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Month: June 2017

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A Feminist Tarot: The Chariot

I’m always pretty stoked when this card comes up in my deck, and in a lot of ways it speaks to the struggle for gender equality.  The Chariot is about taking different sides of something, forces with different agendas, independent pieces with their own purposes and directions, and steering them together to make progress. This […]

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A Moment in Time

The biggest difference between my spiritual life now and my spiritual life as it has been on other paths is that my primary focus is on the present.  What can I do now?  What needs to change now?  How am I doing right now? Sure, I make plans for the near future.  Ongoing routines and […]

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A Feminist Tarot: The Lovers

If we’re going to talk about love and related topics from a feminist standpoint, one of the things I definitely would NOT do is fall back on biblical heterosexual images of love pairings as useful symbols.  I think it’s especially important to ditch the Adam and Eve motif here considering that the meaning of the […]

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The More You Know

These days, information on just about anything is easy to find.  An argument over the lyrics of a song can be settled in seconds with a smart phone.  Rare, age-old documents can be read online even though the original sits protected halfway around the world.  If we want to know something about spiritual views different […]

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A Feminist Tarot: The Hierophant

There’s a really weird thing about misogyny and patriarchy where certain activities, pursuits, or skills are relegated to women until there is opportunity to master and profit from them, at which point the highest levels of attainment are reserved primarily for men.  For instance, cooking is women’s work, but executive chefs are most often men. […]

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Do As I Say

We humans pretty much suck at spotting our own hypocrisy.  When we only talk the talk and fail to walk the walk, we’re often able to simply justify the dissonance for ourselves and keep going.  Many spiritual paths and religions have this mechanism built in.  There’s a “nobody’s perfect, we all are working towards redemption” […]

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A Feminist Tarot: The Emperor

Clearly, if the Empress is renamed and removed from her traditional spot, she then gets to step into her rightful place in the deck.  No real Empress would spend her time running around pregnant tending fields of grain.  She would be ruling over her empire. As history has proven time and time again, women are […]

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A Feminist Tarot: The Empress

This is the first card in the deck which I felt compelled to rename.  Obviously, having all female figures makes having an empress and emperor make no sense.  But even beyond that, the meaning and interpretation of this card has never seemed to fit with the iconography for me. The card speaks of fertility, which […]

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Welcome to the Real World

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been part of a handful of spiritual paths over the years.  I was raised in an evangelical Protestant family, became Catholic after graduating college, began studying Wicca and neopaganism a few years after that, then became something of an atheistic pagan.  I think religions and spiritual paths, much like jobs, are […]

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A Feminist Tarot: The High Priestess

In the story I was told to weave together the Major Arcana, this card is the point where the Fool, having been shown all manner of potential by the Magician, sees the High Priestess and asks for advice.  The High Priestess doesn’t give answers, however, as much as she gives directions for finding inner illumination. […]