What do you have to believe in order to read Tarot? Well, technically, nothing. Tarot is a practice, not a dogma, and you can learn the interpretive skill without any prerequisite beliefs. But at the same time, the ways in which many readers use Tarot do entail certain metaphysical presuppositions. When I say “metaphysical” here, […]Read more "The Metaphysics of Tarot"
I’m so disappointed in this deck. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m getting old, and I can no longer find novelty in Tarot decks. But I was so, so excited to purchase this deck, and when I finally opened up the box, it was a complete letdown. Don’t get me wrong. The deck is pretty enough. […]Read more "A Review of the English Magic Tarot"
I’ve been thinking a lot about boundaries lately, both in the abstract philosophical sense and in the more practical, personal sense. In popular culture and in the hoobedy-hoobedy world specifically, we talk about Halloween as a time where the boundary between life and death is blurred.* And in the buildup to Halloween (excuse me: Samhain) […]Read more "Samhain Musings on the High Priestess and Boundaries"
Oh, sweet baby Jesus in a pecan pie, it’s good to have my hands on a new Tarot deck again. And what a hell of a deck this is. The Ostara Tarot is a collaborative deck, the work of four illustrators: Molly Applejohn, Eden Cooke, Krista Gibbard, and Julia Iredale. I first learned about it from […]Read more "A Review of the Ostara Tarot"
Confession time: I don’t actually hate the Celtic Cross. In fact, I kind of like it. This spread gets a lot of hate. It’s one of the most common spreads included in LWBs, but it’s bulky, complicated, and incredibly difficult for neophyte readers to master. It has a lot of moving parts, and that can […]Read more "In Defense of the Celtic Cross"
Last weekend, I gave a local workshop on the astrological correspondences of the Tarot deck. We went through all the Golden Dawn correspondences, starting with the Sepher Yetzirah and examining the attributions of the Major Arcana, then looking at the Minors and the Court Cards. It was tremendous fun. At one point during this workshop, a […]Read more "What is Tarot Good For?"
Yeah, yeah, I know I was going to do a love post comparing the Two of Cups with the Lovers. But my heart’s not in it. Plus, I have officially started my Ph.D, and free time for Tarot-related things is on the short side, so a blog post isn’t going to get written unless it’s […]Read more "On Wrath"