“It Is Known”

C.S. Lewis observed that history books written during the Middle Ages differed far less from the historical fiction of that time than modern histories differ from present-day historical novels (or, even more so, screenplays). He pointed out that the proper role of the Medieval historian was to accurately perpetuate the "knowledge" received from earlier authorities … Continue reading “It Is Known”

A “Moving Finger” Example Reading

This example reading involves a couple I used to know whose relationship can best be described as more than a little dysfunctional. The question was "What is going to become of them?" I performed the spread in two ways, first considering reversals, and then turning all of the reversed cards upright and applying Elemental Dignities. … Continue reading A “Moving Finger” Example Reading

The “Moving Finger” Situational Development Spread

"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line" (Omar Khayyam, from The Rubaiyat) Here is a spread built around the rather whimsical notion I had yesterday that upright cards in a reading can be considered "solar" (plainspoken and reliable) … Continue reading The “Moving Finger” Situational Development Spread

The “Two-Trump Tango” Example Reading: A Study in Determination

In this example pull for my new life-reading spread, I used the Spanish Tarot TdM deck without reversals. The question I asked was "Where will my guitar-playing initiative take me in the next six months?" Last week, completely out of the blue, I decided to resume the guitar-playing ambitions that I dropped shortly after buying … Continue reading The “Two-Trump Tango” Example Reading: A Study in Determination

The “Two-Trump Tango” Life-Reading Spread*

*(So named for no other reason than that it has a pleasing alliteration to it.) I've long held that, when they appear in a prediction, the tarot trump cards usually presage "matters of greater import" emerging in a person's life, while the rest of the cards are more about routine experiences and attitudes arising within … Continue reading The “Two-Trump Tango” Life-Reading Spread*

A Fortuna’s Spiral Example Reading: “The Negotiation”

This example reading describes an imaginary situation involving a negotiation between a man (the "offeror") and a woman (the offeree"). Because the objective is to show whether the participants "have luck on their side," either jointly or separately, I performed the spread twice, once for each party; I selected the Queen of Cups as the … Continue reading A Fortuna’s Spiral Example Reading: “The Negotiation”

Fortuna’s Spiral: A “Make-Your-Own-Luck” Spread

I find inspiration for new spreads in some unusual places. While reading a long dissertation by C.S. Lewis on De Consolatione Philosophiae by 6th-Century Roman statesman/philospher Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, I encountered a passage contrasting "Fortune" (here called "Providence") and "Destiny" (or "Fate"): "That which 'in the citadel of the divine simplicity' is Providence, when … Continue reading Fortuna’s Spiral: A “Make-Your-Own-Luck” Spread

Who Killed Craig? – A Rogue’s Gallery “Whodunit” Reading

I know I said I wasn't going to do "cold case" readings any more, but this one keeps showing up in the New Hampshire news media so I decided to tackle it. The fact that it is 30 years old makes discovering anything new with the tarot highly unlikely, and in fact what I received … Continue reading Who Killed Craig? – A Rogue’s Gallery “Whodunit” Reading