Tarot readers are obliged, at some point, to pick a deck. If you don’t, it will obviously be kind of difficult to actually get very Tarot-y. You do your research, you assess a bunch of factors, and ultimately you choose a deck. Except sometimes a deck chooses you. I’ve posted repeatedly here about how when … More Tarot Deck Shenanigans
It’s easy to focus on all the differences that separate the RWS and Thoth decks from each other…but it also pays to celebrate the similarities once in a while, and to remember that Waite and Crowley both came up through the ranks of the Golden Dawn, and both loved a lot of the same source … More RWS and Thoth: Anubis!
Yesterday, I did readings for a few hours at this local public event. I only brought one deck along, and it’s a deck that’s very Thoth-based. As many of you know, the Thoth is the #2 most popular deck in use out there, and it made quite a few changes to the big decks that preceded … More Tarot Nomenclature
Tarot is so profound because in so many, many ways, it serves as a sort of microcosm for the entire human experience. 78 cards somehow manage to capture the infinite possibilities of our days… But then again, Tarot does fall down in one certain area: gender balance. In the real world, we have an almost … More Gender (Im)Balance in Tarot Cards
…or is that Justice and Strength? About 15-20 minutes after you start to study Tarot, you’ll learn that these two cards share a strange sort of linkage. Much of that is due to sequencing concerns. In the original Marseilles decks, Justice was card VIII in the order, while Strength was card XI. Then Arthur Edward … More Strength and Justice…
A few weeks ago, I posted here in advance of my relocation of residence from one part of Los Angeles to another. I just wanted to give fair warning at the time that the consistency of my posts might take hits for a day or two, as my life weathered the necessary disruptions that go … More I might be somebody’s peer this week…
As I’ve been digging deeper and deeper into various fields of study within the realms of what you might call, in general, “the Occult” — and here, I mean fields of study like Tarot, Runes, Astrology, these kinds of things — it’s become increasingly apparent to me that people today actively practice magic. As I’ve … More Gnosis: gnot for gnothing!