And so we reach Card VIII in our travels through the sequence of the Major Arcana in the TAROT CARD MEANINGS section of my website. But wait…which card exactly is Card VIII?! Some decks offer up their version of the Strength card in this position. Others, though, hold forth their Justice card or its analogue. It can’t … More Tarot Card Meanings: A Note on Strength and Justice
Even though Tarot is a rich, deep system that’s absolutely chock-full of multilayered symbolism, this doesn’t stop Tarot fans from trying to map additional systems onto it in an effort to wring even more meaning from its sublime framework. You can find decks and books in which Tarot people have done their best to weave Astrology into … More TAROT TIP: Consider Kabbalah
Try arranging the Major cards from one of your decks like this, in a big circle. Line them up carefully, and you’ll see that you get 11 opposing pairs. Then study them to see what kinds of thematic links you can spot between each of the cards that form a given axis. For example, The … More TAROT TIP: The Magic Circle
I feel like the Aces in Tarot are special in their own way, somewhat like the Court Cards are, but maybe even more so, because they’re like a sub-subset hiding within the larger subset of “Numbered Cards.” They’re essentially the 1’s of the deck, but they have a special name, and even in the otherwise … More TAROT TIP: The Aces
Court Cards: infamous among Tarot practitioners for their slippery refusal to be interpreted with ease. Four Court “ranks” across four Suits yields up 16 distinct personalities to understand and keep track of. That’s a pretty large cast of characters, and without handy “cosmic job descriptions” such as “The Empress” or “The Hermit” to help us … More TAROT TIP: Dealing with Court Cards
Here in the US, we celebrate our independence every 4th of July (or 7/4, as we like to shorthand it). So in order to spread some of that independent feeling around, the Tarot Toolkit Online Course that I co-taught with Vickie Wilson of Eternal Athena Tarot earlier this year – which will enable you to be much more independent as … More Tarot Toolkit Holiday Special!
FREE eBook! Tarot Tips is the first eBook that I’ll be publishing under the Arrow In Flight Metaphysics imprint. I ask you to pay special attention to that qualifying word “first,” because there should be plenty more such offerings following this one in the days ahead… Meanwhile, this inaugural work is a short but helpful … More Tarot Tips: Free eBook!
Analyze what isn’t there in a Tarot reading In a Tarot reading, the primary focus is generally on interpreting the cards that appear while the reading is underway. And that makes perfect sense: we humans have to look at what’s right there in front of us. Sometimes, though, it’s also possible to get a lot … More Tarot Tip: Negative Space
TAROT CARD FLASH MOB! I was holding forth recently about how it can be very illuminating to keep watch on cards that appear a lot for you across multiple readings in a short period of time (“stalker cards”). I also mentioned what I dubbed “MIA cards” – the ones that seem to be avoiding you … More Tarot Card Flash Mob
Learn Tarot by Doing You want to understand the Tarot deck better? Design one yourself. Even if you’re not an artist, pretend that you’ll have the perfect visual craftsperson at your disposal to create any images you want. Then the big questions are things like: Do you follow one of the RWS, Thoth, or TdM … More Tarot Tip: Learning by Design