#decklust, or, When I own every tarot deck will I finally be happy?

For those in the tarot community on Instagram, sharing pictures of newly purchased decks is a favorite pastime. Every day in my feed, I see pictures of packages containing decks, or new decks still in shrink wrap, usually with a caption that goes something like, "Just got home to find this in the mail! I'm [...]

Jobs and Aces

Things have been quieter than usual around here because I've been really busy with job applications. Near the end of February, I found out about a fellowship for humanities PhDs who want to work in nonprofits. The organization and job looked great, and the money was excellent--far more than I could expect to command on [...]

Introduction to the Wooden Tarot Series

The Wooden Tarot is a 79-card self-published tarot deck by Atlanta-based artist A. L. Swartz in 2014(?). The deck was conceived in the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition, but Swartz's unique style and artistic preoccupations make this deck a big departure from  mainstream visual tarot traditions. The Wooden Tarot features no human beings, with the exception of a [...]

Reading With Reversals

If asked the question, Do you read with reversals? I will have to say, "Yes and no." Mostly, it depends on the deck. I haven't been asked this question, but it seems like an Obligatory Topic, so I want to talk a little bit about my practice and why I think tarot readers will strengthen [...]

Self-Care Spread–and a Conundrum

I've been focusing a lot on posting my Wooden Tarot card meanings lately and I'll continue to do so after I sit with the majors a bit. But this blog isn't just about the Wooden Tarot and I want to do some different things, too. This morning I woke up feeling subtly off-balance. I sort [...]

The Wooden Tarot: Court of Stones

This is part of an ongoing series in which I write about my interpretations of the cards in A.L. Swartz’s Wooden Tarot. You can find the other posts here. The Court of Stones features animals that are by and large more familiar than the other courts--at least for North Americans (the Page of Stones as [...]

The Wooden Tarot: Suit of Stones 6-10

This is part of an ongoing series in which I write about my interpretations of the cards in A.L. Swartz’s Wooden Tarot. You can find the other posts here. (Notice the switched order of the Six and Seven in the picture--Six is on the top right and Seven is on the left right. The switch [...]

The Wooden Tarot: Suit of Stones 2-5

This is part of an ongoing series in which I write about my interpretations of the cards in A.L. Swartz’s Wooden Tarot. You can find the other posts here. Two of Stones Two ram's horns with a large, gem-like stone in the middle. A smaller stone appears directly underneath. A lemniscate hovers above. Here we [...]

The Wooden Tarot: Introduction to the Suit of Stones

This is part of an ongoing series in which I write about my interpretations of the cards in A.L. Swartz’s Wooden Tarot. You can find the other posts here. Fire/Wands/Stones Since stones evoke images of earth, and since other nature-based decks like the Wildwood Tarot have used stones to represent the suit of Disks/Pentacles, it [...]