The Tarot of the Golden Wheel is not actually a new deck;* it came out in 2019 from US Games, and it somehow managed to slip under my radar up until this point. It’s a charming, colorful RWS-style deck inspired by Russian culture. This deck is easy and accessible, and I think it would be […]Read more "A Review of the Tarot of the Golden Wheel"
Wiccan mythology (or at least, one strand of it) features a very specific kind of Goddess and God, and a particular understanding of the relationship between them. In this video, I talk about how this mythos is really modern in origin, how much of it can be traced back to James Frazer’s book “The Golden […]Read more "Video: James Frazer and the Modernity of Wiccan Myth"
One of the great frustrations of Tarot is that the Swords get short shrift. Tarot decks contain unpleasant cards—they have to, in order to accurately represent the wide range of human experiences and emotions. A deck that has good vibes only is not actually terribly useful for divination, because it can never give you warning […]Read more "In Defense of the Swords"
This week, I had the privilege of joining Tess Whitehurst and Natasha Levinger on the Magic Monday podcast, to talk about Hermetic Qabalah, the Tree of Life, and how to make an often impenetrable subject accessible and relevant for magical practitioners outside of the Golden Dawn paradigm. (And, of course, to promote my book, which […]Read more "My Appearance on the Magic Monday Podcast"
The Tarot of the Abyss is a new deck from artist Ana Tourian, published by US Games. I’ve been following the creation of this deck basically since Tourian started illustrating it, and holy shit, this deck is gorgeous. I am absolutely, unequivocally, unreservedly head-over-heels in love with this deck. For those who don’t recognize the […]Read more "A Review of the Tarot of the Abyss"
With Pride month coming up, I’ve been thinking a lot about family in all its forms: Chosen family, biological family, spiritual family, and so on. Pride is, historically, an interesting time for me; my High Priestess had to drag me kicking and screaming to my first Pride, because I was still processing a great deal […]Read more "Family in the Tens of the Minor Arcana"
I share some thoughts about the relationship between Wicca and sex, and the role that sex does and does not play in Wicca. The three main points I make: Sex is never, ever a requirement in the Gardnerian Tradition. Anyone who says differently is a predator. Our bodies are holy, and so are the things […]Read more "Video: Wicca and Sex"
There are plenty of ways to draw connections between the cards of the Major Arcana. You can do it through numerology, through astrology, through the septenaries or visual cues in their symbolism. One of the simplest ways to find the connections between the cards, though, is simply to fold the sequence of the Major Arcana […]Read more "Pairing the Major Arcana, Forward and Backward"
I have two confessions to make. First, I love chess. I always have. When I was in elementary school (I don’t remember exactly when, but probably second or third grade), I signed up for my school’s chess club. I loved—and still love—the cleanness of it, the elegance, the strategy. My second confession, however: As much […]Read more "Using Chess for Divination"
Lisa Sterle, the creator of the Modern Witch Tarot, has released a companion book for the deck that also serves as a Tarot journal and an artistic coloring book. Check out my review on YouTube!Read more "Video: A Review of the Modern Witch Tarot Coloring Book"