Using Chess for Divination

I have two confessions to make. First, I love chess. I always have. When I was in elementary school (I don’t remember exactly when, but probably second or third grade), I signed up for my school’s chess club. I loved—and still love—the cleanness of it, the elegance, the strategy. My second confession, however: As much […]

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A Review of the New Chapter Tarot

The New Chapter Tarot is an 80-card deck from Kathryn Briggs, published by Liminal 11. It’s a reflective, meditative deck that’s well suited to quiet contemplation of the cards, and each image contains a great deal of imagery and symbolism waiting to be unpacked. Some of the cards in this deck clearly draw on figures […]

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The Horned God, Schematized

In my previous post, I talked a bit about Erich Neumann’s book The Great Mother and how, despite the various problems with it and the need for context-sensitive critical reading, it can provide a great theoretical framework in which to understand the Wiccan Goddess. Wicca is about experience, not theory, and a theoretical perspective like […]

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Erich Neumann and the Wiccan Goddess

Erich Neumann’s book The Great Mother is fascinating and maddening. Neumann was a Jungian psychoanalyst, and his book is subtitled An Analysis of the Archetype; understandably, then, it presents a Jungian approach to world mythology in the aim to establish an overarching cross-cultural archetype of the Great Mother. As a work of comparative mythology, the […]

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Mirror Images: Cups and Swords

I was doing some meditative work recently with the suit of Cups. Longtime readers of this blog will know that I am not, by nature, a Cupsy person, and this has always been the suit I’ve struggled most to connect to. So I did some intensive reflection and writing exercises to try and establish a […]

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