Tarot: The Gift of Life

Here is something that I have typed before: Tarot has been good FOR me and good TO me. It’s probably something that I should type every day.

In 2013, I was still in a bad place in a number of ways. But I had taken up the cards again as part of my recovery, and that was the one thing I can point to as being instrumental in saving my life.

One of my doctors had advised me earlier to start writing and drawing again. I did not think that this was Good Advice. All of my prior efforts in writing, cartooning and design had resulted only in failure and disappointment, and to open that can of worms again, to throw wide the barn doors, so to speak… well, I saw it only as an opportunity for More Failure, and there was no evidence to indicate that I would survive another dose of it.

If I hadn’t been the sort of person who believes in combining all of his interests, I might not be typing this today. But because I made the decision to create illustrations for a novel I was writing, and to create them in the style of tarot cards, Fate or The Goddess or Something came to my aid. The novel went exactly where I thought it would go: Nowhere. But the illustrations took on a life of their own and became the Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi. And suddenly, something worked for me.

I’m alive today because of the Zirkus, and because of the many wonderful ways that Tarot has allowed and continues to allow me to combine my interests. And I’m alive today because of you. Yes, you. YOU supported that deck through two Kickstarter campaigns, and YOU have continued to support my tarot and oracle projects ever since then, ever since the summer of 2014. Through story and season, through light and dark, you have continued to support my work. It hasn’t always been easy and it hasn’t all been sweetness and sugarplum fairies: but for the first time in my life, I feel like I’m doing the work that I was meant to do, and that YOU, and people like you, have my back.

So: Thank goodness for Tarot, and thank goodness for you. Your support, quite literally, saved my life. Thank you, and best wishes to you all in the coming year.




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