Tone vs. Substance: “Soft Focus” and the Art of Simplification

Sometimes (well, actually, more often than not) I think people just starting into the practice of tarot reading expect far too much from it in the way of precision. I was talking to a frustrated individual online who admitted to being extremely analytical and receiving little encouragement from the persistent lack of congruity between his … Continue reading Tone vs. Substance: “Soft Focus” and the Art of Simplification

Timing of Events: Linear, Rotational and “Scatter” Spreads

The subject of time is a fascinating one. In some quarters it is believed that time is not linear (if I recall correctly, some theoretical physicists say "curved" as a kind of wave-form, some say "cyclical," some say "synchronistic"); in the last one, any conceivable event is likely to occur (or may even be occurring … Continue reading Timing of Events: Linear, Rotational and “Scatter” Spreads

“Adjectivitis” – The Tarot Writer’s (and Reader’s) Albatross

I have to confess that the comma is my enemy, particularly when it is used to link an endless array of modifiers that would be best boiled down into a single compelling noun or trenchant adjective (for that matter, the more sophisticated semi-colon is at most a "friend with benefits" and not a faithful consort … Continue reading “Adjectivitis” – The Tarot Writer’s (and Reader’s) Albatross