The Thoth Minor Arcana: “Back Door” to Cartomancy?

I've long wanted to practice playing-card cartomancy, and have studied it just a little. But learning a new system and figuring out how to effectively work with it is a time-consuming proposition, so I haven't made much headway beyond buying a few decks of playing cards and a book or two. However, during online discussions … Continue reading The Thoth Minor Arcana: “Back Door” to Cartomancy?

2022 and the Nature of “Six-ness” – “Pleasure with Pain for Leaven”

Author's Note: Here is a meditation on the nature of "Six-ness" as it applies to the year ahead. (Please forgive the cynic in me, it's irrepressible.) This is the time of year when everyone and their psychic brother (or, more plausibly, sister, daughter, mother, aunt or grandmother) will be doing an annual forecast for 2022. … Continue reading 2022 and the Nature of “Six-ness” – “Pleasure with Pain for Leaven”

Deck Review: The Remarkable (But Questionably Legal) “Retro Thoth” Mini

I've been in the market for a "mini" version of the Thoth deck for quite some time, but I've been put off by several negative reviews of the three currently-available "pocket-size" editions from 1998, 2002 and 2005, in which the weak color palette and the out-of-focus, too-small-to-see details were roundly criticized. I already had four … Continue reading Deck Review: The Remarkable (But Questionably Legal) “Retro Thoth” Mini

Meditation Patterns: Strength/Lust and the Leo Decans

Continuing my exploration of the "meditation patterns" for the Minor Arcana from Jim Eshelman's Liber Theta, here are the patterns for the Leo trump card, Strength (Lust in the Thoth Deck), and the three decans of Leo; I call this sequence "The Three Trials of Lust." The Minor Arcana for the Leo decans are 5 … Continue reading Meditation Patterns: Strength/Lust and the Leo Decans