In a forest of cards

This summer a series of surreptitious, unexpected, and synchronous happenings unfolded with regards to tarot. Somewhere along the line, late May, I had the inspiration to get my hands on decks that presented/portrayed a different approach to my usual Marseille Tarot and cartomancy preference. Midst attempting to wrap my head around basic astrology I thought … Continue reading In a forest of cards

Encountering the Suits: Heart of Life

Lectio Divina is a medieval monastic practice embodied as an engaged reading of the Word. It is not analytical, and it does not employ the mind in discourse under prescribed limits, inquiries, and notions. It is an engagement with the word through contemplation, experience, sensation and meditation. Lectio Divina is a feasting on the Word. First, … Continue reading Encountering the Suits: Heart of Life

Encountering the Suits: Armed Force

At its most basic, tactile, and visual, a sword is an instrument, a weapon with a pointed edge used to cut. Swords are sharp and bring pain and division to whatever encounters its sharp edge. Held aloft if protects from the other, from what is at the other side of the pointed edge. It can … Continue reading Encountering the Suits: Armed Force

Animating the Tarot Pips: An Introduction

This is a series born out of a book idea. Instead of going the book route, I will share most of what I had in mind here in pieces or parts. This is the introduction, as such, I'd like to keep it brief but with enough context to wet interest. Firstly, the intention for this … Continue reading Animating the Tarot Pips: An Introduction

Continuing lines and pythian gifts

Motivated weeks ago by Camelia Elias I had the idea to create a spread inspired by my contribution to 21+1 The Fortuneteller's Rules. By weeks ago I mean back in December. During most of December I was in a distinct Sibylline mood, thinking on the annunciation of the divine light and the doom of the … Continue reading Continuing lines and pythian gifts

The Queens of the court

We continue with the courts, here the Queens speak. Queen of coins: "Draped in my regal raiment, I know what I hold in my hand, the power of money and fortune is at my fingertips. Quick and astute, my crown highlights my most valued asset, my head. I am order and revenue, haughty and resourceful. … Continue reading The Queens of the court

Spreads, spreads, and more spreads

I now offer tarot readings here on my website, and if you have ventured to the tab that lists my offerings and wondered what all of it means, this post is meant to get to the details of what it all means. This is a clarification of what exactly it is that I offer. The … Continue reading Spreads, spreads, and more spreads

“I am starring blankly at a spread of pips, what am I supposed to see?”

I have often heard this question mentioned one way or another when people talk about the pip cards for beginner's advice. Going on to elaborate the necessity of some type of formal learning to be able to grasp the pips. When I began reading tarot I used to feel the same trepidation, but in general, … Continue reading “I am starring blankly at a spread of pips, what am I supposed to see?”

The knights of the court

Continuing my survey of the court cards: After the pages come the knights, the mounted ones, the riders of the court. Remember, these surveys are in their voice, the voices of the courts as I hear them. The knights: of cups: "I gallop forth with eagerness, the ground swelling at my heels as I go. … Continue reading The knights of the court