Founded in 1995, Thin Air Magazine is an American non-profit literary magazine. Located at 7,000 feet, at the base of the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, Arizona, Thin Air is the highest-elevation literary journal in the United States.
Twenty six years after the first issue, we still can’t forget these words from our founders: “All too often, the literary world takes itself too seriously… Thin Air hopes to change that.”
The print issue of Thin Air is published annually in the spring, while content also appears all year round at Thin Air Online from artists and writers all over the world, including Sakura, a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.
You are vaguely aware that it contains elements which could help you grasp a number of truths about yourself, your orientations and your future, or about things that have from time immemorial remained difficult to access, concerning the nature of the world and the destiny of human beings, about what people mysteriously call “knowledge”.
But you do not know which way to handle the Tarot. You are disturbed by the appearance of some cards. Possibly you recognise shapes, images or ideas which seem familiar or meaningful, but what is to be done with, say, the VI of Cups?
You have read books that deal with the Tarot, you have realised that a considerable number of big words are to be found there, and a great deal of moralising. You have noted that the authors display a lot of confidence about what they profess while remaining rather hazy: you wonder to whose authority they are indebted for such assertiveness, while as far as you are concerned you just manage to skim over the surface of the Tarot; you wonder how true their affirmations are: for in order to buttress their own explanation of the Tarot, they keep referring to other systems, or to their own inner convictions, which, admittedly, are not necessarily erroneous.
But although unable to articulate your impression, you have a deep-rooted feeling that there is something more, that the Tarot is something other than this muddy, muzzy and dusty mixture.
You are right.
The Tarot is in itself a living construction, a pure and integral path.
It is you; it is the Universe. What you only need is a means to see it…
If you are interested in the Tarot and would like to read and learn more, then please make sure to visit Traditional Tarot, where you will find a virtual trove of translations, digests, reviews and critiques of primarily (but not exclusively) French-language materials on the Tarot and related matters, many of which have been largely overlooked in the vast literature on the Tarot in French, not to mention in English.
You can find, follow and subscribe to Traditional Tarot here.
Brickplight is a quarterly poetry journal that exists to promote the exploration of unique identities through daring poetry.
We seek poets who revel in undermining conventional thinking by giving voice to what conformity would have us bury and forget—the fact that we are diverse, feeling, and thoughtful beings, completely singular in character, circumstance, and in our possible modes of expression, and so invaluable to each other as gateways to creative discovery.
This mad swirlin’ creative outlet is a place to showcase the many diverse artists in this big, blue, beat-utiful world of ours and to get this madness into as many heads as possible.
Mad Swirl is an on-line creative outlet featuring a constantly updated selection of art, poetry and prose from all over the world, including Kyoto, a poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.