A Tarot Spread for Virtues and Vices

I’ve written extensively on this blog about the oft-misused term “shadow work,” and about how I, personally, understand the term. For me, shadow work is about cultivating virtue in ourselves: It’s about looking within to understand the ways we think, feel, and act—not in order to justify our bad behavior with a petulant “Well, that’s […]

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A Review of the New Chapter Tarot

The New Chapter Tarot is an 80-card deck from Kathryn Briggs, published by Liminal 11. It’s a reflective, meditative deck that’s well suited to quiet contemplation of the cards, and each image contains a great deal of imagery and symbolism waiting to be unpacked. Some of the cards in this deck clearly draw on figures […]

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Video: Getting Literal With Tarot

When I first started reading Tarot, I felt like I had to be abstract and metaphorical in every interpretation of every card–as if it were somehow cheating for me to fall back on more straightforward, literal interpretations. In this video, I talk about how my reading style changed when I started to allow for literalism […]

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A Review of the White Numen Tarot

White Numen: A Sacred Animal Tarot is a new Tarot deck created by Alba Ballesta Gonz├ílez, and published by Liminal 11. It’s an 80-card deck illustrated in a colorful illustrative style that feels young, engaging, and creative. I love Ballesta Gonz├ílez’s artwork in this deck. The colors are so vibrant and the faces of her […]

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Video: What is Wicca?

In all the conversations people have about Wicca, it seems they’re often not working from a shared definition of what Wicca actually is–and that can be a source of confusion and problems. In this video, I talk through what I consider to be the six basic defining features of Wicca: -It’s a form of witchcraft […]

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The Horned God, Schematized

In my previous post, I talked a bit about Erich Neumann’s book The Great Mother and how, despite the various problems with it and the need for context-sensitive critical reading, it can provide a great theoretical framework in which to understand the Wiccan Goddess. Wicca is about experience, not theory, and a theoretical perspective like […]

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