Affinity Cards

One of the latest homework assignments in the Tarot Toolkit online course is to work with your Affinity Cards. These are the ones that, pretty much right from the get-go, have jumped out at you as being especially intriguing, appealing, and all-around sensational. You like them…you want to hang out with them…maybe you want to … More Affinity Cards

Entering a Card

Are you familiar with the “Entering a Tarot Card” visualization exercise? It’s a meditation in which you sort of project yourself into a card in order to explore it first-hand, including having conversations with any of the figures you might meet there. It’s surprisingly effective! I once had a very illuminating encounter with the distinguished … More Entering a Card

Sweet Chariot…

Studying Tarot can be like gazing into a fractal: the deeper you peer into it, the more it just goes right on opening up new facets of itself like an infinite flower… Case in point: the Chariot card. I’ve generally thought of this card as signifying things like willpower, struggle, combat, travel, armor, and whole … More Sweet Chariot…

When Major Arcana Cards Meet…

Last night in Class 3 of the Tarot Toolkit course, we discussed the first 15 Majors in detail. One of the homework exercises is to select any two of those cards at random, set them up side by side, and imagine a meeting of the two archetypes represented in them. What would these figures think … More When Major Arcana Cards Meet…

Strength and Justice…

…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…

Hierophant as Shaman…

My strongest aversion to any Tarot card has always come pouring out in response to The Hierophant. See, I never connected to any of the various religious leaders I met while growing up, and I had zero interest in someone like that telling me what I should be doing with my life. Years later, I … More Hierophant as Shaman…

Initiation…

We got into a great bit of side-chatter in last night’s inaugural Tarot Toolkit session about initiations and initiatory rites: putting yourself through some kind of exacting ordeal so as to evolve and ascend. The Hanged Man always embodies this concept for me. In fact, in this deck, the equivalent card is even called “Sacrifice.” … More Initiation…

Tarot: the Major Arcana as an Ouroboros…

Have you ever heard of an Ouroboros? It’s the name given to a serpent that comes back around to bite or swallow its own tail, forming a sort of infinite loop. It’s often used as a symbol of cycles and rebirth. It’s relevant in Tarot, because the part of the deck called the Major Arcana … More Tarot: the Major Arcana as an Ouroboros…

The Tarot 10’s

I’ve been so focused lately on putting together the online Tarot course I’ll soon be co-teaching with the fabulous Vickie Wilson, of Eternal Athena Tarot, that I’ve been neglecting this space.  I’ve been running a series of posts on Instagram, though, and as a resolution for the New Year, will be doing my level best … More The Tarot 10’s