Cheap Shots #26: The Slippery Slope

One thing that can be said with certainty about divination  is that predicting the future in a "yes-or-no" fashion using any of the currently popular methods of inquiry is at best a 50-50 proposition: one percentage point either way spells the difference between success and failure. In short, despite our fascination with the details of the … Continue reading Cheap Shots #26: The Slippery Slope

Cheap Shots #25: “If Wishes Were Horses . . .”

A philosophy professor of mine who was also a Protestant minister (and, for what it's worth, a heart transplant survivor – the very definition of “ on a wing and a prayer”), once told our class that, according to Pascal's Wager, “It's safer to believe in a God even if there isn't one, than to … Continue reading Cheap Shots #25: “If Wishes Were Horses . . .”

“Cheap Shots” #24: A Herd By Any Other Name

Preponderance: A fancy word that simply means "lots more of one thing than another." A herd of mostly-brown horses. The consensus among my tarot forum-mates is split as to whether it's best to look for dominant "signatures" in a reading first - for example, many more cards of one suit, number, rank or orientation than … Continue reading “Cheap Shots” #24: A Herd By Any Other Name

Cheap Shots #21: Thoth vs RWS, Head-to-Head

Let it be said right up front: I'm not a huge fan of the Waite-Smith (aka Rider-Waite-Smith or "RWS") deck. I think that, in many cases, the narrative vignettes embedded in Pamela Colman Smith's scenic "pip" cards - the minors with their ready-made stories - hijack the deeper esoteric meaning that lies at its core, … Continue reading Cheap Shots #21: Thoth vs RWS, Head-to-Head

Cheap Shots #16: What Do You Call a Group of Virgos?

Every species of animal has its unique collective nomenclature (a gaggle of geese, a murder of crows, an obstinacy of bison, a brood, flock, cluck or peep of chickens, etc.), so why not astrological natives? Since I have seven or eight Virgos in my life, I figured that's a good place to start. (Please don't … Continue reading Cheap Shots #16: What Do You Call a Group of Virgos?

“Cheap Shots” #15: Moon Madness

No subject is prone to more mass confusion across various systems of divination than that of the Moon. In astrology it's the archetypal Mother, nurturing and emotionally effusive, connected with memory and the subconscious mind as well as psychic awareness. As one of the three main building-blocks of the personality, it has much to do … Continue reading “Cheap Shots” #15: Moon Madness

“Cheap Shots” #14 – Tough Love

I generally prefer decks that hand out unvarnished truth rather than affirmative pleasantries (which excludes many oracle decks, and especially "angel cards"). The Thoth is the granddaddy of them all in that regard, and each of its various clones is no slouch either. For example, unlike the ambivalent 8 of Cups in the Waite-Smith deck, … Continue reading “Cheap Shots” #14 – Tough Love

“Cheap Shots” #13 – 2150 or Bust

There is a thread on the Astrologers' Community forum titled "Is Anyone Else Tired of Waiting for the Age of Aquarius to Take Effect?" Consensus among the numerous commenters is that the poor, benighted OP missed the boat somewhere. Personally, I'm not so sure. I understand that, sidereally, the Age of Aquarius will begin around … Continue reading “Cheap Shots” #13 – 2150 or Bust