The Enochian Magick of Dr. John Dee – A Review

The Enochian Magick of Dr. John Dee, with the gloriously pompous subtitle; The Most Powerful System of Magick in Its Original Unexpurgated Form. Edited and translated by Geoffrey James.

This is an oldie, but a goldie, as they say… or at least that’s what I say…

First released in 1984, then again as an updated version in 1994 by Llewelyn. It came to light at a time when there wasn’t that many books on this subject, at least not as far as I am aware (Fun fact: I was born the same year the introduction was written), and so in many ways it was then perhaps ahead of its time. If that’s the case, then supposedly it might have been a substantial influence on other authors books that came out in its wake. Now, I think it’s safe to say that a lot has happen throughout the years this niche field since its publication, yet I dare to say that this is still a rather interesting book, that also looks surprisingly well design-wise for its age and format (paperback – second printing 1998), with its pretty presentation being of particular note. I personally bought my copy right around the year 2000, and it’s held up quite nicely, and although it has gotten slightly yellowed pages over time, that just kind of adds to the charm and makes the experience so much richer and more immersive.

The yellow pages?

Here Dee’s Enochian magick is gathered together and put forth as a neat little grimoire, pulled from the good doctor’s own manuscripts. Complete with a sort of “pseudo history” to comply with the standard practice of ye olde arte of the grimoire tradition. All this makes for a very curious and compelling paperback artefact. It certainly has its unique glamour, and I’ve seen it described as the Key of Solomon of Enochian.

I think just the preface itself is worth reading for it’s sober take on wether or not this system was a complete fabrication of Edward Kelley. Then in closing we are also kindly blessed with a great set of appendices, which serves as the icing on this tasty delicious angelic cake of a book.

Grim dark grimoire noir.

However, it’s not without its flaws.

It’s been criticized for not being written by a practitioner, but that shouldn’t be such a big deal, since it’s merely mostly a presentation of the original source material. Although, I’m not even sure if it’s valid criticism, since the author doesn’t say he’s NOT practising this form of magick in the preface. Furthermore, some of the Latin translations are said to be less than favorable, but does anyone even know of any good translations of Dee’s Latin passages in his diaries? If so, please let me know.

Rereleased as The Enochian Evocations of Dr. John Dee. Out of print it in physical formats, but still obtainable digitally if you are so inclined.


A cruciform spread in six cards.

Spreads shaped like various forms of crosses is a fairly common occurrence in cartomancy. The Celtic Cross presumably being the most well known, to the point of almost being the archetypical de facto spread. However, other variants exists, like my personal favourite The French Cross. Like many things, the origins of this particular idea came about whilst trying to develop a similar concept utilising a cruciform as its basis for layout. Such is the fractal nature of creativity that once you open the gates it’s an infinite rabbit hole of discoveries, and literally as I type this yet another conception of a seed for a spread occurred. It’s also something that’s useful to keep in mind as each card unfolds, leading you your thoughts in new directions. This is just an attempt at exploring the possibilities of using a traditional structure in an unconventional manner. Please think of it as a first draft, or a rough sketch, rather than something fully developed and set in stone.

For deeper immersion, face east, with the top card pointing towards the respective direction. Deal cards face down in order as shown in the illustration. Imagine it all as a top view of a church. Turn over one card at a time.



Open the doors. This is the threshold. A transition from the outside world in to a spiritual place. Often representing death. What is not allowed inside? What you must leave behind before you enter? 


Torso/upper body.

Nave derives from the Latin word navis which means “ship”. Symbolically connected to such things as Noah’s ark for instance or your life’s journey. This is the current path you are on. Where are you headed?



Yeah another transitional space. It’s literally the middle of the cross, a holy crossroads, connecting back to the past, leading towards the future and/or possible detours to the left and to the right. The heart of the matter. The core issue.


Left arm.

Negative (outside) Influences. Might be relating to something or someone haunting you from the past. Liminality. Darkness.


Right arm.

Positive (outside) influences. Light.



