Once upon a time many moons ago, in what seems like another lifetime now, I had something of an obsession with tarot cards. I learnt all I could about their history and meaning and while I was not so much interested in their use for fortune-telling, I explored at length their symbolism and the applications for personal and spiritual development. Understanding the history of tarot and cartomancy (fortune-telling with cards) more broadly was an important part of the process and I found that using the tarot structure was a helpful framework for exploring other areas of occult thought.
About five years ago now I put the cards away. I think it was because I had burnt myself out, exploring every layer of this intriguing system. That's not to say I knew everything, far from it, but one can only view the world through the same lens for so long before losing perspective.While I have left my 'obsession' behind, I do still enjoy looking at tarot cards from time to time. From the pers…
In several months I will be taking a long-awaited return trip to Scotland. Consequently, I have been reading about Scottish folklore and have started gathering together resources and links that may be of interest to others which I have shared below.
There is something magical about cats. Perhaps that's why they are the most popular pet on the planet and feature prominently in the folklore, myths and artwork of so many cultures throughout time. Believed by many to have special powers, and often the companions of royalty or witches, they are mysterious creatures and hold a special place in our hearts. I've included below some links for anyone interested in exploring more about cats in folklore and art.