Goddess of the Dead Spread
On This Day
During this festival, Rome’s “ghost stone”—the cover to Hades and the underworld—was lifted so ghosts had easy access back and forth between worlds.
The Roman festival of Mania was held on this day. Roman and Etruscan mythology claimed Mania was the goddess of spirits. Greek mythology named Mania the goddess of insanity and madness.
Summation of Spread
The Six of Swords is connected to the ferrying of souls across the river of the dead. In Greek mythology, Charon is the ferryman of Hades. The swords in the boat suggest past pains are carried with you. The card reassures us that better times are ahead and indicate a quietly transformative journey.
Are you ready to unleash hell? Brace yourself for the cavernous shadows of the underworld, wormholes to lower consciousness, and rivers of dread. The Goddess of the Dead Spread’s questions are informed by the attributes of the goddess Mania and aspects of darkness from the underworld.
Cast Your Cards
Cast in the shape of a triangle:
1. Ghost: What am I holding on to that must be released?
2. Undead: What walks among us?
3. Spirit: Who watches over me?
4. Ancestors: What does my house of spirits want for me?
5. Insanity: What makes me feel crazy?
6. Madness: What do I discover amidst madness?
7. Darkness: What creativity lies in darkness?