The most sacred part of the whole church. What do you need to sacrifice in order to become reborn? The word altar comes from the Latin words altārium and adolere, meaning “high” and “to ritually burn or sacrifice” respectfully. The latter meaning alluding to what was its original purpose. What do you need to place high upon the altar? Which bridges do you need to burn? What no longer serves its purpose? How do you clear your head? Symbolic of rebirth…


Not too keen on the Christian connection? Want a more satanic approach? Try reversing the order, inverting the cross, reading card 6 as number 1 etc.

For a religiously neutral spread, just remove the transepts (wings) altogether, leaving you with four cards instead of six, and just call it The Temple of Tarot (I might expand on this idea later), and perhaps change the names of the various rooms if you are so inclined.

And lastly, if you’re feeling even more adventurous, try adding further locations, like left and right aisles, a sanctuary sanctum, bell tower, crypt, or a pulpit etc.

Angels & Archangels Review

Angels & Archangels

A Magician’s Guide

by Damien Echols

  • Hardback
  • 288 pages
  • Published by Sounds True

Firstly, I personally do recommend that you read Echols’ previous book High Magick before this, unless you already are experienced and/or familiar with western forms of ceremonial magical praxis, the likes of Golden Dawn or Thelema for instance. Nevertheless, I predict that High Magick very likely might become THE modern classic “go to” beginners introduction to magick, quite possibly destined to replace Donald Michael Kraig’s venerable Modern Magick. Time will tell. Now onward to the actual review Angels & Archangels.


I think it’s safe to say that this is somewhat of an anomaly, at least as far as occult publishing is concerned, as you could consider this to be quite a popular release by a very high profile author. My point being that this has both the momentum and exposure to be getting A LOT of public attention and opinions from people all around the online sphere, which should provide you with plenty of opportunity to get nuanced reviews, preview and overviews. So after you search YouTube for some excellent interviews where mr. Echols’s talks about his book himself, you can just pop over to Amazon or audible if you feel you need to further explore wether this is for you or not (spoiler alert: I think it is even if you don’t ;))


To be a mass marketed and mass produced book, it’s actually surprisingly well made. I’d say it even feels like a step up from the production of the aforementioned High Magick. It’s to be commended that they’ve managed to keep the book a hardcover while still keeping the cost down. Maybe it won’t last as long as the expensive hand bound talismanic releases of other occult publishers you may have in your private library, but for this price you can buy two copies… I also think it’s a fair chance that this will remain in print for years, so you don’t have to worry about missing out of a copy. It should also be said that this book is very tastefully designed and laid out, which isn’t uncommon for the more niche titles by the more specialist publishers alluded to, but for such a high profile release, it’s not a given. Also, everyone knows how easy it is for angel aesthetics to fall into the tasteless, tacky new age awfulness. Not the case here, thank God.

What I deeply appreciate about Damien Echols as an author and teacher is that he’s not a gatekeeper or an elitist, at all. His humble approach comes across in all his writing. Perhaps this is partly due to his poor upbringing or the fact that he initially learned his craft alone (he was as you probably know, on death row, spending several years in solitary confident) in prison, where his resources were limited, and he also was far removed from the occult and magick community. This is the real deal. Not the spooky, dark, mostly for pretend armchair snobbery you’ll often see these days and which frankly is getting a little old (although, if you know me, you know I very much enjoy that esoteric literature as well). Echols’s genuine excitement and enthusiasm leaps up at you from the page and is quite contagious and inspiring.


Part one acts like a reference of various categorizations of angels and archangels and their respective correspondences to such things as the elements, the Kabbalistic tree of life, the zodiac and the tarot. This is an extensive list serving concise information over a generous amount of pages. Of particular note is the attention given to the Tarot, with one page dedicated to each of the Major arcana cards and two cards a page of the Minor arcana. Now, we only get the name of the card, the associated angel and a short sentence or two of what it applies to, but with the Rider Waite Smith deck now being in public domain, it’s reprinted in full, albeit in black and white. Very handy.

