A large part of my personal religious practice involves my devotional relationship with Slavic Pagan deities. This is something we don’t see a whole lot of in the wider Pagan/woo-woo community (and certainly not in Wicca), so I figured that today I would talk a little bit about my experiences working with the Slavic pantheon. […]Read more "Creative Approaches to Working With Slavic Gods"
Spring is coming. You wouldn’t know it to look out my window right now (we had a massive snowstorm across the northeastern US this week), but the vernal equinox is only a week and a half away. So I thought now would be an appropriate time to talk about two cards that I associate with […]Read more "The Empress and the Tower"
(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"
[If you haven’t read Part 1, you can do so here.] In my previous post, I talked about the idea of having a Tarot patron, a card that represents me and what I do as a reader. I think of this card as different from a significator, representing something aspirational (outside of and higher than the self) as […]Read more "On Tarot Patrons, Part 2: Pulchritudo in Omnia"
As long as I’ve been reading Tarot, I’ve had a patron card, a single key from the Major Arcana that represents myself as a reader and my relationship to Tarot. This card is different from my significator (although we’ve also had that discussion here on the blog). This card is something other than myself, something […]Read more "On Tarot Patrons, Part 1: The Hierophant"
This is going to be a bit of a strange post. Quite a while back, I posted about the Tarot altar I have set up in my apartment. I think that setting up such an altar is an excellent idea for any Tarot reader, and I’m actually not the only one to have had such an […]Read more "Tarot, Polytheism, and a Sprinkling of Nietzsche"