The Hidden Web – The Magus/Magician

I was not surprised to draw The Magus card today. I have been working the realm of the Hierophant, studying astrology so that I have a deeper understanding of the cards and my own “soul map.” In fact, the mental energy of doing that and making those connections for myself about my own life has caused some restlessness and whirring thoughts (unsurprising ….

Entering the Spiral: The Fool

7. Outside Influences Somewhere between the alpha and omega exists the zero, in the Tarot, the Fool. This zero doesn’t equal nothing but it isn’t exactly something either. Because nothing has structured him; he doesn’t have the individuation of a number, he is infinity. He hovers in the time and space before the time and space of the Tarot’s journey. The zero, drawn in Arabic, is the shape ….

Go Get It: Passion/Strength/Lust

The Book of Thoth Deck, US Games Systems, Inc. Crowley did a lot for tarot. The Thoth deck is a work of unsurpassed beauty in my opinion.  No other deck combines the symbolic nuance with the artistic mastery in the same way. It is also controversial and causes problems at times. Crowley had very definite ideas that he projected onto the cards, ….

The Right Path: The Eight of Disks

Tarot of the Trees, Eight of Pentacles The Eight of Disks is a nice card to flow from the Knight/Prince of Disks (in my reading, not sequentially). There is a fulfillment to it, although it’s not the opulent ten. It’s a humbler version, like the mutable Virgo who influences the card. Don’t, however, mistake its humility for a lack of ambition, though and ….

Nose to the Grindstone, Eye on the Prize: Knight of Coins (Pentacles, Disks)

While talking with Lisa Mooncat about court cards the other day, she suggested that there might be real life correlatives in our own lives to the characters portrayed on the cards. There are a few court cards for which I find this to be true. The Prince of Disks is one of them. When I see him, I think of my ….

The Door Unlocked: The Eight of Wands

Position 3, Past An unexpected thing started to happen to me as I began this project of pulling cards and writing about them. It became apparent that I was doing  a reading for myself. I think that it’s important to understand the self-referential relationship between reader and cards if we are ever going to get good at this. We see ourselves ….

Ch-ch-ch-changes Two of Disks (Pentacles)

Position 2, Situation I know that some of us have a distaste for Aleister Crowley and there are some good reasons for that. His Thoth Deck was the one I learned on and I am partial to it. The art is fantastic. It’s all very intentional but emotionally evocative at the same time. My friends and clients always pick up the ….

The Hanged Man

  Position 1. Self When do I see the Hanged Man? When I have no control over a situation whatsoever, there he is. If I am having difficulty pulling the trigger on something–a project, a breakup, quitting a job, applying for jobs, there he is. He often comes when I am sick but I don’t perceive him as a warning ….

Stick Season Sunrise

Drowsy words lifted against a predawn sky, which is pregnant and may at any moment break; rivulets of cantaloupe and rasp- berry and all shades of ripened fruit. (The moon a photocopied ghost in The forgotten part of the sky.) Or the dim gray cast may latch on, misting red and orange leaves holding on in defiance of winter. It ….

Visualization and Healing Trauma

Suffering from PTSD mostly sucks. Almost 100% of it is pure hell. There is exactly one thing that I have gained: the ability to fully enter my visualizations. Now let me throw out a whole bunch of disclaimers. 1) Not a doctor. 2) Not a therapist. 3) You should have a doctor and a therapist if you have or think you ….

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