Halloween Reflections and Card of the Week

Happy Halloween everyone!

When I lived in Michigan, Autumn and Halloween was my favorite time of year. Now that I live in South Florida, I find that I miss the season. I am realizing that in addition to all things fun and spooky, I also associated Halloween with cooler weather, leaves changing and falling to the ground leaving a blanket of orange and brown, and grey days when the smell of burning leaves filled the air.  I have fond memories of celebrating with friends and family, and going to the cider mill enjoying fresh apple cider and home made donuts.

The season in Michigan, however, was far too short to have it be a reason for me to stay. During late October and early November the grey days became depressing, and cold rains and snow accompanied the increasingly shorter daylight hours.  There was dreaded anticipation of long dark nights, frigid temperatures, icy roads, and deep snow that was coming.

Halloween gaiety is present here in the Sunshine State. Decorations adorn homes and businesses, parties are planned, children dress up and go trick or treating (and they do not have to wear winter jackets which hide their costumes), and the weather is less hot and humid. Tonight my husband and I will be going to my mom and stepdad’s house, where we will be enjoying the cute costumes and handing out candy to the many trick or treaters. It is different than Halloween in Michigan, but the holiday is still celebrated and embraced, and I find joy in that.

In the spirit of Halloween, I will again this week be drawing the card of the week from The Halloween Tarot. The card I pulled was the Five of Bats.

This card depicts a young man clutching three bags of Halloween candy, and there are three more bags in front of him. He is wearing a mask. There is someone in a cat costume behind him who seems to be crying, a clown nearby tries to console this person. Five bats are flying above, and the moon and black cat are looking at the thief with dismay. The Five of Bats indicates loss due to cruelty or unfairness.

This week, someone who is in an advantageous position may try to take advantage of you at a time when you could be unable to defend yourself. You may feel humiliated at this loss, but nearby there is support. Turn to this support for help getting through this.  Those who witness this do realize that what happened was not fair. 

If you are the person who is taking advantage of someone who is defenseless, try to reflect upon why you need to to do this. Is it necessary to hurt another person this way for short term greed and gratification? Karma seems to have a way of catching up eventually.