Tarot For Fun | 31Jan2021

I haven’t done a “Tarot for Fun” post in a while and, purely on whim not very long ago (less than half an hour ago), I threw down the minimalist spread I usually adopt for these not-very-serious looks at what divination says I have going on in my life. My standard caveat stands that I look at tarot as more of a life-guidance tool than a tool for actual divination. I think the archetypes embedded in the cards messages and art are useful for personal alchemy (understanding yourself), but are of limited value in divination. That’s me — if you disagree, that’s quite okay, but I’m not easily swayed away from this stance, so let’s not argue about which role tarot plays.

I use the Crow deck with art by MJ Cullinane. I use a mixture of the accompanying book and Biddy to interpret because I am just a casual user of tarot and haven’t focused on learning all of the symbolism. All of these are highly condensed excerpts — if you really want to dig into the symbolism I suggest you look for a better resource than what I jot down below. Of course, if you’ve been reading tarot for a while, you may have other insights. Please feel free to add or subtract anything from the interpretation below if you are one of those people and let me know in the comments.

Anyway, here is the minimalist 3-card spread for Past, Present and Future (in order from left to right):

Past | XVI The Tower

Present | 5 Wands (inverted)

Future | XVII The Star

[PAST] Tower Symbolism: Massive change. “A lightning bolt of clarity and insight cuts through the lies and illusions you have been telling yourself, and now the truth comes to light,” and “After a Tower experience, you will grow stronger, wiser and more resilient as you develop a new perspective on life you did not even know existed. These moments are necessary for your spiritual growth and enlightenment, and truth and honesty will bring about a positive change, even if you experience pain and anxiety throughout the process.”

[PRESENT] Inverted 5 of Wands Symbolism: Facing internal conflict. Viewpoints are being challenged, arising information from other people or from other sources presents conflicting information, but help have an informed path forward. Find the option that best suits you to move forward.

[FUTURE] The Star Symbolism: “Hope, faith, purpose, renewal, spirituality.” Reprieve. Magic flows around you. Listen to the voice within, dream and aspire, strip away spiritual limitations. “You are entering a peaceful, loving phase in your life, filled with calm energy, mental stability and more in-depth understanding of both yourself and others around you.”

All of this is very interesting stuff, especially considering the rabbit hole I started my day yesterday jumping into, as it relates to some of that stuff directly — do now I’m really interested in the patterns that have emerged in my life these past few months that seem like they hold water (I just don’t know what kind of water they hold, if that makes sense).

A Mirage//The Essence

The Dutch band, The Essence was one of those Cure-likes out there back in 1984. Their first two albums mimicked Faith and Seventeen Seconds in a number of ways, although a true Cure fanatic could see numerous songwriting differences between the bands. While their third album still hinted of their Cure influence (as evidenced in the song below, reminiscent of Head on the Door songs), they started developing more of their own sound by that point. They faded away from my access (thanks to regional record and CD sales restrictions popular at the time), but I guess they had a few more albums.

This is still on of my favorite songs by them.

Walking away through crowds
I will forever be with you
Silently away they melt
Like ice I push you through
As we dream of perfect ways
Oh, to die so brave, oh please
Don’t dream alone tonight
As I mouth the words
You’re so far away


ghostdancing blind on a beach of stone
sweat fevered and summer sky calling
i stole the sun, baby
theft from a box, as written in card
watch those towers fall
my wyrd on the branch of the hanging tree
reaching for the soil

© Michael Raven


pound the sand
go pound sand
pound it
pictures luminous light
lanterns lux laughing
stars and voids and
fill those voids
with sand onyx black beach
pound with ocean waves
i see you
watching from above
smiling because
the questions for the answers
i pound into sand

© Michael Raven

White Rabbit

It’s been a busy morning running errands so I can sit on my butt and do some serious contemplation the rest of the day.

One of my actual skills (as opposed to my fake skills of writing and music-making) is that I have an ability to see latent patterns in the whole cloth. One of the reasons I sought to become a crime scene technician in the 90s, before CSI and all those other knock-off television shows, is because I am actually good at seeing things overlooked by most people. That isn’t to say that I’m not clueless when it comes to interpersonal stuff, but I see overlooked patterns in the world around me and I’ve been able to leverage that to my advantage over time.

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