It’s longstanding wisdom in Western occultism that there are multiple planes of existence above the material. Thanks in large part to the influence of Mme Blavatsky and the Theosophical society, the number of planes that gets discussed most often is seven: One physical plane, and then “upper” and “lower” planes corresponding to the astral, mental, […]Read more "The Astral is Enough"
I don’t work with Baba Yaga, or at least I haven’t in the past. As a general rule, she’s a fearsome figure, and she does not like men; I’ve always thought it was most prudent to give her a wide berth. But I recently had a profoundly moving encounter with her, which has changed the […]Read more "A Visit to Baba Yaga"
Tarot journaling is hard. You’ve written out the meanings of all the cards. You’ve recorded keywords. You’ve copied the Celtic Cross, a three-card past-present-future spread, and maybe one other spread (probably something astrological or specific to the theme of your deck) out of the LWB that came with your Tarot deck. Maybe you’re even writing […]Read more "8 Prompts for Tarot Journaling"
I decided to experiment with a different medium! Rather than a written post this time around, I made a video with some rambling thoughts about pathworking: What it is in the context of Tarot, a couple of different techniques, and some reasons that it might be worth doing. I’m not sure if I’ll do more […]Read more "Ideas for Pathworking"
I’ve written a couple of times before about the devotional work I do with Tarot. One thing I haven’t much discussed, though, is the notion of myth-making as it factors into my personal Tarot practice. Religion involves myth. Before we have theology (and arguably before we have praxis) we have stories, which structure the things […]Read more "A Tarot Fairy Tale"
(To anyone who reads this post: Do me a favor and read it through to the end. The tone changes considerably over the course of twenty-nine hundred words.) Tarot is not Wiccan. Tarot is not Wiccan. Say it with me one more time for luck, kids. Tarot. Is not. Wiccan. This is something I’ve been thinking about […]Read more "Reflections on Mysticism, Language, and Shifting Identity"