Global Emotional Overload

No matter what your stance is on the state of the world these days, no matter who or what you think is right and wrong, we are in a global state of high emotional response.  And what I know as absolute truth is that the vast majority of us are not equipped to handle it. […]

Tarot Reading

Sample Spread: Ten of Cups, Strength, Ten of Pentacles

This spread looks all rainbows and puppies right from the start, right? Let’s dig in. Past – Ten of Cups – Abundance of emotional fulfillment, enough joy to share with others Present – Strength – Patience required to tame wild forces, success through persistence and persuasion rather than force Future – Ten of Pentacles – […]

Tarot Reading

Life is Change

I think at least 75% of the people who come to me for tarot readings are really looking less for guidance than for peace of mind.  They want to know if they’re doing the right thing, if their perception of things is correct, if there is a light at the end of the tunnel they’re […]


Balance, Part Two

Another thing we tend to mean when we talk about balance is a sense of not being pulled one way or another by the forces around us, of keeping our footing and not struggling to stay upright, metaphorically speaking.  Like a gymnast on a balance beam, we seek to exist in a state where we […]


Embracing our Inner Goddesses

It’s a difficult balance to strike, both celebrating women after millennia of being the oppressed gender and championing gender equality.  I strongly believe that the problems of the patriarchy aren’t solved by instituting a matriarchy in its place, and yet it can be so uplifting to embrace the power of womanhood as an act of […]


Tarot Altar: Four of Pentacles

So, I mentioned a couple of places last month that I’d started a new spiritual practice of drawing a tarot card and, throughout the month, building up an altar of sorts centered on that concept.  Of course, what I envisioned when I conceived the idea was a lovely, introspective, fun thing. And then I drew […]


What We Seek

Spirituality is a journey.  Some of us may not have a definitive “Point B” we’re traveling to, but at any given point we’re at a “Point A” and our goal is to go somewhere else.  And it’s everything that happens between A and B which constitutes one’s spiritual life.  I think too many of us, in […]


The Sacred Spirit

In my alchemical pursuits, I’ve done a lot of thinking about the relationship of spirit and soul.  And I think it’s rather interesting to consider the ramifications of those spiritual traditions which focus so intently on the protection or persistence of the soul.  From the standpoint of someone who considers the careful transformation of the […]


What Do We Mean By “Balance”? – Part One

I saw a meme the other day which mentioned balance, and it occurred to me that “balance” is one of those words we use in spiritual and self-improvement circles without often knowing really what we mean by it.  It’s not as if it has one clear definition or application, right?  It’s a very general term, […]

Tarot Reading

Sample Tarot Spread: Seven of Wands, The Chariot, Seven of Cups

Another past/present/future reading to demonstrate how to construct a narrative in a reading.  This one has a lot of sevens.  Even the Chariot is number seven in the Major Arcana. Past – Seven of Wands – defending your position against challengers or opposition Present – The Chariot – Skillful leadership and direction to overcome obstacles […]