Miniature objects play a role in the material culture of magic and divination, because they can signify material goods as well as other things—including intangible qualities—that we’d like to manifest in our lives. Perhaps the best known miniature is the dollhouse, which intrigues both children and adults. A dollhouse can also be used in magic and divination, because not only does it convey the charm of the miniature, it also shares the symbolism of the house, and the house and its chambers provide metaphors for different states of being. As such a symbolic structure, a dollhouse can serve as the basis of a tarot layout, in which the cards are inserted into its miniature rooms, and then interpreted in the context of the rooms’ different metaphorical associations. Author Janina Renée presents the "Dollhouse Oracle," a way to use the tarot for insight into your life.
Autumn months are always fraught with contradictions for me. Nature overflows with bounty and vibrant color that all too quickly gives way to falling leaves and early frosts; the earth is preparing to rest and rejuvenate. November and December bring the need to review the past year and start thinking of the next. As 2008 winds down, I cannot help but think of all the changes this year has...
A practical use of Tarot that might not be readily apparent is the way it can aid the creative writing process. Whether you’ve ever tried your hand at writing or not, the cards can be used to generate ideas, flesh out a story, or help you overcome writer's block. Next time you begin a writing project, pull out your favorite deck and ask it for suggestions. Here are some questions you might ask...
Tarot cards can be used in virtually any magical setting to uncover hidden meanings, discover new information, and to reach divine powers, energies, and beings. Sandra Tabatha Cicero, author of Tarot Talismans, explains how to use Tarot cards to craft rituals around individual angels to reach a specific goal.
Clustering exercises offer another creative way to work with the tarot. Some people have heard of a clustering exercise where you write down a main idea in the center of a piece of paper and then brainstorm by jotting down thoughts and ideas all ...