With the 2019-nCoV ("COVID-19") coronavirus spreading relentlessly worldwide, I decided to do a reading to examine what the chances are for a global pandemic of epic proportions to occur over the next few months. I had not yet had the opportunity to test my apocalyptic forecast (the "Armchair Cynic's Guide to the End of the … Continue reading Virus Alert!
It appears from the on-line conversations I've been following that there are two distinct chains of archetypal descent in the tarot. One of them - the older one - is culturally-specific, symbolizing conventions that were widely understood and accepted during the pre-Enlightenment era when they were first captured in the trump cards. Their appeal to … Continue reading Archetype, Archetype, Who’s Got the Archetype?
Not long ago, after I was published for the second or third time in The Cartomancer and had made a few appearances in the American Tarot Association's monthly and quarterly publications, while at the same time seeing my professional reading career display tiny sparks of life (so what has changed?), my sister-in-law said to me … Continue reading Big Fish, Little Fish, Old Fish, New Fish
There are good reasons why unraveling the gnarly strands of human interaction is such a long-running drama in the repertoire of divination. In the vision of an ideal world, we almost always see the best-case relationship as two individuals revolving around a common goal in perfectly concentric orbits, moving at the same speed in the … Continue reading The Tick-Tock Effect
When my niece was young she pestered my sister with so many "Why"questions that her mother began simply answering "cuz" (as in "because I say so"). Eventually the youngster started automatically prefacing her questions with "Why-cuz," skipping the dialogue and answering herself. But this post isn't about cute family history; I have a bigger fish … Continue reading “Why-Cuz”
Bin this one in the "If I Were to Hazard a Guess . . ." idle-speculation bucket. There isn't a more emotional and contentious political "hot-button" issue in the United States right now than gun control. I decided to apply my "Two Paths You Can Go By" spread to explore which way Congress and President … Continue reading A Gun-Control Projection
Warning: I'm going to be politically obtuse here and talk about gender, as in demographics, because at the purely biological level (barring surgical intervention), it is what it is. For the record, I'm an Old White Male (but not quite the "Bernie Sanders of the Tarot" yet), married to the same woman for 40 years … Continue reading Archetypes, Alpha-Types and Stereotypes
Washington DC is practically foaming at the mouth over the projected release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report within the next few weeks. The fact of the matter is that, unless criminal indictments arise from Mueller's document, it isn't likely to be made public. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/you-may-be-disappointed-mueller-report-n971601 I decided to do a Lenormand reading using my "Knight's … Continue reading Mueller Madness
In my previously constrained magical life, which persisted for many years after we moved to rural New Hampshire in 1979 and our early attempts to start astrology and Qabala groups came to nothing, I never encountered scoffers and skeptics. Eventually, my only public exposure in the esoteric field was to the like-minded people at the local … Continue reading The “Hamlet Defense”
. . . but the curmudgeon is always in! I'm inclined to approach a tarot session as I would a surgical emergency room rather than as an updated 19th Century parlor pastime: "We're going to perform a little triage here, not just exchange polite pleasantries. It could get bloody!" But I'm suspicious that many newcomers … Continue reading The Doctor Is Out