In previous posts, I discussed Justice as the year card for 2009, because 2+0+0+9=11, (unless you use a deck in which the Strength card is Number 11). If, during the course of this year, you are doing a Tarot reading in which the Justice card comes up, (or in special cases, Strength), in addition to thinking about what that card normally means, and what it may specifically mean in the context of the reading in question, you might also think about how the issues that are being addressed in that reading tie in with the Year's larger stream of events, as well as the "Zeitgeist," i.e. the spirit of the times. Indeed, in any given year, if the card for that year comes up, it may mean that your reading has special meaning in terms of that year's events--that issues that are being played out in the larger world that year have some direct bearing on you. By the same token, when you are doing a reading and various Major Arcana cards come up, whether in reference to the present, past, or future, you might want to do a quick calculation to see what years those cards might correspond to, and then consider whether those particular years of your life had or will have some bearing on the circumstances which you are enquiring about. This is just another way that numerical analysis adds interesting new levels to interpretation.
I am a scholar of folklore, psychology, medical anthropology, the material culture of magic, ritual studies, history, and literature. My books include Tarot Spells, Tarot Your Everyday Guide (winner of 2001 Coalition of Visionary Resources award for best Self Help book), Tarot for a New Generation (2002 COVR winner, best General Interest Title), and By Candlelight: Rites for Celebration, Blessing and Prayer (2005 COVR runner-up, Spirituality). I continue to work on multiple books, with ongoing research projects exploring the ways folk magic and medicinal techniques can apply to modern problems, including the modulation of Asperger’s Syndrome and other neuro-sensory processing problems.
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On the first Sunday of every month from April through November, I hold magical chats at the Triple Goddess Bookstore in Okemos, Michigan, where I teach new divination techniques—doing Tarot readings or other types of readings as part of the group demonstration. I may also lead visitors through magical activities involving Tarot and other types of Oracles, walk people through different types of spells to promote health and well-being, present seasonal enchantments, lecture on folk magic, charms, etc., and offer my opinions on anything else that anyone cares to talk about. These sessions are free and casual, so anyone can pop in or out at any time, (between 1 and 3 p.m.). I also occasionally visit other stores in Michigan.
I am a scatter-brained person who has a hard time remembering everything I want to say, so oftentimes I forget to mention things that would enhance peoples’ magical experience, or better clarify their readings or their understanding of the different topics we cover. Therefore, I am using this blog to bring up a few of the thoughts I have for upcoming sessions--then, afterward, I will offer a retrospective to bring up things I'd like to add—providing that my antiquated computer and rural phone lines enable me to get onto the Internet. Also, I will attempt to answer any questions that anyone thinks of afterward—again, providing that I’m able to get onto the Net. I am also open to other suggestions, or activities that people would like to see repeated.