Why the Shakespeare Quotes?
In each of The Tarot Mysteries Xana Bard or Thorne Ardall quotes Shakespeare. In The Fool Card the quote is from Hamlet: “The readiness is all.” In The Magician Card it’s “I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing,” from King Lear. A new quote, relevant to the new story, appears […]
In The Beginning…
People ask me where the idea for The Tarot Mysteries series came from. Here’s the scoop. A long-time friend of mine in Santa Barbara passed away and I drove down from San Francisco to attend the funeral. As I passed the Earl Warren Showgrounds driving home afterward I thought of Sue Grafton and her wonderful […]
How Do Tarot Cards Work?
Tarot cards are just a collection of colored images on pieces of thick paper. How can pieces of colored paper possibly give someone information about the future? The short answer is: they don’t. But they do, when you’re trained to use them, trigger something valid but inexplicable, something that every tarot reader will tell you […]
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
In the late 1800s a trio of British Rosicrucians/Masons formed a society devoted to occult studies. The three men, Woodman, Westcott and Mathers, named their secret society The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The influence of this society drove an ever-expanding interest throughout Western civilization in pursuing spiritual paths that were not aligned with […]
Starting a New Tarot Mystery
I get asked — a lot — how I come up with a new story. The answer is pretty simple: I do research and the research tells me the story. Some years ago I was inspired to write a screenplay. I’d been an instructional designer and trainer for decades, during which time I’d written training […]
The Book Club Experience
As a kindness to my mother, Barbara, who had been a long-time and well-loved member of the Junior League of Monterey, California, her Junior League Book Club elected to read “The Fool Card” for its June book. They invited me to join them for a luncheon at a gorgeous chateau-like home on the ocean in […]
The Tarot Mysteries: Gearing Up for the Next Installment
“I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.” ―Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar “Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish.” ―Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters “Whoever survives a test, […]