I remember the day I learned the word “concatenation”. It was a Friday, and I was in my eighth-grade* Gothic literature class. We were talking about the numinous experience of the narrator in Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw. That day changed my life. The definition that I learned on that Friday turns out to […]Read more "Emergence, Beauty, and Tarot"
It must be terribly confusing to be the Knight of Pentacles. Or, for that matter, the Queen of Wands. Or the King of Cups. One of the first tactics you learn when you’re starting to tackle the big, scary Court Cards is that they can be understood as a confluence of elemental energies. Each rank within […]Read more "The Courts Out of Their Elements"
A friend recently told me, “You only buy decks you like, so all the reviews on your blog are adulatory.” That’s a fair point, and at some point in the indeterminate future I may try to add in reviews of decks that I don’t already expect to adore. However, today is not that day. My […]Read more "A Review of the Wild Unknown Tarot"
I’ve been wanting this deck for a really, really long time. I’d seen images all over the internet, and it is beautiful, although it’s non-traditional enough that I had hesitated to buy it until now. But boy, am I ever glad that I finally have my hands on it. Before I dive into the art, let’s […]Read more "A Review of the Mary-El Tarot"
I have never been able to see utopia. This is, to the best of my knowledge, a deficiency unique to myself and a handful of stray psychopaths, serial killers, and statesmen throughout history. Everyone I’ve ever met has a plan, an ideal, a thought that the world could be better if only such-and-such change were to […]Read more "When the Emperor Walks in Shadow"
Yikes. What a scary mythological figure to identify myself with. For those of you who don’t know, Phaethon was the illegitimate child of the Sun (Helios). When he was a young man, he had a coming-of-age-time-to-meet-daddy moment and left home to find his father. The two reconnected, there was much joy and celebration, and then […]Read more "I am Phaethon"
For complicated reasons involving the amount of sunlight in my apartment and the fact that I worked on the Fourth of July (ugh), I was not able to take pictures for my promised deck review this week. The deck is sitting, unopened, in its box on my bedroom floor, and I promise, I’ll share it […]Read more "The Seven Planets Spread"