“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better” doesn’t work in divination

If we forget that divination is a technology in addition to being an interpretative art, we forget that there’s no difference between what a doctor does and what a magical healer does. Let me put it this way: would you go to a doctor who relishes his failures, or what’s worse, can’t even wait to fail better, and more, fall from all graces too because, well, it’s delicious?


A month ago I wrote here about finalizing three book manuscripts and a deck of cards. Since I like to start projects and finish them on the dot too, I was true to my own word once again. I just had a book launch party, and shipped today a whole lot of boxes. It wasContinue reading “THREE NEW BOOKS”

Fashionable English Lenormand in 1887: The gift of Kamekichi Tsunajima

Card enthusiasts know it well. Perform a google search, or use the search engine of a museum, and voilá, before you know it, you’ll have access to some of the most fantastic images currently available, of both ancient and recent origins. For instance, I’ve downloaded a number of historical Tarots from Gallica, the French nationalContinue reading “Fashionable English Lenormand in 1887: The gift of Kamekichi Tsunajima”


I like to talk often about my weariness with causality and the need to explain everything and justify everything according to some presupposed linearity that moves us from A to B. What is a fact is that we move, but hardly ever from A to B, and almost never do we move from A becauseContinue reading “MAGIC AS A COIN, A HORSE, AND A WHEEL”