Planning the search + defining some questions

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On the left: Justice, from the Haindl Tarot. On the right: Strength, from the Dali Tarot. Background: USGS

I’m looking around for big ideas about Tarot and its relationship to the wider world. There’s a lot of territory to search! So I’ve tried to organize/describe the field of inquiry.

Troublesome

I wrote this short reflection in 2005, and shared it here on Medium last year.

The Trouble with Tarot

The trouble is . . . Tarot morphs into whatever someone wants it to be. It’s…


An instructive episode from not-so-distant Tarot history

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“Carnival at the End of the World” — a Tarot deck created by Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick

I set out recently (‘Spinning the Wheel”)to find places where Tarot intersects with serious issues — and the first thing I thought of was an episode from my own past. It struck me as a precursor to the darker recesses of today’s social media . . .

Rabbit Holes

If you haven’t read the “New Revolution” timeline I posted a while back, this would be a great time. And if you have — consider a quick refresher.


From “Tarot | A Textual Project” to “Perspectives on Tarot”

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There’s a story behind this makeover, of course. It starts with a practical problem, and culminates with some existential questions.


The anger is the point. And it’s contagious.

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Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

Today, looking through what I have left in the “My Trump Journal” folder, I came across some notes about rage. I wrote them in November of 2019, and came back to them a few times after that, but never found a way forward. The picture wasn’t clear yet.


In literary terms — Trump is a comic character, miscast in the epic drama of American history

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Anonymous painting (French School c. 1670) depicts typical commedia characters. Pantalone at right, in red.

Pantalone operates on the assumption that everything can be bought and sold, and this turns out to be true, with the exception of loyalty (and love). But he also loves money for its own sake and will therefore only part with it when there is no other option. When things do not go his way he quickly slips into emotional extremes, particularly enraged petty tyranny. He has a long memory and never forgets or forgives the slightest past transgression.

John Rudlin, Commedia Dell’Arte: An Actor’s Handbook

There’s a never-ending stream of interpretation and analysis on the subject of Donald Trump…


Excerpts from a vintage interview with the American Taoist master Charles Belyea

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Photo by Marc Zimmer on Unsplash

Working my way through stacks of saved magazines and newspaper clippings, I reached a 1997 copy of Yoga Journal. It fell open to a centerfold that seemed for a moment like the very essence of serenity.


Fans of this Galician jazz cartoon share some excellent info — and I explore a couple of interesting questions . . .

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TV Galicia recently posted a long Twitter thread on the making of Carmina Vacaloura

I had a fantastic time writing The Improbable Charm of Carmiña Vacaloura. But it’s been just as fascinating to hear from fans of this unique work.

A Note from Pilar

Up to December of 2020, fewer than a hundred potential readers had viewed The…


The unexpected joys of cooking in a 6' x 6' space

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Photo by Ante Hamersmit on Unsplash

No — that’s not a picture of my house. If only!


A very brief reflection on coping with change . . .

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Photo by Jan Canty on Unsplash

If you become disoriented by the experience of change,
just return to the form.

If you become overwhelmed by the potential scope of change,
just return to the form.

If you become discouraged at the pace of change,
just return to the form.

If you become afraid of the results of change,
just return to the form.

A couple of decades ago, I printed those four sentences on a sheet of marble-patterned paper. …


An interactive Tarot dance performance, plus some notes on Tarot and the “Christmas Star” of 2020

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I’m constantly surprised by the Tarot-inspired projects I stumble over, in places I would never have thought to look. And this week’s newsletter starts off with the latest example . . .

Tarot on Stage

The goal of Aura CuriAtlas Physical Theater is to “find magic in ordinary situations, presented in unusual ways.” Blending dance, acrobatics, and visual art since 2013, the company takes its name from the combined qualities of lightness (Aura), strength (Atlas), and play (Curiosity).

Cynthia Giles

Writer at large, Ph.D. in interdisciplinary humanities. Persistently curious! Creator: “The Constance Project,” and Dreamfish Press. cynthiagiles.com

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