Got back to Ontario from Newark this afternoon. It was a mercifully uneventful drive back (unlike last year). The Readers Studio was fantastic! I’ll give a few highlights in the form of quotes from each of the three main presentations.
- An oracle reconfigures the connection between the conscious and the unconscious.
- One develops intuition by having clear intent when opening and closing the reading, by giving up the need for confirmation, knowing what kind of receptor one is (clairvoyant, clairaudient, clairwhatever), by quieting the outer self, and by being open and flexible.
- Staying present is important.
- A reading is a study of energy.
- Picking cards from a face-down tarot deck frees/liberates us from our projections, expectations, and pre-conceived notions.
- Tarot is a wholistic map.
- Life experience + empathy + skill = being a good tarot reader.
- Getting stuck in our familiar boxes is “death by comfort”.
- Tarot consultants carry archetypal medicine.
- To be authentic means to be the author of one’s own life.
- Not only is the whole deck a map, each card is a map in itself. Turn each card symbol into a question.
- The High Priestess represents esoteric/inner teachings and the Hierophant represents exoteric/outer teachings.
- Tarot is a method to know our true selves.
- The soul is the sun shining in one’s heart (from the 7 of Trees in the Shining Tribe Tarot).
- Imagination and play can take us to deep truth.
My own Friday evening study group went well. By mingling tarot with conversational processes such as PeerSpirit circle methodology and World Café, people responded to questions that took them beyond themselves, connected them to the needs of humanity and the larger world. The actions people committed to were beautiful. It was a pleasure to offer this process to them and I plan to offer it to any groups that would like to host it.
I did tarot consultations for several people on Saturday. Lovely to share their stories over the cards and to let whatever insight that needed to come emerge. Thank you for this privilege, dear readees!
I purchased some new tarot decks, including:
- The Mystereum Tarot by Jordan Hoggard
- The Mythical Goddess Tarot by Sage Holloway and Katherine Skaggs
- The Fifth Tarot by Martien and Teressena Bakens
There were informal gatherings of old friends reminiscing, crying, and laughing together (the devil card pose involving a set of ice tongs and some chest hair is memorable as is the brother-sister manicure team of Ching and Ting). There were new friendships forged. And a sense of a real tarot tribe was present. All in all, a joy! Next year’s key presenters will be Robert Place, Mary Greer, and Elinor Greenberg. Promises to be great.
Thank you to Wald and Ruth Ann Amberstone of the Tarot School for yet another tarot-ific triumph.