Halloween Oracle by Stacey Demarco and Jimmy Manton
Halloween (or All Hallows’ Eve) was traditionally a Celtic winter festival called Samhain (pronounced sow-en) which marked the beginning of the colder season and the process whereby the earth begins to retreat and "die". That’s why the central theme of this ‘holiday’ is essentially death, but looked at from a more positive perspective, it can also be seen as the quiet beginning of life. – Stacey Demarco
Werewolf, Zombie, Jack-o’-Lantern, Cauldron, Mummy, Skulls, Vampire, Witch, Graveyard and Trick-or-Treaters—the Halloween Oracle by Stacey Demarco (art by Jimmy Manton) is a veritable divinatory feast for lovers of All Hallow’s Eve. Each image of this 36-card deck features gorgeous, atmospheric artwork on thick, large, glossy cardstock (published by Blue Angel Publishing). My only complaint is that I wish this deck had MORE cards—at least 44 or even up to 50.
It would have been a cool deck even if Demarco left it at just a Halloween Oracle, but she’s added so much more to include the contemplative components of Samhain—Ancestors, The Veil, The Underworld, Winter, Forgiveness and others—as well as a card for Dia de Los Muertos.
In less adept hands, such an oracle would be kitschy at best and childish at worst, but as evidenced by the 73-page companion booklet, the author writes with wise observation, soulfulness, poetic whimsy and practical advice. (I own several oracles authored by Demarco, and each are intelligent yet down-to-earth divination tools). Only two spreads are included in the booklet, though, but she does explain how to dedicate and use the deck.
With the Halloween Oracle, familiar symbols of this holiday take on new meaning and depth, allowing seekers and readers to not only connect to the trappings of Hallowtide, but form new associations and intuitive connections to familiar motifs. The cards are so beautiful, they would make attractive additions to altar spaces and decorations, as well.