Part two contains the practices and rituals. Again, here you might possibly benefit slightly from either having read High Magick beforehand or having previous magical training. However, this really is no prerequisite, and you’ll get everything you need here, from basic meditation and mindfulness to the essential rituals like The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP) and ending with more advanced stuff like The Rose Cross and the infamous Shem Operation (AKA the ivocation of Seventy-Two Angels of the Shem Ha Mephorash).


All in all this results in a very thorough source book as well as a practical work book, well deserving a place on anyone’s bookshelf. Informative without being dull and everything is eloquently explained making it extremely easy to follow. This truly is magick for all!

Although we do get a good list of book recommendations for further study and exploration, and a handful of sources mentioned in the NOTES section, we should have been given more clues as to where all this information came from. I know it’s not always possible trace down or even pinpoint where all your transmission came from, but certainly a guidebook like this could benefit a lot from being well documented. But at least we get an index!

Now I can’t wait until Damien’s next book is released, which I think I heard somewhere might be ritual compilation written as a collaboration with his wife, Lorri Davis. We’ll see. All I know is that he’s on top of his game, and seeing where he’ll go next will be interesting.

You can buy the book from the publisher or on amazon or probably just about any bookstore. It’s also available in kindle format and as an audio book read by the author himself.

The Xenomorph Lifecycle Tarot Transformation Spread

Happy Alien Day 2020!

In honor of this most holy day, and as a tribute to Saint Giger, I present to you this little idea. Please bear in mind that this is just a thought experiment. Ironically it’s not fully developed, but I wanted to post it none the less, as an exercise in creativity. Which might be what this spread is best suited (pun intended) for. Feeling blocked? Maybe consulting The Alien will help you unlock something. Or perhaps you are feeling stuck in some aspects of your life… the maybe, just maybe, some lateral thinking will change up the cycle.


Pose your question. Shuffle. Cut the deck. Deal four cards, pulled in sequence, representing the following stages:

Stage I: Ovomorph. The egg. Can remain in stasis for years until nearby movement is detected. Once a potential host approaches it opens up, unfolding, and a parasitic facehugger springs out, attaching itself to the newfound target. An egg has obvious symbolism, representing your hope, new potential etc.

Stage II: The Facehugger/Host-body. Eight fingers to hold you… hold on tightly. Hold on to that hope… those dreams…. don’t let go. Implant. Let the embryo grow. Once it’s secure, you can let go, and detach. Don’t lust for result. Let it die. You will soon be reborn.

Stage III: The Chestburster. This is the key. The (biomechanical) weapon. This is what will help you break out and break free. It will cut a path. Old habits will die, and you will discard what no longer serves a purpose. Be carful though, at this stage you are still vulnerable… so find safe space to hide so you can molt into adulthood.

Stage IV: Xenomorph*. The Alien. Your final form. Larger, faster, stronger, tougher than before. Your full potential. Enter the dragon. The Star Beast 666. 

* Stalker, Scout or Drone, according to some sources, but for the sake of convenience we are just going to treat it as one general form of xenomorph. One size, fits all.

For Further Research and Development

Depending on the lore**, there are stages beyond this which might be worth exploring, however, now we’re getting dangerously deep into deep, dark, geek territory. In any case, I’ll include them below for the sake of completeness, for those (including future me) that want to explore matters further: 

Stage V: Soldier, Worker, Sentry.

Stage VI: Praetorian, Crusher, Queen. 

Stage VII: Beyond the Queen… Queen Empress and Queen Mother. It has been suggested that the Queen will continue to grow as the hive grows, reaching proportions as big as a T-Rex! There’s even reports of Praetorians melting into something called Palatines, and then theres even whispered rumours about an Alien King…

**Source Alien the RPG

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Ten Practical Tips for Maintaining Your Tarot Practice

Stuck at home, in quarantine, self imposed or otherwise, for your own safety and other peoples safety? Here’s ten practical things you could do to sharpen your skills and up your tarot game:



No, really, not only is it a powerful symbolic gesture, but it’s also a nice habit to have especially these days, but also for when you handle your decks. To make sure you have “clean” energy and clean cards that will last a lifetime.

