I’m the author of Holistic Tarot (2015) and The Tao of Craft (2016), both published by North Atlantic Books. I’ve also created a tarot deck, the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot (First Edition, 2018; Vitruvian Edition, 2019), which comes with a companion guidebook, The Book of Maps.
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I’ve done speaking engagements about various metaphysical and occult topics at the Bay Area Theosophical Society, San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium 2015, Northwest Tarot Symposium in Portland, Oregon in both 2016 and 2018, Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, PantheaCon 2018 in San Jose California, and headlined as a master class presenter at Readers Studio 2018 in New York, New York alongside Mary K. Greer and Rachel Pollack, and a key presenter with Rachel Pollack at the 2018 U.K. Tarot Conference in London, England. In 2019 I headlined at the Masters of the Tarot conference hosted by the Omega Institute in Rhineback, New York. In 2021, I was a featured speaker at the inaugural Southeastern Tarot Artists and Readers Conference.
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What do you mean by “occult”?
For many, the word “occult” conjures a feeling of intimidation, fear, and the unknown, which becomes the breeding grounds for misapprehension and even bigotry. To me, the meaning of “occult” is simple: it’s the unseen side to whatever is presently visible to you. It is a property of space and how space acquires energy. My study of the occult is nothing more than the study of what I can intuit, but cannot perceive through my physical senses.
Should you be avoiding the occult? That depends on you. I am a strong proponent of education, in all areas, because knowledge enables us to be independent, and independence enables us to become transcendent. Yet there is wisdom to avoiding the occult, because when knowledge is wielded irresponsibly, you can use it to hurt people, even hurt yourself. Knowledge has the risk of being manipulated for disastrously selfish effects. That’s why I’m a proponent of pairing occult study side by side with religion-guided cultivation of virtue.
Should you be avoiding the occult? Well, is ignorance bliss? If you answer yes, then perhaps the occult should be avoided after all. Whether you want to understand the occult or not, it exists and unseen energies affect you. By understanding the occult, you learn how to navigate around those unseen energies so they don’t affect you or your loved ones in malefic ways. Occultism to me is just a science. You can choose to understand it so that it becomes technology or you can choose to ignore it and remain pushed around by Fate.