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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.

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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.

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.

Tarot of the iPod!

November 20, 2007

iPod Tarot

Tarot of the iPod is an exciting new collaborative project conceived of and produced by Leisa ReFalo, host of The Tarot Connection podcast.

Download an audio file for each tarot card, hit shuffle, and see what card your MP3 player pulls for you! As Leisa points out, this allows you to do a reading for yourself in places where you might not feel comfortable taking out your cards.

There are plans to offer text for several different decks. Right now you can listen to reflections on the major arcana cards from P.D. Ouspensky’s The Symbolism of the Tarot.

I was honored to contribute to this project by recording the text for my birth cards, Strength and The Star.

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Also be sure to listen to the latest episode of  The Tarot Connection, and find out how you can turn your iPhone into a tarot deck!

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Leisa for the Tarot Table Talk podcast. I hope to have that episode up soon.

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!

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!

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.

Another Tarot Table Talk Podcast: Writing with the Tarot #1

September 16, 2007

The High Priestess

This is the third Tarot Table Talk Podcast and the first in a series that offers exercises to use the tarot for personal and creative writing. You can listen to Writing with the Tarot #1 here. This episode is an MP3 and is 31.1 MB. While the podcast itself lasts 22 minutes, this does not include writing time. Feel free to use your recorder’s pause button liberally and to take as long as you need for your written response to each prompt. You may choose to do all of the exercises in one sitting, or break them up over several writing sessions. You might even want to bring the recording to your writers’ group or tarot group.

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. It offers exercises that will help you get started on—or deepen—either journey.

In this episode

This episode begins with a warm-up writing exercise to help those who are new to the tarot to focus on the details of a card. The warm-up is followed by a self-reflective writing exercise inspired by each of the four suits of tarot. We conclude with a creative writing exercise that will generate ideas for setting, story, and character.

What you will need

To do the writing exercises, 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. Susan and Evelyn will also be presenting a Writing with the Tarot session at the Bay Area Tarot Symposium on October 6, 2007.

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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Episode 1 of the Tarot Table Talk Podcast

July 29, 2007

 

The Fool

You can listen to Episode 1 of the Tarot Table Talk Podcast—Observing the Fool—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 Magician’s Table website.

Episode 1, in MP3 format is 10.7 MB and approximately 8 minutes long.

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Welcome to the first episode 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 a variety of exercises, 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.

I thought I would kick off this show with an exercise to guide you into The Fool card from the Rider-Waite deck. This will be 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.

I will begin by describing the card in detail and then suggest scenarios and possibilities for you to imagine. Hopefully stories will emerge to help you develop a better understanding of who The Fool is. If you like to write fiction, you might want to have a pen and pad of paper nearby to jot some notes. You might choose to have The Fool in front of you, or you can close your eyes—if you’re not driving—and simply listen.

If you don’t usually work with the Rider-Waite deck, no worries, you may think of this as a comparative study.
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