This is a fun getting-to-know-you tag that was apparently started in 2017 by Arwen Lynch. I’m not sure how I didn’t see it when it first made the rounds (or who knows, maybe I did), but Benebell Wen just did a great post on this tag, and it looked like so much fun that I […]Read more "Tarot Tag: 15 Questions"
The Heaven & Earth Tarot is a new deck illustrated by Jack Sephiroth, out from Lo Scarabeo (distributed in the US via Llewellyn). It’s a RWS clone done in a painterly style, with softly lit card images set against a grey-wash background. First, some things I love about this deck. It reads like butter. The […]Read more "A Review of the Heaven & Earth Tarot"
Some rambling thoughts about a popular theological viewpoint in Paganism, which I term the “Pratchett-Gaiman” theology: The idea that we create the Gods through our belief in and worship of them. I understand why this theology is appealing, but it doesn’t quite resonate with me, and I try to talk through the reasons why. Be […]Read more "Video: Do We Create the Gods?"
What a week. I’ve barely slept. My housemates, bless them, have a very different response to stressful situations than I do, and have spent the past three days constantly puffing each other up with vocal reassurances that everything’s going to be fine. Meanwhile, I can’t handle the gut-wrenching floor-dropped-out-from-under-me feeling of 2016 again, so I’ve […]Read more "Why I’m Not Reading Tarot About the Election"
The Cosmic Slumber Tarot is a new deck from Liminal 11, the same company that produced the charming Modern Witch Tarot. Deck creator Tillie Walden has made a winsome RWS-style Tarot deck, and the production quality on this deck is out of this world. When I opened up the tin, I was absolutely floored by […]Read more "A Review of the Cosmic Slumber Tarot"
I talk about studying the history of Wicca and Witchcraft, ideas that are now outdated, and why I think it’s still worth reading the books those ideas came from so long as we contextualize them as primary sources. The five books I mention in this video: The Secret Doctrine, H. P. Blavatsky The Golden Bough, […]Read more "Video: Primary Sources for Witchcraft"
Hoo boy, it’s been a week. The world’s a wild place right now. Let’s do a deck review. I’ve had my copy of the Tarot of the Divine (from deck creator Yoshi Yoshitani) for about two weeks now, and have been itching to open up this box and review these stunning, stunning cards, but there’s […]Read more "A Review of the Tarot of the Divine"
I was a huge Poe kid growing up. “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Cask of Amontillado” were used in my 7th-grade English class as my introduction to the world of literary analysis. “The Raven” (and Poe’s accompanying essay “The Philosophy of Composition”) was the subject of a project I did on Roland […]Read more "A Review of the Edgar Allan Poe Tarot"
My friend Shane just had gallbladder surgery, so I’m in New York this week helping take care of them. We made a (mildly clickbaity) video about “types” of witchcraft, the usefulness of taxonomies, and what a label can—and can’t—communicate about someone’s witchy practice. Check out Shane’s YouTube channel if you want to see more of […]Read more "Video: Types of Witches?"
I must have stumbled into a time machine and traveled back to 2017, because it looks like I’m posting weekly again. (Don’t worry. It won’t last long. I’m teaching intro philosophy at a local community college this fall in addition to trying to write a dissertation, so as soon as the semester starts, I’ll be […]Read more "A Review of the Forty Servants Deck"