Halloween/October Decks for Darker Days

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October carries such a noticeably unique vibe and so I’m often drawn to work with different tools and touch on different subjects than I normally might.

For instance, there are some tarot/oracle decks that I only use during this month. And then there are some which I don’t touch at all, and others where I increase their frequency of use.

Below are a list of all my personal decks that I lean on during this transitional period and following that, I’ll make mention of other Halloween/October-esque decks that were recommended by the community of witches, mystics and seekers on Instagram.

Halloween Oracle

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Here’s an obvious staple. It’s also an oracle that I adore, but cannot use any month other than October. To me it speaks to very specific themes that are perfect for contemplation this time of year, but lacks versatility to be regarded as an everyday tool.

The Zombie Tarot

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I bought this one because I loved it on an aesthetic level, but I was happily surprised to find that it also reads incredibly well. I hear this from lots of people actually. Don’t be fooled by its campiness - this is no novelty tool. And while it’s perfect for these darker months, I don’t hesitate to turn to it anytime that I need a kick in the butt.

Darkness of the Light

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Just like its name, this deck is definitely dark - but in a really beautiful way. It’s a perfect companion for shadow work or just like, if if you’re feeling a bit more pensive and introspective. Definitely will be on regular rotation for me this October.

Pagan Otherworlds Tarot

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This deck isn’t dark, per say, but it has a real sort of primal vibe. The imagery is stark and the use of skulls and other natural elements lend it well to these colder days and like above, any shadow work you wanted to embark on.

The Wizards Tarot

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I selected the Wizards Tarot because it literally takes place in a school of Magick. The Magician is transformed into a Wizard (aka The Alchemist), The Chariot is a Witch, and can we take a moment to appreciate that High Priestess? She’s just so lovely.

True Black Tarot

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This deck isn’t technically available yet, but I’d be amiss not to mention it. It started as a Kickstarter campaign where it was more than funded, and now it’s on pre-sale. The cards I have above are just a prototype, and I don’t have a complete set. With that being said, look at all the potential these have to be your next Halloween go-to. They are very dark, cutting and intense. They are also extremely well crafted, but that’s a whole other conversation.

Now this is where my personal collection of darker decks ends, but there are plenty more to choose from. I turned to the community on Instagram and received some incredible suggestions below. I don’t have images for all of these, so this is just a list, but I’ve linked out to either the official website or somewhere you can purchase/see the images.

Thank you to: heartofmyown, echodeselements, theiathewitch, cherisewilliams.xo, cosmic_chica, tarotbyania, satsekhem, sevencupsmystic, isadora.secol, asterie.titan, snail.mail.sandy (If I missed anyone I am sorry)

The Wanderers Tarot (black edition)
Season of the Witch: Samhain Oracle
Everyday Witch Tarot
Halloween Tarot
Ghost Tarot
Deviant Moon
Flowers From The Dead Oracle
Tarot of the Zirkus Magi
Ghosts & Spirits Tarot
The Wild Unknown
Ludy Lescot
Oracle of Shadows & Light
Tarot of Vampyres
The Bohemian Gothic Tarot
Antique Anatomy Tarot
Oracle of Oddities
The Raven’s Prophecy
Strange Wonders Tarot

I’m more than certain that this is by no means a comprehensive nor complete list, but it’s plenty to get you started. And I think there is enough variation to touch on different personal taste and aesthetic.

I hope you enjoyed this overview and if you have any suggestions or go-to decks for this particularly magickal month, please let me know in the comments.

Julia Eve