Life After Tarot

I’m not going anywhere. At least not soon, and not unless I’m carried out. I’ve just been wondering where I might point my omnivorous intellectual appetite next in the world of metaphysical inquiry. There is still some unfinished business in that area: I have to get back to my study and practice of geomancy, which was showing reasonably good results until I discovered John Michael Greer’s book and realized just how much I still have to learn. I also need to figure out a way to get better acquainted with my crystal ball since I get too much reflection to be able to gaze into it effectively. But those are just technicalities; what I’m curious about is the “next big thing.”

I came at this stuff back-end-to. I began with serious study of the Hermetic qabala/kabbalah/cabala back in 1971 and became deeply immersed in its intricacies before I encountered its esoteric step-children, astrology and tarot. So in a sense I had “nowhere to go but down” (you can disregard that lame Tree of Life pun). I tried path-working (as in “scrying in the astral”) but I need rather large blocks of time to get much out of it, and it discourages normal human interaction. I’ve poked around in mythology, but it seems so “19th Century,” not a living and breathing thing at all. I’ve experimented with lithomancy as well. (I’ve been talking to author Tony Willis about runes, maybe I should go there?) What I’m not especially interested in is psychic adventuring in the form of mediumship or channeling; I’ve had enough exposure to the Lower Astral to know it’s not a place one wanders around to satisfy idle curiosity. I have yet to turn my attention to crystals and herbs, outside of a short-lived fling with Bach flower essences a great many years ago, but doubt I’ll go far down that path. Conventional religion, no matter how “charismatic,” is an absolute non-starter. I’ve considered teaching tarot and astrology in a face-to-face setting, and even tried to get study groups going in the past that went nowhere, but the one recent prospect I was offered garnered little interest locally.

What I have in my sights right now is Neopaganism in the form of modern druidry, and possibly the less religious aspects of Wicca. I’ve always had a great fondness for Scott Cunningham’s books, and have a certain affinity for ritual methods based on my rudimentary practice of ceremonial magic some time ago. What I’m seriously lacking is a community within which to explore these unfamiliar avenues. I’m not normally one to seek hand-holding, but encouragement from like-minded practitioners would nudge me along the path. “Group-think” is not what I’m after, since the “hive-mind” notion is a really deadening one that discourages individual advancement in favor of lock-step regimentation. (I’m thinking here of the movie Hot Fuzz, where Timothy Dalton leads a group of fanatics in chanting “The Greater Good” over and over.) I’ve examined opportunities via Meet-up, but the venues are just too far away to be practical. So for the moment I guess I’ll stay on “simmer” and hope that something breaks that will bring on a “full boil.” Relocation may be the only way to make it happen.


2 thoughts on “Life After Tarot

  1. About gems and stones, I always recommend Kozminsky’s “The Magic and Science of Jewels and Stones”, which is pretty much the last word on the subject, and it’s available online on the Internet Archive.

    As to Geomancy, I don’t think the major French works have ever been translated, which is a pity as there are 3-4 foundational works, including a translation of Robert Fludd’s opus.

    I do note that Alain de Benoist’s study of the runes has recently been published in English, so that’s one possibility.

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    • Thanks for the tips.

      Regarding geomancy, for years I’ve had Stephen Skinner’s book, Aleister Crowley’s brief contribution, Israel Regardie’s presentation of the Golden Dawn material in The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic and the Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy by “pseudo-Agrippa,” and now I have John Michael Gree’s more recent entry in the field.

      For the runes, I’ve been having an ongoing e-mail dialogue with author Tony Willis, who wrote a book on the runes some time ago. if the quality of that is as good as the companion book he wrote for Anthony Clark’s Magickal Tarot deck. I will most likely stop by there as well if I go in that direction.

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