Working with Bindrunes

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A Bindrune is a combination of runes drawn to create a symbol of increased power for a particular purpose–to attract money, love, luck, and other objects (obscure and otherwise) of desire, or to banish negative energies, avoid misfortune, and avert generally unpleasant things. Wikipedia has a brief and useful article on the history of bindrunes for […]

Hel’s Transcendence Spread

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This is a second spread inspired by the image of the goddess Hel on the Two of Earth card in Ellen Lorenzi-Prince‘s fantastic Dark Goddess Tarot. In Ellen’s words: “If both are the reality, there is no choice. . . . In Hel’s underworld, opposites are accepted out of necessity, and through inescapability, are transcended. […]

Hel’s Healing Spread

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This simple, yet powerful spread inspired by the image of Hel on the Two of Earth card from the amazing Dark Goddess Tarot by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince. Hel has shown up as my card of the day several times in the past few weeks, so I’ve spent some time meditating on Her image and message. This […]

The Bohemian Gothic Tarot App – A Thing of Beauty

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Did you miss out on the limited run of the eerily beautiful Bohemian Gothic Tarot from Magical Realist Press? Have you spent the years since wandering the halls of your castle, late at night, weeping and wailing at the cruelty of Fate? Weep and wander no more, dear friend! Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov have […]

The Enchanted Lenormand Oracle from Caitlin Matthews and Virginia Lee

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The Enchanted Lenormand Oracle from Caitlin Matthews and Virginia Lee is the most recent new deck to cross my desk through the good graces of the publisher, Watkins Publishing, this beautifully produced set lives up to the promise of both its name and its presentation–it is truly enchanting The lush colors of the card illustrations–both […]

Breaking and Making Patterns

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I’ve never seen the movie “Groundhog Day“, but I know the plot summary, which is that, through repetition of a single day in his life, Bill Murray’s character learns to be a better person and to take actions to make the world a better place. We all have patterns of behavior, speech, feeling, or thinking […]

Getting Real about Change: Behavior Modification Spread

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One of the things we discussed in last week’s Tarot Journey was the difficulty of making real behavioral change. We all do things we know aren’t healthy for us – we eat too much sugar, spend too much time in front of a screen of some kind, spend money on things we don’t need or […]

22 Days to the End of the Year – A Spread To Help You Cope

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The end of the calendar year is a completely artificial construct – I mean, Time isn’t aware that we humans have segmented it in various ways in a semi-pathetic attempt to control it – but we all buy into it because, well, try ignoring the calendar and see how well that works. Also, if you […]

Michelangelo: Michael, the Angel of Creation

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“Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come.” ~ Michelangelo Today is the 537th anniversary of the birth of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, more popularly known simply as Michelangelo. Best known for his sculpture and statues, Michelangelo was also […]

“Buy A Damn Hat!”

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Ask almost anyone who lived in San Francisco during Willie Brown‘s terms as Mayor, and they’ll probably be able to name his hatmaker – Ruth Dewson of Mrs. Dewson’s Hats. For those who aren’t familiar with Brown, in addition to being a long time California politician, he’s also a dapper dresser, known for being perfectly […]

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