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The Death card is one of the tricky cards of tarot. When it shows up in a reading, readers are very quick to point out that it does not mean actual death. Instead, it means transformation. I agree that there is a transformative element to the Death card. However, I think we do a disservice […]

Experience of Initiation

Initiation of an apprentice Freemason around 1800. This engraving is based on that of Gabanon on the same subject dated 1745. The costumes of the participants are changed to the English fashion at the start of the 19th century and the engraving is colored, but otherwise is that of 1745. Initiation In the Western Mystical […]

The Amazing Power of the Mind/Body Link

Mystics talk about it all the time. Some doctors are getting wise to the idea. Simply put, there is an incredibly strong link between he functioning of the mind and the physical body. But some people demand proof. For those I would direct your attention to the April 6, 2011, issue of The Journal of […]

April Shows Bring May Flowers

The 8 of Wands is often interpreted as a fast moving energy. Things happen and they happen quickly. When Spring finally and really comes, the world seems to blossom overnight. Here, where snow still covers the ground in the shady areas and the temps still dip below freezing, we have a few brave crocuses adding […]

Signs of Spring

Today most of the snow is gone, although there are still piles here and there. The small lake near my house is still frozen over. This image is from the forthcoming Gaian Tarot (available Fall 2011). Here in the Midwest, we eagerly look for robins at the end of winter. They are a harbinger of […]

Raymond Buckland’s Adventures in Fiction

Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Raymond Buckland, author of numerous books, including the new Solitary SĂ©ance. After many years of writing non-fiction (approximately sixty books) I am at last able to turn to my true love, which is fiction. I thought that the ideal genre on which to focus would be fantasy […]

New Moon in Aries April 3, 2011

This New Moon in Aries occurred yesterday, April 3 at 10:32 am EDT (10:32 pm GMT) at 13 degrees. New moons signify a new cycle, new beginnings, and rebirth. This new moon will highlight the Aries qualities of confidence and independence. Being that there are a number of planets in Aries (Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and […]

Science, Scientism, Religion, Magick

In a recent post I defined scientism as: “A set of beliefs, focused around a narrow interpretation of materialism, that purports either to be a true defense of “real” science or science per se, but is closer to a type of religion.” For my definition of science I quoted Wikipedia: “an enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the world.” […]

The Map is Not the Territory

A few mornings ago I received a phone call from a friend on the opposite side of the country. Alay’nya started out as a hard-driving scientific researcher. We met at a psychic fair in San Diego where she came and received a Tarot reading from me. Although we’ve rarely seen each other in person, we […]