Below you will find an excerpt from my forthcoming project, the American Renaissance Tarot. It’s an eight-card, all-purpose Tarot spread for meditating on your current life situation. But if you’d like to find out a little bit more about Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), the man, and why he became so popular with nineteenth-century Americans, continue reading after the Tarot instructions.

Nature

An all-purpose spread for identifying your goals and feelings

This Tarot spread was inspired by the eight chapters in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s seminal book, Nature. The number eight puts us in mind of the lemniscate, or infinity symbol, which traditionally…


Knights and Squires of Lodge 49

In the lyrical first episode of the AMC drama, Lodge 49, unwitting protagonist, Sean “Dud” Dudey (Wyatt Russell) blunders into the Ancient & Benevolent Order of the Lynx through a series of synchronistic events. The Lynx blend elements of fraternal organizations like Freemasonry and ritual societies like the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The deep roots of both styles of initiatory society, the more secular-leaning and the more explicitly magical, lie in Rosicrucianism, an obscure seventeenth-century phenomenon that created the blueprint for speculative alchemy as an initiatory pursuit.

But Dud doesn’t know any of this, and it’s likely that…


I was inspired to write this piece by the number of people reaching out to me who have developed mental health issues while under quarantine. As a survivor of clinical depression and intense suicidal ideation, I have developed some habits that allow me to weather these unprecedented times with relative equanimity, and I would like to share them with you. Please note that I have titled this piece “Five Tips for Maintaining Your Mental Health,” and that these are not tips for becoming mentally healthy. If you are suffering from serious depression or anxiety, I encourage you to reach out…


I have long argued that the astrological Ceres represents a forgotten archetype in human consciousness, a connectedness to the land and its fortunes that has been convenienced out of modern society. In the targeted Ceres readings I perform, my clients’ awakening to this lost archetype often resembles the recalling of a dimly-remembered dream, as they share with me their intimate relationship to particular foods, herbs, and power plants. Ceres, a natural ruler of Virgo (whose symbol is none other than the mighty grain goddess herself), grounds us in the particularity of place, diet, and our daily routines, yet the word…


Leila Taylor’s recent book Darkly is a memoir of sorts about being Black and goth in America. One of those markers is over-determined, in that we all seem to think we can identify what Blackness is. On the most superficial level, it’s just skin color, though the person with dark skin cannot escape the load of complex projections and political weight that come with being Black in America. …

Thea Wirsching

Thea Wirsching is a scholar and Evolutionary astrologer based in Long Beach, California. You can learn more about her services at www.theplutobabe.com.

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