October 31, 2017

I've got friends on the other side.

Dr. Facilier is my Satanic Jiminy Cricket.
via The Princess & the Frog
I don't do a lot of introspection on this blog, but when I do I try to keep it worthwhile. For a long time, I've celebrated New Year on the spring equinox but this far north in Ontario it's still winter in March. I don't feel much like trying to start my new year when it's still snowing outside, so even if Halloween isn't traditionally considered a time to give birth to a new year, it's as good as time as any to kill an old year. And why not? The veil is thin, and all manner of ghosts and demons are setting themselves to the business of infesting good Christian candy.

Every Halloween is a contemplative date for me because it's my wedding anniversary. As it happens, I'm celebrating 7 years of marriage which have brought me a lot of perspective (if not any wisdom.) If there's anything I can say from a scant seven years of marriage, it's that it's way too easy to take my wife for granted and either neglect or outright forget her own needs and desires. I don't know if this is true for you, but it's sure true for me, and judging by the number of people who ask me to read for their relationship troubles I think it must be a common problem for at least a few other people. It sounds like the silly, Hallmark-y advice you'd expect from a fortune-teller, but it's true: remember to say "I love you" to the people whom you actually love and "thank-you" to the people whom you sincerely appreciate. If you don't say these things, you're inviting somebody else to say them for you.

Apart from my annual celebration of sustaining love, lust, and mutual commitment--and I've still got one more year to go before I can say I beat the 8-year average, mind you--this Halloween is particularly noteworthy for me because I've finally completed The Satanic Tarot. After several months of correspondence with a few carefully selected beta readers, I've polished my final manuscript to a mirror shine of my demonic self.

This is a project that I've been working on since before this time last year, so for those in the occult community who assign significance to the rule of a year and a day to be initiated, then I think I've earned my initiation fair and square. I'm not going to spill all the secrets--you'll have to wait for the preview chapters and buy the genuinely damned book for that!--but suffice to say that what you'll find in this book you're not going to find anywhere else.

Well, maybe one place else: Disney's "Princess & the Frog." I've said before that I just love Disney villains, and the one that's closest to my heart is Dr. Facilier, the Tarot-reading voodoo man who came within a hair's width of owning all of New Orleans and failed only because he lost patience and over-extended himself. Well, there's also a valuable lesson there about choosing worthy allies in pursuit of your cause, as well as the danger of taking on too much debt, but that's how all Disney villains fail: they reach their hands further than they can withdraw them.

And this is a lesson that I've taken to heart, because probably the biggest recurring theme throughout the entire length of the Satanic Tarot is perspective and self awareness. After all, it's one thing to deceive somebody else into seeing a new perspective, but it's another thing entirely to deceive yourself into seeing a new perspective. So here I am on witch's eve, putting 2017 into an early grave and calling up 2018 before its time. I'm willing indulge in the fantasy of all the good things that I want to see in my life over the next 12 months, but I'm going to temper that with perspective and self awareness (the greatest friends I could ask for in my search for power and influence.) 

I'm happy to say that I've finally reached the step where I can begin submitting queries to publishers, and while I accept that because the Satanic Tarot is a niche within a niche I might end up having to self publish, I'm cautiously optimistic that I can find a at least one publisher who'll agree to promote my work. Even if the full weight of Canadian winter is still ahead of me, this is a very exciting time for me. Here's an early farewell to 2017, and a devilish hello to my friends on the other side: may perspective and self awareness serve me well in 2018.

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