The illustrious Benebell Wen recently published a video with her thoughts about soulmates and true love. It’s a fun topic, and one I had previously promised to delve into, so I figured I’d throw out some ideas on the subject. I’ll be frank. I’m a hopeless fricking romantic. It’s really, really bad. For all that […]Read more "True Love, the Lovers, and the Two of Cups: A Response to Benebell Wen"
In my previous post on the metaphysical commitments required of (a certain kind of) Tarot reader, I hit two main points: the non-identity of mind and brain, and the non-linear nature of time.* One comment I got on that post was to the effect that both of those commitments seem uncontroversial; they’re the kind of […]Read more "The Metaphysics of Tarot, Part 2"
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"
What do you have to believe in order to read Tarot? Well, technically, nothing. Tarot is a practice, not a dogma, and you can learn the interpretive skill without any prerequisite beliefs. But at the same time, the ways in which many readers use Tarot do entail certain metaphysical presuppositions. When I say “metaphysical” here, […]Read more "The Metaphysics of Tarot"
I’m so disappointed in this deck. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m getting old, and I can no longer find novelty in Tarot decks. But I was so, so excited to purchase this deck, and when I finally opened up the box, it was a complete letdown. Don’t get me wrong. The deck is pretty enough. […]Read more "A Review of the English Magic Tarot"
I’ve been thinking a lot about boundaries lately, both in the abstract philosophical sense and in the more practical, personal sense. In popular culture and in the hoobedy-hoobedy world specifically, we talk about Halloween as a time where the boundary between life and death is blurred.* And in the buildup to Halloween (excuse me: Samhain) […]Read more "Samhain Musings on the High Priestess and Boundaries"
Oh, sweet baby Jesus in a pecan pie, it’s good to have my hands on a new Tarot deck again. And what a hell of a deck this is. The Ostara Tarot is a collaborative deck, the work of four illustrators: Molly Applejohn, Eden Cooke, Krista Gibbard, and Julia Iredale. I first learned about it from […]Read more "A Review of the Ostara Tarot"