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 decided to experiment with a different medium! Rather than a written post this time around, I made a video with some rambling thoughts about pathworking: What it is in the context of Tarot, a couple of different techniques, and some reasons that it might be worth doing. I’m not sure if I’ll do more […]Read more "Ideas for Pathworking"
It’s every novice reader’s nightmare. You’ve got a Tarot deck, and you’re still in the early stages of reading card meanings out of the LWB, but you’ve done several readings for yourself and you want to branch out. You convince your sister-in-law to let you read for her, because hey, she’s kind of spiritual. She […]Read more "When the Wrong Cards Turn Up"
Reading Tarot for oneself is infamously hard. Tarot is an interpretive art, with no clear-cut formula (unlike, say, Lenormand, which is basically divinatory algebra). Every Tarot spread can be meaningfully interpreted in a variety of ways, and the reader’s job is to piece together the cards into the story that best matches her querent’s situation. […]Read more "Tips on Reading Tarot for Yourself"
Western numerology likes to focus on the numbers between 1 and 10. Even though there are infinitely many numbers (nay, infinitely many integers), we in the Western occult tradition really only care about the first dizaine. There are a few notable exceptions (e.g. the number 13), but for the most part, once we get above 10, any […]Read more "Reductio Ad Arcanum: Numerology in the Majors"
I’ve always been a card shark. I grew up in Nevada, the land of hookers and gambling, and my formative years gave me a lifelong passion for card games. I’ll play just about any game with you, although I’ll never play for money. Hearts? I’m in. Bridge? I never learned how to do the whole […]Read more "Playing Tarot Solitaire"
Have I written this post before? I might have written this post before. If nothing else, I’ve probably touched on its content in a footnote. Nevertheless, this is an interesting way to approach the Court Cards, so I think it bears repeating. The sixteen Court Cards are widely recognized as the most difficult in the […]Read more "Astrology and the Court Cards"
Let’s talk about negative space. In any Tarot reading, the cards provide you with a certain amount of information that enables you, as the reader, to infer a narrative and connect that narrative back to your querent’s situation. Learning how to read Tarot is about being able to maximize that information–to get the most out of […]Read more "Reading With Missing Cards"
On big days, when I need to be confident and in control, I wear a red necktie as a reminder of the Emperor. On my Tarot altar, I have a large blue-green stone that marks the presence of Death. I sometimes use a violet reading cloth, to signify the cosmic forces of the Wheel of […]Read more "Colors and the Major Arcana"
Let’s talk about significators, everybody. The use of a significator in a Tarot reading is a fairly popular technique, although it’s one that I don’t use very often. For anyone who’s unfamiliar, the idea is that prior to a reading, you select one card out of the deck to represent your querent. There are a […]Read more "When Does a Knight Become a King?"