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Long way home: Hail and Horn Gathering 2018 at Spiral Nature

Long way home: Hail and Horn Gathering 2018

I attended the Hail and Horn Gathering at Raven’s Knoll campground and came away renewed, my Heathen faith enriched in more ways than I thought possible.
Courtney Alexander

Courtney Alexander on African American tarot and the importance of independence

Even though you may not know Courtney Alexander by name, if you’re involved in the tarot world, then you’ve likely heard about her groundbreaking deck, Dust II Onyx: A Melanated Tarot.
Detail from The Sun, Next World Tarot, by Cristy C. Road

Tarot for kids: 15 decks to get them started

If you read tarot and have children in your life, chances are they are super curious about the cards.
Broom, photo by Daniel Horacio Agostini

Not my Burning Times: Witch trials, oppression, and magical identity making

Witch hunts and witch trials are a real part of the historical record, but is invoking them in today’s, modern magical communities helpful?
Greatest Hits: Best of occulture in 2017

Greatest Hits: Best of occulture in 2017

Of the 24 articles on magick we published in 2017, these are the 11 most popular covering occulture. What were your favourites from 2017? What would you like to see us cover in 2018?
3 card spread by ariel grimm, Five Essential Books of Tarot Fiction by marjorie jensen

Five essential books of tarot fiction

Tarot is a site of transference between art and literature. The images in many tarot cards represent various mythological and religious stories. For instance, Strength in the Visconti-Sforza deck draws upon the myth of Hercules and the Nemean lion, and the four creatures in the Rider-Waite-Smith Wheel of Fortune were previously seen in the Books of Revelations and Ezekiel. Tarot can also be used as inspiration for writing new stories. There are a large number of tarot spreads for characterization, narrative development, enhancing the environment, and much more. I’ve drawn upon Corinne Kenner’s Tarot for Writers as well as created original spreads when designing my tarot writing workshops. I’ve compiled a list of essential books to begin--or continue--your journey into tarot fiction:

Witch activism: It’s happening now

Given their history as a persecuted group, it’s logical that witches would be resistant to oppressive regimes. Witch activism is on the rise.

Danielle Dulsky: An interview with a wild woman

When I first walked into Danielle Dulsky’s yoga studio for Wolf-Woman Autumn Camp, I knew I was in for some serious magick. The studio was welcoming and inclusive, with women from all over the country joined together for a day of connecting with the Dark Goddess. We began the day with a sacred cocoa ceremony to invoke Kali. This was followed by a moving meditation with yoga to channel the fury of Lilith, and the day concluded with Danielle leading us through past-life regressions, which to this day have held a marked impact on my psyche.

Find your new favourite indie tarot among these 11 decks

Recent years have provided an explosion of interest in tarot, with a proliferation of exciting indie tarot decks that draw on tradition, pop culture, politics and evocative art to entice card enthusiasts. To start, lots creators have thrown their cards in the indie tarot ring.

Persona 5: A video game rife with occult themes

Persona 5 is just as much about navigating the social as it is the supernatural. Yet, Persona 5 is also surprisingly grounded and almost ritualistic.
Open blank book on the grass, photo by auimeesri

Poetry to deepen your understanding of tarot

I find the act of reading poetry to be similar to the act of reading tarot because of how both use symbols, metaphor, archetypes, and so much more.
Brandy Williams, detail

Brandy Williams on gender, race, and classism

Donyae Coles sat down and chatted with Brandy Williams to learn more about her history and outlook on the issues in magick spaces.