A Tarot Spread for Lost Causes

A friend once told me that fighting for justice is like trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon. It’s hopeless, it’s futile—but if you really care enough, that’s exactly what you try to do. You empty the ocean, one teaspoon at a time. And sometimes it rains, and the ocean fills up again, and […]

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Ten Doubts About Magic

I like to believe I’m a smart person. I think critically. I have a master’s degree in philosophy and I’m working on my Ph.D, and contrary to popular belief, academic philosophy is not, in fact, a free-for-all of sloppy thinking and vague bullshit. My discipline is overwhelmingly, exhaustingly oriented toward rigorously defined concepts and motivated […]

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The Astral is Enough

It’s longstanding wisdom in Western occultism that there are multiple planes of existence above the material. Thanks in large part to the influence of Mme Blavatsky and the Theosophical society, the number of planes that gets discussed most often is seven: One physical plane, and then “upper” and “lower” planes corresponding to the astral, mental, […]

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