Archive for October, 2009

Choose your card for the week of 11/1/09

October 31, 2009

KIng Solomon Oracle Cards, 28 King Solomon Oracle Cards, 3 King Solomon Oracle Cards, 31

King Solomon Oracle Cards, 33 King Solomon Oracle Cards, 35 King Solomon Oracle Cards, 7

Choose your card for the week from the King Solomon Oracle Cards by Orna Ben-Shoshan and Itzhak Mizrahi. 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 choose—post a comment!  (Put your cursor over each card to see its title.)

For those of you who have been waiting for a uniquely Jewish deck, here it is! Not exactly tarot, but close enough!

I have become a big fan of Orna Ben-Shoshan’s artwork—it’s magical! I’ve spent hours on her site.

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Lunchtime Tarot Exercise for 10/30/09

October 30, 2009
Lunchtime Tarot

Lunchtime Tarot exercise using Kat Black's Golden Tarot

Today was my first Lunchtime Tarot group—a come-when-you-can group that will meet  each Friday at my office in San Mateo, CA. For those who are unable to slip away to join us, I thought I’d post the exercises here each week.

A big thank you to those who came today! I’m still thinking about all of your insights on the Five of Wands. It’s so fun to get different perspectives.

And now for the exercise….

The Saboteur and The Liberator

A goal that I need help reaching:

Pull each of the Ace cards from the deck and spread them out in front of you.

  1. Under the Ace of Cups, place a card that shows how the goal will fulfill your heart—what your heart has to gain from reaching this goal.
  2. Under the Ace of Swords, place a card that shows how the goal will fulfill your mind—what your intellect has to gain from reaching this goal.
  3. Under the Ace of Pentacles, place a card that shows the practical benefits to be gained from reaching this goal.
  4. Under the Ace of Wands, place a card that shows how the goal will fulfill your creative spirit—what your creative spirit has to gain from reaching this goal.
  5. Choose a card with a figure that represents your Saboteur. List signs that will warn you when your Saboteur is in charge.
  6. Choose a card with a figure that represents your Liberator. List signs that will show you that your Liberator is in charge.
  7. Consider the possibility that your Saboteur has good intentions and wants to protect you. Imagine your Liberator saying that you don’t need that kind of protection any more. What agreements might they come to?
  8. Imagine that each Ace is a gift from your Liberator and/or your Saboteur. Look at the imagery of the card. What might it symbolize? A seed that needs planting? A tool? A reminder of your strength?
  9. Choose a card that represents an action you want to take.

Here are a few of the cards that today’s group members were drawn to:

Morgan-Greer Tarot, Two of Pentacles Morgan-Greer Tarot, Five of Pentacles

Morgan-Greer Tarot, Six of Swords Morgan-Greer Tarot, Eight of Cups

Housewives Tarot, Judgment Rider-Waite Tarot, The Moon

The top four cards are from the Morgan-Greer Tarot.

The Judgment card is from the Housewives Tarot.

The Moon card is from the Rider-Waite Tarot.

Choose your card for the week of 10/25/09

October 24, 2009

Halloween Tarot, 2 of Imps Halloween Tarot, 6 of Ghosts Halloween Tarot, 6 of Pumpkins

Halloween Tarot, 10 of Imps Halloween Tarot, The Chariot Halloween Tarot, The Moon

Choose your card for the week from the Halloween Tarot by Kipling West and Karin Lee. 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!

Choose your card for the week of 10/18/09

October 17, 2009

Vampire Tarot, 5 of Holy Water Vampire Tarot, 8 of Garlic Flowers Vampire Tarot, Fate

Vampier Tarot, Queen of Holy Water Vampire Tarot, 5 of Stakes Vampire Tarot, The World

Choose your card for the week from the Vampire Tarot by Robert Place. 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 choose—post a comment!

P.S. That’s Pamela Colman Smith, artist of the classic 1909 Rider-Waite deck, as the Queen of Holy Water!

P.S.S. Kristine Gazel, the author of Kristine Gazel Tarot Web chose the Fate card for her card of the week. See her blog entry for her thoughtful response to the card.  Her blog is terrific and reflects her interest in tarot and alchemy. She has extensively explored Robert Place’s Alchemical Tarot there.

The Fool Meets a Vampire

October 12, 2009

Gothic Tarot of Vampires, The Fool Rider-Waite, The Fool

In this recent post, which features cards from the Gothic Tarot of Vampires, I selected The Fool as my personal card for the week of 10/11/09 (GTV Fool, above left).

I was drawn to that menacing shadow, but then I started to think, who is The Fool in this card? The young woman clinging to the young man’s hand? She doesn’t seem to notice his other hand’s shadow is poised with ill intent. Or maybe it’s the young man who is The Fool by being unaware of his metaphorical shadow side.  Maybe they are both being Fools—they seem intrigued by something in the distance when perhaps they should be running. Or maybe The Fool is someone outside the frame of the card who is running from them—someone who can only see the larger-than-life shadows and not the innocuous beings beneath.

While pondering this original, elusive interpretation of The Fool, I couldn’t help but think about my familiar friend, the Rider-Waite-Smith Fool (above right). Now that is one sunshiny card! Stepping off a cliff never looked so good.  Then I imagined him waking up one morning to find himself in the Gothic Tarot of Vampires. Whoa!

