It seems like a simple question at first. There are five elements in Tarot, each represented by one of the five suits: Pentacles for earth, Swords for air, Cups for water, Wands for fire, and the Major Arcana for the mysterious quintessence that Wiccans tend to label “spirit”. The first four are the classical elements […]Read more "How Many Elements Are There in Tarot? (Part 1)"
Ay, caramba. I’ve been away for a while. The next few weeks are going to be ridiculously busy for me, so forgive me if I don’t get to the blog updates as often as I’d like. I promise, I’m not dead. I just don’t always get around to the writing of the posts. They’re rather […]Read more "Destroy the Ring, Frodo!"
People use Tarot to try to find truth, in one form or another. But that search is problematic, because there’s a definitional* issue with the use of the word “truth”. What is it? Are we talking about some great, divine, objective reality that, once understood, will guide the way we live our lives forevermore? Is […]Read more "“Truth” and “truth” in Tarot"
Some cards have always felt to me like they go together. Like they represent complementary aspects of the same idea, and are therefore significant when they show up together in a reading. One of these pairings, I’ve already discussed with my talk about Death and the Hierophant. Today, I’d like to talk about the Lovers and […]Read more "Integrating Opposites"
I have a lot of thoughts about the Star. Like, a lot. It’s interesting to me that, in the order of the deck, the Star follows the Tower, because in real life, things go the other way. The Star is purity, and the Tower is the fall from grace. In the normal course of life, we […]Read more "Perfection and Completion in the Garden of Eden"
I have a complicated relationship with the Hierophant. Truth be told, I think most Tarot readers do. The Hierophant is dogma. He represents tradition, the kind of authority that expects us to submit ourselves without question. He is a fear of innovation and a desire for permanence and stability in the world–the powerful need to […]Read more "Tradition and Innovation"
One of the fundamental underlying principles of Tarot is the idea of duality and polarity. Dark and light, masculine and feminine, creative and rational–it’s everywhere in Tarot. Buried in the very structure of the deck is the idea that the universe is made up of opposites. So it makes sense that one of the easiest […]Read more "Dichotomizing the Minor Arcana"