At The Crossroads

The latest talismanic title from Scarlet Imprint has been announced and it looks smoking hot. Among the excellent contributors are voices from our very own blog cabal such as Christopher D. Bradford, fellow AIRR associate ConjureMan Ali, and why yours truly of course! :-)

From Scarlet Imprint:

At the crossroads the paths of magicians and worlds meet.Grimoire and root workers, Hoodoo and Vodoun, Quimbanda and Ifa. A potent fusion is occuring, a second diaspora.
At the Crossroads tells the stories of what happens when the Western Magical Tradition encounters the African Diaspora and Traditional religions, and vice versa. It is a mixing and a magic that speaks of a truly new world emerging. 

Read the rest of the announcement, check out the contents and pre-order your copy from Scarlet Imprint here.


Tarot of Marseilles

I dusted off this 1963 printing of the Tarot of Marseilles today. I found this little beauty almost perfectly preserved in the bottom drawer of a cabinet in an junk shop a few years ago. The owner of the shop didn't even know it was there and sold it to me for R8 - that's about a dollar I think. And wow does it sing for me today! They don't make cards like this anymore. The card stock is almost like wood and the colours are basic litho of red, yellow, black and blue.

I did a quick relationship reading to see how the Tarot of Marseilles and I will get along...

The cards on the bottom left are to describe me. The cards on the right are to describe the ToM and the two at the top, our relationship.

As you can see I am only satisfied by perfect accuracy and objectivity (Justice+10C). It's true - I have an unreachable ideal for this and nothing less satisfies me. As you know tarot is hardly an exercise in objectivity!

The Tarot of Marseilles' side is interesting! The ToM is devastating in it's harsh honesty Tower+5P. No sugar coating anything from this deck. Barebones reality, like it or not.

Our relationship looks promising; successful revelations brought by the High Priestess + 6W. It looks like working with this deck will help advance visionary capacity.

I must say I find the combination of shocking honesty and visionary expansion promised by this spread rather appealing. This stays on the reading table for a while then.

With the endless proliferation of these ugly photoshop/digitally painted decks you see everywhere - the raw simplicity of these woodcuts are just what I want right now.