Monthly Archives: February 2011

ARCANUM XV – THE BLACK MAGICIAN

  Called The Devil in other traditions, here we have a card that depicts the threat of hell.  This cloven “devil” has the body of a hermaphrodite hog to represent the greed of both sexes.  It has the horned head … Continue reading

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The Pagan History of Valentine’s Day

The month of February is named after the mother of Mars, Fefrua. The Latin word febris, signifying the passions of love, is the root from which we get our word fever.  Isn’t it fitting that the holiday we associate with … Continue reading

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ARCANUM XIV – THE ALCHEMIST

Most frequently called Temperance, The Alchemist echoes Arcanum VII, The Conqueror, perfection on the physical plane.  Arcanum XIV, or twice 7, represents perfection in the astral plane.  This winged being, not of this world, appears after the Death card, harkening … Continue reading

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ARCANUM XIII – THE REAPER

Our oldest Tarot decks are traced to Renaissance Italy where the upper classes gambled with them in a game called Tarrochi.  If historians and collectors are lucky enough to find one of these decks today, in most instances, several of … Continue reading

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