Tarot for Brunch at Crush Bar



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Date(s) - Sep 21, 2014
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Crush Bar


Arnemancy will be at Crush Bar reading Tarot during brunch! Come on down and visit Reverend Erik. Crush Bar has great cocktails, an excellent brunch menu, and plenty of outdoor seating. As a bonus, the bartender has a great moustache.

(The image above is Crush Bar’s logo. Pretty cool, huh?)

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I really enjoy Robert Place’s amazing Alchemical Tarot. You’ve seen me post a number of Card of the Week editions with it. Sadly, the Alchemical Tarot is out of print. Mr. Place has since published a very nice-looking deck called the Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery. Lisa Frideborg Lloyd published an excellent comparison of the two decks which is definitely worth reading.

Though the Sevenfold Mystery certainly has some improvements over the Alchemical Tarot, I can’t help but miss the rich alchemical symbolism when looking at some of the images of the newer deck’s cards. I plan to add the Sevenfold Mystery to my collection soon, but I doubt it will replace the other for me.

The Wheel of FortuneRecently, I was reading for a client who had a lot of questions about the Wheel of Fortune. This is one of the more intimidating and complicated cards in the Major Arcana. We talked at great length about this card and its symbolism. When I drew this card for the Card of the Week, ideas quickly popped into my head. There’s a lot going on in this card, from the symbolism of the wheel to the strange figures on the clouds. Hang on, reader. This post is going to be a long one.

I have many great events coming up over the next few months. I am continuing my Sunday brunch readings at Crush Bar, and I’m returning to Pairings Portland for more Wine and Tarot Pairing!

Stay tuned for even more! I’m working on plans with Weird Shift and will be helping out with a new record label, too. Expect me in unexpected places.

If you are interested in booking me for an event, let’s talk!

Sep 2014

Tarot for Brunch will take place at Crush Bar on Sep 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tarot for Brunch will take place at Crush Bar on Sep 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wine, Tarot, and Creepy Jazz
Wine & Tarot with Pairings Portland will take place at Pairings Portland on Sep 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tarot for Brunch will take place at Crush Bar on Sep 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Oct 2014

Introducing Touchy Feely Records!
Touchy Feely Launch Party will take place at The World Famous Kenton Club on Oct 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Tarot for Brunch will take place at Crush Bar on Oct 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hallowe'en Sale: $15 Email Tarot Readings will take place at on Oct 19, 2014 - Nov 2, 2014 at All Day

Tarot for Brunch will take place at Crush Bar on Oct 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wine, Tarot, and Creepy Jazz
Tarot, Wine, & Olympic Provisions with Pairings Portland will take place at Pairings Portland on Oct 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Nov 2014

All Hallows' Cheese will take place at Pairings Portland on Nov 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Wands are the suit of passions and inspirations. They are the cards of elemental fire. Queens often signify the power to make choices, but can also represent a choice itself. A couple of symbols in this card leap out at me. Some are more subtle.

Act With Inspiration

The Queen looks out over the countryside with a look of benevolent wisdom. She holds a sprouting staff and a sunflower. The sunflower motif repeats on her throne. Solar symbolism indicates inspired wisdom, and the ability to make a decision from a solid place.

In addition, the lion tails behind her make the shape reminiscent of a violin’s f-holes, which makes me think of the harmonious music of the spheres.

Playing With Fire

The Wands are great cards, but they’re not always safe cards. This card is rife with danger signs: The lions adorning the throne, the blasted landscape, and the black cat. Even solar symbolism, though primarily positive, is something to be wary of. Do not forget the lesson of Icarus!

Some decisions, even wise and necessary ones, involve playing with fire. It’s not a time to let your guard down. Watch out for those claws.

Pee-Wee's Big AdventureI got a huge kick out of this article by Kyle B. Stiff: The Occult Framework of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. While it may seem goofy to link the rich symbolism of Tarot to a classic piece of absurdist American humor, there is a good message to learn. The concept of the transformative journey is pervasive in our culture, which is why the Tarot spells it out over and over again, both in the Major Arcana and in the numbered cards of the Minor Arcana.1

Correspondences can be found between Tarot cards and many stories, myths, and symbol sets. This is why there is such a broad variety of Tarot decks available, and why so many religious and esoteric systems have been tied to Tarot cards.

Remember to come and see me tomorrow at Crush Bar for brunch from Noon to 4pm!

  1. I’ll write more about this in the future, I promise.  

The ChariotFriends, Arnemancy is running a Labor Day sale on Tarot readings by Email. Until Wednesday, September 3rd, you can order a 3-card reading FOR JUST $10!!!

These readings normally cost twice that. I’m aiming for a 48-hour turnaround time, but demand might be high.

Sorry, the sale is over!

Luckily, you can sign up for the Arnemancy Newsletter and find out when the next one is happening.