On the Wheel of Fortune, the Tenth Card of the Tarot

Episode 114 · January 19th, 2022 · 1 hr 34 mins

About this Episode

Season five kicks off with a new installment in the ongoing series on the Tarot's twenty-two major arcana. This time, your hosts overcome the trials that fortune has dealt them -- a hangover in the case of Phil, a sleepless night for JF -- to discuss the Wheel of Fortune. Not surprisingly, the conversation is a mess, albeit a beautiful one that comes full circle in the end, tying up all its loose ends in something like a bow (or a coiled serpent). Topics include the challenges of improvised philosophical discussion, the importance of exposing oneself to difficult ideas, the serpentine nature of immanentist discourse, and the doctrine of the Fall. As usual, the anomymously-authored Meditations on the Tarot gets pride of place, although occult luminaries such as Alejandro Jodorowsky, Aleister Crowley, and Pat Sajak make notable appearances.

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Our Known Friend, Meditations on the Tarot
Pints with Aquinas
Jaroslav Hašek, Czech author
Lon Milo Duquette, Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot
True Detective, tv show
Thomas Ligotti, Conspiracy Against the Human Race
Henri Bergson, The Two Sources of Morality and Religion
Alexander Jodorowsky, The Way of Tarot
Jessica Hundley et. al., Tarot. Library of Esoterica
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French priest and scientist
Herman Hesse, The Glass Bead Game
Bruno Latour, French philosopher
David Bentley Hart interview