Another method which you could use to get into the mood and mindset of a read is to rub some Florida Water on your hands before you start your read or even touch your cards. Just the smell alone is enough to shift my focus and to STAY in focus. after having made this part of my routine. By the way, you can also get Florida Water soap.

So, not of the traditional kind? Well, hand sanitizers are all the rage these days! And they works just as well, and might arguably be better in many ways, and will certainly help you get into the spirit of things. Let’s make our new traditions!


Every now and then you should make sure that they’re all there. Trust me. I just recently found out that one of my most used decks had been missing The Chariot card for something like half a year!

This also goes for those that are splitting their decks, using only the Major Arcana. Especially check this before you are do read for a client. You’d be surprised how often a card is either missing or misplaced, and you don’t want to look like a fool do you?

This is even more important if you are using multiple decks, as it’s all too easy forget in what state left them in last time they got used. Case in point: I was doing a spread where the actual number of of cards needed to be exact, and I had to redo the read from start when I realized that I had added the four aces to it for some reason last time it was in service. What the hell? I don’t even recall for what reason.


Shake your box! If you you keep your decks in their boxes that is. I estimate that about two thirds of mine are in their original box, and after use and when it’s time to put it back into its box, a lot of the time I’ll notice that one card was left behind. Make it a part of your practice. It’s kind of sort of like checking the barrel of a gun for obstructions before you fire.

Or just do the opposite, and never ever look in the box until after you’re done reading. Maybe not playing with a full deck is your jam!


Literally. Change the container of the cards. Wether it is a box or a drawstring bag or whatever. Put them in another box or make your own pouch.

Don’t know how to sew and you kind of like to keep ’em in their box you say? Why not decorate it with stickers? Pimp it out! Add some unique mojo to it.

Or take it even one step further and go no box at all! Naked tarot! The ultimate punk witch move is to just use whatever random rubber band you find laying around. Even a hair tie will do in a pinch.

Although, all that being said, I very much like to treat my decks as samurai swords, only pulling them out of their sheath (box or pouch) when absolutely necessary and then put them straight back in again as soon as they’ve seen action.


I confess, I’m not always too fussed about the so called “cleansing” of my decks, or even charging them. That’s of course not to say that I don’t do it from time to time, because I do, and if you don’t already, so should you! Here’s my simple methods:

Sing, hum or talk to your decks. You do it for plants, don’t you? Same thing. Can’t carry a tune? Whistle, use a singing bowl or play your favourite song for the cards. Don’t forget to breathe some life into your cards. Blow the dust off, like you would on an old book. Knock three times on the stack. Run it through some incense. Or just let your cat rub up against them for some special cat magic blessing. Works like a charm.


Are the cards behaving suspiciously, or does something feel off? Has the deck suddenly “stopped working” properly? Perhaps it’s time for a good old fashioned restart. How do you reset a deck you say? Well, that’s super simple. Just put the cards back in their “original” order. Major Arcana from 0-22 (although you could put The Fool at the end) and the suits traditionally (or qabalistically) are ordered Wands (fire), Swords (air), Cups (water) and Pentacles (earth). Easy peasy.

Although this varies a lot from deck to deck, so consult the guidebook or just use your intuition (or the internet). Oh, and are you just using digital deck, like an app on your phone? Delete it and download it again and reinstall it. Browser based tarot? Just reload/refresh the page.   


Aren’t any of the above tips doing the trick? Try grounding it. And by grounding I don’t mean send it to its room, although that’s not such a bad idea, but most decks I know doesn’t have their own rooms… I mean quite literally put it into the ground. Dig a hole in the dirt and bury your cards. Leave them there for three days, or however long you want.


Give a little used deck a new life by modifying it. By either edging or trimming. Edging being the easier option, and it just means colouring the edges with for instance a permanent marker of some kind. Lots of videos on YouTube for guides on this if you need inspiration.

