What a fantastic day in Kingston, ON! The delightful Marilyn Shannon (Canada’s Queen of the Crystal Ball) hosted two tarot workshops for me. People were great and the processes were well received.
The morning session was called Essential Tarot Skills, time to acquire and practise the tools and knowledge necessary (in my eyes) to conducting a good basic reading. One Major Arcana activity we did was to pick one card, sight seen, to represent what yesterday was like for you. Then the same, chosen consciously from face-up cards, to represent what today is like and what you hope or expect tomorrow will be like. Then they shared with their tablemates why they picked the cards they did. Only afterwards could people look at their cheat sheets to amplify their understanding of each day. Easy and fun! We also covered the Minor Arcana suit qualities, relating to the tarot pictures, asking helpful questions, and small layouts (2- and 3-card spreads). To end the morning session, people paired up and offered one another mini readings. They DID it!
Our afternoon session was my Clearing and Affirming Method of Goal Creation, a way of discovering one’s negative beliefs and personal blocks to creating a specific goal, then overcoming them through image, affirmation, and action. It can be an intense process, but it really helps us to dig in and make desires a reality. I added an activity from Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects so that people could hear the voice of doubt, the wisdom of the ancestors, and the gratitude of the future beings, all in connection with each participant’s manifested goal. Powerful, affirming, and grounding! It’s also good shadow work.
Some Q & A time rounded out our day. Oh yeah…I had door prizes for three lucky participants. Gotta love them prizes!
Feedback was lovely. Many people said they could see themselves continuing to explore tarot in this experiential manner and that many “light bulbs” went off inside their minds and souls, both about tarot and about their own lives. One woman said that she can see herself shifting her counselling practice so that it incorporates tarot. Hooray for the cards!
Thank you Kingston, thank you Marilyn, and thank you Life for today’s experience. I’m deeply grateful. Tomorrow, people are coming for private tarot consultations. Then dinner out. On Monday, I’ll return home to Toronto.
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