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The Alchemical Goddess

The Alchemical Goddess

We're so lucky to work with a community of talented and supportive women. Today we're featuring writing from one of our good friends and collaborators, Colorado-based psychotherapist and all round magic lady: Kestrel Neathawk. In Spring 2020, the three of us will lead...

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Lady and the Serpent

Lady and the Serpent

When did we learn to fear snakes? The Hebrew name for Eve, Hawwah (or Havvah or Chavah) has been translated to “mother of all living,” or simply “life” or “breath.” But scholars have also traced the etymology to words for serpent, possibly from the Phoenician snake...

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Neptune

Neptune

We’ve been friends since November, astrology partners since March, yet we never bothered to glance at our composite. That is, until we had to elect a date for our website launch. If you’re thinking, “what about compost?”, let me explain. The composite chart is a...

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Housewarming Party

Housewarming Party

After months of dreaming, scheming and teaming (and one false start back in September), we’re overjoyed to announce our new home on the internet.  First: huge neon thank you to Jules Worsham, for her web skills and prowess. Second: welcome! We invite you to linger a...

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The Tower

The Tower

Six months ago, close to the previous eclipses along the Cancer-Capricorn axis, Jasmine and I wedged our way through a shaft of the Great Pyramid at Giza. Tourists wilted on all sides from over-exertion or claustrophobia or heat stroke — it must have been a hundred...

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The Hermit

The Hermit

No matter what deck you use, the Hermit never seems to look at you head-on. In this version, he buckles into the wheat, face barely even in profile. His hand forms the centre of the card, which is appropriate, given the Hebrew letter associated with the Hermit...

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The Star

The Star

Here we find Nuit / Nuith / Nut, the Goddess of Night in her manifest (that is, physical) form. We studied this figure in our exploration of the Aeon card, which featured Nuit in her "formless form," back-bending in infinite space over Horus. That tension between form...

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Death

Death

This card is attributed to the letter Nun, which means fish; the symbol of life beneath the waters; life travelling through the waters. So begins Crowley's interpretation of the Death card. Ever a contrarian, he opens with an emphasis on life.  This card is...

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Ace of Swords

Ace of Swords

The Ace of Swords is the root of the Air element: the purest essence of Air, which we associate with the mind, words, and law. For what is law but language? Indeed, θέλημα, or "THELEMA" is inscribed on the blade: the Greek word for "will," or "the word of the law" for...

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The Aeon

The Aeon

This has been one of the hardest Thoth cards for me to tap into: partly because I've read so many conflicting interpretations. Angeles Arrien describes the central gods as Osiris, in child and adult forms. Except the falcon-headed god at the centre is unambiguously...

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The Lovers

The Lovers

My lasting sensory impression of this card is velvet—or another sumptuous textile, maybe polar bear fur. The Lovers is the 6th card of the major arcana and the first featuring more than one figure. The imagery is so Venusian, I might have assumed the correspondent...

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Ace of Disks

Ace of Disks

The Ace of Disks represents the root of the powers of Earth, which Crowley did not view as passive or inert, but active, in motion. To highlight this animated quality of earth, the Thoth deck invokes a whirring disk, rather than a coin or a pentacle. Crowley writes:...

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Knight of Wands

Knight of Wands

On first glance, the black steed rears from a lake of fire. And then you realize fire is climbing the Knight’s cape—indeed he is cloaked in flames— , and flares shoot from his helmet in a sort of eyebrow-singeing visor. To say nothing of the enflamed torch emerging...

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Queen of Cups

Queen of Cups

When I first glance at the Queen of Cups, my eyes land on the shell in her palm. Her face is hard to locate: I work back from the reflection, where her eyes gaze plaintively from the water. In her shell, a crayfish stands on end, forming the shape of Neptune’s...

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The Book of Thoth

The Book of Thoth

Aleister Crowley named his tarot deck the Book of Thoth after many ancient texts of the same title, attributed to the Egyptian god of writing and knowledge. The deck itself was illustrated over five years by Lady Frieda Harris, who became a close friend to Crowley. I...

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