Gritty Tarot Re-boot

This is, without a doubt, the most intensive Photoshop project I’ve ever done. I have at least 20 hours into these two images. Prints will be available as soon as I have the pricing down.

I did all the Photoshopping myself, but I owe many thanks to Corvin of Mixed Debris for the raw photos, and to Mary St. Sin and Sir Mark Bruback for standing still longer than Adam and Eve probably ever did.

Of course these pieces are based on Pamela Coleman Smith’s original designs for the Rider-Waite tarot. The card borders are from scanned images of my 1971 deck.

By the Gods, this was fun. I think I’ll do an entire deck. At this rate, it’ll be ready for pre-orders around 2025. Anyone want to sit for photos?



The Story So Far…

Hey there! Been busy. Websites to build. The Internet is not nearly big enough yet. Today seemed like a good time for a cold reading, though…


I think this one’s kind of for everyone right now. When I was shuffling the cards, I got a very strong sense that these three little cards apply to so many people that it might just as well be a reading for everyone in the world in general.

Change is in the air. It’s undenyable. It’s unavoidable. Yet so many people are resisting it that it’s starting to become a THING. This transformation will not be blocked forever, because it WILL happen. The dam is about to burst. Let’s try to channel this tsunami of energy into something that will benefit everyone.

You know what? Well-placed chaos is okay. Chaos leads to opportunities that lead to transformation that leads to growth. Get to know that voice deep within you — the one that’s a little (or a lot) different from what you’ve been taught. It’s really okay to step into something new. Quit trying to fight and guard and resist, and start reaching out to help.

This is the beginning of a whole new phase of clear thinking. We can all still draw lines in the sand; but do take a moment to step back and see what kind of pattern all these lines are making. Consider how your lines can be a contribution, rather than a barricade, to the beautiful new shape that’s being drawn.

The world is changing, and that’s okay.

Quit Feckin’ About

cr-20150624For tonight’s Cold Reading, I pulled a couple of cards from my old faithful Rider-Waite deck. The first thing to show up is the Nine of Cups — someone’s wish is about to come true!

This card means that everything is all set to go your way. As long as you’re not asking for anything ridiculously out of the bounds of possibility, IT WILL HAPPEN. The whole Universe is on your side. Don’t ruin this.

But what’s this? The Ace of Swords, reversed. Do you even know what you want? I bet you do. You’ve been given the keys — now you just have to quit worrying about what everyone ELSE wants, and lock in your choice.

Finally, Judgement reversed suggests a holding pattern: one that you’ve created, due to your own insecurities, uncertainties, and lack of direction. You’re your own worst block at this point. Quit waiting for the Universe to tell you what to do. The Universe is waiting for you to tell IT what to do.

It’s kind of like that old non-argument: “Where do you want to go to eat?” “I don’t know, wherever.” “You pick.” “No, YOU pick.”

SOMEBODY PLEASE JUST PICK before we start eating each other.

Make. A. Decision. Then go with it. It will work out!

Turn and Face the Strange Changes (Daily Divination 1/8/13)

I just love how divination works. It may not always give a clear picture of the future (and how is it supposed to do that, anyway, when the future — and the past — is nothing but potential and possibility?), but it almost ALWAYS gives us a surprisingly accurate bead on the present. Yeah, we’re right here looking at it (duh), but that doesn’t explain the uncanny appropriateness of the “random” draws.

Tonight I decided to go to my faithful old standby, the Tarot deck. I started learning Tarot in 1988. Though I’ve studied a few other divinatory systems since then (and invented a few of my own), the Tarot feels like an old friend.

Speaking of old friends, today is David Bowie’s birthday. The card I drew for 1/8 is

The Tower

From the Rider/Waite deck, designed by Pamela Coleman Smith

However, the card came out upside down.The meaning of a reverse card can be kind of hard to pin down. It usually means that either the regular meaning should be read in a negative way, or that something is holding back progress on the situation, or that someone feels badly about it, or maybe we should infer the complete opposite of the normal meaning.

I know, right? Clear as mud. Here’s where we just pull something out of our… er, I mean, a strong intuition is one of the main tools of the Diviner.

Hey, you study Tarot for 25 years, earn a great reputation with your customers, become a Reverend, and get back to me with your own opinion about reversals.

The Tower is all about change. This isn’t a natural transition from one state to another (that would be the Death card); this is sudden, surprising upheavals, and it’s not comfortable. That reversal? Like adding lemon juice to an open wound.

Whenever you need more information about a card, you can “top” it with another draw from the deck, so I did. I asked, what’s this change all about? And out came the 6 of Swords…also reversed.

Look, society is just an angry beehive right now. Watch yourself, OK?

Today, just try to mind your own business. It’s like an apocalyptic square dance out there. Don’t get involved in gossip. Don’t re-post that nasty rumor on Facebook. Ignore the people who did. Today would be a good day to listen to both sides of a story, and refrain from judging either.

You can FACE the strange changes without making it worse.


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