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Making a new start is often thrilling. It can also be overwhelming and even frightening. The passionate new beginning represented by the Ace of Wands needs to be guided and maybe even tempered, so the flame doesn’t rage out of control. This requires planning.

I love a good chart. I like distilling information into easily digestible portions and using those tools to help me make decisions. Learning the tarot was, in part, an effort to balance this highly rational part of my personality and approach to life with a more intuitive attitude. I was surprised and pleased to learn that…


Day Four: Kisses

By Kitanya Harrison, writing as Harrison Kitteridge

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John was on the verge of falling asleep when he heard the light but distinctive step of Major Salman Khan.

“O Captain! my Captain!” Salman whispered his usual fond salutation as he entered John’s quarters. John still found what should have been a hackneyed greeting wonderfully charming and never had the heart to tell Salman that the Captain in the poem had “Fallen cold and dead” on the deck of his ship. It would have ruined the mood.

“Major Khan,” John replied, fully aware of the effect the…


A publication discussing covert narcissism

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I’ve written a few pieces on narcissism on Medium that readers have found helpful. In addition, I wrote a lengthy series of microblogs on the topic on my Instagram that was also well received. The content is fragmented, so I’m starting this publication to create an archive of that information and share it with a wider audience. Ironically, because of Medium’s human curator program and the way the algorithm is structured to elevate content, that means putting the pieces behind the paywall. I’ve added my existing Medium blogs on narcissism to the publication, and I’ll be adding my Instagram microblogs…


TwinthenewTrend reacting to Phil Collins’s “In the Air Tonight”

I recently fell down a YouTube rabbit hole and spent far too much time watching the reaction channel, TwinsthenewTrend, which features fraternal twin brothers Tim and Fred reacting to music and other entertainment (but mostly music) they’ve never heard or seen before. Their most watched video is their reaction to Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight,” which has 8.9 million views and was shown on CBS news and other major outlets. Sting, Dolly Parton and other music legends have seen and appreciated the twins’ reactions to their music. Saturday Night Live recently spoofed them. …


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Our lives change. That is the only thing besides death we can be absolutely certain of (even taxes can be avoided). Shifts in our lives can be grand and deep, and these twists and turns and the lessons they provide are represented by a journey that begins with the innocent leap of faith of The Fool and ends with the completion and unity of The World in the tarot’s Major Arcana. The Minor Arcana of the tarot (comprised of four suits usually called wands, cups, swords and pentacles) contains archetypes and patterns that are used to interpret everyday events. The…


Day Three: Gifts

By Kitanya Harrison, writing as Harrison Kitteridge

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Besides the quaintness of the mode of transport, the thing John hated the most about flying was how shattered he always felt after a long trip. It didn’t matter if he’d had a good kip and drank his weight in fluids; he always got off the plane feeling disorientated, dehydrated and in the mood to punch things. It’s all that recycled air, John thought, blinking to try and moisten his arid corneas. Kabul was parched, and so was he.

John was taken aback by the immense…


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It’s hard to dream big, to truly want things that seem out of your reach and go for them. There are many twists and turns in life’s journey, and what we hoped to accomplish often gets postponed or even jettisoned as we try to hold on and get through the day, then the next. Practicality can seem like the enemy of hope. We are pulled in opposite directions by the drives of our inner selves and the external demands of surviving in the world. That division often creates disharmony. We are at odds with ourselves. Healing that inner rift takes…


Day Two: Gardening

By Kitanya Harrison, writing as Harrison Kitteridge

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It was dark, dank, and everything smelled of shit. But that was how you grew magic mushrooms, Sherlock mused to himself. Psilocybe Stantonia to be precise — powerfully hallucinogenic and highly in demand. They were the fungal equivalent of precious gems — more valuable than truffles even — and, while not strictly illegal, trading in them was a dodgy business. But dodgy businesses were Shinwell’s speciality, weren’t they? That and bare-knuckle boxing.

Sherlock Holmes had met Shinwell Johnson at The Ludus, an underground club dedicated to…


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One of the reasons it’s so difficult to break away from narcissists is that there are nearly always other relationships involved. The narcissist often recruits a group of enablers and confederates called a “harem” to serve their needs. They sometimes install this group around a target, usually under the guise of friendship that transmutes into the harem becoming “family!” very quickly. They crowd out, undermine and eventually supplant the target’s other important relationships. The target is being manipulated, not only by the narcissist, but by members of the harem. …

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