The Archetypal Celtic Cross

AUTHOR'S NOTE: The deck in the photograph is the Waite-Smith Centennial Edition in a Tin, which is copyrighted by U.S. Games Systems Inc. of Stamford, CT, used by permission and in accordance with the provisions of Fair Use. In The Way of Tarot, Alejandro Jodorowsky characterizes the Magician as dwelling entirely in the present, and … Continue reading The Archetypal Celtic Cross

An Archetypal “Yes-No-Maybe” Template

There is constant argument on the tarot forums and pages about whether the cards can or should be used to address "yes-or-no" questions. I strongly believe that any inquiry can be put to the tarot as long as we are perceptive and sensitive about how we interpret the verdict. Simply saying "The tarot is ineffective … Continue reading An Archetypal “Yes-No-Maybe” Template

The Power of Ten in Four: The Court Cards and the Decimal Paradigm

Along with a few other tarot authors I've encountered, Alejandro Jodorowsky makes much of the fact that the court cards have no numbers on their faces and therefore shouldn't be given them for any purpose whatsoever. His specific argument is that the organic "base-10" structure of the Minor Arcana doesn't support the practice of assigning … Continue reading The Power of Ten in Four: The Court Cards and the Decimal Paradigm

The Psyche, Numerology and the Tarot: A Psychological Reading Method

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This reading template and methodology were developed by me using a colleague's translation of psychologist John Beebe's archetypal model into tarot. In adapting it to my own analytical style, I made some changes to apply personal preferences, knowledge and experience. The matrix of Major Arcana cards supports a randomly-drawn four-card reading that will … Continue reading The Psyche, Numerology and the Tarot: A Psychological Reading Method

Celtic Cross – “The Right Tool For The Job”

As is probably obvious from the examples I've posted, I'm a big fan of the well-thought-out positional tarot spread. I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum from the "I never use formal spreads!" crowd and slightly to the conservative side of those who say they make unique spreads on-the-fly to suit the question or … Continue reading Celtic Cross – “The Right Tool For The Job”