SUMMER MANIFESTO

Having just returned from a conference in Malta that I attend every year – organized in different countries by the PsyArt foundation and the PsyArt Journal that I have the honor of serving as editor-in-chief – I found myself making statements that brought my life as an academic closer to my life as a cartomancer and practitionerContinue reading “SUMMER MANIFESTO”

MAYBE LENORMAND

After waiting a long time for the postal and customs service to clear the ‘Art’, a most anticipated set of cards has finally landed. The Maybe Lenormand, designed by the inimitable Ryan Edward, lives up to its label. Art of the highest has actually hit me, and I am most high myself, just by lookingContinue reading “MAYBE LENORMAND”

CONFLATED SYMMETRIES

Three days ago a woman psychologist wanted to know what kind of an impact her research has made on a crowd she has lectured for, and who was unfamiliar with some of the concepts that she was using – concepts imported from the less consecrated world of ‘related psychology’, such as, myth as reality inContinue reading “CONFLATED SYMMETRIES”

BURNING SERPENT

In a recent discussion with Rachel Pollack about inspiration, I suggested that we look at the etymology of the word. From Latin, inspirare, to be inspirited or to inspire, inspiration means not only ‘to breathe,’ but also to receive divine guidance when breathing in a certain way. What is thus suggested in this word isContinue reading “BURNING SERPENT”

YEW TREE

The thing about living the magical life is that it requires no beliefs of any kind whatsoever. What magical living requires is practice. Either you do things, such as roam the woods and get a sense of nature and its cycles, or you find a system that allows you to read the signs in nature.Continue reading “YEW TREE”

PERPLEXED

The point of magic is to unperplex us. Around this new moon I’ve been devising custom visualizations for one of my most tenacious and devoted students of cards and magic. This work made me think about how perplexing what we do must seem to others. But magic is simple. Magic is play. All it takesContinue reading “PERPLEXED”