Storytelling with lemonde

There once was a branch that saw a lot of hangings. Those that deserved dying and those that were unjustly hung. This went on for a very long time until the people revolted and put an end to the public hangings, demanding proper justice through trial. Well, this branch was no longer being used and … Continue reading Storytelling with lemonde

Storytelling with the lovers

Halfway between making the decision, Alice knows she has to proceed. Her willpower is waning from the mental exertion of debating which path to take. On one side, the path she initially wants to take pulls her arm and promises riches and happiness. Yet, truthfully, she hides secrets under sleeve. What she promises is stale … Continue reading Storytelling with the lovers

TAROT AS POETRY: MAURA’S PANTOUM

Thinking on tarot as an imaginative game of wits and poetry I found this just in time. It’s fun and inspiring. Get you cards out and create, my friends, a wonderful colorful world awaits.

TAROFLEXIONS

Some cartomantic folks like to use cards for poetic purposes. Such as finding inspiration for writing, or finding inspiration for how to live more poetically. We have played before in the context of Taroflexions where we have created exquisite corpses, or followed a visual idea through another set of images. Here is a recent take on a poem that started as an exchange between Fortune Buchholz and Enrique Enriquez and ended as a collaboration between the 2 plus myself, Bent Sørensen, and Robert Place.

Fortune wrote a poem entitled Maura’s Pantoum, based on tarot images.

MAURA’S PANTOUM

“Most people are not something one thinks about.” ⁓ Vreeland

Elegance requires refusal ⁓ but oh beauty:

You cannot be denied your tattered trifles of desire

From a stern appeal to caustic prudence or vampiric duty.

How each event rekindles experience’s unstable fire. . .

. . .

You cannot be denied your…

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Tarot and the literary journey

I have recently received Camelia Elias's book on the Marseille Tarot, Towards the Art of Reading, and am finding myself mentally, spiritually and emotionally invigorated and engaged with the cards. For a while now I have been grasping at the images in the cards and making meaning as I go along. The approach she propounds … Continue reading Tarot and the literary journey

Storytelling with the knight of coins

A bright youth is gearing up, venturing into new horizons. Struck by a sudden idea that was birthed out of a spontaneous impulse, the youth charges ahead, full of the fire of this new idea, forging forward into the unknown. Unfortunately for those close, loved ones are being affected by this new adventure, because it … Continue reading Storytelling with the knight of coins

My Perspective and #TarotsoWhite

Benebell comments on racial diversity beautifully.

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It begins around 25:11 when one of my favorite YouTube personalities Kelly-Ann Maddox talks about #TarotsoWhite and the “overwhelming lack of racial diversity in tarot and oracle decks.” Maddox covers it all. She acknowledges white privilege, too much whiteness in the human depictions on tarot decks, disappointment in the fetishization of people of color in the rare times they are actually portrayed (she gives the example of the Nubian queen), and wonders what it is like for us people of color to spend untold amounts of money on tarot and oracle decks only to flip through them to see that you’re not being represented.

Well. The reality is we’re used to it. Or at least I am. It wasn’t until around 2000 that my community was represented in the media beyond sage-y old kung-fu masters with broken English and fortune cookie wisdom, me-love-you-long-time, dragon ladies, geishas, or know-it-all nerds. I mean I…

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