posted on May 17, 2015 at 9:20 pm
read em n weep

read em n weep

lets go upstairs n read my tarot cards

lets go upstairs n read my tarot cards

the story so far

weird art mystic hippie kp buk deep in the vermontian wilderness

first heard steve kilbey sing in the school canteen

where his water turned into wine

something about that stuff old kilbo was singing made buk stop and think

and for years the percolation of the lyrics and then much later the art

going round and round the search for meaning

the struggle for implications to grow in the dense canopy of the present

mysterious words like sacred cannons blasting  holes in the blackness of nescience

all of it reaching out into the unknown

into other pasts and futures

things not or not yet happened

scrying the angels in the crystallised dust of a Charn courtyard

fossicking through ninevehs memory sticks stoned to the gills

the words the music the painting

signifying what did it fucking signify?

buk began to experiment

a divination?

notes from an occult diary

what did the spirits and the magnets want?

interviews with dead marines and children beyond tomorrow

soon it was conceived in a ten year rush

the titanic deck fell into place

modern idiosyncratic intuitive

every thing you ever wanted to know about the future but were afraid to ask

well here it is in pictures and in lyrics and in buks very cool interpretations

every card charged with mojo

and a book explaining how you will divine the future too

win horse races?

sweep the pools?

break the stock market?

lovers on the horizon?

no sweat!

the tarot of the time being knows the score

and spits out more revelations per read  than yer average al crowley deck

each card will hold the secret of the future in its glossy E-Z slip finish

totb cards are used by more shamans witches freaks and weirdos

than the nearest most popular brands

in fact many card reading knuckleheads have declared TOTB

“the future in a little box”

yes the book and the cards are now available

what are you waiting for?

dont miss out and have no future to tell of

while all your friends take up this great new offer

and are predictably predicting stuff all over the place

track money luck and love in the future reliably and securely

with TOTB

now in its deluxe second edition with a foreword by

the lovely donnette thayer

returned from alaskan wastes to pen this succinct and lovely intro

TOTB is your guarantee of knowing everything about everything coming down the line

you can order it from these very pages if you do but look

TOTB is the best protection you got against future shock and time-lag

get it today

and stop living in the past


new improved




17 Responses to “hey kids…wanna read the future damn right every time?”

  1. etta
    etta | 17 May 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    Possibly. Bought it anyway coz it was my birthday, mem was very generous and i dont like to patronesse you. Quite possibly a load of trolloppe. Or not. Still, looking forward to the pitchers.

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      Mark Ezra Merrill | 18 May 2015 at 12:52 pm #

      Of course it is! But you see the truth of it, right!?!?! LOL

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    tearle | 17 May 2015 at 11:37 pm #

    Funny. Much as I love SK’s Art, I don’t like Tarot Cards. This is coming from someone currently into Alan Moore, who believes in forces & other strange things. Never had any fun with them, seen them predict the bad news too often. Like to believe in Human Willpower myself. X

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      Mark Ezra Merrill | 18 May 2015 at 12:50 pm #

      Yea, if you don’t get a good vibe from them… I say definitely avoid them altogether.. i will mention though, the most adept practitioners of tarot use the cards to better understand the “present” moment.. the cards themselves do not, and cannot tell the future.. however, that being said, it could well be that you, yourself, posses exceptional clairvoyant skills.. and as each clairvoyant has their own “soft spot” from which the future can be observed no differently than the past.. it may well be the tarot acts as a focusing agent for you.. and if so, I’d say you could make a lot of money by opening-up shop and start reading tea leaves for folks.. but all joking aside, as i’ve come to understand it, this is not the ‘true’ purpose of tarot.. it’s purpose, as I see it, and it’s sole intent is much aligned with your own belief in the ‘will’ of personal power.. it is in fact an affirmation of our ability to choose.. what is right.. true.. and just..

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        tearle | 18 May 2015 at 8:12 pm #

        Any lighthearted fun with them has in my experience very quickly gone horrible… you know the dying person getting the death card, my daughter & I constantly pulling the HP & other fun spoilers. Gone right off them myself. But hey divinate away; spoil parties & Xmas dos, novices & dark Magicans alike :/

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          Mark Ezra Merrill | 19 May 2015 at 1:43 am #

          Yes, the cards run the full gambit from being totally demystified for some and completely superstitious to others. The thing to remember and what the cards, for some, emphasize most is the challenge of that perspective. How many ways can one look at a thing or a situation? How is your ‘truth’ the only ‘truth’? And by asking these types of questions you will, eventually, arrive at the ‘larger question’ – at the core of this deck – questions of ‘collective survival and sustainability’ IMHO these are the bigger fishes that collectively, we have to fry.. “..shake your faith, shake your belief.. it’s not a religion.. it’s just a technique..” OXOMEM!!!
          ps. and as far as divination is concerned, that happens regardless, always, at every moment and every place.. anyway ::;:))))))))

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    Steven Krut | 18 May 2015 at 1:03 am #

    It’s the E-Z slip finish that has me excited.

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    Mark Ezra Merrill | 18 May 2015 at 2:06 am #

    Thanks Kilbo for those lovely sentiments, I’ll pass them on to Buk, I know he’ll be proud!

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    MarlaRobbinson | 18 May 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    Donnette Thayer

    Have not heard that name in quite some time since my dad used to play Game Theory records when me and my sister were mere kids. Talk about memory lane. Now I have to blast Shark Pretty.

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    simoneradulovitch | 18 May 2015 at 8:35 pm #

    Have ordered my set and can’t wait to use them. I’ve used tarot and oracle cards for about twenty years now. They look incredible. One shouldn’t be afraid of the cards. For example when seeing the death card it can simply mean a casting of something unneeded in your life not of physical death. My great great grandmother used to read coffee grounds – how she would have loved these! Do hope Steve will be able to sign the pack if he’s able to. All the best!

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    Chris | 20 May 2015 at 11:21 pm #

    days of future past perfect

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    cetaceus1 | 21 May 2015 at 8:52 am #

    I had tarot cards when I was a kid. (Kids go up to 30 these days) I still want to get a signed copy of your book and I know you said write to but I did and you never replied with your address. I also said to you I’d bought a copy of your book but I went to the post office and they said it would be $13.00 to post, and back. I can’t have you bearing that cost; it must be your profit margin. Sure we could post it in a 500g parcel which would be much cheaper, but the lady at the post office said that because it’s 530g (just over the limit) it would cost around $13. I’d buy it from you to get that personal dedication and signature, but apparently you’re out of stock. When will you get back in stock?

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