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Tarot Tuesday: Break the Wheel

Posted in Tarot on July 20, 2021 by Occult Detective

Sometimes you must go against the wheel’s turn.
Ursula K. Le Guin


The cards were giving me fits this morning.

I had a specific query in mind, but when I drew the Seven of Pentacles Reversed I knew it wasn’t going to be that easy. In that position, the card represents a sort of chaos, that you’re being pulled in different directions and that you’re probably not focusing on the right task.

Story of my life, really.

So, I drew again, reaffirming my question.

I get the Wheel of Fortune.

What did Dio say? “Between the velvet lies there’s a truth that’s hard as steel. The vision never dies — Life’s a never ending wheel.”

Constant state of change is the hallmark of the Wheel of Fortune, and plays into the Seven of Pentacles…

So, I drew again, same question.

Six of Wands Reversed.

There’s a dark side to the interpretation of the card in this position, one that leans toward arrogance and self-importance.

One more draw, to circumvent the trinity, and perhaps codify the message I was receiving.

The Six of Cups Reversed.

Mother —!

Ah, the “you’re living in the past” card.

I debated on whether I should reveal today’s query and have decided to leave it nebulous. The real lesson here is that the cards are truth-tellers, especially when we don’t want them to be.

I knew I should have tossed the runes this morning.

All Things Must Pass

Posted in Horror, Occult Detectives, Tarot, Writing on June 29, 2021 by Occult Detective

Soon, the Cainwood Manor series (Shadows Over Somerset / Keepers of the Dead) and the Liber Monstrorum series (First Born / Descendant) will be reissued in trade paperback and hardcover editions. Their covers will be adorned with selections from the limited edition Landon Connors: Occult Detective Tarot. These releases will be followed by Born Again, a collection that will bring both series to conclusion.

The Moon — Shadows Over Somerset
Deception. Illusion. Imagination. Things around you are not what they appear to be.

High Priestess — Keepers of the Dead
Mystery. Reflection. A time for retreat. Things around you are not what they appear to be.

The Magician — First Born
Skill. Creativity. Desire. Manifestation. The need to take deliberate action is called for.

Justice — Descendant
Truth. Fairness. Law and order. A time for hard decisions to be made.

Judgement — Born Again
Awakening. Transition. Renewal. It is the bitter end, but also a dynamic new beginning.

A quick reading for Tarot Tuesday

Posted in Tarot on June 8, 2021 by Occult Detective

Today’s reading is simple. The Star is my past, the card of inspiration. My present is the Three of Swords. representing disappointment. The future is revealed by Partners, the card of trials overcome.

Such are often the readings of creators. It’s a clear path, either to success or failure. Here, the spark of creativity gives way to frustration, but through perseverance, success lies waiting.

If you care for a reading sometime, drop me a line.

*The deck is the Skra Tarot, the first deck I drew several years back.

Tarot Tuesday: A Personal Connection

Posted in Tarot on May 11, 2021 by Occult Detective

I was talking with a friend this past weekend, and the Tarot came up, as it is wont to do. We were discussing them in the context of works of art and the elements of design that goes into particular decks and how that design effects other aspects of the cards when employed for both divination and as vehicles for projection.

I can assure you, all of these have been taken into account whenever I have designed a deck. I have created three complete decks, the most advanced and in depth being the Landon Connors: Occult Detective Deck pictured above.

It’s a deck I’m very proud as I feel it strikes the right balance between the rigors of those three aspects.

They are aesthetically pleasing, at least to my eye.

They have an emotional resonance when used as a divinatory catalyst.

And, as an adjuvant for astral projection, for me, they are most powerful. After all, they are based on my fictional stories after all, which, in many cases, reflect real world events I have been blessed (and sometimes cursed) to have experienced.

Obviously, I’m very proud of the deck and I try to use them for special occasions, not just random daily readings. They’ve got spark, for me, and that’s where it counts. And it’s why I encourage people to design personal decks for themselves, to make them have a connection above and beyond.

Not an artist? How about mixing and matching a deck from various sources? How about cut and paste? They are any number of ways to make a deck your own that doesn’t require you to be the second coming of Pamela Coleman Smith or Lady Frieda Harris. All you need is Will and a bit of magick…

Tarot Tuesday: This Is Not A Love Song

Posted in Media, Tarot on May 4, 2021 by Occult Detective

I’ve known Amber Petty for a few years now. She reached out after becoming enamored by my High Priestess tarot design, which she licensed for her Tarot Tea House business in Australia. Subsequently she wrote a memoir and we collaborated on the cover art over the course of many months. Below is the finished artwork for her debut —This Is Not A Love Song: A Memoir About Mental Health and Love which is available wherever books are sold.

And for kicks, here are a few of the other ideas we knocked around, all Tarot related, of course.

Tarot Tuesday: Robin Wood

Posted in Tarot on April 27, 2021 by Occult Detective

I just wanted to say a few words about Robin Wood, whom we lost to cancer (and after a terrible bout with COVID) on April 19th. She was 67 years old. I think it’s telling of the respect I had for her as an artist as her Tarot was the second deck I showcased on Tarot Tuesday after its relaunch. It is her deck that is in my messenger bag right now. It’s the deck I have carried with me on countless paranormal investigations. Her art was clear, concise, and had that enigmatic ‘pop’ so many artists lack.

I think it was her spirit that made her art so special. She was ‘one of us’, a nature-loving spell-casting witch who illustrated a number of beautiful book covers for Llewellyn, particularly the books of Scott Cunningham. I loved Scott’s work, but let’s be honest here, I picked them up because of those covers.

