Archive for October, 2007

Tarot Table Talk Podcast Episode Number 5: A Tarot Ritual for Day of the Dead

October 31, 2007

Day of the Dead Marigold

Episode 5 of the Tarot Table Talk podcast is in MP3 format, 14.3 MB, and approximately 10 minutes in length.

In this episode, I share a bit about the Mexican tradition, Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, which is celebrated on November 2nd. I also suggest a simple tarot ritual to honor the spirit and memory of a loved one.

Day of the Dead Tarot Ritual
(This can be done anytime you wish to honor someone’s memory.)

Go through your deck, face up, and pull four to eight cards that remind you of a loved one who has died.

The cards you choose might reflect your loved one’s personality and/or talents, a struggle they endured, the gifts they left behind, your memories, etc.

Once you have chosen your cards, place them in a circle, face down, and light a candle at the center. Then turn each card over, one at a time. After turning a card over, allow yourself sufficient time to reflect before turning over the next.

If you would like to embellish the ritual by adding the traditional elements of a Day of the Dead altar, you might include

  • a photo of your loved one.
  • an offering of flowers, the fragrance of which will lead the way to your altar. Marigolds are the traditional flower, representing death, but you might, instead, choose to go with the favorite flower of the one whom you are honoring.
  • copal incense, another strong fragrance to help lead the way.
  • candles to light the way.
  • your loved one’s favorite foods and beverages.
  • any special objects that you know they would enjoy. For example, for an artist, you might include tubes of paint and brushes.
  • sugar skulls or playful images of skeletons as a non-threatening reminder that we all must die, that death is a part of life.
  • Day of the Dead Altar

    An altar I once did for family members who have died.

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    You might want to check out the tarot deck— Tarot of the Dead!

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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2007

Skeleton Holding Death

I’m working on a blog entry—and possibly a podcast—to celebrate the Mexican tradition, Day of the Dead, which is on November 2nd, so be sure to check back. I’ve created a simple Day of the Dead tarot ritual you can use to honor the memory of a loved one who has died.

In the meantime—Happy Halloween.

Tarot Dame

October 30, 2007

Tarot Dame

The Tarot Dame has a neat new blog. Each week she selects a different deck from which to pull a daily draw. Her personal reflections are fun and insightful, and she generously includes a nice-sized image for each card. This is a great way for us all to get familiar with new decks. And did I mention her site is beautifully designed—check the banner!

Be sure to pay her a visit!

Choose your card for the week of October 28, 2007

October 28, 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!

Death Queen of Wands Seven of Pentacles

Hermit Eight of Swords The Moon

The charioteer goes to the amusement park

October 27, 2007

The Chariot

Have you ever seen those photo booths at an amusement park, or maybe the county fair? They provide costumes and sets and you can stage a family photo in a wild west saloon—Mom the sexy bar wench, Dad the piano player, pounding out a ragtime tune, and little Jason with the sheriff’s badge.

Well, sometimes the charioteer strikes me as a guy posing at a photo booth. It isn’t his idea—his girlfriend has dragged him there with the promise of a wild night.

They put what could be an apron over his Kelly’s Pub t-shirt and his long cotton shorts and strap cheap plastic moons to his shoulders. The wig, with the crown sewn on, is slipping, and the belt is too big.

He steps into the chariot, a wooden set that creaks and groans under his weight. And then they hand him a wand. What the hell is he supposed to do with a wand?

His girlfriend thinks it’s a riot.

Leisa ReFalo of The Tarot Connection Interviews Evelyn Pine and Me

October 22, 2007

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Leisa ReFalo, host of The Tarot Connection, interviewed Evelyn Pine and me about our Writing with the Tarot workshops. Click here to listen to the episode, which also includes the first episode of our new Writing with the Tarot podcast.

Also be sure to check out Leisa’s other Tarot Connection episodes—the show is truly a gift to our community. Leisa conducts interviews and features the work of such tarot luminaries as Bonnie Cehovet, James Wells, Jeanette Roth and Dan Pelletier of The Tarot Garden, James Wanless, Ginny Hunt, James Ricklef, and Ellen Lorenzi-Prince. (By the way, Ellen attended our Writing with the Tarot workshop at the Bay Area Tarot Symposium. At the beginning of the episode that includes our interview, you can hear her read the beautiful piece she wrote on the Eight of Cups.)

Also be sure to pay a visit to The Tarot Connection Shop!

Choose your card for the week of October 21, 2007

October 20, 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!

Three of Swords King of Cups Five of Wands

Seven of Wands The Chariot Two of Pentacles

Episode 4 of the Tarot Table Talk Podcast: Reach Your Potential as a Tarot Reader through Hypnosis

October 15, 2007

Hypno Portal

Photo by Dave Tunik of DST Photography

I am a certified hypnotherapist, and in this episode, I will guide you into a trance state and take you through a visualization that will help you reach your full potential as a tarot reader.

Episode 4 of the Tarot Table Talk Podcast is approximately 26 minutes in length and 36.1 MB.

Choose your card for the week of October 14, 2007

October 13, 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!

Five of Pentacles Ace of Wands Queen of Swords

King of Cups Six of CupsTwo of Wands

Seven of Swords: The Library Card

October 11, 2007

Seven of Swords

Can you see this guy tiptoeing around a library, those swords in his arms like a stack of books? He’s eyeing the two he left on the shelf, wondering if he could manage them. Nope, he’ll come back.

Mary Greer, in her book, Tarot for Yourself, includes the following as part of her interpretation of the the Seven of Swords—”Research: collecting the knowledge and ideas of others.”

And what better place to research than the library? Next time you go to check out a book, don’t forget your library card—the Seven of Swords. And don’t forget to peruse the tarot section!