Thoughts on the Death Card

Growing up, I had a friend who was one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever had the privilege to meet. She was brilliant, and wicked, and frankly beyond my power as a poet to describe. She’s like what that one creepy boy in that one episode of Doctor Who once said about the eponymous […]

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Determinism Revisited

A while back, I wrote a post arguing that philosophical determinism is compatible with Tarot reading. You’re welcome to go read the original post yourself, if you haven’t already, but the general gist of the argument was this: I think that a lot of Tarot readers rely too heavily on the idea that “the future […]

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The Cognitive Bias Spread

Tarot readers are human. We make mistakes. And sometimes, we see what we want to see. This is especially true because Tarot is an interpretive medium, more so even than other forms of divination. (After all, something like a pendulum or a passage from the I Ching is going to give you a pretty straightforward answer […]

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The Septenaries of the Major Arcana

What on earth is a septenary? The term is taken from the Tarot of the Bohemians, which is one of those important historical texts that were integral to the formation of modern Tarot but that are rarely of interest to twenty-first century Tarot readers. I’ve also, on occasion, seen the terms Tarot septad or Tarot heptad* to refer to […]

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Reading With Missing 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 […]

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