One of the great pleasures of going to Readers Studio each year is meeting so many kindred spirits. That’s where I met Erika Farmer, who was nice enough to invite me for an interview on her YouTube channel. We talked, among other things, about the role of the intellectual and in the intuitive in our lives as readers, and the hour flew by! You can watch the interview here.Read More
The Eight of Swords was one of the first cards that triggered my curiosity about the correspondences between minor and major arcana. The Wheel of Fortune and The Lovers usually bring excitement and joy to those who encounter them, don’t they? How could they combine to form this troubling image: a woman, bound and blindfolded, encircled by swords? I've been thinking about this paradox for a little over 4 years now. And the conclusions I've reached have re-shaped the way I read, and deal with, a card I used to think represented only frustration, pure and simple.Read More
I've done a lot of interviews in the last several months, but I think this might be one of my favorites. 'Mad Mister Mark' is a multi-talented radio guy, design-o-phile, and esoteric practitioner. His questions really got me thinking about the everyday mysteries we engage in as diviners. Plus I enjoy the format of the show, which is sort of Prairie Home Companion meets Western Magical Tradition.Read More
This is the first decan in our walk where we confront the mysteries of Saturn - Father Time! The Greater Malefic! The Holder of the Sickle! Saturn's reputation is twofold: god of agriculture and fertility on the one hand, god of endings and destruction on the other. Indeed, Saturn was thought to have two consorts: Ops ("wealth") and Lua ("dissolution"). Saturn is chthonic, an earth god; it is part of his nature that what is planted, grows. But also: what dies, is buried. We begin and end in earth.Read More
Mel Meleen and I were recently interviewed by Joan Marie of the Cult of Tarot forum. We had a chance to look back on the 78 individual card episodes of the Fortune’s Wheelhouse podcast and share some behind-the-scenes glimpses of our process. You can read the interview at the online forum, which is a lively gathering place for tarot enthusiasts, readers, and collectors worldwide.
Meanwhile…new Fortune’s Wheelhouse project in the works!Read More
Here we encounter another pair of major arcana which seem to be inevitably counterpoised: The High Priestess and the Hierophant. Just as we saw the Empress and the Emperor conjoined in Aries III, the decan of the 4 of Wands, here we find two figures whose similarities are only underscored by their differences. All of this is to say that these two guardians of the sacred are in a sense twins. But how do they differ? and what do they have to do with the 6 of Pentacles?Read More
Pamela Colman Smith’s dark and disturbing vision of the 5 of Pentacles presents one of those strange, paradoxical equations: How do the quicksilver Magician and the bridge-building Hierophant add up to this deplorable outcome?Read More
The final decan of Aries arrives with a welcome taste of coppery sweetness, after the grip of martial iron and the blaze of solar gold. For ten days Venus shall hold court here. There has been conquest (2 of Wands), there has been government (3 of Wands); now comes the ritual celebration that announces a sovereign's reign. Perhaps this is what the Golden Dawn meant when they named this card the Lord of "Perfected Work".Read More
The ruthless conquest has passed. In the 3 of Wands, we see the reconstruction of the land and the power of good government to attend to the well-being of all. An Emperor has many jobs: he must conquer (2 of Wands), he must govern (3 of Wands), and he must celebrate (4 of Wands) or ritualize his leadership, if his reign is to last.