Exploring the Mind/Body Connection in Tarot

My husband got sick five days ago. It didn't worry me--I don't automatically get sick just because he does, and I felt absolutely fine. A few evenings later, however, my nose began to run. About a half-second later, I felt my body slacken and weaken. Goddammit, I thought. I don't have time to be sick … Continue reading Exploring the Mind/Body Connection in Tarot

Deck Interview With The Wild Unknown

I'm late to the party. I've always been skeptical of this hipster deck--The Wild Unknown--because it looked so damn simple. Too simple. Like, where's the symbolism?  Where are the people? How will it interact with more in depth, psycho-spiritual readings? Will I be able to bond with the animal imagery (I have my totems, but otherwise, animals generally … Continue reading Deck Interview With The Wild Unknown

A Tarot Spread for Healing Psychic Wounds

What does it mean to heal? Physically speaking, healing infers closure, a resealing of skin and a resetting of bone and relief from the pain of injury. But what if healing is not so simple, not so straightforward? For some, pain is chronic, persisting long after a wound has healed; physical therapy, medication, and dietary changes are undertaken in … Continue reading A Tarot Spread for Healing Psychic Wounds

Summer Lovin’

Every year, it's the same--I wake up one morning, step outside, and just know that midsummer has arrived. The heat rises from the earth and the pavement, the mayflies hatch and glint in the sunlight, the tree-branches buckle beneath the weight of fully grown leaves, and the echo of drum circles heightens my focus like meditation … Continue reading Summer Lovin’

The Beautiful Dynamism of the Two-Card Spread

Anyone who travels in the circles of my twitter sphere knows that I'm a fan of the two card spread.  The simplicity of the one-card is almost too simple--done as a daily draw, it tends to reinforce traditional interpretations which, if you're starting out and still getting the hang of meanings, is great.  If you've … Continue reading The Beautiful Dynamism of the Two-Card Spread

Traversing the Wormhole of the “Culinary Underbelly”: An Exploration of the Magician

In his book, Kitchen Confidential, chef/author/travelogue god Anthony Bourdain reveals in shocking detail the twenty-five years he spent as a chef and cook in the "culinary underbelly" of the restaurant industry. As one would expect, there are palatable tales: his incomparable dining experience at The French Laundry, for one. But Kitchen Confidential is not a book about food. … Continue reading Traversing the Wormhole of the “Culinary Underbelly”: An Exploration of the Magician

Releasing the Anchor: An Exploration of the Five of Cups

In 2005, I got on a plane and flew to Scotland. The cabin was cramped and the pressure made me achy; I flooded my senses with artists and playlists, but the songs (dear friends, now) couldn't distract me from the feeling that I'd left a limb in my homeland. I'd worked my ass off to arrive at … Continue reading Releasing the Anchor: An Exploration of the Five of Cups

Dancing With Eris in the Schoolyard: An Exploration of the Seven of Swords

My best friend lived next door. Our parents drank rum and cokes on my back porch while she and I watched TGIF and ate pizza in my living room. We snuck beneath her parents' bed and raided her father's vintage Playboy collection.  We made a music video to "Possum Kingdom" using pillows as drums. And when a … Continue reading Dancing With Eris in the Schoolyard: An Exploration of the Seven of Swords

The Fool, the Devil, and the Power to Transmute our Demons

When I begin a project, I approach it with the energy of the Fool--I'm excited and starry-eyed, idealistic about the journey and almost radically hopeful for what it will bring.  There comes a time, however (usually after a few bumps in the road and facing the enormity of what I'm up against), that I'm forced to … Continue reading The Fool, the Devil, and the Power to Transmute our Demons

The Court Cards: Exploring Meaning Through Process

Ah, the court cards. Any nascent cardslinger will tell you that these are the ever elusive figures of the tarot, and for good reason. Excluding the knights, these figures are fairly stationary, so it's challenging to discern how they function in the realm of the tarot.  The view that the pages, knights, queens, and kings … Continue reading The Court Cards: Exploring Meaning Through Process