Summer Special!

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I’ve been working away at reconfiguring my website and refocusing my business efforts for a while now, with more to come on that front…but as a part of the process, I decided I’d try offering reduced rates as a SUMMER SPECIAL (or if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, please consider this your Winter Special!).

  • I’m now offering PRIVATE LESSONS in various metaphysical subjects – see if this is for you by taking advantage of my low-cost INTRODUCTORY CONSULTATION SESSION. It’s a real-time, 30-minute chat for only $20 USD!
  • Also, the TAROT TOOLKIT ONLINE COURSE is ready for purchase in MP4 format, including all ten sessions, plus the 120-page PDF Workbook.
  • And yet more big news: all READINGS (Tarot, Astrology, Runes) are 1/4 off for half-hour sessions, and 1/3 off for hour-long sessions. These prices will be in effect through the end of July.

I have more offerings on the way, too, including a few ebooks, and a couple of live webinar sessions that I’m cooking up – more news to follow here as things get closer to completion!

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Portable Tarot

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Probably every Tarot person has wished at some point that they could carry a particular card around with them out in the world like a talisman, to have its presence on hand to help them conquer the day.  I know I have, anyway…  But Tarot cards are not exactly as impervious to physical wear and tear as, say, Captain America’s shield…  So how can you lug one around with you for use in that business meeting or on that anxiety-filled first date, without accidentally crushing it into an ugly, accusatory little wad that you can never look at in the same way again?

Answer: crystals!  Here’s the concept…  Select a card whose energies you’d like to cloak yourself in throughout your days.  Put that card in a safe space lying flat (you can enhance this process by lighting a candle or two, maybe firing up some incense, getting meditative and trance-y…).  Choose a suitable crystal – Clear Quartz, which is believed to be “programmable,” or a black piece such as Obsidian or Jet, which are thought to be very absorbent of energies in general, are great choices for this.  Place your crystal on top of the card, and sort of request that the crystal take on the energy frequency of the card, soaking it up like a sponge, and then holding it in storage as a battery would.  Leave the crystal on the card for a few days and nights in a row – you can choose a phase of the Moon’s cycle that feels especially agreeable to you for this if you want.

Once the crystal feels charged up with that card’s energies, you can carry it around with you all day – in your pocket, in your purse, in one of those little cages on a chain around your neck…whatever works for you.  You can then have a little reservoir of, say, The Emperor’s forcefulness, or The Hermit’s spiritual radar sense, or The Star’s cosmic love surrounding you out there in consensus reality whenever you need it.  Just don’t forget to occasionally recharge the crystal in the same way that you originally filled it up with that Tarot-fuel!

And watch this space for an imminent announcement about the Tarot Toolkit Online Course that I co-taught earlier this year with Vickie Wilson of Eternal Athena Tarot

Tarot Tip: Routines, Yes…Ruts, No.

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In many ways, it’s great practice in Tarot at all levels of skill and experience to establish some steady routines. Practice makes perfect, and all.

Then again, you can’t spell “routine” without “rut,” and ruts are not the most helpful of phenomena. The danger in maintaining routines is that things can get stale and stagnant, and we end up not challenging ourselves enough to grow. Just as a fitness trainer will counsel you to shake up your workout procedures so as to keep your body guessing and engaged, it will help your Tarot game immensely to similarly inject some newness and uncertainty into the proceedings.

So what can you do?

–You can memorize card meanings, but give yourself one day per week (or month – whatever) to read solely using your intuitive responses to the card imagery/titles/keywords.
–You can stick primarily with one main deck or deck template, but occasionally try working with a very different kind of deck.
–You might work regularly with a certain spread, but then also once in a while try an unfamiliar spread, or even try reading with no spread at all.
–You could craft yourself a terrific reading space that you use most of the time, but every so often, try reading at some locale you don’t know all that well.

There are all kinds of things you can do to keep things fresh and invigorating for yourself, and your Tarot muscles will respond tremendously! Routines are great up to a point…but beware the rut in routine!

And watch this space for an upcoming announcement about the Tarot Toolkit Online Course that I co-taught earlier this year with Vickie Wilson of Eternal Athena Tarot!

Tarot as an Alphabet

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People who make use of Tarot as a form of divination are referred to as Tarot “readers”…and using the cards in this way is known as doing a “reading.”  Given these terms, isn’t it possible to make a case for Tarot being essentially a sort of alphabet with 78 letters?  Letters assembled into sequences are what we read, right?  So any given Tarot spread could be viewed as a word, a phrase, a sentence, a poem, or whatever other assemblage of letters we like.

