Light & Shadow

By Siobhan Rene

The Light and Shadow series talked about the difficult cards in the tarot deck. It involved in-depth geeky analysis of these cards, recommended ways of integrating their messages, and touched on lighter cards which, depending on the sitter, might have darker implications as well.

Light & Shadow: The Tower

An introduction to looking at difficult cards, along with when and how to turn to ash. Read more

Light & Shadow: The Hanged One

“There are two options with this card: the trial happens to us and we fall victim or, using our awareness, we are active participants.” Read more

Light & Shadow: The Emperor

Particle versus wave. Bludgeon versus rebellion. Siobhan reveals how the guarded Emperor is prepping us for transformation. Read more

Light & Shadow: Seven of Wands, an oath of fire

“The comparison beast. Envy. Competition. Imitation. Mars, with all the get-up-and-go of a furious deity, in Leo, the sign of the golden child.” Read more

Light & Shadow: Sorting the court cards part 1

Here Siobhan begins the project of taking the court cards out the closet, dusting off the stale old interpretations, and reinvigorating them via astrology & storytelling. Read more

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Safe aggression: An ode to the children of nine

In honor of birthdays and Black History month, Siobhan serves up a mini link round up of the tarot cards associated Mars and an ode to those born under the influence of the number nine. Read more

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Light & Shadow: Nine of Swords – can you afford to be so certain in life?

In this edition of the Light and Shadow series, Siobhan talks about the Nine of Swords and the transformative power of doubt. Read more

How to sort the courts part 1.1: People, roles, & perspective

To understand the court cards, we lean in to the oppressive social structures with which they were initially associated. Read more

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How to sort the courts part 2: Foundational layers

Part II of How to Sort the Courts: A guide to sorting and understanding the Tarot’s ‘people’ cards, the court cards. Read more

How to sort the courts part 3: Stories of the modern day queen

Siobhan shows how we can write new origin stories for the tarot’s queens, reclaiming them for ourselves. Read more

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How to sort the courts part 4: Honing power with the kings

Siobhan discusses power, poses, and the kings of the tarot court. Read more

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How to sort the courts part 5: Questing with the Knights

Just in time for Sagittarius season, Siobhan writes about the mutable signs and the questing knights. Read more

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How to sort the courts part 6: Seeding with the Pages

The final installment of Siobhan’s Sorting the Courts series is all about the Pages! Read more

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Difficult Cards: The Hierophant as the nightmare of things

All and nothing. The Hierophant affixes the two. Read more

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Hard bargain: An ode to the children of eight

Siobhan serves up a mini link round up of the tarot cards associated Saturn and an ode to those born under the influence of the number eight. Read more

I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.

I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.