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"
I have a new video up on Youtube! Here are some thoughts on the different things that we mean when we talk about “the Work” in occult spaces, and a quick Tarot spread using the septenaries of the Major Arcana to identify personal, social, and transcendent aspects of your personal work.Read more "Video: Tarot Septenaries and Inner Work"
One of the frustrating things about Tarot is that it’s fundamentally passive exercise. It can give you a peek at the future and arm yourself to what’s coming your way, or it can provide an interpretive framework to process and understand the events around you—much the way that I processed the recent wave of protests […]Read more "A Tarot Spread for Protestors"
Take no offense at the title of this post. The “You” in question here is, in fact, me. Over time, I’ve learned that I really need to be reading Tarot for other people—that doing it just on my own is never enough to scratch my divinatory itch. This is going to be a bit of […]Read more "Yes, You Have to Read For Others"
I don’t really know how to write this post. The conversation about Black Lives Matter (hint: they do), about police violence against Black civilians, and about endemic racism in this country is such an important one, and we all have a duty to fight racism in every way we can. But it’s also not my […]Read more "Black Lives Matter, Revolution, and the Tower"
Back in August, I began a devotional relationship with Baba Yaga. As a rule, this is something I don’t recommend to others. Baba Yaga doesn’t like people, and she especially does not like men. If you’re a woman, your chances of surviving an encounter with her are about 1 in 3. As a man, those […]Read more "How to Survive an Encounter With Baba Yaga"
A friend once told me that fighting for justice is like trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon. It’s hopeless, it’s futile—but if you really care enough, that’s exactly what you try to do. You empty the ocean, one teaspoon at a time. And sometimes it rains, and the ocean fills up again, and […]Read more "A Tarot Spread for Lost Causes"
I like to believe I’m a smart person. I think critically. I have a master’s degree in philosophy and I’m working on my Ph.D, and contrary to popular belief, academic philosophy is not, in fact, a free-for-all of sloppy thinking and vague bullshit. My discipline is overwhelmingly, exhaustingly oriented toward rigorously defined concepts and motivated […]Read more "Ten Doubts About Magic"