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Month: July 2017

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A Feminist Tarot: The Devil

I found this card one of the most interesting to redesign, as it taps directly into one of the most difficult issues in feminism:  sexuality and morality.  So much of feminism and resistance to feminism is rooted in conflict over how a woman’s sexuality can and should be expressed, right down to the ultimate conflict […]

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All I Ever Wanted

If there’s one thing I’ve always wanted in my life, it’s the freedom and ability to be independent.  I’ve wanted to choose how my time is used, to prioritize what matters to me, and to not be restricted by the opinions of others. If there’s one way I can describe the spiritual path I’m on […]

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A Feminist Tarot: Temperance

Temperance, despite the word’s association with the prohibitionist movement, has nothing to do with giving things up.  Think of an alloy – two substances blended to get some of the best qualities of both.  Temperance is about taking two opposites and creating a stronger third option. Thinking of this concept in terms of gender equality actually […]

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Faith and Fairy Tales

If there’s one thing you don’t want to do in the process of indoctrinating someone to a belief system, it’s telling that someone to study science.  Science and religion are both processes by which some form of truth is sought.  Religion tends to teach trust.  Science teaches us to look at evidence. This is why, […]

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A Feminist Tarot: Death

Ah, Death.  The card misused in movies and TV as the card of doom, the harbinger of tragedy.  We’re supposed to fear death more than anything, especially when predicted by a probably stereotypical female tarot reader in a tent or a trailer or whatever. But there’s some truth in it, isn’t there?  We’ve been taught […]

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Becoming the Hero

There was one particular period in my life that I consider a turning point towards becoming a fully integrated human being.  I won’t tell the whole tale, as it’s long, but the short version is that I finally realized that other people and other things could not be blamed for the fact that I made […]

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A Feminist Tarot: The Hanged Man

A redesigned deck with feminist iconography would not be the first time this card has been named “The Hanged Woman” rather than “The Hanged Man”.  Essentially, this is one of those cards where it literally makes no difference to the interpretation to change the imagery that way. The message of the card, though, is another […]

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A Feminist Tarot: Justice

In some ways, I find it strange that Justice has long been depicted as female, since it’s really about objective decisions and reason.  Given the long-held stereotype of the hysterical, emotional woman, it’s interesting that the icon for balance and fairness has also been traditionally female.  In that sense, it’s one of the few icons […]

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Hard Earned Gains

What do we get for the time and effort we put into faithful adherence to our spiritual traditions? Some promise salvation, a future reward for choosing the right side.  They operate like an insurance policy, where your faith and works are taken as payment to ensure a future payout. Some promise enlightenment, a state of […]

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A Feminist Tarot: Wheel of Fortune

Luck is, at least to some, a lady.  Thanks to Frank Sinatra, I picture Lady Luck as a pretty woman in a glittering evening gown wandering a glitzy casino.  She’s the woman who has learned to use her physical assets to her advantage, twisting the gender-based power balance to her favor, even if only temporarily. And […]