Archive for December, 2013

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 28,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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James Interviewed on Inner State Highways

I was recently interviewed by the warm, intelligent Jordan Hoggard on Inner State Highways.

You can watch and hear our conversation by clicking on



And feel free to leave comments and questions in this comments section of this blog entry.

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Interviewed on Kosmic Koffee

A few days ago, Kooch Daniels and Dax Carlisle interviewed me about my tarot work on their radio show.  Pour a warm beverage, click on the link, and enjoy our conversation that takes place after the hosts’ introductory comments.


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Recently, I posted a set of Basic Tenets of Evolutionary Tarot, the way I often refer to my work with the cards.  When I re-read them a couple of days ago, I decided that they needed to be tweaked a bit.  Just like us, they’re a work in progress.  Here they are in their newest form:

  • The tarot is not a belief system; it is simply a tool.
  • All tarot cards are neutral symbols.  There are no “good” or “bad” cards.  The card concepts are enlivened by the questions, processes, templates, life experiences, and understanding that we take to them.
  • Neither the cards nor “fate” make things happen; people make things happen.
  • Rather than consider a tarot card concept as a noun, it can be helpful to consider it as a verb or process.
  • Rather than consider a tarot card concept as a blanket statement, it can be helpful to consider it as an open-ended question.
  • The tarot practitioner is simply a guide.  The subject — individual, pair, group, or organisation — is the expert on hir/its own life.  The tarot encounter is a way to tap into this personal expertise.
  • Fundamental questions that underlie the tarot encounter include: Who am I?  What questions do I carry in this lifetime?  What is my full potential as a human being?  What script can I write in order to become this?  What are my unique qualities and gifts?  How can I share these with my community and the world in a life-giving manner?  What do I most need to know or learn at this time?
  • The tarot encounter’s primary objective is the intensification of a person’s (or organisation’s) consciousness or self-awareness.  It is an invitation to insight, empowerment, and effectiveness.
  • Through tarot encounters, one is able to derive meaning from life situations.  Repeated derivation of meaning over time assists one to generate a personal practical philosophy.  Application of this personal philosophy to “real life” contributes to personal and collective evolution.


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End-of-Day Wisdom Layout

Many people who incorporate the tarot into their personal practice of centring, growth, or spirituality pull a Card of the Day in the morning and use it to generate insights and actions for the upcoming waking period.  Another way to use the cards (or other tool — runes, crone stones, sacred path cards, etc.) is to consult them at the end of the day. 

I created the End-of-Day Wisdom Layout to help you prioritise what is and is not important as you sort through the wheat and chaff of the day you have just encountered.  Doing it can clear your mind of detritus that could keep you awake unnecessarily.  Mix your pack of cards and lay three cards in the pattern shown, allowing each to respond directly to its corresponding question in the context of your waking hours.  Record the information in your journal, then turn out the light and rest well.

1       2       3

  1. What from this day is helpful for me to leave in this day and not take forward?
  2. What from this day is helpful for me to take into tomorrow?
  3. What from this day is helpful for me to take beyond tomorrow?

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