A while back, I wrote two posts about the connections between Tarot and the Tree of Life. Part 1 is here, Part 2 is here. The general idea behind them was that I liked mapping Tarot to the Tree, but was dissatisfied with the exact way in which it was done, so I came up […]Read more "The Structure of the Tree of Life"
The New Year has come, I’m waiting for professorial feedback on my first paper as a graduate student (a terrifying prospect), and I return triumphant to the blogosphere. I figured that, it being the start of the year and all, I would talk a bit about year cards. For anyone unfamiliar with the concept, a […]Read more "Non-Decimal Numerology and Year Cards"
I’ve written previously about what I consider one of the greatest difficulties in Tarot: So many of the cards seem to mean the same thing. There’s a smattering of cards that mean change. There’s a handful that mean new beginnings. There are several that speak to polarity, or intuition, or personal growth. And when so […]Read more "Reaping Rewards: The Three of Wands and the Nine of Pentacles"
The illustrious Benebell Wen recently published a video with her thoughts about soulmates and true love. It’s a fun topic, and one I had previously promised to delve into, so I figured I’d throw out some ideas on the subject. I’ll be frank. I’m a hopeless fricking romantic. It’s really, really bad. For all that […]Read more "True Love, the Lovers, and the Two of Cups: A Response to Benebell Wen"
In my previous post on the metaphysical commitments required of (a certain kind of) Tarot reader, I hit two main points: the non-identity of mind and brain, and the non-linear nature of time.* One comment I got on that post was to the effect that both of those commitments seem uncontroversial; they’re the kind of […]Read more "The Metaphysics of Tarot, Part 2"
I’ve written a couple of times before about the devotional work I do with Tarot. One thing I haven’t much discussed, though, is the notion of myth-making as it factors into my personal Tarot practice. Religion involves myth. Before we have theology (and arguably before we have praxis) we have stories, which structure the things […]Read more "A Tarot Fairy Tale"
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"