This is the fifth and final post in my series on the opening of the key ritual I did for myself at Yule. You can read parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 before diving into this, if you like. TL;DR: I’ve been struggling a lot with feeling stuck, trapped, and generally dissatisfied with my life. […]Read more "My Yule Opening of the Key: The Fifth Operation"
We continue with the Opening of the Key reading I did for myself at Yule. For those who are just joining us, you may want to read the First, Second, and Third Operations for context. In those stages of the reading, I talk through some of the things I’ve been struggling with in recent months […]Read more "My Yule Opening of the Key: The Fourth Operation"
This is the third installment in my series about the Opening of the Key reading I did for myself at Yule. You can catch up on parts 1 and 2 here and here, respectively. Here, we’re looking at the third operation of the reading. This involves dividing the deck up into twelve piles based on […]Read more "My Yule Opening of the Key: The Third Operation"
In my previous post, I started to outline the interpretation of a massive Opening of the Key reading that I did for myself last week, to mark the winter solstice. I’ve been in a bit of a rough patch lately, with the death of my father, genera malaise in the workplace, and a healthy dose […]Read more "My Yule Opening of the Key: The Second Operation"
[There’s a lot of intro and personal reflection here. If you want to skip to the reading, scroll down. I flag where the reading itself starts.] Back in the early days of this blog, when I was still figuring out a lot of religious stuff, I had a devotional practice involving Tarot cards. Long story […]Read more "My Yule Opening of the Key: The First Operation"
Back in the days of the Aeclectic Tarot Forum, there was a section on the forum devoted to Tarot-related fun & games. One of my favorite games to play on the site was a form of storytelling through Tarot: A person would pick a story (preferably a fairytale or something equally well-known) and provide a […]Read more "Classic Fairy Tales, Told Through Tarot"
I like to experiment with Tarot in a variety of ways. One of those is to come up with new spreads, new forms I can use to get information out of the cards. Some of these spreads work their way into my permanent repertoire; others, I use once or twice and then discard. Regardless, playing […]Read more "A Prime Factorization Tarot Spread"
Benebell Wen, Tarot author extraordinaire and creator of the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot, made a blog post and video today with prompts for seven philosophy-themed Tarot readings. Naturally, this was something I simply could not pass up—philosophy and Tarot! Two of my favorite things, together in one place! So below are my #7philosophicalreadings. The way Benebell […]Read more "Seven Philosophical Readings: A Response to Benebell Wen"
I’ve been doing a lot of shadow work recently. Shadow work is a long, ongoing process, but the specific work I’m doing started a little under a year ago. It’s mostly daddy issues.* Some time back, I shared a spread I’d created for shadow work. I talked about some of the problems I have with […]Read more "Aristotelian Shadow Work Revisited"
Every now and then, I get it in my head that I want to try a new divination system. I always come back to Tarot—Tarot is what feels like home—but I like to develop competence in a wide range of divinatory methods. I have varying degrees of success; I never got off-book with Lenormand and […]Read more "Astragalomancy: Divination by Dice"