Don Bisdorf

I write roleplaying games and fiction, and I develop software.

I also sometimes post on Twitter and on Mastodon.

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: March 4


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I feel like some of my recent readings have been veering dangerously close to relevant and heartfelt guidance, and we can't have that. Today, I want to focus on a different aspect of the tarot; specifically, how messed up some of these cards are.

We'll start with today's cards: the Queen of Swords and the High Priestess.

Tarot cards depicting a woman with a sword on a throne, and an elaborately-dressed woman seated between two pillars.

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: March 3


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Sometimes the cards give me a universal message, but today I think the cards are trying to find a few specific people. Maybe it's not you, but maybe you know who it is, in which case you can tell them, "Hey, this creepy guy in the internet says his deck of cards is speaking to you."

Because today's cards are the World and the Three of Swords.

Tarot cards depicting a woman suspended within a wreath, and a heart with three swords through it.

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: March 2


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Welcome back from the weekend, everyone! I hope you're enjoying these readings, because as soon Disney buys me out, this content will all be locked behind a colossal mouse-shaped paywall.

But not today! Today's cards, free of charge, are the Hierophant and the Nine of Pentacles.

Tarot cards depicting a high priest and a figure carrying a helmeted bird.

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: February 28


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Should I settle for the usual methods of monetizing this blog, like t-shirts and mugs, or should I go straight for premium subscriber rewards like personalized card readings? I could just bash together one of those neural net things, feed it a few terabytes of "genuine psychic wisdom" I scraped off the web, plug it into Patreon and turn it on.

But until then, here are today's cards: the Ace of Swords and the Three of Wands.

Tarot cards depicting a sword held aloft by a heavenly hand, and a robed figure with their back to us, standing amid three tall staves.

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: February 27


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I promise you that both cards in the photo are right-side up.

Today's cards are Justice and the Hanged Man.

Two tarot cards, depicting a stern figure with a sword and scales, and a figure suspended upside down from a pole.

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: February 26


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If you thought yesterday's sarcophagus card was grim, then hoo boy, do I have a card for you today.

Today's cards are the Empress and the Eight of Swords.

Tarot cards depicting a crowned woman on a throne, and a blindfolded, bound figure surrounded by swords.

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: February 25


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I confess that I'm using these tarot readings as a distraction. If I wasn't doing this, I'd be spending all morning angrily fact-checking memes on the internet, and nobody wants that.

So today's cards are the Four of Swords and the World.

Two tarot cards, showing a knight's sarcophagus, and a woman wearing a sash while suspended within a wreath.

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: February 24


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I took the weekend off to let my cartomancy muscles recharge. I'll probably stick to a Monday-Friday schedule for a while. To maximize my exposure, I expect I should be getting up at the crack of dawn to make these crucial predictions available to people at the start of the day, but honestly, that sounds like a drag. If you have to make a life-changing decision before I can get my blog updated, just flip a coin or something.

Today's cards--yes, cards--are the Knight of Wands and Knight of Swords.

Two tarot cards, each depicting knights on horseback.

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: February 21


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Does anyone else feel lazy this morning? I skipped exercise and Mary Lynn walked the dogs. Don't worry, though. I know that these readings are a critical public service, and I'm on the job.

Today's card is the Nine of Pentacles, drawn upright.

The Nine of Pentacles tarot card, depicting a robed figure carrying a hooded bird on their wrist.

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: February 20


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If I ever monetize this feature, I pledge to blow some of the money on more tarot decks. I saw this steampunk deck once that would really step up my game. The problem with the Rider-Waite deck I'm using, as I'm sure you'll agree, is that there aren't enough gears and goggles.

Though I suppose there might be some steam, or some kind of clouds, on today's card: the Wheel of Fortune, drawn reversed.

The Wheel of Fortune tarot card, depicting an assortment of fantastic figures around a wheel inscribed with symbols.

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