When I first started this blog, I had a “Card of the Week” feature that was not weekly and didn’t last long. This “Featured Cards” feature is the sequel to that. I promise no regularity but lots of longevity. Let’s examine the Eight of Wands.
A while back, I featured the Devil card as Card of the Week. In that post, I emphasized a few elements of the card’s symbolism that I find very poignant. In particular, the chains or rope binding the foreground figures is voluntary, meaning that the bonds can be thrown off. This symbolism isn’t consistent across all decks, however! Recently, Twitter user @mduduzii_98 asked me about the Devil card in the Hermetic Tarot, which made me think of how different decks present essential symbolism differently.
Date(s) - Jun 17, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Scottish Rite Portland Valley
On Saturday, June 17th, I will be part of a panel discussion on grimoires. This panel is part of the quarterly speaker series at Esoterika Lodge #227 in Portland, Oregon. The three-person panel will consist of:
- Larry Roberts of Miskatonic Books
- Matt Turcotte, Senior Warden of Esoterika Lodge
- and me, Erik L. Arneson!
The panel will take place at the Portland Scottish Rite building at 709 SW 15th Ave. This is a big building. Make sure you use the Yamhill Street entrance! A $10 donation is requested. This donation goes toward supporting Esoterika Lodge’s quarterly speaker events.
For more details, visit the Facebook event page.
In January, the Portland Scottish Rite Valley started a monthly club night. I came up with an idea for a club to study Hermetic Qabalah as it’s presented in Morals & Dogma and the Scottish Rite degrees. This has been an incredible learning experience for me.
On Saturday, June 3rd, I gave a lecture at the Sekhet-Maat OTO Lodge titled “The Magical Memory: The Art of Memory as an Occult Practice”. Below, please find a link to the slides and a list of references used while preparing the lecture.
I’ve been on a number of podcasts lately, so you should check these out and listen to some great conversations with a lot of really fascinating people.
- Over on My Alchemical Bromance, we recently interviewed Freemason and author Chuck Dunning. Listen to part 1 and part 2. I’ve also started a series of shorter solo episodes, which you can follow here.
- I was a guest on episode 289 of the Alexxcast! Listen to the episode here! We talk about Tarot, occultism, Freemasonry, and succubi.
I’ve been really enjoying podcasts lately, both creating them and listening to them. What’s your favorite? Please share it in the comments!