With the New Moon and the beginning of the Year of the Water Dragon, I am launching a year of celebrations, in honor of it being my fortieth anniversary with the Tarot.
I bought the deck I featured on Wednesday back in 1972, and it was true love from then on.
I’d had a fling for a while with astrology, and I’d spent a year studying and journaling with the I Ching, both of which were astonishing and profoundly wonderful.
But one day I walked into The Subterranean Circus, which had long been a favorite shopping destination, only a couple of blocks from the ramshackle rooming house where I had an apartment. The Circus was where I bought my posters, waterbed, my copy of Alicia Bay Laurel’s Living on the Earth, and other counterculture essentials.
My best friend and constant companion in mischief, Lee, was with me, and together we thumbed through the Eden Gray paperback next to three Tarot decks for sale. Something deep clicked, and that was it.
He bought the Aquarian Tarot, and I got the Rider-Waite-Smith, and we rushed back to his place and started reading for each other, relying on Ms. Gray’s instructions. We immediately terrified each other. Or rather, the cards did.
It was delicious!
So I am hereby declaring 2012 to be a year of gratitude and celebration. I hope you’ll come along for the party!