Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Are you a hip witch?

I’m not sure if I am, but I just finished writing the book. No, really. I just finished a manuscript called The Hip Witch Tarot, the companion book for Lo Scarabeo’s Witchy Tarot (by Laura Tuan and Antonella Platano). It turned out to be a surprising and delightful project. 

From my introduction (remember, this is written for young people…or the young at heart):

“Just because something is cute and fun, doesn’t mean it’s not powerful and serious. In many ways, you’re probably at your most powerful when you’re feeling good, looking good, and having a good time. The Witchy Tarot deck is like that, too. It looks good and it is certainly having a good time. As you work with it, you’ll find that you can have fun with it and also find lots of help, guidance, and answers, too, delivered with a sense of style and a sense of humor.


“Throughout the ages, witchcraft has been practiced in some form or another. That is, if you think of witchcraft as the art, craft, and science of working with nature and the natural energies of the universe. The Witchy Tarot celebrates these ancient practices and includes some stereotypical images (they are, after all, a part of witchcraft’s history). More importantly, it shows what these ideas might look like in our world. Does witchcraft today looks very different than it did centuries ago? Yes and no. It and its practitioners may be dressed differently, but it all still works the same.

“Back in the fourteenth century, tarot cards looked a certain way and were used in a certain way. They looked a bit like a deck of playing cards with some extra cards with weird names added in. People used them to play games. Even while they played games, though, the oddly named cards (the names didn’t sound odd to them, but they might sound odd to us) reminded them of lessons and morals they learned about life. Over the centuries tarot has changed in looks and in how we use it. While we can still play games with it, in the United States hardly anybody does (in Europe people still do). These days we focus on using the pictures, stories, and lessons that we find on the cards.

“Witchcraft, witches, and tarot have changed a lot over the years, evolving to reflect the world in which they exist. No matter how much they change, though, their wisdom, strength, and symbols remain constant.”

Next week, a closer look at the Witchy Tarot. For now, I leave you with this card. What do you see? I think it is pretty funny.

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