She also illustrated the works of Anne McCaffery and a whole host of fantasy art for TSR. Her work was ever-present in my life and I appreciated her and her talent beyond measure.

She had health problems for years. While I am sorry she is gone, I take comfort in that she is beyond all pain and suffering, and that she left behind a legacy that will be cherished for years to come.

Godspeed, Sweet Robin. Enjoy your wings…

Tarot Tuesday: As I Thoth

Posted in Tarot on April 20, 2021 by Occult Detective

Welcome to another Tarot Tuesday. Today I dipped into the old cigar box I use to hold my Thoth and Golden Dawn decks.

The older of the two decks is the Thoth, which I purchased at the White Rabbit in 1986 when I lived in the haunted Martin Street house in Muncie, Indiana. Crowley and Harris delivered a true work of art with the Thoth. The evocative images really tap into one’s subconscious, and I have often used them as meditational and projection tools.

The Golden Dawn deck came later, in the mid-90s, replacing the deck that was stolen from my trailer in 1992. I picked this up at Waldenbooks. Man, I miss that place. The Golden Dawn is a more “traditional” tarot. The art, while a fascinating collection of images, is less inspired than the Thoth, but no less effective. Wang, in conjunction with Regardie, deliver on producing a deck in line with the Hermetic Order’s teachings.

So what shall I draw from? Let’s go with the Thoth, and reflect on my health. I’ve had a persistent upper respiratory issue. Let’s see what the cards think about that. Pressed for time, I will continue with a three card draw.

The first card drawn is the 7 of Disks. The Past Position represents recent events that have transpired leading up to the present situation, relating to your question. In this case, the 7 of Disks represents failure, a lack of planning has lead to disaster. All in keeping with my history of decadence and a general apathy toward my health. Something I have been working on for the past decade or so, but recently I have lapsed somewhat.

The second card is the 4 of Wands. This is the Present Position and reflects our current state of affairs as related to the question at hand. The 4 of Wands represents the understanding of order and balance. I take this to mean that I acknowledge the underlying problem and am seeking to restore myself to my proper center of mental and physical well-being.

The third card drawn is the 3 of Disks. Found in the Future Position, this card shows the probable outcome. It is a card about the journey, of making progress and taking the first steps toward victory. While signifying more work needs to be done, it represents that you are on the right path.

All in all, a solid reading, and one I can take stock of and put to good use.

Tarot Tuesday: Nothing Ventured…

Posted in Tarot on April 13, 2021 by Occult Detective

For today’s reading I pulled my Robin Wood Tarot, the deck I keep in my messenger bag for general purposes. I purchased it in 1991 from a little shop where a few years earlier I used to earn drinking money doing readings by appointment. My how times have changed…

I really like Robin Wood’s art, and the prismacolor pencil color really pops.

Today I thought I would do another three-card-draw, reflecting on a new business venture I’ve undertaken. Let’s see how things shake out.

The first card drawn is the 5 of Wands. The Past Position represents recent events that have transpired leading up to the present situation, relating to your question. In this case, the 5 of Wands represents disharmony, discord, and chaos. People are not on the same page are are working against one another.

The second card is the 7 of Wands. Hm, another Wand in the draw. Curious. This is the Present Position and reflects our current state of affairs as related to the question at hand. The 7 of Wands represents confronting conflict and the defense of one’s territory. Typically the card also can maintain that the defender is unsure of their position, even while defending it.

The third card drawn is from the Major Arcana — The World. Found in the Future Position, this card shows the probable outcome. It is a card about success and fulfillment, the culmination of a long journey. You really couldn’t ask for a better signifier for what’s to come.

If I were reading this for someone else, my advice would be to stay the course, believe in the work they are doing and set aside self-doubt. In the end, it’s all sunshine and rainbows.

But then, your mileage might vary.

If you’d be interested in a reading, I am willing to do so for a nominal donation via paypal. I carry out readings via email regularly, and I have been known to do so via twitter DM and Facebook Messenger apps.

Tarot Tuesday Three-Card Reading

Posted in Tarot on April 6, 2021 by Occult Detective

Welcome to the rebirth of Tarot Tuesdays. I thought I would start things off with a reading — a simple three card draw. For those unfamiliar, three card readings are often done for quick answers to pertinent questions. They represent the past, present, and future.

Today I’ll be using a deck of my own design — The Occult Detective Tarot. Let’s see what the Fates have in store for us.

We’ll start this off with a not so simple question, “How will we fare as we come out of the pandemic?”

The first card drawn is from the Major Arcana — The Devil. The Past Position represents recent events that have transpired leading up to the present situation, relating to your question. In this case, The Devil represents a seduction by the material world, but can also depict fear or bondage. I guess this is fitting as we see many of our COVID restrictions being lifted. We are moving away from the fear and lockdown protocols.

The second card is the 7 of Water, the card of Shamanism. This is the Present Position and reflects our current state of affairs as related to the question at hand. The 7 of Water represents the ability to see through illusion. I have my own thoughts on why this card found its way into this draw, I’ll let you make your own conclusions.

The third card drawn is the 8 of Air, the Private Eye. This is the Future Position and typically shows the probable outcome. The Private Eye is hard-nosed and down-on-his (or her) luck, trapped by circumstance, but dogged and persevering. They tend toward having a victim mentality. Everyone’s out to get ’em. Is this saying that, as we (meaning the majority) slide back into our day to day lives, that we will feel set upon, that we will be working to persevere against an oppression brought on by pandemic response?

Can you see another interpretation?

Food for thought. And that’s why tarot is an invaluable tool…

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