Why I Don’t Read Oracle Decks

I’m a Tarot purist. I have never liked oracle cards, and even Tarot decks that veer too far from what I consider traditional (i.e. RWS, Thoth, or TdM) make me squirm in my seat like a four-year-old who doesn’t want to eat his cauliflower. However, my reasons for disliking oracle decks are not the same […]

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Colors and the Major Arcana

On big days, when I need to be confident and in control, I wear a red necktie as a reminder of the Emperor. On my Tarot altar, I have a large blue-green stone that marks the presence of Death. I sometimes use a violet reading cloth, to signify the cosmic forces of the Wheel of […]

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A Review of the Hermetic Tarot

The Hermetic Tarot, by Godfrey Dowson, is a black-and-white deck inspired by the traditions of the (in)famous Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. It’s a lovely, thoughtfully dawn, symbolically rich Tarot deck reminiscent of the Thoth, and indeed, I think readers who are comfortable (or at least roughly familiar) with the Thoth deck will have a […]

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