My essay “The Secret Tradition in Silence: Revealing and Concealing the 2nd Tarot of A. E. Waite,” appearing Clavis Journal, vol. 3, examines the work of Catholic mystic Arthur Edward Waite in the field of symbolism. Through analysis of the relationship between his Tarot designs and the vocabulary of images present in his written work, this research seeks to dispel the confusion that presently surrounds both the iconic Tarot he produced with Pamela Colman Smith and the second, secret Tarot he designed for use in his Fellowship of the Rosy Cross. The current state of historical analysis and critical theory around Waite’s work is highly imperfect. By organizing and analyzing Waite’s familiar body of work alongside newly available materials, we establish an improved scholarly understanding of one of the key figures in the occult revival of the late 19th and early 20th century.
You can read some of my writing on the subject of music at Heathen Harvest:
- Nature Morte / Ô Paradis – Nos Cœurs Expulsés
- Ô Paradis – Mi Viejo Trono
- Twist of Thorn: A Neofolk Primer to the Music and Theology of Stone Breath
- :ERNTEGANG: – Raubzug
- Flame of War – Long Live Death!
- Circulation of Light – Emersal Tracings
I have occasionally had op-ed pieces featured in places like Attack the System and Heathen Harvest. You can read them here: