Nutriments Spread

The Buddha taught that we have four nutriments--the literal and metaphorical food that feeds our existence and keeps it going. Ultimately, one who has attained nirvana is said to have "exhausted" all nutriments, have no food to give future existences. From my perspective, since I don't think I'll become enlightened anytime soon, this all seems [...]

Dharma and the Dreaming Way

The Dreaming Way Tarot, written by Rome Choi and illustrated by Kwon Shina was published in 2012. I'd seen many photos and reviews of this deck online and was attracted to it, but had no plans on buying it any time soon. But a few weeks ago something happened that shook me up a little [...]

Reading Tarot when You’re Emotional

Very common advice you see in many tarot books and websites is: don't do readings when you're upset about an issue, or about an issue in which you're emotionally involved. And when it comes to doing readings for other people, I think this is absolutely true. A tarot reader should have the responsibility of being [...]

4 Noble Truths Problem-Solving Spread

Lately, I've been inhaling Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen. In her chapter on creating tarot spreads, she says that when creating a new spread, you should really think about the larger ideological framework on which the spread rests. For instance, the Celtic Cross is based on, well, a cross. It has its roots in Christian belief. This [...]

Daily Cards: April 26th-May 2nd

Choosing a daily card for contemplation is part of the Alternative Tarot Course. I decided that I would try to post my reflections, but would do it in a weekly post instead of daily. With the exception of the last entry, these are transcriptions of my written tarot journal. Each morning I draw a card [...]

Blogging the Alternative Tarot Course

After I picked up tarot cards again in mid-January, I did not let myself spend any money on tarot decks, books, or online materials because I wanted to see whether my interest was passing, or would deepen over time. I gave myself until April 20th, the last day of classes, to decide that question. Or [...]

The Slow Holler deck is funded!!

I was SO HAPPY a few hours ago when I got an email from Kickstarter saying that the Slow Holler Tarot Deck has met its funding goal! I've been watching the campaign for a month now with varying degrees of pessimism. Since I've never backed a Kickstarter campaign before, I didn't realize that the "last-minute [...]