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’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"
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"
There’s a trend in some of my blog posts, where I introduce a card, briefly outline how “most of the Tarot community” reads that card, and then reject the alleged mainstream view and offer my own interpretation. Of course, I never really offer evidence to support my claims about what constitutes most of the Tarot […]Read more "The Eight of Swords: Sometimes It’s Not Just in Your Head"
Is Tarot natural? Is it supernatural? Where does it fit in the Great Cosmic LEGO Set of our universe? I ask these questions largely out of an idle sense of curiosity and a childish desire to use a LEGO metaphor on my blog. But I think these questions are worth asking, because the Tarot community–and […]Read more "On Nature and the Natural"
PREVIOUS BLOG| MASTER LIST | NEXT BLOG I finally did it! I figured out how to join the Tarot Blog Hop. Hallelujah, praise the Lawd. For anyone not familiar, the Tarot Blog Hop is a round-table where, eight times per year, Tarot bloggers from across the internet all tackle the same Tarot-related prompt. This is […]Read more "Tarot Blog Hop: Respecting the Tarot"