Exercise for Reflection:

Pull The Fool card from several different decks. Imagine each Fool figure confronting a vampire. Which handles the situation with grace, confidence, or wit? Now imagine that Fool in your shoes facing a dreaded situation where fear often gets the best of you. You may find you have something to learn from him—or her.

Here are a few Fool cards. Place your cursor over a card to see what deck it is from. Click on its image to take you to Tarot Garden, where you can see more samples from the deck and make a purchase.

Housewives Tarot, Fool Vanessa Tarot, The Fool

Deviant Moon Tarot, The Fool Arthurian Tarot, Seeker

Choose your card for the week of 10/11/09

October 10, 2009

Gothic Tarot of Vampires, Two of Pentacles Gothic Tarot of Vampires, Three of Cups Gothic Tarot of Vampires, Four of Cups

Gothic Tarot of Vampires, Six of Swords Gothic Tarot of Vampires, 0 Gothic Vampire Tarot, 1 of Wands

When I entered SF BATS last weekend, I got to pull a random deck from a cauldron—a gift donated by Lo Scarabeo. I picked this very dark gritty deck. So, this week, please choose your card from the Gothic Tarot of Vampires by Riccardo Minetti and Emiliano Mammucari. 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 choose—post a comment!

(Put your cursor over each card to see its title.)

Treat yourself to a new deck this Halloween!

October 10, 2009

Halloween Decks

There are so many wonderful decks that go nicely with Halloween. Here are a few you might consider, if you don’t already have them. I would love it if you would post a comment suggesting others.

  1. Robin Tisch-Hollister’s All Hallows Tarot was a limited-edition deck that is being republished by Leisa ReFalo at Tarot Connection. I just pre-ordered my deck, and I can’t wait to get it! Go to the Tarot Connection Shop to see lots of sample images.
  2. Another terrific newish deck is Robert Place’s Vampire Tarot. Click here for a review by Bonnie Cehovet.
  3. Speaking of vampires, there’s also the Gothic Tarot of Vampires by Ricardo Minetti and Emiliano Mammucari. Click here for a review by Dan Pelletier.
  4. One of my favorite decks that is perfect for Halloween is the Bohemian Gothic Tarot. Click here for a review by Solandia.
  5. And there is, of course, the wonderful classic Halloween Tarot by Kipling West and Karin Lee. Click here for a review by Tom LeBlanc.

As Halloween approaches, I will feature a few of these decks in my Choose Your Card for the Week posts on Sundays.

Lunchtime Tarot in San Mateo, CA

October 10, 2009

If you live or work on the Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area, I’d love to have you join me for Lunchtime Tarot! For more information, see www.tarotinsights.net.

Lunchtime Tarot, San Mateo, CA

 

Fun at BATS!

October 5, 2009

I had such a wonderful time at the Bay Area Tarot Symposium on Saturday, and I’m kicking myself for not having taken photos to post here.

If you haven’t been, imagine walking into a huge room filled with tarot enthusiasts and vendors selling baubles and all kinds of tarot goodies. You pick a random tarot card from a cauldron—a personal theme to touch upon throughout the day, you reach into another cauldron and pick a random deck—a generous gift from Lo Scarabeo, and you pour over the program trying to decide which of the two to four workshops you will attend each hour.

Below are the workshops I settled on. They were all fabulous.

First there was Joseph Martin, creator of The Quest Tarot. Joseph started by passing around various psychology/self-help books he was reading. He encouraged readers to assign their clients good, relevant books as homework. He then taught us The Lovers Weave Spread that he created. The cards are literally woven so that they lock together. Check out the photo below—No tape! I swear!

wovenspread3

Next I attended Mary Greer’s fascinating talk on Waite and the Secret Tradition. (Mary’s talks are one of the things I most look forward to at BATS each year.)

Then I attended Ellen Lorenzi-Prince’s workshop, “Full Moon Fire Magic,” which gave me a chance to use the cards to reflect on my inner demons. There was a healing exercise followed by a guided meditation. She also gave us new, thought-provoking correspondences for each of the suits:

  • Swords—Fear
  • Wands—Anger
  • Cups—Grief
  • Pentacles—Shame

Next I went to deck collector Holly Voley’s presentation. She started by giving tips on what to look for in early editions of the Aquarian Tarot and the Morgan-Greer Tarot. The heart of her presentation  focused on Rider Waite Smith clones. She put out a call to deck creators to come up with new interpretations that challenge us. She cited Wheel of Change Tarot, Shining Tribe Tarot, Tarot of the Crone and Voyager Tarot as examples of original decks.

Next I attended a workshop by my dear friend, Carole Pierce, who took us on a wonderfully literary exploration of  W.B.  Yeats’ poems of the tarot. Carole was worried that her attendance might be low, but the room was packed and the discussion was inspired! Someone commented at the end, “We need another hour!” Indeed!

Carole and I both were disappointed that her workshop was being offered at the same time as Leisa ReFalo’s workshop on Tarot Florigraphy. We drooled over the description, and I’m hoping she’ll do a Tarot Connection podcast on it. I did, at least, get a chance to say hello to Leisa and ask her about The Tarot Connection, which seemed to have been on hiatus. I was delighted to hear that she had posted a new episode that very morning. Be sure to tune in here.

Carole and I had to flee to a party for the staff at the school where we teach and missed Thalassa’s closing remarks and raffle prizes. BATS continued all day on Sunday with a panel which focused on the work of Pamela Colman Smith, in honor of the Rider Waite Smith deck’s centennial. Was sorry to have missed it.