Trimming is a little more tricky, and it doesn’t really suit every deck, but as long as you have a nice pair of sharp scissors, it’s not as hard as you’d think. You might want to get one of those “round corner cutter things” (technical term) though.


Experiment with your decks. Deconstruct and remix. Try using multiple decks at the same time! Break the rules. Bend the cards. Cut them in half. Has anyone done a cut-up deck, or exquisite corpse, yet by doing this and randomly reattaching the pieces?

Use the Major Arcana from one pack of cards and the Minor Arcana from another. You could do an improvised spread where you pull a card from the Major Arcana which relates to the “major issue” and then pull a card from the Minor Arcana stack to focus on the “minor issue” at hand.

Do you own 78 decks or more? Why not make a funky Frankenstein super group tarot by combining all your favourite cards from each deck into one whacky one? Probably works better with just the Major Arcana, as you just need 22.


This doesn’t even have to be a physical one, and could just be a theoretical thought experiment. Map out all the Major Arcana to fit the story and/or characters of a movie, book, video game or TV series you love.

Or why not make a Tarot playlist with each song representing a card? That would be a nice way to practice some modern shufflemancy for you cyberpunk witches. Collect pictures online, print them out and clue them on cardboard to make a scratch-built deck.

Why not see if you can put together a whole deck in just one day, only using the material you have in your house or apartment? The notebook blue bic pen doodle tarot deck just screams to come alive!

Go do!

Stay cool and stay safe. And consider supporting your fellow cardslingers and/or tarot makers by paying them to do a read for you or buying their wares.

Take care ❤

A Small Update

This is just a small update to say that one of my original spreads, The Slot Machine Spread, is featured in the book:


by A Group of Fine Card Readers From Around The World

Volume One

Edited by Coleman Stevenson 


Which not only was a huge surprise, but a huge honor as well! This truly does live up to its title, and it’s humbling to be amongst such a fine group of cartomancers.

And as my only involvement with this book was limited to just providing the above mentioned spread of mine, I feel like I can say that this an inspiring book. And that I recommend it to all my fellow card readers, new and old. There’s something here for everyone. And I will also add that I feel like there’s an extra benefit of getting something well thought out and put together like this, as opposed to just grabbing whatever you can find online for instance. In this particular case, you have the curation of a seasoned tarot creator and reader as Coleman is, so you know this is quality content, hand picked, from a practical, and user-friendly, standpoint.


Speaking of small books, I have an announcement to make: I’ve been working on a short Sigil Magick handbook, which I hope will become available sometime later this year. Most likely in digital format, but I’m looking into print on demand options as well. More information to come. A lot depends on the interest, which is why I’m casually mentioning it here.

Back on topic, if you want to buy A Small Collection of Specialized Spreads, you can get it from the Dark Exact Etsy store.

The Smart Limitation Tarot Pt.2


As an experiment and a preparation for a future tarot project I have (to be announced), I decided to further modify this deck. Over the years I have had many ideas for various decks, and I’ve made a heap of notes, many sketches, and even a handful of prototype cards, however, In a weird way, this is sort of “my” first completed tarot. Not one I ever expected to make, but it’s strangely fulfilling nonetheless.

In part one of this tarot adventure I mentioned that this deck had taken on a life on its own, and that really is the only way to describe this transformation. It has come to life in a real Frankenstein way, and I definitely feel like a mad scientist experimenting with forbidden technology, combining things that maybe should not be mixed together…  creating a monster!

Get Colour

I’ve been taking Gordon White’s Tarot course, which I highly recommend by the way, so this experimental phase is very coloured by what I’ve been learning there. Below is some work in progress photos of the pip cards

The four suits colours are easy enough, and has the traditional associations, with Swords/Air/Yellow and Wands/Fire/Red swapped to Swords/Fire/Red and Wands/Air/Yellow respectively, because that’s how I roll these days.

