Every year on Halloween, folks who practice various pagan religions will celebrate Samhain. It's a holiday that celebrates those who have passed, and represents the day of the year when their world is closest to ours — much like the Mexican Día de Los Muertos. As so many cultures celebrate some form of death remembrance on this day, Samhain buzzes with the mystical energy from all over the planet. There's an indescribable feeling in the holiday, as though the other realm is visiting you and guiding you through the next year.
Of course, Samhain is a great time to divine with your deck of tarot cards. While myth persists that it's bad luck to purchase your own deck (it's not — buy all the decks that you like!), receiving a deck as a gift from others makes it that much more special. Channel the magical energies of the holiday into your card spreads with these beautiful tarot decks that are sure to inspire your intuition.
Queers and Queens Tarot by Sam Kahn, $50, at Etsy
One major criticism of tarot deck designs are the abject lack of diversity. The Rider-Waite deck's human drawings are all white cisgender people, a theme that doesn't change much in many Tarot designs. The Queens and Queers Tarot deck aims to showcase the rich diversity of magic with 78 hand drawings of LQBTQ+ folks, backed by a lush flower drawing in the colors of the Pride flag.
Anima Mundi Tarot by Megan Wyreweden, $45, at Etsy
Prepare to swoon over this fauna-themed tarot deck. Artist Megan Wyreweden painted each card, and the edges are gilded in gold. Animals like birds, dolphins, and foxes journey through a moody, blue-toned world with misty clouds and faraway starts. Once you enter the twilight of Anima Mundi Tarot, you'll never want to leave. For extra vibes, light a forest-scented candle and read these cards outside on a crisp night.
Pagan Otherworld Tarot by Linnea Gits and Peter Dunham, $58, at Catland
This stunning deck is illustrated with oil paintings that feel like Baroque or Renaissance artwork in the palm of your hand. Stark backgrounds place the focus on the figures and give the deck a more contemporary feel. Truly a deck for high holidays and serious intuitive readings.
Spirit Speak Tarot by Mary Elizabeth Evans, $43, at the House of Intuition
The Spirit Speak Tarot isn't just a uniquely refreshing update on the tarot's symbolism, it's also one of the most travel-friendly decks on the market. It's as small as a deck of playing cards, so you can take it with you for readings at a friend's house or a café. I fell in love with this deck when I received a reading with it at Maha Rose in Brooklyn, and am attracted to its monochrome allure.