use a Dark Oracle together with one of the Darker Tarot decks for some yummy Shadow work… and it also gives me the opportunity to share 11 of my favourite dark decks with you.
Let’s look at the how first… This is a really simple Tarot spread/technique and you can use any decks of your own choosing but, obviously, if the focus is on Shadow work, you want to make sure they have some nice, dark content for you to sink your fangs into.The two dark oracles I’m featuring above are the The Halloween Oracle by Stacey DeMarco and Jimmy Manton and the Les Vampires Oracle by Lucy Cavendish with illustrations by Jasmine Becket-Griffith.
- You set the mood and the intent by lighting a candle and dedicating it to illuminating the dark corners of your psyche.
- Then you randomly pull an oracle card from a well-shuffled deck. Read about it in the companion book if you are not familiar with all the meanings. This card will show you which corner of your psyche is in need of some illumination, a blind spot in your soul.
- Next you shuffle, cut and lay out three Tarot cards from the deck of your choice. These three cards give you a story-line showing you the context where this shadow theme is being played out.
- Finally you lay out two Tarot cards below the row of three. These two are the don’t and do cards.
- Make a note in your journal of the reading. Everything may not become immediately apparent, so go back over your notes a few times and see if you have learned something new.
- Blowing out the candle with a ‘Thank you!’ to Spirit completes the session.
Below, you will find this simple layout featuring the two oracle decks already mentioned and 9 different dark Tarot decks…
Which is your favourite dark Tarot and/or Oracle deck? Do you plan on doing any Shadow work this Halloween? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!
My three favourite dark decks from the ones shown above are the Zombie Tarot (incredibly to the point in readings and totally fun to read with), the Halloween Tarot (keeps surprising me with incredible depth in spite of its comedy value) and the Tarot of Vampyres by virtue of its sheer beauty.
To me, the Halloween Tarot has the edge visually but the Tarot of Vampires has a more thought-provoking companion book.