It gets a little more complicated with further colour combinations, but it does follow its own internal logic, which I very much like. This is based on some historical context, but it’s mostly speculative, and experimental (and that’s the spirit of this deck).


Here the Major Arcana has been given colours according to their association with the cardinal virtues (Justice, Fortitude, Temperance and Prudence) and their correspondence to Swords, Wands, Cups and Coins. It’s worth noting that in this case The World is linked to Prudence, which seemed to make a whole lot more sense to me, than The Hermit that is perhaps more common.

I won’t go into much detail on how and why the colours are what they are, as that’s probably a topic for another post but a quick rundown is like this:

  • Coins: Prudence (The World). The Moon, The Sun, Judgment and Princesses.
  • Swords: Justice. The Hanged One, Death, The Devil, The Tower and Princes.
  • Cups: Temperance. Lovers, The Chariot, The Hermit, The Wheel and Queens.
  • Wands: Fortitude (Strength). The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant and Kings.

It’s also worth noting that I put The Hierophant in the Wands/Fortitude category, because all the other ones had five Trumps in them, and sequentially and symbolically it seemed to fit there. And lastly The Fool gets no colour or cardinal virtue association, while The Magician is also standalone but with all 4 suit colours.

The full deck in all its glory:


I’m really pleased with the whimsical nature of this deck. It has its own unique look, and it has inspired me to explore the hyper-dimensional world of the Tarot on a deeper more intuitive level.

Next I’ll get a completely blank deck and see if I can take this experiment even further.

PS The basis of this deck is the out of print first edition of The Minimalist Tarot, however you can get the second edition here: (and from what I can tell it looks like it has addressed and improved upon some of the issues I had with the first edition).

The Vitriolic Tarot – expansion pack


This is a follow up to my previous review of the original 1st edition The Vitriolic Tarot deck, which you can read here. I might consolidate these separate reviews somehow somewhere further down the line… but as of right now they exists as two separate blog posts.

The expansion pack is for the 1st Edition Vitriolic Tarot and it includes seven new cards: Mercury, Sulphur, Salt, Wands, Swords, Cups and Coins,(more on these later). the It also comes with a set of instructions for how you can implement the new cards in your original Vitriolic deck, as well as alchemical correspondences, descriptions of the iconography and divinatory interpretations. The cards are identical in size and finish as the originals, and they of course have the same exact card back too. This means that there’s no issues with adding them to your old deck. Plug and play, as the kids say. And it brings the deck to a nice round total of 30 cards (the Major Arcana has two Fool cards (An Alpha and an Omega). 


The first three of these seven cards, Sulphur, Mercury and Salt represents the Alchemical trinity, also known as the thrice-great Hermetic mystery.

Sulphur is soul,  Mercury is mind (spirit-intellect) and Salt is body. They can also be divided into a multitude of other things, like for instance:

  • Hot – Wet – Cold
  • Fire – Smoke – Ash
  • Active – Neutral – Passive
  • Sun – Mercury – Moon
  • Odin – Vile – Ve
  • Art – Magick – Science 

I could go on and on, but I encourage you to go find your own connections, and while its suggested in the little white book that you’d use these three cards as clarifiers, and qualifiers in your reads, I offer another alternative, which is to utilise them as modular three-card read templates. Deal them out at random, on decide before hand the order you lay them out in.

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The last 4 cards are Wands, Swords, Cups and Coins. For those already familiar with tarot, the meaning of these are very obvious. They are the four suits of the Minor Arcana, which represents the four common elements, Fire, Air, Water and Earth respectively.

There’s lots of ways to utilise The Vitriolic Tarot. You can look at it from a purely alchemical view point. i.e. as a learning tool or an interactive study guide, in which these additional cards will no doubt prove to be very helpful. It’s great as a meditative focus by pulling one card at a time, but it works extremely well in a traditional divinatory way too. Either with or without the seven new cards shuffled in, and I have experimented with both, even though at the time of writing I prefer to have the new cards separate, and using them to expand (see what I did there?) on my reads instead. 


