Category Archives: Tarot

Tarot and Racism

Traditional tarot decks tends to have white European characters depicted on their cards. Only recently have decks appeared which attempt to depict scenes with a more diverse set of personages. This is a welcome trend since we live in a … Continue reading

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The Moon and the Two of Swords in Tarot

The Moon appears on several cards in the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck, which is based on astrological associations with the tarot in the teachings of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. One such card is the Two of Swords. A.E. … Continue reading

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A ‘thank you’ to the readers of my books

Every once in a while I check how my books are doing on Amazon.com. This morning I was searching for a book and happened to take a look at my most recent tarot book (2016) published by Llewellyn in the … Continue reading

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Tarot suits and social class

Our modern tarot deck appears to have its origins in a playing card deck used by the Mameluk Egyptians and brought into Europe after the Muslim forces invaded and conquered the Iberian peninsula. Muslim soldiers used these cards to play a … Continue reading

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A Pleasant Surprise

On 4 February 2020 I received a surprise in the mail. Llewellyn Publishers sent me copies of my book Tarot Plain and Simple translated into Russian. Here is a photo. In my natal chart, transiting Moon was exactly conjunct my … Continue reading

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The Péladan Spread with Ordinary Playing Cards

Recently I’ve been experimenting with divination using standard playing cards to see how they differ from a Tarot deck. To keep matters simple, I decided to employ the classic 5-card spread of Péladan in which the cards are laid out … Continue reading

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The 5-card tarot spread of Péladan

Recently I’ve been looking through the tarot literature in Spanish and Portuguese, and I came across a popular spread which gets little press in the English literature.  It’s a fairly simple 5-card spread in the shape of a cross, often … Continue reading

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Foreign Language Editions

Recently I received a copy of one of my tarot books that had been translated into Japanese.  The book is quite beautiful, but unfortunately I don’t read Japanese.     I also noticed that the Spanish edition of my first … Continue reading

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An interesting 3-card tarot reading

The following reading, which illustrates the usefulness of astrological associations in tarot, was done using the Llewellyn Classic Tarot deck.  The querent is a high school senior who asked for a general reading about what issues were currently most important … Continue reading

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My Interview on Biddy Tarot

Biddy Tarot Interview Biddy wrote: “Many would have you believe that Tarot is a complex, mysterious tool that can only be accessed by a select group of ‘gifted’ people, and only after years and years of study and practice. But … Continue reading

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