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Cure Your Relationship Heartache

Let's face it -- every couple has a problem or two. And gone unchecked, they can really start to hurt the relationship as a whole. Just like our bodies, relationships are living, breathing entities that require healthy habits to thrive. But as with exercise, it's hard to squeeze it in sometimes... today is a little bit different. Read More »

Full Moon in Aries: Don't Get Burned

Some days it feels like I go from one disappointment to another. No matter how hard I try, I never seem to have the fire and passion needed to extinguish this drama in my life. Well tonight's Full Moon in Aries is going to change all that. Read More »

Iconology of the Chariot Cards

Introduction Figure 1 shows the seven extant Chariot cards from the 15th/16th centuries. The Chariot card was number eight in the type B ordering. The Chariot on the early cards appears as a 2-wheeled chariot pulled by white horses. Read More »

Iconology of the Angel Tarot Cards

IntroductionFigure 1 shows the Angel cards that have survived from the 15/16th centuries. The imagery is remarkably consistent across the cards, showing one or two angels blowing trumpets and figures rising from graves. Read More »

Iconology of the Lovers Cards

Introduction Six examples of the Lovers card have survived from the 15th/16th centuries (Figure 1). In the type B ordering, the Lovers cards are number seven.The imagery is quite consistent and shows a young couple with a cupid hovering above. One card shows three couples with two cupids. The last card (lower right) is a fragment but probably also had the typical Cupid above. Read More »

Happens Once Every Two Years

I've had it. I'm so over being pushed around.  We only get one shot at this life, and right now it's like the entire universe is putting up roadblocks to keep us from being truly happy. What's it all about? I'll tell you -- Saturn's move into deep, mysterious Scorpio. Read More »

Kabbalah Influences

For the first three decades during which I was assimilating information about Tarot, I avoided the history of the Kabalah. Not only had it seemed too abstruse and foreign, but the teachings had apparently fragmented due to the many forced migrations imposed upon the Jews throughout their history. Read More »

The English School of Tarot

A number of histories have been written to clarify the people and events connected to the founding of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the most familiar of this century's Secret Societies and source of most of the Tarot decks sold today. Read More »

The Major Arcana Traditions

Over the years,friends have asked me in the course of compiling important minutiae of a comprehensible Tarot history, "Isn't this a bit too encyclopedic for the average Tarot user to care about?" Read More »

Transmission of Magical Knowledge to the 15th Century

5. Transmission of magical knowledge to the 15th Century Occultist writers often attribute the transmission of magical knowledge to secret societies. The claim has some basis if we consider the 16th to 20th centuries. However, it does not suffice to explain the transmission from ancient times to the 15th century when the Tarot was invented. There simply are not any secret societies that could have served the purpose (see separate article on Secret Societies and the Tarot) nor is there any hint of such a society in the hundreds of medieval manuscripts that deal with magic. Read More »

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