Showing posts from April, 2016

Suffering From a Touch of Apocalypse

I'm traveling this week and, oh god, the jet lag is brutal. Usually, I do fine with it. Certainly, Europe is easy and even Asia is doable (though so confusing as it's like a DIFFERENT DAY than back at home). Typically, the first day is fine, it takes another day to be sleeping decently (not great) and another for my appetite to adjust. The rest of my dietary system will never adjust, it seems. It just clicks along at it's own pace (which is not a bad thing really -- it's good to have something to rely on). The second day is when I'm the most tired and after that it's smooth sailing.

But every so often there's a trip where it just doesn't work that way. I'm doing all the right stuff (getting out in the light, eating protein and avoiding sugar, trying to force my body on the new schedule without jacking up on Redbull) but I still basically spent about four hours of the afternoon taking the kind of naps where you don't want to sleep but your body i…

FAQ - Avoiding Personal Interjection in Tarot Reading

I get the best questions from the kind folks who buy readings from me. One had to do with how I avoid putting my own personal interpretations onto my readings. This is a really valid and important question. The types of readings I do often have a characteristic of vetting various ideas. Now if you ask my personal opinion on whether you should ghost write the biography of a famous actor, write porn, or take a technical writing job -- well, I'm going to have my opinions. But my opinions don't and shouldn't matter for your reading. What's important is what the best option is for you to reach your goals, not what I think about it. So it's important that I don't apply my interpretation to your cards.

I've been reading since my teens, but for most of that time my readings were either for myself or for my friends and family. This situation meant that my objectivity was always challenged. So I've gotten very good at avoiding bias. Still, even with my customers …

Sustain-ability -- Money, money, money, money

Two of my favorite bloggers / authors / occultists are currently disagreeing on something: the usefulness of Jupiter for the average person. Of course, they are both awesome and professional guys, so the disagreement is reasoned, polite, and interesting for those of us fans who are watching from the sidelines. I prefer this greatly to some of the high drama that tends to engulf other portions of the online magical landscape. The community can only benefit from the exchange, so thank you Gordon and Jason (buy their stuff, frequent their blogs, they are excellent occultists, both of them).

I don't plan on weighing in on either side. I have had positive experiences working with Jupiter. I've also had positive experiences working with Mercury, Dionysos, and Hecate. Jason's books and course have opened me to doing more planetary magic and Gordon's Chaos Protocols has inspired me to frequent the less savory side of the spiritual street. I also try to balance the forces of st…

An Offering at the Shrine of St. Taleb

Taleb isn't always the easiest guy to understand. He's fundamentally a philosopher who comments in parables and aphorisms, debates in mathematics, and his limited patience for the uninitiated. But when he writes more generally about the world, it's always very useful (even though he's a jerk).

As you know, I'm always tracking the utterances of my personal patron saint of risk. There have been a few recently that are worth contemplation.


The rise of protectionism may have a strong rationale. One fundamental flaw with economic thinking is that humans are assumed to be doing things to make a living and improve their economic condition. This is partially true. But people are also doing things for existential reasons. We may be better off economically (in the aggregate) by exporting jobs. But that's not what people may really want.

I write because that's what I am designed to do --and subcontracting my research and w…

Sustain-ability: The Pemmican Edition (also Food Post part 4)

Eating healthy and locally are an extremely important aspect of how I see a sustainable life. Briefly, our food supply is incredibly fragile and supporting local agriculture is not only good for your community and good for your health, but could someday be the difference between eating and not. But eating that way isn't easy.

Recently, a story made the news rounds about a new study that supposedly showed that Americans now get a majority of their calories from "highly processed foods" -- an average of over 60% . It also pointed out how very, very bad this kind of food is for you. The study actually took the useful step of categorizing processed foods into categories:

Using software that picked out words in the nutrition and ingredient labels, the 1.2 million products were placed into one of four categories : minimally processed—products with very little alteration, like bagged salad, frozen meat and eggs—basic processed—single-ingredient foods but changed in some way, lik…

We Have A Winner!

Congratulations to Finch, who won a free reading from CircleThrice. And thank you to everyone who participate in my Blogiversary giveaway!