The $2 Deck Wrap

One thing I can say for sure is that many of the rituals surrounding storing and "cleansing" tarot decks really don't appeal to me. Sometimes my die-hard skeptic comes out and I'm like--"There is no way I'm going to waste a bunch of salt or sage on a tarot placebo." The same goes for the [...]

Retreating and Advancing

Over the past couple of years, I have had the immense privilege to go on several multi-day meditation retreats. I say it's an immense privilege because it really is--I don't have children, the flexibility of my schedule allows me to take the time off, and I have the funds to pay for it. But it's [...]

“Knowledge is made for cutting”: Swords, Intellect, and Suffering.

Of the four minor arcana suits, Swords tends to have more than its fair share of dark and scary cards. Where to even start? The confusion of the blindfolded figure in Two who balances crossed swords on her shoulders, the pain of the swords in Three piercing a heart, the unethical behavior of Five and [...]

Bodhichitta Tarot Spread

When I became interested in tarot again, I really had no sense of how it might connect to my Buddhist practice. I've been thinking about the relationship between tarot and Buddhism--as I understand each of these--a lot lately and haven't really seen much of a connection. I see Buddhism as my main practice which guides [...]

Reading and Making Meaning in Literature and Tarot

In the summer of 1971, the professor and scholar Stanley Fish pranked a class of graduate students. He was actually teaching two classes of grad students back to back--a class on theoretical linguistics from 9:30 to 11am, and a class on 17th century religious poetry from 11-12:30. For the first class, he had written their [...]

The Linestrider Tarot Deck

Well, I finally gave in. I promised myself that I would not buy anything having to do with Tarot--no decks, no books, no apps, nothing--until the end of the semester. (In this case, it means after the last day of classes on April 20th. I'll need something to motivate me getting through final grades, after [...]

March 14th Reading: Turning the Page

For about 2 months now, I have been doing a daily 4-card pull almost every morning. It's a spread I modified from Benebell Wen's beginner's study guide to Holistic Tarot. Four cards every day is simply too much info to work with, and I know that. But it is helping me learn Tarot...approximately four times [...]