After pondering this concept, it occurred to me that if Tarot is, in fact, a 78-card alphabet, maybe the Majors are its vowels, and the Minors are its consonants.

For the sake of argument, hear me out on the following…  Consider the notion that in English, we can make words with only vowels, but not with only consonants: “I” is a word, “a” is a word, “eye” is a word, and they’re all made up solely of vowels…”cnsnnt” is not a word, “vwl” is not a word, “wrd” is not a word, and they’re all consonant-only.  In a sense, vowels are therefore arguably even slightly more “necessary” to the written language than consonants are.  They’re more scarce, and they offer a bit of added functionality

Also, consider this…  In our own written 26-letter alphabet, a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y are generally considered to be our vowels.  Fudging things a bit due to that “sometimes y” business, let’s say that this would work out to about 21% of the alphabet being its vowel population.  Now over in Tarot, we have 22 Majors out of the total of 78 cards.  22/78 = 28%.  That’s not identical to 21%, but it’s not ludicrously far off from it, either

And here’s my own admission: I have a slight personal bias in favor of the Majors.  If I do a reading that yields Majors, it feels complete, like a legitimate, vowel-inclusive word feels complete…but if I do a reading that yields only Minors, it feels somehow lacking and unsatisfying to me, like a lump of consonants with no vowels.  I realize how bent that might sound, and there’s no logic informing this response in me – but I also can’t pretend it’s not there.  So while this theory may or may not hold water with you, I’m kind of fascinated by it, myself.

P.S.  Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement about the Tarot Toolkit Online Course that I co-taught earlier this year!

Active Tarot

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Tarot Tip!

Most of us use Tarot in a rather “passive” fashion, in the sense that we ask for some guidance from Something Greater Than Us, and we hope that that Something will then speak to us through the cards so that we can make use of any wise counsel that might be coming our way. It’s a pretty reactive process: “Tell me, and then I’ll act accordingly.” And that’s all great – knowledge is power, and all.

But you can also use Tarot in more active fashion, too (and this is in addition to your reactive readings and meditations, not instead of). Consider trying out this simple exercise…

Take a card whose energies you want to encourage into manifesting in your life. Don’t draw this card at random – choose it voluntarily yourself. Maybe you want the “Victory” energies of the 6 of Wands informing your days, or maybe you’d like to have more of the conscious wizardry of The Magus at your fingertips. There’s no right or wrong here – whichever card you feel you need at this time is outstanding for this.

Then, when you next gear up to go to sleep, set the card up nearby. Acknowledge to yourself that you’re inviting the card to open up like a portal or a floodgate, and bathe you with its energies all night long while you sleep, so you can soak it all up. Then see if you notice any differences in the days that follow. Maybe nothing will happen at all…or maybe you *will* feel a little bit more Victorious, or just a trifle more Magus-like…

And keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming announcement here about the Tarot Toolkit Online Course!

Tarot and Travel

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Today, I’ll be heading for the NYC area – you know, all kinds of important biz… But this brings up the question (because I’m a Tarot nerd): which cards mean literal travel to you? The Chariot? The Knights? The 6 of Swords? Some people like The Wheel of Fortune (because: wheels!) and The World for this, too. Do you have any cards that regularly mean actual, physical travel? And we’re not counting Metro Cards and such for purposes of this question, smart guy…

Tarot Math

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Most Tarot cards come bearing numbers. The Minor Arcana runs from the Aces (1’s) through the 10’s, and the only cards that cause any grief here are the Court Cards (do they get no numbers? or should we infer 11’s through 14’s for them…?). The Majors are even easier to handle in terms of numerics, with The Fool representing the only curveball – this card can arguably be either 0 or 22.

But have you ever used those numbers in readings, or to study relationships among cards? Have you ever tried to set up “card equations” to see if the energies of two or more cards will add or subtract to the energies of another card in a convincing way on the conceptual level?

Here’s an example: if you combine the energies of The Chariot (VII) and The Hermit (IX), will you arrive at a situation in which a Tower (XVI) comes crashing down? Does “7 + 9 = 16” truly apply here?

What about if you’re faced with a Death card (XIII) situation – can you somehow remove the ambient Hanged Man (XII) energies to transform yourself into more of an active Magician (I) figure? Can you perform such a 13 – 12 = 1 operation?

Do two Wheels of Fortune (X and X) add up to Judgment (XX)? Can we somehow work with multiplication or division here? Exponents? Kabbalah people do interesting things with numbers all the time – is this a technique that could be built more extensively into Tarot…?