The Cartomancer: How to Read Cards for the Secret

One of the first things that I teach my university students is that if literature has any function whatsoever, then it’s because it shows us how to relate to our desire to know secrets, how to transact with them, and how to have them told but not revealed. Now, think about the same idea as it relates to cards. [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: Relax, Your Local Gods can only be Discovered through Foreign Intervention

Your local gods are other people’s stories. The totally other people’s stories. [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: The Reading on Point

The fortuneteller doesn’t care about your feelings. She wants you to see what is happening. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Narrative Theology I

People relate to themselves, to the gods, to the cosmos, through the medium of narrative; wielding narrative well is not merely a religious practice, but a magical, political, and social one. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: The Influence of Story

A modern fairy tale: Once upon a time there was a person who everyone had previously thought wasn’t clever or talented or important in any way. That person got onto a TV program. Everyone fell in love with them and voted for them, and so they became rich and famous and lived happily ever after. [Read more…]