The Three “R’s”

I was never much good at mathematics, being more of a literary and artistic type in my youth and on into maturity. For me, ‘rithmetic never really made it into the classical mix, although I did have to pass college math to get my degree. My personal “three R’s” included readin’, (w)ritin’ and a rotating third “R” that variously included reasoning (thinkin’), rendering (drawin’) and riparian pursuits (fishin’). Things haven’t changed much within the walls of my “blog-space,” where writing and pondering what to write next (oh, and readin’ fly-fishing blogs and magazines) occupy most of my daily desk time. Serious reading, however, is a different matter.

My reading on esoteric subjects has pretty much slowed to a crawl. Books are pricey now and someone on a fixed income must be very selective about how to spend it. Consequently, I don’t buy many of them, and take a great deal of time and care choosing them. I do have a Kindle, but as a source of reference material it’s really no substitute for a hard-copy volume that I can browse and tab (although I admit to liking it for hands-free reading when I was on my exercise bike). I don’t care much for video presentations; for transmission of knowledge, YouTube is to information what the Big Mac is to haute cuisine. I resort to it when I have to repair something, otherwise no. Too many amateur presenters exhibit that infamous social debility, “Diarrhea of the mouth and constipation of the brain.” On the other hand, if I heard one more “umm” and “err”  punctuated by pregnant pauses while groping for something to say, all while taking a painfully long time to get to the point, I was going to scream. I might like podcasts if I spent more time in my vehicle, but as a retiree I drive a computer more than a car, and sitting at my desk I would rather listen to music, which doesn’t hijack my own cogitation. There are a few blogs that I find worth reading now and then, and I’ve posted links to them in the side-bar.

Some of you probably think “ranting” is my third “R.” Anyway, there are several tarot and reference books on my short wish-list that will probably find their way into my hands sooner or later. (Lenormand, astrology and playing-card divination books have their own lists.)

The Thoth Tarot, Astrology & Other Selected Writings by Phyllis Seckler
Tarology by Enrique Enriquez
Tarot Correspondences: Ancient Secrets for Everyday Readers by T. Susan Chang
Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen
The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols by Jean Chevalier
Tarot and the Magus: Opening the Key to Divination, Magick and the Holy Guardian Angel by Paul Hughes-Barlow
Tarot Spreads: Layouts and Techniques to Empower Your Readings by Barbara Moore
Understanding the Tarot Court by Mary K. Greer
The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals by Mary K. Greer
Portable Magic: Tarot Is The Only Tool You Need by Donald Tyson

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