Archive for August, 2007

Choose your card for the week of August 26, 2007

August 26, 2007

If you are viewing this entry on Sunday or Monday, choose the card below that best illustrates how you expect your week to go. At the end of the week you can see if things went as anticipated. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the week.

If you are viewing this entry anytime between Tuesday and Thursday, choose the card below that best illustrates how your week is going. On Sunday you can see if anything unexpected happened to change your feelings. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the rest of the week.

If you are viewing this entry on Friday or Saturday, choose the card below that best illustrates how your week has gone.

Don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel. If you would like to read about your card, click on the card interpretation link under the appropriate suit/major arcana on the right.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

Nine of Wands Queen of Swords Judgement

Four of Swords The Moon Two of Cups

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Tarot for Kids

August 23, 2007

Bar Mitzvah

Here I am preparing to give a birth card reading to Jack, at his Bar Mitzvah reception. What a fun party that was!

If there is a young person in your life who expresses an interest in tarot, you can’t go wrong with a one-card birth card reading. (See The Magician’s Table webite for instructions on calculating birth cards.) This limits the possible cards that will come up to The Fool, The Magician, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, and The Hermit—all friendly, innocuous cards.

Try this:

Calculate the birth card.

Lay the card in front of the young person.

Ask him or her to describe the card. You can give prompts: What is happening in this card? How would you describe this figure’s personality? Does it remind you of a part of yourself or anyone you know?

Explain the potential the card represents. For example, if the birth card is The High Priestess, you might frame it this way: You have the potential to make good decisions because you have the ability listen to your heart and understand what motivates you. Deep down you know when to stop and think before you act. You also have the ability to keep secrets. You may need to adjust your language depending on the age of the young person.

Because I don’t use the cards to make predictions and would never use them to tell someone what he or she should do, I feel comfortable sharing them with any child who expresses interest. Because of the tarot’s misunderstood and controversial nature, I do, however, feel it is in my best interest to have parental consent for minors.

When reading for a child, I pull out The Death card, The Devil and the Ten of Swords. Last month I had tea with my new friend, Anastasia, of Tarot-To-Go (check out her podcast!). She recommended a couple decks she likes to use with children: Children Tarot and Tarot of Oz. There is also a great site dedicated to using the tarot with children, and it includes images from several recommended decks: Tarots for Children and Children at Heart

For a young teen I will explain that the tarot has some images and cards that some find scary or negative, and that while they don’t predict that anything bad will happen, and may even validate what they are experiencing or feeling, we can take them out of the deck. I leave it up to them. When I had this conversation with my friend’s fourteen-year old daughter, she rolled her eyes and said, “The Death card would freak my mom out, but it doesn’t scare me.”

A fantastic book for a teen who wants to study tarot is Seeker: The Tarot Unveiled by Rachel Pollack. Even though this is written for a teen audience, I actually think it is one of the best introductory books anyone could have.

Write in if you have any thoughts about working with young folks—or techniques.

Choose your card for the week of August 19, 2007

August 19, 2007

If you are viewing this entry on Sunday or Monday, choose the card below that best illustrates how you expect your week to go. At the end of the week you can see if things went as anticipated. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the week.

If you are viewing this entry anytime between Tuesday and Thursday, choose the card below that best illustrates how your week is going. On Sunday you can see if anything unexpected happened to change your feelings. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the rest of the week.

If you are viewing this entry on Friday or Saturday, choose the card below that best illustrates how your week has gone.

Don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel. If you would like to read about your card, click on the card interpretation link under the appropriate suit/major arcana on the right.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

Nine of Swords Eight of Cups Seven of Pentacles

Two of Wands Queen of Pentacles The Hierophant

Episode 2 of the Tarot Table Talk Podcast

August 14, 2007

The Emperor

You can listen to Episode 2 of the Tarot Table Talk Podcast—Observing The Emperor—by clicking here, or you may read the transcript below. A complete listing of the Tarot Table Talk Podcast episodes may be found on the Tarot Insights website.

Episode 2, in MP3 format is 13.5 MB and approximately 10 minutes long.

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Welcome to Episode 2 of Tarot Table Talk. I’m Susan Gold. This podcast provides hands-on exercises for experienced tarot enthusiasts as well as those who are new to the cards.

In addition to various exercises to deepen your understanding of individual cards, there will be a series of episodes that demonstrate ways you can use the tarot to inspire both personal and creative writing. There will also be another series of self-reflective exercises to help you celebrate the Celtic holidays.

Today I have an exercise to guide you into The Emperor from the Rider-Waite deck. In the last episode we looked at The Fool, who has always been a favorite of mine. I have to admit that I’ve never been a fan of The Emperor. Intellectually speaking, I do appreciate the stability and security he represents, the ability to be assertive and take control, but the father archetype pushes buttons for me, and I’ve never been big on power and authority.

Interestingly, after writing this exercise, I felt my feelings for The Emperor shift a bit. I developed some empathy for him, and I hope you will get to know him as a more multi-faceted character as well.

This exercise is similar to a creative visualization except that it will not be a personal self-reflective journey. Your primary role in this exercise is as an observer.

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Choose your card for the week of August 12, 2007

August 12, 2007

If you are viewing this entry on Sunday or Monday, choose the card below that best illustrates how you expect your week to go. At the end of the week you can see if things went as anticipated. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the week.

If you are viewing this entry anytime between Tuesday and Thursday, choose the card below that best illustrates how your week is going. On Sunday you can see if anything unexpected happened to change your feelings. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the rest of the week.

If you are viewing this entry on Friday or Saturday, choose the card below that best illustrates how your week has gone.

Don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel. If you would like to read about your card, click on the card interpretation link under the appropriate suit/major arcana on the right.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

Temperance Eight of Wands King of Cups

Seven of Swords The Chariot Three of Pentacles

Five introductory books for other systems

August 9, 2007
  1. Numerology: The Divine Triangle by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker. This book developed my understanding of the symbolism of numbers in tarot.
  2. Astrology for Yourself: How to Understand and Interpret Your Own Birth Chart by Douglas Bloch & Demetra George. This book reminds me of Mary Greer’s Tarot for Yourself. It is in workbook format and guides you through self-reflection.
  3. The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford by Lon Milo Duquette. This must be the most entertaining book on Qabalah/Kabala, and it is an accessible introduction to this esoteric field of study.
  4. The Hand Book: An Introduction to Palmistry by Elizabeth Brenner. This one is out of print but can be found.
  5. The Rune Cards: Ancient Wisdom for the New Millennium by Ralph Blum. This is a classic set, though somewhat controversial. See Wikipedia entry. Blum’s rune cards can be used with Elder Futhark rune stones. Being a tarot/visual type, I find the cards much easier to work with.

Please write in if you would like to comment on these books or suggest others.

Choose your card for the week of August 5, 2007

August 5, 2007

If you are viewing this entry on Sunday or Monday, choose the card below that best illustrates how you expect your week to go. At the end of the week you can see if things went as anticipated. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the week.

If you are viewing this entry anytime between Tuesday and Thursday, choose the card below that best illustrates how your week is going. On Sunday you can see if anything unexpected happened to change your feelings. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the rest of the week.

If you are viewing this entry on Friday or Saturday, choose the card below that best illustrates how your week has gone.

Don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel. If you would like to read about your card, click on the card interpretation link under the appropriate suit/major arcana on the right.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

King of Wands Eight of Pentacles The Empress

The High Priestess7 of Cups Five of Swords