Back in August, I began a devotional relationship with Baba Yaga. As a rule, this is something I don’t recommend to others. Baba Yaga doesn’t like people, and she especially does not like men. If you’re a woman, your chances of surviving an encounter with her are about 1 in 3. As a man, those […]Read more "How to Survive an Encounter With Baba Yaga"
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 […]Read more "A Tarot Spread for Lost Causes"
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 […]Read more "Ten Doubts About Magic"
There’s a concept that floats around in the occult community, often called the “Magician’s Pyramid.” The concept, though not its name, originates in Éliphas Lévi’s Transcendental Magic: To attain the SANCTUM REGNUM, in other words, the knowledge and power of the Magi, there are four indispensable conditions – an intelligence illuminated by study, an intrepidity […]Read more "The Circle, the Pyramid, and the Wiccan Temple"
One of the trickiest aspects of Tarot reading is learning how to predict exactly when something will happen–not just that it will. Here are a handful of different techniques that I use (with varying degrees of success) to predict the “when” of the events that come up in Tarot readings.Read more "Video: Predicting Timing With Tarot"
Back in the days of the Aeclectic Tarot Forum, there was a section on the forum devoted to Tarot-related fun & games. One of my favorite games to play on the site was a form of storytelling through Tarot: A person would pick a story (preferably a fairytale or something equally well-known) and provide a […]Read more "Classic Fairy Tales, Told Through Tarot"
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, […]Read more "The Astral is Enough"