Archive for the ‘Tarot Workshops in San Mateo’ Category

Beginning Tarot Reading Class

February 6, 2010

Thank you

December 11, 2009

Thank you to all who participated in the weekly Lunchtime Tarot Group, 10/30/09 to 12/4/09. It was a lot of fun! If you would like to be on my email list to hear about workshops I will offer in San Mateo, CA, in the New Year, please send me an email: susan(at)tarotinsights(dot)net. Feel free to suggest topics that interest you. I am also happy to arrange private classes for you and a group of friends.

To learn more about me, and to see a listing of my past workshops and events, please visit:

Lunchtime tarot exercise for 12/4/09

December 4, 2009

The internet is full of advice in the form of bulleted lists. A Google search for “five ways to” yielded these results:

  • avoid a Black Friday trampling
  • improve your memory
  • keep laptop thieves from jacking your data
  • tell you’re ovulating
  • speak like Obama

For this exercise, you might randomly draw and/or consciously select three to five tarot cards to help you

  • say no
  • cope with stress
  • stop procrastinating
  • curb your spending
  • grow your business
  • engage your audience
  • impress your boss
  • get in shape
  • find love
  • etc.

You might also pull three to five cards to help you

  • accept, tame, or enhance your inner Fool
  • be The Magician
  • face The Emperor in your life
  • avoid the shadow side of The Tower
  • bounce back from a Three or Ten of Swords experience

Lunchtime Tarot Exercise for 11/20/09

November 22, 2009

For this week’s Lunchtime Tarot, we did an exercise that Sandra A. Thomson shared with me some time ago. Sandra is the author of these two terrific books:

Pictures from the Heart: A Tarot Dictionary and The Heart of the Tarot: The Two-card Layout: Easy, Fast, and Insightful

We also did the “Picture This” exercise on page 17 of  Nina Lee Braden’s wonderful book, Tarot for Self Discovery.

Lunchtime Tarot Exercise for 11/6/09

November 7, 2009

Lunchtime Tarot is a come-when-you-can group that meets  each Friday at my office in San Mateo, CA. I post the exercises here each week for those who are unable to slip away to join us.

I developed the exercise below from one I posted a couple years ago.

Anastasia Haysler of Tarot-To-Go participated in this class and wrote about it here on her blog, Tarot Pathways. I’m looking forward to attending Anastasia’s next Second Saturday Tarot Class in San Francisco. Check out her schedule here.

Point of View

Go through the deck and pull out all the cards that a particular person in your life might use to describe you. This person in your life might be

  • someone who is a significant ally in your life right now—someone who knows you and supports you. This might be a partner, a parent, a sibling, a co-worker, a friend, etc.
  • an acquaintance who doesn’t know you very well. This might be a store clerk, your mail carrier, a co-worker from a different department, a friend of a friend, etc.
  • a family member or a pet.
  • a childhood friend that you have lost touch with.
  • a teenage friend that you have lost touch with.
  • an ex love.
  • a nemesis.

For each round, record the cards that you have selected, so that you can see how many come up multiple times.

Consider that each card has a light side and shadow side. You might discover that one person in your life might describe you as the shadow side of a card while another might describe you as the light side of the same card.

For reflection:

  • Are you surprised by any of the cards that you have chosen?
  • Have any forgotten memories surfaced?
  • Have any surprising feelings surfaced?
  • What have you learned about yourself and the way others might see you?
  • Which cards do you feel best describe who you are, or who you were at another time in your life?

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.

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

Lunchtime Tarot, San Mateo, CA