The Book of Thoth – An Appreciation

One doesn't really review Aleister Crowley's The Book of Thoth (BoT), his erudite companion volume to the magnificent deck of tarot cards he and Freida Harris bestowed upon the world. One sort of stands back at a safe distance, squints sagely at it, maybe scratches one's addled pate, and tries to think of something profound … Continue reading The Book of Thoth – An Appreciation

The Suit of Swords as “Opportunity” – 6 of Swords

Radiant Rider-Waite-Smith, © U.S. Games Systems, Inc. The RWS 6 of Swords is the last of the Swords pip cards that I consider ambivalent in their expression of opportunity. The rest of the suit - Ace, Two and Four - are essentially neutral in that regard, and the Six nudges the dial close to dead-center … Continue reading The Suit of Swords as “Opportunity” – 6 of Swords

The Suit of Swords as “Opportunity” – 5 of Swords

Radiant Rider-Waite-Smith, © U.S. Games Systems, Inc. The 5 of Swords is another RWS card in which Smith's image sends a mixed message that has caused a good deal of head-scratching. The man in the foreground appears to be victorious over his retreating adversaries (and even sports a small, self-satisfied smile), but the Golden Dawn … Continue reading The Suit of Swords as “Opportunity” – 5 of Swords

The Suit of Swords as “Opportunity” – 7 of Swords

Radiant Rider-Waite-Smith, © U.S. Games Systems, Inc. It's hard to tell just what this card is promising. Waite himself says "The design is uncertain in its import, because the significations are widely at variance with each other." Does it mean a chance to get away with something, like a "thief in the night?" A conflicted … Continue reading The Suit of Swords as “Opportunity” – 7 of Swords

The Suit of Swords as “Opportunity” – 10 of Swords

Radiant Rider-Waite-Smith, © U.S. Games Systems, Inc. This is the "scorched earth" card of the RWS deck - even more so than the Tower, which flattens the structure but doesn't necessarily raze it to its foundation and then poison the surrounding soil. The 10 of Swords gets personal, right down to the particulars.  Here, there … Continue reading The Suit of Swords as “Opportunity” – 10 of Swords

Joe and Jill: A “Moral Dilemma” Example Reading

This is a hypothetical reading addressing a common real-world scenario that I worked up to demonstrate my "Moral Dilemma" spread. The principals in this reading are entirely fictional. I used the Night Sun Tarot to populate the "Left-Hand Path" (or "dark" side) and the Connolly Tarot for the cards of the "Right-Hand Path" (the "light" … Continue reading Joe and Jill: A “Moral Dilemma” Example Reading

The Suit of Swords as “Opportunity” – 9 of Swords

Radiant Rider-Waite-Smith, © U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Now things start to go downhill fast in the morose-looking 9 of Swords! By all accounts, Nine is a positive number; the Third Perfection of the Greeks, the fulfillment of the element of a suit (with the Ten as a fading postscript), the number representing return to balance … Continue reading The Suit of Swords as “Opportunity” – 9 of Swords

The Suit of Swords as “Opportunity” – 3 of Swords

Radiant Rider-Waite-Smith, © U.S. Games Systems The RWS version of the 3 of Swords is one card that I think can be easily misinterpreted. It has a heart on it, so it must be about heartache, right? But I see that heart as something of a red herring. Tough-minded Swords are related to mentally exigent … Continue reading The Suit of Swords as “Opportunity” – 3 of Swords

The Suit of Swords as “Opportunity” – 8 of Swords

Radiant Rider-Waite-Smith, © U.S. Games Systems, Inc. One of the greatest challenges for a tarot reader is fashioning constructive advice out of what are patently difficult cards. As I'm fond of saying, I'm no fan of the insipid - and untrue - platitude "It's all good" since, the last time I looked, "bad things" still  … Continue reading The Suit of Swords as “Opportunity” – 8 of Swords