T. Susan Chang: 36 Heavenly Arcana: Unlocking the Decans with Tarot

T. Susan Chang

T. Susan Chang has been reading tarot for 25 years. She is the author of Tarot Correspondences: Ancient Secrets for Everyday Readers (Llewellyn 2018), 36 Secrets: A Decanic Journey through the Minor Arcana of the Tarot (Anima Mundi 2021), The Living Tarot: A Tarot Course for Everyday Readers (Llewellyn, forthcoming), and the co-author of Tarot Deciphered: Decoding Esoteric Symbolism in Modern Tarot (Llewellyn 2021).  She created and hosted, with Mel Meleen, the Fortune’s Wheelhouse esoteric tarot podcast (www.patreon.com/fortuneswheelhouse), which explores imagery and symbolism in each card of Golden Dawn-based decks like the Rider Waite Smith and Thoth tarots.

She has been certified as a professional tarot reader by the American Tarot Association, offers online tarot readings and tarot mentorship sessions, and currently teaches the Living Tarot, an online tarot course for all levels of reader experience, to over 250 students.  She has offered presentations and workshops at the Northwest Tarot Symposium, the Philadelphia Jung Society, the Jung Society of Washington, and Tarot Singapore as well as at numerous bookstores and local tarot meetups. She is also the creator of the Arcana Case® for tarot decks, which can be found at www.etsy.com/shop/tarotista, along with her line of astrological perfumes and tarot talismans, and she is a frequent podcast guest in the occult community.

Besides her work in tarot, she is the co-presenter of “Godsong: 365 Days with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey,” an online course with Jack Grayle; she writes occasional cookbook reviews for NPR; and she teaches an undergraduate course on “Writing about the Senses” for Smith College. Her offerings, events, and blog posts can be found at www.tsusanchang.com. On Facebook she can be found at the Fortune’s Wheelhouse Academy group; on Instagram and Twitter she is @tsusanchang.

36 Heavenly Arcana: Unlocking the Decans with Tarot

Ambiguous, evocative, and spirit-infested, the decans occupied a cryptic place in astrological lore over centuries and across continents. But in the modern era, they found a new entry into occult practice through a numerological coincidence observed by the Golden Dawn, which assigned the 36 decans to the 36 minor arcana numbered 2 through 10 in the tarot. Eerie synchronicities ensued, as the freshly drawn and costumed decanic spirits introduced themselves to a whole new population. For those of us drawn to the fertile crossroads of tarot and astrology, their enigmatic allure is virtually impossible to ignore.