How do we dream of another? Part of my job as a diviner is to read the cards for dreams. People tell me what they dream about, and I elucidate their dreams with the imagery from the cards. I thus create a palimpsest, or put a layer of new images on top of the dream’s already existing symbolic world.
On occasion, however, I get to read for the dreams of a third party. ‘How does he dream of me?’ women sometimes ask hoping to get an idea as to how they perform in their lovers’ dreams. Men ask that too. Usually the reason for the desire to know is coupled with loss. When the idea of togetherness is fraught, we want to know how we appear in our lovers’ dreams.
I said recently, while looking at the Knight of Coins, 2 Batons, and the Ace of Swords: ‘In his dreams, your lover seeks you out, but he is barred from penetration.’ ‘At least there’s that,’ the woman said, looking intently at the penetrating sword.
In my latest book about to be launched in a few hours, Tarot for Romeo and Juliet: Reflections on Relationships, I talk about the importance of knowing the heart of another. Reading the heart of another is one of the most intimate acts, and as such, it makes a great impact on the way in which we understand the world in terms that are not shallow.
The new book is a book about how we read passions, reading passions being the very core of divination, but what I also explore most ardently is how and why we fail at relationships. Although I ask tough questions, I also write about love, as if love was ‘the thing itself,’ the vehicle that gets us transposed to a universe where we only exist because the other exists. In other words, a world of beauty and infinite potential.
Borrowing Shakespeare’s passionate lovers, Romeo and Juliet, I weave a personal story of love and loss through encounters with the Tarot. At the cartomancy table we also encounter Werner Herzog’s films, Klaus Kinski’s acting, Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, and professors of Psychology, Renaissance, and Religious Studies. Juliet drives a sports car without crashing and Romeo commits harakiri, Japanese style, while reading books such as Thinking with Demons.
I’m excited to release my 15th book in the philosophy and practice of divination category when EyeCorner Press also celebrates 15 years of operation. For this reason Tarot for Romeo and Juliet got an extra touch, appearing in the form of fine binding, dressed in silk and gold, and speaking in a voice that hits the heart and the gut.
This edition is limited to only 193 copies. Go for it. Go for the marvelous and enjoy the wisdom of knowing the heart of man. It’s as good as an erotic dream.