This piece is the fourth and final installment of my report on the recent tarot gathering in NYC. Please see my previous three posts for the others.
Sunday, 26 April was wrap-up day for this year’s Reader’s Studio. I wasn’t able to attend Mitchell Osborn’s breakfast roundtable, How to Handle Family and Friends (and Clients) when they “Just Don’t Get What You Do” as a Reader/Psychic, but people told me that the discussion was enjoyable and useful.
The tribe gathered in the ballroom and each person found hir original foundation reading partner from Friday. Barbara and I pulled out our notes and the cards from the beginning of the conference and took turns going over the spreads with fresh eyes. Ideas we discussed before were fleshed out and made even more clear by paying attention to natural elements as depicted in our layouts, by paying attention to our breathing, by offering thoughts of blessing to one another, and by concluding our sessions with the sacred gaze. I felt truly helped and I perceived that my reading partner really witnessed a deep and authentic part of herself in the key card from her reading. This Readers Studio practice of revisiting the foundation reading after learning new ideas is valuable and demonstrates just how much a tarot practitioner can improve hir skills through an immersive experience.
Ferol Humphrey invited various attendees to share their experiences. People contributed their thoughts and feelings about how the workshops, study groups, interactions with peers, and questioning their own assumptions opened them up as people and as readers of tarot. Heartening!
Our morning concluded with an hour and a quarter of Tarot Incubators, a multi-table brainstorming session facilitated overall by me and at each topic’s specific table by several friends. This year’s Incubator table hosts were Wald Amberstone, Nancy Antenucci, Joanna Powell Colbert, Ellen-Mary Keough-O’Brien, Mellissae Lucia, Andrew McGregor, Heatherleigh Navarre, Beth Owl’s Daughter, Cheryl Ryder, Doug Reuschel, and Gina Thies. People were invited to go to the table whose topic would be most useful to them and to take part in discussion and Q & A about that topic. This year, we covered being specialists in aspects of tarot, the ins and outs of creating a deck, tarot for creative expression, using the cards for meditation and ritual, employing specific cultural concepts in tarot decks, embracing a cross-cultural approach to reading for people, building active tarot meet-up groups, and building an audience for one’s tarot practice. The conversations were lively and inspiring. At the end, participants were asked to state one thing they could take with them beyond the conference to help ground the ideas in reality.
After lunch, certificates were handed out, Ruth Ann bade farewell to the elements/suits (always so moving), and we all thanked one another for the whole experience. A seamless, heart-centred, and effective Readers Studio had come to a close, but its wisdom and energy were carried forth into the world by all of us.
I’m already looking forward to next year!
Images: 10 of Flame Songs from the Songs for the Journey Home Tarot; 10 of Rainbows from the Osho Zen Tarot.