# The “Boxcar Shuffle” Mixed-Media Forecast Spread

Sometimes I get bored just shuffling, cutting and dealing the cards and want something a little more exotic. Here is a spread that starts with six randomly drawn cards laid face-down. A single six-sided die is used to create an "emerging" story-line by selecting the order in which these cards are revealed in each of … Continue reading The “Boxcar Shuffle” Mixed-Media Forecast Spread

# The “Monkey in the Middle” Problem Clarification Spread

Every so often we all encounter situations where we're stumped  by the meaning of a particular card in a particular reading. A common practice is to pull more cards to clarify the interpretation, but I prefer to take my cue from A.E. Waite's Pictorial Key to the Tarot and use the problem card as the "Significator" in a new … Continue reading The “Monkey in the Middle” Problem Clarification Spread

# Tarot 101, My Way – Minor Arcana: The Fours

The number Four expresses stability that is the result of entrenched inertia rather than the dynamic tension that steadies the Two; it is the initial fulfillment of the promise of the Ace, and presages the final state of completion in the Ten. Pythagoras observed that the power of the Ten lies within the Four because summing the numbers from One to Four (1+2+3+4) produces … Continue reading Tarot 101, My Way – Minor Arcana: The Fours

# Tar and Feathers? – Republican Prospects in 2018

It is generally acknowledged on both sides of the political aisle that the Republican Party is facing major disaster potential in the 2018 mid-term elections. I decided to test my new Dilemma Assessment spread on this situation. I selected the Thoth Tower as the focus card ("The Dilemma") and used the RWS Centennial Edition for the reading. All … Continue reading Tar and Feathers? – Republican Prospects in 2018

# The “Dire Straits” Dilemma Assessment Spread

One of the thorniest questions facing a diviner is whether or not it is prudent and ethical to attempt predicting events or situations that could have a major adverse impact on the life of a person or other entity. The wiser heads among us almost unanimously advise against making forecasts that involve death or diagnosis of serious illness, … Continue reading The “Dire Straits” Dilemma Assessment Spread

# Ulalume and Thoth: A Perfect Pair

Edgar Allan Poe's somber, stately poem, To -- -- --. Ulalume: A Ballad may represent the peak (or pit, depending on your opinion of Poe) of tarot symbolism above all his other works. It embraces the Moon foremost, but also the Star, the Tower and the Devil, as well as many of the harsher Thoth Minor Arcana … Continue reading Ulalume and Thoth: A Perfect Pair

# Who Killed Melissa? – A “Whodunit” Reading

In 1988, 11-year-old Melissa Tremblay of Salem, NH was stabbed to death in Lawrence, MA and left on a railroad track. No-one has ever been charged with her murder. https://www.wmur.com/article/new-hampshire-unsolved-case-file-denise-robert-1536169066/22996736 I performed my "Rogue's Gallery" spread on this cold case to see what it might tell me. The Ace of Swords (Spades, the "death card" … Continue reading Who Killed Melissa? – A “Whodunit” Reading

# The “Alternate Reality” Timeline Spread

I don't use the 3-card "past/present/future" spread very much because I find it lacking in detail. Trying to stuff all of the relevant nuances of a moment in time into the narrow confines of a single card is like omitting the yeast when baking bread; it can be done but the results are usually quite … Continue reading The “Alternate Reality” Timeline Spread

# Tarot 101, My Way – Minor Arcana: The Threes

In esoteric number theory, the Three represents growth, progress and opportunity. Geometrically, it is symbolized by the triangle, the third point of which provides a new perspective by mediating between the other two; thus, "understanding" is also indicated. Another thought is that it implies "getting off the treadmill" implied by the cyclical motion of the Two and … Continue reading Tarot 101, My Way – Minor Arcana: The Threes

# Invictus and the Tarot Triptych

In honor of William Ernest Henley's poem Invictus, which started me down this road with the line "My head is bloody, but unbowed" and its perfect complement in the Waite-Smith Tarot's 9 of Wands, I decided to render the entire poem in tarot cards. Although the text is structured in four-line stanzas, the three-card triptych made for … Continue reading Invictus and the Tarot Triptych