Anthony Louis’ Tarot Beyond the Basics is filled with really fascinating ideas, techniques, and practices. His application of drive theory to the four suits was particularly intriguing. Here’s what he says:
Psychologists love to invent theories about what motivates people. For Empedocles, the two basic drives existence are Love and Strife, which in astrology are embodied by the planets Venus and Mars respectively. Freud expressed a similar idea when he reduced human motivation to the two basic urges: libido (sex) and thanatos (the death instinct). Jung became fascinated with the four humors, based on the four elements, and came up with four fundamental personality types. Each
Although this book is specifically written for use with a Marseille Tarot-style deck, I found a lot of useful information that can apply to any reading with any tarot deck.
Yoav includes a section on reading symbolic language in the cards. He includes categories that many of us have seen before, such as color and number, but he includes other categories that are less commonly discussed. I found the section of body parts particularly interesting.
Although I never had what I consider a formal method of interpreting body parts, I realized that I do casually think about body parts symbolically. For example, I usually notice if a character is wearing any sort of headpiece such as a crown
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Alferian Gwydion MacLir, author of Wandlore and the new Witch's Wand.
In my first wand book, Wandlore, I wrote at length about the process of making magic wands. My forthcoming book, The Witch's Wand, focuses on that question people often ask me: How do I use my wand? Well, here are five ideas.
Meditate Holding Your Wand.
The dryad spirit of the tree from which your wand branch came and the spirit of your wand is a living thing. Like a familiar spirit, your wand is a helper, guide, and counselor. Sit with your legs crossed on a pillow or mat, or however is comfortable. Hold your wand in your dominant hand and rest the point in the
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Sasha Graham, author of Tarot Diva and the new 365 Tarot Spreads.
"I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees."-Pablo Neruda
Neruda’s erotically-charged words perfectly describe what happens within the Ace of Wands, don't they? Especially the RWS Ace of Wands. The ace is literally shuddering, shedding its leaves in excitement. The wand throbs with fire and passion, blooming like a woman in the throws of lust and abandon, pushed to her limits, filled by her lover.
This is the absolute essence the entire suit of Wands.
Spring wakes everything up, it pokes and nudges us. We feel it it the very recesses of our bones