As a Pagan I often feel pressure to build my collection of spiritual items so that I can create a more cohesive ritual or spell using all the proper correspondences of herbs, incense, candles and ritual items.
I think a lot about the 4 classical elements of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. Perhaps that’s rather strange, though it’s not the oddest topic I’ve covered and if you’re reading this odds are you’re a bit odd as well. My unique interest in the 4 elements began back in my teenage years when I first got interested in tarot.
As a professional tarot reader I have a tenuous relationship with oracle decks. Oracle decks by their very nature defy convention. They are their own little world inside of itself, immune to the rules and structures that make up traditional tarot decks - and in that way they are both intimidating and intriguing.
The Empress... She’s been on my mind a lot recently. Especially as this past weekend I celebrated Lammas, which is a Pagan harvest festival. One of the key symbols of Lammas is grain and the bread that is made with it.
We live in the golden age of tarot my friends. It seems that every week there’s a new tarot deck being published from the multitude of amazing artists out there. This means endless possibilities for your own tarot practice, which is exciting but can also get overwhelming at times.
The Marseille deck is one of the classics when it comes to tarot. Its bright cheerful colors and bold lines are striking and playful at the same time. Its characteristic style comes from the method of block printing that was used to create this deck.
Often I think many of us dream of discovery when it comes to finding our next deck. A deck of tarot cards can be like a book of magic - shouted in secret until discovered dusty and forgotten in a corner of some antique shop.
There are a multitude of different types of witches out there in the world and I'd like to give you an introduction to some of them. To begin with, I think it's important to first define what a witch is.
If you’re a fan of woodblock prints, Hermetic Qabalah, and obscure occult references then you’ll definitely enjoy The Alchemystic Tarot. This deck is jam packed with symbolism and ideas that span multiple religions and spiritual systems.
It's certainly tempting to just immediately say 'No, of course witches don't believe in the devil!' But today I'd like to take the time to think deeply about this question and I don't think the answer is as clear cut as many would suggest.
A menacing card of skeletal figures and morbid despair, the Death card has brought worry and anxiety to countless individuals. Though is true purpose of this memento mori to bring about fear? Or, is there something more complex going on within this image?
My first memory of incense came from a church service when I was very young. My parents did not often attend church but would make an exception when my mother's parents would come to visit. My grandparents firmly believed in the Episcopalian faith so when they visited we made our yearly pilgrimage to our local church to attend Sunday service.
The Restless Tarot is morbid, perhaps even sinister, yet I bet you won't be able to look away. The longer you stare at the characters in these cards the more they appear grotesquely lifelike. They seem to stare right back at you, pulling you down into their frenzied dystopian world.
The key inspiration behind The Fountain Tarot seems to be light itself. Ribbons of light cascade throughout these images. Sometimes the light is veil-like, obscuring the figures in a luminescent glow. In other cards, the light becomes structure and forms the sacred geometry of glass-like cubes and pointed triangles.
For many people the fool card represents things like new beginnings, a childish sense of enthusiasm, naivety, and even risk-taking. This is of course all true but by looking at both the evolution of this card and the significance of the symbolism we can really get a better understanding of what The Fool card really represents.