Archive for December, 2007

Choose your card for the week of December 30, 2007

December 30, 2007

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, you might click on the appropriate link under The Magician’s Table Tarot in the right hand column.

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

Ten of Pentacles The Hanged Man Knight of Pentacles

The Tower Seven of Swords Ace of Cups

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Tarot Table Talk Episode Number 8: Writing with the Tarot #3

December 29, 2007

The Moon

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This episode is co-hosted by Susan Gold and Evelyn Pine. To participate, it doesn’t matter how much or how little you know about writing or the tarot.

Episode Number 8, Writing with the Tarot #3 is 21.1 MB and 15:26 minutes long, but this does not including writing time. We encourage you to pause your recorder throughout the episode to allow yourself ample time for writing. We tried this exercise out at a workshop we offered at Sacred Paths Bookstore in San Mateo, CA. The workshop was 2 hours, though I think we were all inspired to go home and keep writing!

In this episode

Writing with the Tarot #3 is a personal writing exercise. There are five steps to this exercise which will culminate in a lot of writing! In a nutshell, you will pull cards to explore a span of your life—therefore we call it the Tarot Time Line exercise.

We have a few optional Word documents you may download for this exercise: Brainstorm, Tarot Time Line, Tarot Chart. If you prefer, you can also simply grab a pad of paper.

Before you get started, we encourage you to do the warm-up exercise we have recorded in Tarot Table Talk Episode #7, aka, Writing with the Tarot #2. This is designed to be used with all Writing with the Tarot episodes. In the warm-up episode, we give you a series of questions to help you explore the imagery of a card through writing. This can be a very satisfying stand-alone exercise as well.

We’d love to hear from you

This podcast course is a work in progress, so we would love to hear your feedback. We would also love to hear about your writing process for these exercises. Don’t be shy about posting!

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, be sure to visit Tarot Insights for a listing of Writing with the Tarot workshops.

Tarot Table Talk Episode Number 7: Writing with the Tarot #2—warm-up

December 29, 2007
Eight of Pentacles

This episode is co-hosted by Susan Gold and Evelyn Pine. To participate, it doesn’t matter how much or how little you know about writing or the tarot.

Tarot Table Talk Episode Number 7: Writing with the Tarot #2 is 4.8 MB and 3:33 minutes in length, though this doesn’t include writing time. We encourage you to pause your recorder when you hear the chime so that you have ample time to write.

This warm-up exercise is designed to be used with all Writing with the Tarot episodes. In the warm-up, we give you a series of questions to help you explore the imagery of a card through writing. This can be a very satisfying stand-alone exercise as well.

What you will need

To do the Writing with the Tarot exercises, including the warm-up, you will, of course, need a favorite writing instrument—pen, pencil, or even a computer, and a tarot deck. You can find a tarot deck at any book store—though we encourage you to support a new age or independent book store. A great independent online tarot store is The Tarot Garden.

There are thousands of decks out there, and you might want to first go to Aeclectic Tarot, which has reviews of decks and sample images from them. Whatever deck you choose, just make sure that every card is rich with scenes and imagery. If you are still having trouble selecting a deck, you might try the classic Rider-Waite deck or the Golden Tarot deck.

Once you’ve got your deck, pen and paper—or computer, find a place conducive for writing.

We’d love to hear from you

This podcast course is a work in progress, so we would love to hear your feedback. We would also love to hear about your writing process for these exercises. Don’t be shy about posting!

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, be sure to visit Tarot Insights for a listing of Writing with the Tarot workshops.

Choose your card for the week of December 23, 2007

December 23, 2007

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, you might click on the appropriate link under The Magician’s Table Tarot in the right hand column.

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

Death Page of Pentacles Knight of Swords

Six of Cups Four of Swords Eight of Wands

Tarot Art

December 22, 2007

Woody Allen

Paul

Have you been to etsy.com? It’s a wonderful site where artists and crafters sell their handmade wares. I bought these cards from artist, Elena Mary Siff. I love ’em! Woody Allen as The Hermit?! Now there’s a fresh interpretation. And Paul McCartney as the Page of Swords! You can find Elena’s other work at elenamary.etsy.com.

Doing a search for tarot on Etsy yields lots of fun things, too!

Choose your card for the week of December 16, 2007

December 16, 2007

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, you might click on the appropriate link under The Magician’s Table Tarot in the right hand column.

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

Queen of Swords The Hierophant Ace of Wands

The Sun Three of Pentacles The Chariot

Tarot Goes to School

December 11, 2007

School

My day gig is as a high school teacher, and, Carole, the teacher I share a room with, gave me my first tarot reading. I got hooked, and she mentored me in the art. Carole has been our department’s resident reader for years. She reads at department get-togethers and writes beautiful year-card readings for teachers’ birthdays.

I have found “clients” from another department that I was involved with for a while. After school I’ll draw the blinds and lock the door, spread a cloth over a desk, pull out the cards, and hope the custodian doesn’t come in.

Yesterday, Carole and I received an urgent email mid morning. It was from a department head who was concerned about a teacher. “She needs a reading, and she’s open to it. Are one of you available?”

Even at the district-wide, back-to-school convocation when we were all crammed in theater seats, a colleague who has been studying tarot for some time, leaned over, pointing to the administrator at the mic. “Every time I see her, I think of The Empress,” she whispered.

Who says tarot hasn’t gone mainstream? 🙂

Choose your card for the week of December 9, 2007

December 8, 2007

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, you might click on the appropriate link under The Magician’s Table Tarot in the right hand column.

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

Wheel of Fortune Three of Cups Nine of Wands

Three of Wands Justice The High Priestess

Tarot Table Talk Episode Number 6: Interview with Leisa ReFalo of The Tarot Connection

December 2, 2007

Leisa ReFalo

Leisa ReFalo, host of The Tarot Connection podcast and producer of Tarot of the iPod

Episode 6 of the Tarot Table Talk podcast is in MP3 format, 63.6 MB, and approximately 46.23 minutes in length.

In this episode, I interview Leisa ReFalo, the host of The Tarot Connection podcast. Leisa is a fascinating, talented person who has done so much for the tarot community. I’m sure you will enjoy getting to know her as much as I did!

Leisa ReFalo combines her background in software engineering with a deep and abiding interest in all things Tarot. She is the author of two Tarot decks: the Tarot of Color (an attribution deck that shows the depth of correspondences), and the Kaleidoscope Tarot (an abstract deck where a card is represented by a single color and symbol), and the genius behind the programing for:

Leisa is a professional Tarot reader, and co-founder of the Portland Tarot Society. Her work can be seen at: www.tarotconnection.net, www.tarotjourney.net, www.tarotofcolor.com, and www.portlandtarot.org, Tarot of the iPod. And be sure to visit The Tarot Connection Shop.

Alchemical Tarot Mosaic by Leisa ReFalo

Mosaics Leisa made of cards from Robert Place’s Alchemical Tarot.

Choose your card for the week of December 2, 2007

December 2, 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!

Page of Wands Nine of Swords Queen of Pentacles

Five of Swords Two of Swords Hermit