Way of the Seer- James Wanless Tarot Intensive, June 19 & 20, 2010

This past weekend I attended The Way of the Seer Voyager Tarot Intensive with James Wanless. It is the next step in the Voyager Tarot certification. I have been working with the Voyager Tarot cards for about a year and a half. I took The Way of the Seeker certification in January 2009 and wanted to take the next step in this certification program.

The weekend began with James sharing about his deck and asking us to pick a card of the day. I used my Fractal Voyager Tarot Deck and go the Child of Crystals- Learner. It was a perfect card to express what I needed to be for this weekend event.
We discussed how to figure out our birth cards using James’ method. Every 22 years one starts a new cycle through the Major Arcana. I am currently in my Moon year which is funny as I kept picking the Moon at other tarot event. The class compared this way of finding out our individual year cards done using the numerological method to get to the corresponding Major Arcana. By using that method I am Lovers or 6.

We talked about the fact that certain symbols in the Voyager Tarot represent different things such as anything with water is equal to emotions, 4 legged animals are equated to earth and actions to be taken, as well as hands reaching out as Spirit or spiritual connection. Every symbol on the cards have a meaning but it is more important to use one’s intuition to find meaning of the cards.

We looked at the cards face up and and picked the card that applied to us as representative of our past life. I chose the Empress as I have felt like I was a governess of at a royal court and caregiver to a Queen. After that we shuffled the cards and picked face down a card to represent who should we be now. I got The Emperor. Looking at the card we were asked to pick the symbol or symbols that spoke to us. I looked at Emperor and noticed the gilded box. I need to act on “opening” this box and finding my true treasures inside it as well as take a swim with Whales or go where they swim.

After everyone shared their cards and visions of what they saw and felt, we looked at doing our Whole Self Mandala reading. you pull cards for each of the following:
1. Mental
2. Emotional
3. Physical
4. Spirit
5. Female Energy
6. Male Energy
7. Finances
8. Work
9. Home
10. Relationship

This layout gives an clear and in-depth look at where a person is at and can help one plan what can be done next. Prevent or prepare is the key to using Voyager Tarot system. It is all about Fortune Creation

As we progressed through the weekend, I was given more information to work with and how to apply it to James’ method of using his cards. I think it will help me become an even better reader no matter which cards I use but definitely deeper understanding of the Voyager Tarot and its symbolism.

Tarot card quiz….

You are Temperance

Time. Ages. Transformation. Involuntary change

Temperance is another card of aspiration, but also of much change. It often
represents complex situations. Positively, you can harmonize contrary
forces.

Temperance is, on a surface level, about "tempering." The original pouring from cup to cup might have been about cutting wine with water. So this is a card about moderation. There is, however, another angle to the card, that of merging seemingly impossible opposites. Sagittarius, the centaur, merges beast and man into a unique creature. And then there is the bow and arrow, one moving, one stationary, working together to point the way. Temperance may be, at first glance, a warning for you to "temper" your behavior, to cut your wine with water. But it may also be a reminder to that seemingly irreconcilable opposites may not be irreconcilable at all. Belief that fiery red and watery blue cannot be merged may be the only thing standing in the way of blending the two. Change the belief, measure out each with care, and you can create otherworldly violet.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Valhalla Renaissance Faire

I went to Valhalla Renaissance for it’s second weekend to work the Tarot-To-Go booth. I headed up Friday evening and checked in and looked over the booth. It was in a decent spot but it was dark so it was hard to say how it would go in the morning.

The next day Drew, Artemis and I organized the booth and it was a nice long booth with enough space to give each reader some privacy as we read for our clients. We were joined in the day by a new front desk person, Michele, who really encouraged couples to get readings together. i think we did more couples readings than we have ever done. They can be quite fun to see how each member of the couple sees the relationship and their parts in it.

My favorite reading of the weekend was the mother who had her 2 year old daughter “helping” her. The mother sat down with her daughter in her lap. As soon as the daughter saw the cards, her eyes focused on the deck and she just started drawing cards very gently. She touched the deck and slid the cards off the top and handed then to her mother. She was very calm and very quite as well as very focused. The mother looked at me as if she was concerned but I was enjoying the experience as the daughter seemed very comfortable pulling cards for her mom. After about 10 cards, which I read to the mom, we had the mom shuffle all the cards back together and had her draw the cards herself. She got about 6 of the same cards her daughter had chosen for her. Those were the ones we really focused on as they had come up again which to me suggested she really needed to look at those issues. It was kind of amazing how open the mom was to hearing the messages especially after her daughter had already picked those cards for her.

Sunday we closed up the booth and then gathered together to share our gratitude to our booth owner, Anastasia, for offering us the space to do readings for the faire goers. It so happened we stood at the four corners and put her in the middle and hugged her. It was like we each were a point on the pentacle and she was the heart of our band.

It was a great weekend and I look forward to the next time I get to read at a Renaissance Faire. I hope it is as enlighten as this weekend had been.

SF Tarot Cafe

Tonight is SF Tarot Cafe meet up.. please come and chat with us about Tarot and enjoy the lovely cafe at Borderlands!

Archetypes- a Poem by Michael Charboneau

I have been your King.
You bowed to my every wish
And asked what more you could do
To make me feel worshipped.

I have been your Warrior.
Standing guard, taking psychic blows
But lies make for poor armor
So I defected.

I have been your Lover.
Brief periods of intense heat
Seperated by cool looks
Days, weeks, months at a time.

I have been your Fool.
Through it all, a toy to be hidden
When you were ready to play
At being an adult again.

Last Minute Subscriber Special – Voyager Tarot Intensive, June 19 -20, 2010 from Tarot Media Company

The Voyager Tarot Intensive with James – Oracle: Way of the Seer – in San Francisco is almost full! We still have a few spaces available. Details of the weekend are below, including a special last minute registration opportunity for Voyager newsletter subscribers.

You can register online at Tarot Media Company: http://tarotmediacompany.com/?p=722

We’re offering a special registration rate for Voyager newsletter subscribers – read on!

In thius hands-on workshop, you’ll have two full days with James as he guides you through the Voyager Tarot system. An energetic teacher, motivated by his passion for Tarot, James not only tells you about Tarot, he ensures that you experience the Tarot! In addition to discussions about Tarot and the Voyager system, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to work with the cards, reading for yourself and others in the workshop, guided, encouraged, and inspired by James.
As a Seer, the dedicated learner in you has recognized and accepted the mantle as a ”way shower.” The Seer is a facilitator for other Seekers to find their way. It only takes a spark to illuminate and inspire another! In “seeing” for others, the Seer in you grows. Seeking never ends. Being an oracle for others is the Seer’s spiritual practice. A Seer, by virtue of sharing wisdom, prepares for evolving into the next stage of life.
Upon completion of this course, you will be a Seer, an oracle certified to read the Voyager Tarot. You will know how to interpret symbols and consult the cards for others as a tool for insight into relationships, work, money, health, and personal spiritual growth.

The class will be held from 10:00am to 5:30 pm on June 19 – 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Directions and details will be included in your registration confirmation.

We’re offering a special pre-registration rate for subscribers to the Voyager newsletter: Register on or before June 15, 2010 and receive the discounted rate of $230 – that’s over 20% off! Use the coupon code “james” at checkout to receive this great discount. The usual registration fee is $290, which includes the workbook, lunch, and refreshments for both days.

If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please contact by email or call us at 1.415.508.7323.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!