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The Wicci Notebook
I write a lot. I've written a bit on this site about a variety of subjects. This section is just a collection of the original writing (essays, etc.) on this site.
My introduction to Tarot happened one sunny afternoon in 2015, while standing in line at Barnes & Noble. My then-fiancé (now husband) encouraged me to buy the cards, after he saw me playing with theat the register. I played around with the kit a few times, but didn't really find it very interesting beyond the initial novelty of something I was taught as a child was necessarily satanic and evil.
I discovered Robert M. Place's The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism.in 2017 by what I can only see as kismet. I came across images of this deck while searching for something online, and I was immediately drawn to the esoteric woodcut style of Robert's artwork. I bought the deck, which comes with a little white book, but I didn't use it seriously until the next year, when I finally bought a copy of his in-depth Tarot book,
Robert's detailed breakdown of the evolution of sorcery, magic, and occultism in the west created a foundation for me to start investigating more deeply the various folk beliefs and spiritism of my American and European ancestors, and it's through this research that I've developed my own view of the Tarot and its usefulness in modern life. I definitely recommend Robert's book if you're interested in learning more about Tarot and the history of magic, with less of the ahistorical, metaphysical narrative that's common with many New Age authors and the original author of modern Tarot theory, Arthur E. Waite.
Articles In This Series
I really enjoy discussing deep philosophical subjects. I write a lot when we go wilderness camping, and I've started digitizing my writings. I don't claim to be the source of truth on anything. My philosophy is based on what I observe in the world around me, what I learn about past civilizations, and what is synthesized from my observations. I might be wrong about everything…but so far, I have a pretty good track record.
If you're looking for Molyneaux-style pop-philosophy, where you're told reality is a mirage and thus everything is meaningless in the end, you're barking up the wrong tree.is a dead end.
This is an always-evolving work in progress, because no, there is not a single truth that transcends all peoples throughout all time. If there was, Christianity wouldn't have had to use violence for centuries to establish itself as the prevailing moral and religious authority.