Missing-Person Update #2: Brandon

The case of Brandon Chicklis is progressing, with a young Massachusetts woman to be charged with his murder. No details of the investigation were provided, other than that he was allegedly murdered in her Ashburnham, MA home and dumped in New Hampshire. http://www.wmur.com/article/1-arrested-in-connection-with-killing-of-man-found-dead-in-rindge/22530232 The first three cards as interpreted in the original reading now come … Continue reading Missing-Person Update #2: Brandon

The “Barbarians at the Gate” RWS Storyboard

This is the second in a series of "storyboard" studies of the Minor Arcana cards of the Waite-Smith deck, this time examining the Wands. The quote in the title originated in Roman times, although modern readers will connect it more readily to the story of rapacious corporate greed portrayed in the book and movie of … Continue reading The “Barbarians at the Gate” RWS Storyboard

“A Minute Passed” – The Problem of Prediction

There is an old comedy sketch by Monty Python's Eric Idle that neatly lampoons the slippery art of predicting future circumstances and events. Although the subject of Idle's monologue is anticipatory sexual tension and not divination, the notion of waiting in vain for something to happen is all too familiar. "A minute passed. Then another. Then, another … Continue reading “A Minute Passed” – The Problem of Prediction

The “Boy-Meets-Girl” RWS Storyboard

The "boy-meets-girl" fairy-tale is one of the oldest (and perhaps now most irrelevant) cliches in the annals of romantic storytelling. It struck me that the RWS suit of Cups offers an almost pitch-perfect "storyboard" for the ups-and-downs often associated with these narratives, with a few added wrinkles to make it interesting. In this essay I … Continue reading The “Boy-Meets-Girl” RWS Storyboard

My Thoth Material: Of Gold and Gorillas

I've long considered the Thoth deck by Aleister Crowley and Frieda Harris to be the "gold standard" and the "300-pound gorilla" of the tarot world, and my blog is graced (or littered, depending on your level of tolerance for Crowley) with numerous dedicated posts and incidental references to it. I decided to create a category … Continue reading My Thoth Material: Of Gold and Gorillas

A Missing-Person Update: Brandon

I originally analyzed the disappearance of 20-year-old Brandon Chicklis in June, and noted that it didn't appear he was buried (he wasn't) but that he might be drowned (he wasn't that either). His body was later found on the side of a road in New Hampshire. https://parsifalswheeldivination.com/2018/06/30/where-is-brandon-a-missing-person-reading/ But this case continues to get more interesting, … Continue reading A Missing-Person Update: Brandon

Tarot de Marseille: Built for Comfort, Not for Speed

"Some folk rip and roar, some folk b'lieve in signs But if you want me, you got to take your time Because I'm built for comfort, I ain't built for speed" Built for Comfort (Willie Dixon/Howling Wolf) There is something (well, actually 40 "somethings") about the Tarot de Marseill that eludes a facile approach to … Continue reading Tarot de Marseille: Built for Comfort, Not for Speed