Trick or Tarot: A Tarot Spread for Your Alter-Ego

It’s the eve of Halloween! It’s time to get your costumes on and celebrate this time of year which, for many, is one filled with fun, laughter and all things spooky!

But where did the tradition of dressing up for Halloween originate? Originally, Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival, Samhain. It is the time when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest and so entities among the spirit world are at their strongest. To celebrate during the festival, people would dress up in costumes in order to ward off ghosts.

Similarly, people would wear masks whenever they left their homes after dark in order to trick spirits into thinking they were fellow ghosts and not living humans.

It is a tradition that has survived throughout the ages. But it is one that represents an even deeper side of ourselves, which is synonymous with this intense Scorpio season. The season of Scorpio, which dominates throughout the season of Halloween, is all about revealing what is hidden and facing the darker sides of our nature. It is not uncommon for people who dress up on Halloween to choose a costume that fits with their innermost nature, even if this is on a subconscious level.

While it may be both amusing and bemusing to think that someone picks a vampire or werewolf because it may play a fundamental part of their character in some way, this can often be the case! A person who regularly picks a ghost may wish, on some level, to remain invisible in society; a fairy princess may wish to be exactly that – a princess. Someone who loves the idea of dressing up as Catwoman or Batman may want to be a superhero in their real lives.

Essentially, dressing up for Halloween can have strong links to our alter-ego. At times, we ourselves may struggle to know who or what our own alter-ego is. This is where Tarot cards come in handy.

A Tarot card reading can help us explore our alter-ego to even greater heights; we can delve deeper into ourselves and take a look at other sides of our characters which may often remain hidden in the shadows. This Halloween Tarot spread is all about discovering more about your alter-ego, so read on to find out more!

5 Card Tarot Spread for Your Alter-Ego

A spooky tarot spread that demonstrates discovering your alter ego.

The question for this Tarot spread is: Who is my alter-ego?

  • Card 1: The deeper meaning behind my alter-ego
  • Card 2: Why I have this alter-ego
  • Card 3: The positives of my alter-ego
  • Card 4: The negatives of my alter-ego
  • Card 5: How my alter-ego can help me in my daily life

Below is a Tarot spread including the Tarot card meanings focused around this question so you can get a better idea of how this spread works.

Who is my alter-ego?

Card 1: The Emperor

This shows that my alter-ego is one that is strong, powerful and controlling. My alter-ego likes to be in control. The Emperor is someone who takes charge of situations and does not like to be bossed around by anyone. (A Halloween costume for the Emperor would be someone like Sandman from X-Men or the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland!)

Card 2: The Moon

This is an interesting card in the place of why I have this alter-ego because it shows this is a fundamental part of my character, one that I have perhaps hidden somewhere deep within me and do not acknowledge. This would indicate that there is a side of me I am repressing.

Card 3: Eight of Pentacles

In the upright position, this indicates that my alter-ego drives me to succeed. In conjunction with the Emperor, this may indicate an ambitious nature that stops at nothing to achieve their goals, though they may not easily show it. Someone who does not give up easily and cannot be swayed off their course once they set their mind to someone.

Card 4: Death

In the reversed position, I would interpret Death as resistance to change. The Death card is one of sweeping change and as a card in the Major Arcana, it is not change that we have control over. However, in the negative sense, I would view this as stubbornness (also a prominent quality of the Emperor) and a reluctance to change, even if I should.

Card 5: The Hermit

As the card that helps me in my daily life, I interpret the Hermit to mean that my alter-ego helps me have greater self-awareness and also grow spiritually in some way. The Hermit is a card of self-reflection and understanding oneself greater. So, in some way, my alter-ego is helping me understand myself on a deeper level (one example would be seeking Tarot card meanings about my alter-ego in the first place!)


Remember to keep an eye on our Instagram today to check out a live reading using this Tarot spread to see how it works in action!

Remember that checking your daily Tarot and Tarot online can help you gain greater awareness about yourself and the world around you. This Halloween, enjoy the spooky season even more by exploring your own alter-ego through the Tarot cards!

Read this next: How to Effectively Formulate Questions for Tarot

About The Author

Iberia Tor

Iberia Tor is a harmonious Libra Sun, Conflicted Scorpio rising, and a Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac.A whirlwind writer with a passion for Tarot cards and Astrology in all forms, she is fascinated by other realms and experiencing both the negative and positive that goes with its inhabitants. Sarah believes the imagination knows no boundaries; it is not just a gift, but a privilege also, one utilized as a tool of exploration to penetrate the very core of our existence.Iberia has authored three novels, and currently writes Astrology Answers’ Daily Money and Chinese Zodiac Horoscopes, as well as articles.
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