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What Lies Outside

The biggest struggle on the way to creating gender equality is not finding the ideal way of defining gendered existence for women, but finding ways to change the views and actions of men.  And this is no less true in spiritual contexts.  We can lift women up as goddesses and priestesses all we want, but […]

Pathfinding

The Long Hike

Some paths you stroll down.  Some involve a climb.  Some allow you to run. It’s true for spiritual paths as well. Not everyone traverses the same paths in the same manner, nor should everyone.  In the same way we use park trails in different ways, sharing the space with others not traveling with us, we […]

Alchemy

After the Flood

If there’s one alchemical operation I struggle with most, it’s separation.  I’m super good at allowing myself to go through the first two processes, though I didn’t get there naturally.  I sometimes talk about the phase I went through about a decade ago of barely controlled meltdown where I mentally picked apart my whole existence […]

Tarot Reading

Sample Spread: Reversed Sun, Reversed Queen of Wands, Seven of Wands

We’re gonna start throwing in reversed cards now that we’ve had some practice without. Past – Reversed Sun – Letting the inner child control the inner adult, reluctance to take responsibility Present – Reversed Queen of Wands – Misuse of charisma and influence, leading by ego Future – Seven of Wands – Defending your work, […]

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Pick a Card

The prevailing use of tarot cards involves a randomization of the cards, taking what the shuffled deck gives and interpreting or using that as a tool.  But there are many ways of using the tarot deck more purposefully. In other words, it’s also possible for you to pick the card rather than letting the card […]

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Separate and Unequal

My biggest fundamental gender issue when it comes to spirituality is the idea that there’s a different development path for men and women.  That there’s something valuable about becoming the man or the woman that god/the universe/evolution/magic/whatever want or can help you be. Why not just be the best humans we can be? What is […]

Pathfinding

Don’t Believe the Hype

One problem with trying to change something as integral as spiritual practice is that we’re actually pretty bad at figuring out what’s good for us.  We’re not even that great at figuring out what makes us happy.  Humans constantly pursue things which we think will bring us joy, only to find ourselves disappointed. It can […]

Alchemy

How To Make Things Better

I talked last time about applying the seven operations of alchemy to the process of transforming anything – selves, businesses, relationships, whatever.  And while it sounds really cool to put it in alchemical terms, I think putting it in mundane terms is probably more useful. So what’s the roadmap to transformation? Be willing to let […]

Tarot Reading

Sample Spread: Six of Cups, Four of Pentacles, The World

Past – Six of Cups – Comfortable nostalgia, fond memories, especially those we share with others Present – Four of Pentacles – Saving or holding onto accumulated wealth, not spending but not investing either Future – The World – Ending one cycle which begins the next, achieving a goal which puts you at the beginning […]

Tarot Reading

Choose Your Own Adventure

Stories are powerful things.  When we tell stories about ourselves, the process of crafting the tale (even if it’s true) is actually a process of making small adjustments to the person we aspire to be.  We get to paint our own portrait, and we get to smooth over some parts and embellish others to suit […]