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Everyday Tarot

Tarot is an ancient art of divination that first took the form of Tarot cards in 14th Century Europe. Traditional Tarot decks consist of 78 cards depicting symbolic archetypes that represent people and situations common to all of humankind. Read More »


A Tarot Take on the Full Moon in Pisces and Venus in Libra

Did you know that each Major Arcana Tarot card has an astrological correlation? For some, it's a planet, and for others it's an astrological sign. Every week, we'll be taking a look at the major events happening in our changing sky, and sharing advice on making the most of them from the Tarot. Read More »


Body and Soul: Changing Our Genetic Patterns

As an exercise in willpower and discipline, I have been on a fundamental dietary change over the last four months. It involves literally re-programming one’s genes (and jeans!). It has finally become a habit, and it is a fascinating process as it involves a change that doesn’t Read More »


Dante

Part IX: Dante It occurred to me that as we progressed through this series of studies, it was difficult to see how the many threads were woven together. As the infrastructure of Catharism was violently disrupted, its remnants were transformed by the Spiritual Franciscans with their Joachimism and their institution of the Tertiaries and later the Confraternities. The Gnostic doctrine, inherited from the Bogomils, was supplanted by a Neoplatonic Apocalypticism. Read More »


Tarot Imagery

Part VIII: Tarot imagery In an earlier section, we briefly examined the hypothesis that the Tarot symbols are the product of, or were directly influenced by, Gnosticism in the form of Catharism. The answer was clearly No! A scholarly examination of Catharism uncovered doctrines that are in direct conflict with a number of the Tarot symbols, as well as with concept of any material expression of dualist dogma. Read More »


Confraternities

Part VII: Confraternities Originally, "confraternitas" referred to groups of lay persons and secular clergy affiliated with a monastery (Little, 1988). They provided an opportunity for a deeper spiritual experience while remaining in the secular world. Before the end of the 13th century, the zeal of the Mendicant Orders (Franciscans and Dominicans) turned them into a popular form of lay piety (Banker, 1988). Read More »


Iconology of the Temperance Cards

Introduction The six Temperance cards surviving from the 15th and 16th century are shown in Figure 1. In the ordering we are adopting here, the temperance cards are numbered six of the trumps. Read More »


Iconology of the Fortitude Cards

The ninth Tarot trump according the type B ordering is the virtue Fortitude and the five surviving cards from the 15th/16th century are shown in Figure 1. Two of the cards show a woman in a long tunic holding or breaking a pillar. Read More »


Iconology of the Wheel Cards

Introduction The six surviving Wheel of Fortune cards (#10) from the 15th/16th century are shown in Figure 1. The same basic theme appears on all of them. Read More »


Iconology of the Hermit Cards

IntroductionCard number 11, the Hermit, has five survivors from the 15th/16th century (Figure 1). All of the images show an old bearded man. Read More »


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