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Origins of Catharism

Part I: Origins of Catharism Were the Cathari direct descendents of the ancient Gnostics? Yes, sorta, kinda. The Medieval Manichee by Runciman (1947, Cambridge University Press) is a dated but classic treatment of the subject. The influence of Runciman's work can be seen in the fact that the book was reprinted in 1955, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1991, and 1996. The book is a real goldmine for the English-speaking reader because it provides a comprehensive synthesis of the earlier French and German scholarly studies. Read More »


The Twelve Days of Tarot

The song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" tells the story of a "true love" bringing gifts. Well guess what? This year, your true love is ... YOU! And you're going to give yourself the most important gift of all: 12 consecutive days of happiness. How? It's one of the most popular tools in the Tarot community, and we want you to try it for 12 days, and for up to half the price... Read More »


Full Moon Lunar Eclipse

Tomorrow's Full Moon has been building for two weeks. But what's even more interesting is that it's not just a Full Moon, but also a Lunar Eclipse in Gemini, making it twice as potent and guaranteed to reveal important messages. But don't think you can just show up tomorrow, unprepared for this fire hose of emotion. Read More »


Venus and Mars are Locked in a Lovers' Embrace

"All's fair in love and war," and with Venus square Mars, that's a good figure of speech to keep in mind right now. Sensual Venus and fiery Mars are the cosmic lovers, and when they're squared to each other, it's as if they're locked in a passionate duel! 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 »


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 »


Defining Magic

4. Defining magic The Church condemned magic. But what exactly was magic? The Church's position reminds one of the judge who declared that he couldn't define pornography but he knew it when he saw it. If one wished to preserve the cult of saints who performed miracles while damning the magician for almost identical acts, then one had to be extremely cautious and precise in defining exactly what was condemned and what was accepted. The dilemma was faced by drawing a set of fine distinctions concerning what was miraculous and what was illicit magic. Read More »


The Major Arcana: Fool's Journey

Modern interpreters sometimes refer to the Tarot majors as the Fool's Journey. The 21 images of the trumps are seen as stages in a psychological or mystical journey and the Fool is seen as the pilgrim. Read More »


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