It also works great in conjunction with other decks, and before this expansion pack was released I made joint reads with the Vitriolic Major Arcana and the adopted Minor Arcana from the Aetheric version of the Dark Exact Tarot. I’ve been experimenting with making Frankenstein decks like this a lot recently, and in this case I really wanted to see how it might possibly work together with a fuller deck, and I have to say that the results were really interesting. It resulted in a couple of experimental spreads that I hope to share with you in the future.

If you already own the first edition without these 7 extra cards, and you love it, then it really is a no brainer: Get this Expansion pack now! However, if you don’t have this deck yet, but are looking for something a little different and more unique than what you usually see on the market these days, then the second edition might just be for you. Especially if you are into the more esoteric aspect of the Tarot, and if you have more than a little passing interest in alchemy.

This truly is one of my all-time favourite decks, and one that I use all the time, particularly for my own personal reads, and with the seven additional cards thrown in the mix, it definitely adds an extra dimension or two, or three.

The Vitriolic 2nd edition is out now and it contains the extra expansion pack cards as well as an expanded booklet with the new content mentioned above.

You can buy the Expansion Pack here and please make sure to visit Dark Exact digitally using one of these links:

The Smart Limitation Tarot Pt.1

A Minimalistic Tarot Mod.


This idea came about after I had gotten the Minimalist Tarot and when I discovered that it was eerily similar to another minimalistic tarot I have, namely the Dreslyn Tarot. At first this was a real bummer, but then I thought about the possibilities as to how I could reverse engineer this… That’s when it hit:

Tarot remixing!

Of course, it was so simple and so obvious! All I had to do was go all punk rock DIY witchcraft on this thing, and problem solved!

I’ve done plenty of tarot deck modifications before, but never anything beyond edging and trimming really, so this was a little scary. But I decided to be brave and just grab a black permanent marker and go to town.

Now, I don’t have any before pictures, but here are some after:




This is still very much a work in progress, but it’s turned into a really fun little project, and it has definitely taken on a life on its own. I’ve even started writing its own special guidebook. It’s also been given a new name, The Smart Limitation, which I’m sure you can figure out what it’s an anagram of. I’ll keep you updated about the progress.

Anyway, the reason I’m sharing this is because I think other people might want to start remixing their own decks. It’s a really rewarding experience, and it’s a great way of learning more about the tarot, but also to break some of its limitations.

Here’s some minimalistic decks to choose from:

The Minimalist Tarot. This is the one I’ve used. First edition is sold out, but there’s an preorder for an upcoming second edition. It’s supposed to have some revisions, but I don’t know what they are.

The Dreslyn Tarot. This one is cool, but it’s rather expensive, so maybe not the best economical choice.

The Tarot. Is that its name? I think so… I just found it after quick search, but it looks like it could work very well. It claims to be the most minimalistic tarot. Trust me, it’s not. It’s intriguing though.

However, if you just want go ahead and make your own, you can buy blank decks from various places. I have one from Which I might turn into the second edition of my Smart Limitation deck. We’ll see.

Blood And Rockets: Movement I, Saga Of Jack Parsons – Movement II, Too The Moon

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, consisting of none other than Sean Lennon and Les Claypool, recently put out a wonderfully trippy and psychedelic video for this catchy tune:

It definitely harkens back to Terry Gilliam’s Monty Python animations and it’s indeed very beatlesque, and most certainly reminds me a lot of Sgt. Pepper’ for the Benefit of Mr. Kite, and even She’s So Heavy at the tail end there, but that’s not the point of interest here.

The subject of this song, Jack Parsons, is infamously interesting character and occultist. He’s someone that will pop up in popular culture from time to time, most recently in the TV Series Strange Angel, which I sadly have yet to seen.

Anyway, enjoy this rare treat of progressive musical weirdness. Love is the law, love under will.

Maybe I’ll do some more magical music recommendations soon. Sorry about the lack of posts, but don’t fret, there’s more to come.