I remember the day I learned the word “concatenation”. It was a Friday, and I was in my eighth-grade* Gothic literature class. We were talking about the numinous experience of the narrator in Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw. That day changed my life. The definition that I learned on that Friday turns out to […]Read more "Emergence, Beauty, and Tarot"
“The future isn’t set in stone. The cards provide a projection for the way you’re heading right now, but your actions can change the outcome.” I don’t think I’ve ever run across an experienced Tarot reader (in the real world or online) who didn’t agree with the above statement or some variation thereof. But personally, […]Read more "And If the Future Is Set in Stone?"
The early German sociologist Max Weber had a lot of really important ideas that shaped the way we think about the world. One of those ideas, which I find particularly useful in my day-to-day life, is the distinction between understanding and explanation. The German words for these concepts are verstehen and erklaren, respectively, and there’s a great Wikipedia article […]Read more "Why I Use Tarot: Understanding vs. Explanation"
Ladies and gentlemen, the results are finally in. This summer, I announced that I would be performing a statistical analysis on my daily draws, conducted over the course of a hundred consecutive days, to look for patterns in Tarot that deviate from a random distribution of the cards. And now, a hundred days later, my […]Read more "Statistics! Tarot! Yay!"
I’m a left-brained person. I like to analyze, to compute, to unscrew things and look at the complications inside them and understand the mechanisms that make them work. And unfortunately, in Tarot, it’s very difficult to apply that left-brained mentality successfully. I’ve been reading Tarot for a little over seven years now, and I’m still […]Read more "A Statistical Analysis of Daily Draws"
This is Part 3 of what is intended to be a three-part post on my personal take on Tarot. And this is the big one. The whopper. The doozie. The great, big, messy, complicated, never-in-my-life-could-explain-it version of what I do in a Tarot reading. Fasten your seatbelt, gentle reader, because I fear it’s going to […]Read more "How I Use Tarot, Part 3: Form Without Content"
This is part 2 of my intended three-part post on how I use and think about Tarot. In Part 1, I talked about how the themes present in Tarot can cause us to change our perspective on the world around us, in much the same way that art does. Here, I’m going to take a […]Read more "How I Use Tarot, Part 2: A Man Writ Small"