I’m Tres and I make digital tools for magicians.
Woo howdy, these decans are flying by aren’t they? We have entered Aries III which means it’s time for the Aries II retrospective. Part of what I’m discovering with this decan walk through the perspective of the tarot minors, is an on-the-ground practical experience of the card paired with the decan. In this case we have the III of Wands, which is all about expansion, progress, and plans underway. A practical observation I’ve discovered about this card, in relation to my personal experience over the last few days, is the acceptance that comes with plans that are now in motion and somewhat outside of one’s control.
Another thing that happened just before Aries I, which I didn’t discuss in the last post because it wasn’t out yet, is that I recently had the great pleasure of talking with the lovely Reverend Erik about the intersection of tech and magic on his Arnemancy podcast. It was a fun discussion that covered a lot of interesting ground. Go check it out! And while you are there, check out some of the other interesting stuff Erik gets up to, like his upcoming class on Tarot and the Art of Memory (link in the show notes).
The sun just moved into 10° Aries which means we’ve just left the decan of Aries I, and have entered Aries II. As such, and in keeping with my decan walk plans (and hopefully not annoying everyone with too-frequent updates), here are my thoughts about Aries I: HOLY FUCKING SHIT Yes. Yes, I think that sums it up. The following things happened during Aries I (i.e. the last 10 days):
Whoo damn! It’s been a while since the last HoD update. Such is the cycle of things I suppose, particularly when one has, let’s say, attention span problems. This may be a fairly short update as I mostly just want to share my decan walk plans and give you some pointers if you would like to pursue something similar. Why now? The sun just moved out of Pisces and into Aries marking the vernal equinox and the start of the tropical zodiacal year.
art by Zdzisław Beksiński It’s a bit of a long one folks. I’m going to try and make up for my gap in updates with one big update. Quantity over quality, am I right? I’m pretty sure that’s what they say. Urania Update As I indicated a couple of posts back: my time is currently split between work that pays me, and work that doesn’t (like Urania). I said in that post that my current contract engagement was ending in mid-Nov, however, it turns out I did good work and my client wants me to take on new work, which I have agreed to.
Just a very quick announcement that, in an effort to make better use of Discord, and to generally be available to folks that want to chat, I will be in the Hall of Doors Discord server every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 18:00-19:00 CEST. As a reminder, you can join the Discord server here.
It’s going to be another fairly quick update, but this time with a bit more detail on why. But first! Houses I’ve got basic house rendering wired up in Urania. Here’s a quick screen shot plus a video. General Update I’m really excited about the progress on Urania. Moving to the Swiss Ephemeris is a huge improvement that allows me to focus on features and presentation, and less on plumbing.
I’m doing this update as a video because I’m a bit crunched for time, and because talking is easier than writing. Apologies for the lack of editing and production quality. Major Announcements Urania now uses the Swiss Ephemeris Ascendant, Midheaven and location lookup are now implemented House rendering and chart rotation are coming soon
One thing I’ve been saying about Urania since the very beginning is that the entire thing is hubris. Now that the beta is just a few hours from closing, and I’ve compiled the feedback, it’s clear I was very correct. I’m not going to go over all of the details here (check out the Discord server if you want some of the inside deets), however, I just wanted to commemerate the end of the beta and the beginning of the push to a final release.
Just a very quick update (text-wise, content wise it’s actually long) with links to a couple of videos I put together this weekend. It’s a two-part dive into magical note taking, as in, taking notes as part of a magical practice. This is something I’ve had on the back-burner for a while and a topic I’m passionate about. Taking good notes is the cornerstone of any magical practice, but also something we don’t talk about in much detail (at least as far as I’ve seen).