What is the relationship between witchcraft and astrology? Is there such a relationship at all? In this video, I talk a bit about the diverse practices under the umbrella of astrology, how they do (or don’t) relate to witchcraft, and why many witches seem to be turned off of astrology in general. I also talk […]Read more "Video: Witchcraft and Astrology"
People read Tarot for a variety of reasons. Some people use it predictively, some people use it introspectively, and so on. The uses range from the purely psychological, to decision-making, to bona fide divination. However, a common thread among all Tarot readers is that we read Tarot because it works. Whatever we’re trying to use […]Read more "Sometimes You’re Wrong"
I’ve been thinking a lot lately of two friends I had in college. To protect the innocent, we’ll call them Dave and Irina. They started dating each other fairly soon after the start of freshman year, and were together for long enough that they became firmly established as the power couple on our (admittedly small) […]Read more "Prejudice, Preconceptions, and the Four of Cups"
Initiatory religio-magical traditions (including, but not limited to, traditional Wicca) face a unique problem: Initiates are sworn to secrecy about the details of their rites, which means that anyone joining one of these traditions undergoes initiation without really knowing what they’re getting themselves into. Potential initiates can’t give informed consent for the rites they’re about […]Read more "Video: Consent and Initiation"
I’ve been away from the blog for a while, and I apologize for that. My father died unexpectedly, and I had to fly out to the West Coast to deal with that. I will likely write about the grieving process at some point here on the blog, but for now, I prefer to keep it […]Read more "The Four of Swords and the Nine of Wands: Rest Imposes Itself"
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"