Archive for May, 2008

Carte Karuta: A fun, new online shop for tarot cards, playing cards and more!

May 26, 2008

I just got an email from Bob Patterson who recently opened Carte Karuta. What fun! Lots of unique tarot decks, and some old favorites. I also enjoyed looking at the fortune telling decks, the tarocchi decks and playing cards from different countries. Check it out!

Tarot Table Talk Episode 9, Writing with the Tarot #4, List Poems

May 18, 2008

You can subscribe to the Tarot Table Talk podcast on iTunes! Just click this button: btnmtl_itunessmall.gif

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 9, Writing with the Tarot #4 is 16.2 MB and 11:52 minutes long, but this does not include writing time. We encourage you to pause your recorder throughout the episode to allow yourself ample time for writing.

In this episode

Writing with the Tarot #4 will show you how you can use the tarot to write list poems.

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.

Example poetry by Susan, inspired by The Golden Tarot

The Moon

I see a landscape of bone carved smooth
and the feathery silhouette of trees against charcoal sky.
I see the branch-like antlers of the stag,
and the spring in the leap of the hare,
I see a thin stretch of grass at the opening of the earth
and the snapping claws of the crawfish as it emerges.
I feel the weight of this heavy night
and the soft pink lips of the moon.

Have You Ever?

Have you ever worn a crown?
Or offered wine to a dove?
Have you ever crossed your fingers and prayed?
Have you ever stepped into a pond
and dipped down to the hem of your gown?
Or held a lion on your lap—
the heavy slab of its paw
resting on your wrist?
Have you ever walked blindfolded into the snow?
Or plucked coins from a tree?

I’ve Never

I’ve never stolen swords from an enemy camp
nor fed pomegranate seeds to a bird.
I’ve never shaken a tambourine at the edge of a cliff,
nor slept in the light of a stained glass window.
Will someone pull these daggers from my heart?
I’m waiting for my ships to come in.

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. We’ve got a workshop coming up on June 3, 2008 in San Mateo, CA.

Choose your card for the week of 5/18/08

May 18, 2008

Choose your card for the week from The Victorian Tarot by Karen Mahony, and Alexandr Ukolov of Magic Realist Press. When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

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

Images from The Victorian Romantic Tarot are reproduced with permission from Magic Realist Press.

Choose your card for the week of 5/11/08

May 11, 2008

Choose your card for the week from the Rider-Waite deck. 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!

For more on Crowley/Thoth…

May 8, 2008

…be sure to visit Mary K. Greer’s blog. She has interesting posts on 5/6/08 and 5/7/08.