#TarotMonkey Special Post-Halloween Tarot Reading.


Halloween is over but it is still the Feast of All Souls. For this special occasion, I am presenting a pair of two-card spreads.

The first spread has Two of Wands and Six of Swords.

Halloween Reading - 2 of Wands, 6 of Swords

Two of Wands

This card indicate hopes and aspirations. We may be longing for things that are not yet within our reach. Or they may be things that are currently not possible for us.

Six of Swords

This is a card of journeys and transitions. The world is changing and we will not have a place to stay if we choose to stay where we are.


We may still be craving for old hopes and dreams which are already well past their time. It is time to find ourselves new goals and new destinations. There may be fear in taking that first step, but choosing inaction is no longer beneficial to us.


Halloween Reading - 9 of Swords, 6 of Coins

The second spread has Nine of Swords and Six of Coins.

Nine of Swords

This is a card showing our fears taunting us. And yet these fears might not be as potent as they seem.

Six of Coins

This represents nostalgia which may be an unhealthy attachment to our past. Letting go and moving on are needed to bring our lives forward.


Fear and anxiety are often made worse by our minds. Confronting our fears may show us how we allow ourselves to be under the control of something that has no real power. Our fears might be fueled by memory, which in turn drives our guilt. We must learn to make peace with our ghosts: the memories that are holding us back.

The images are from the Gothic Tarot of Vampires created by Riccardo Minetti and Emiliano Mammucari; and published by Lo Scarabeo.

#TarotMonkey Special Halloween Tarot Reading.


For Halloween, I am presenting a pair of two-card spreads. The first spread displays Eight of Swords and Five of Coins.

Halloween Reading - 8 of Swords, 5 of Coins

Eight of Swords

Despite our efforts and even if we struggle, we are sometimes caught in a bind. There is no immediate way forward on our own.

Five of Coins

Help from the outside will present itself. Another person who might have an interest in our situation will present a solution.


Try as we might, we cannot always surmount challenges on our own. When we might need it the most, an offer for help might appear in front of us. But what are the intentions of these people offering help? How are we expected to return the favor?


The second of today’s spreads are Four of Cups and Three of Coins.

Halloween Reading - 4 of Cups, 3 of Coins

Four of Cups

Options and opportunities are given to us. However, none of these pique our interest.

Three of Coins

A thirst for approval from someone we admire, of recognition of our worth.


We might be receiving attention and praise from other people for what we do or accomplish. But this attention might not affect us because the opinion which matters to us will come from someone else. Our measure of how well we perform will come from a particular observer; what everyone else are saying do not matter.

Images are from the Gothic Tarot of Vampires created by Riccardo Minetti and Emiliano Mammucari; and published by Lo Scarabeo.

Ghosts and spirits.

While drinking with friends last night, we were talking about ghosts. Not just ghost stories, but ghosts in the apartment and neighborhood.

One friend, Greg, claimed he can feel spirits. So did Acee. I told them that I always get the feeling of unseen presence in the apartment. I frequently catch shapes at my peripheral vision, but rationalize them as mundane objects. However, I rarely experience these, and it was abnormally frequent after moving to Pasig.

Both Greg and Acee said there is a presence frequently in the balcony which sometimes crosses the stairs to the bathroom. At least it seems benign.

Acee recalled various incidents from their old apartment: People outside seeing strangers at their balcony. Neighbors hearing strange arguing noises downstairs even if no one was home. The worst was what Acee’s ex saw through the video chat screen after Acee stepped out to go to the toilet: an unknown man physically assaulting a woman at the apartment’s hallway.

“He looked really pale when I got back,” she recalled, as her ex told her what happened.

A little further from our apartment, at the village playground and basketball court, Greg said there were three women. Unlike in our apartment, they have a heavier, more malignant presence. Erik, who used to live next to that playground, admitted that the malignant atmosphere was one reason they moved out. His housemates frequently experience waking from similar nightmares at the same time. That area often gives me goosebumps when I cross it, even during daytime.

“It’s nice that we’re scaring ourselves of these stories while in this house,” commented Greg after another story.

“But it’s All Saints Day!” I replied. “Isn’t it appropriate?” Even better, it was already past midnight at that point, so we actually are remembering All Souls Day.