I am exploring Lenormand readings and will be attending Marcia’s class at Mission Alchemy Event Space so I thought I would share!
Here is the Write up and link to the class: Down to Brass Tacks with Lenormand:
This introduction to beginning Lenormand readings will include how to read 2, 3, 9- card readings as well as beginning the Grant Tableau.
All levels of interest and experience welcome.
This workshop runs from 1:00pm — 4:00 pm and is being held at the Mission Alchemy Event Space, 2601 Mission Street, San Francisco. We request that you preregister for the class.
About Marcia McCord:
“As life is comical, so might tarot be. As life is sacred, so might tarot be. As life is dignified, undignified, crystal clear, clear as mud, joyous, dark, sad, light, inherently good, fatally faulted, profane and revered, so might tarot be.”
Marcia McCord reads Tarot professionally. She is also a student, teacher, creator and collector of cards, cats and the human experience. She writes a column “Tarot for Life” for Timeless Spirit Magazine.
I am looking forward to this class and would suggest it to others as Marcia is a good teacher and fun to work with. See you on the 16th!
I was able to attend day one of SF BATS in San Jose. I contributed to the Indiegogo campaign and received a copy of the now out of print Gilded Reverie Lenormand by Ciro Macchetti which I had been meaning to get when Ciro fist shared this on Facebook and then his site as I was at the Tarot School‘s Reader’s Studio where he first chatted with Rana George about Lenormand Oracles and the spark that started in him for it. (It really is awesome watching two people inspire each other. She is coming out with her book in 2014 from Llewellyn! But more on Rana in a little bit!)
I am a Daughter of Divination and I love doing SF BATS every year. I get to reconnect with fellow Tarot people, see new decks, learn new techniques and get reading from people who come out just for this event produced by the lovely Thalassa. It was the 22nd year of SF BATS and we were in a new hotel than in the previous 2 years of this being a two day event. This was cool because it is was in the hotel that holds PantheaCon so I was very familiar with it and felt at home. The only weird part of being there was that it was JUST Tarot people verses every flavor of Pagan one could think of in one place. But this just made this event that much more special.
I also had one more layer to awesome to this event which was I got to have Jaymi Elford visiting too. I first “met” Jaymi in a book collection, Ravens in the Library, that was written for one of my favorite performers SJ Tucker. Then Jaymi was at SF BATS to do a presentation on writing & Tarot in 2009. My husband Andrew had taken her class and we all chatted during the breaks and found we had other connections like her story in the Ravens in the Library as well as having read other things she had written in Witches and Pagan Magazine. We have been friends ever since and she has shared many adventures with me from more SF BATS and trips in New York to attend The Tarot School’sReader’s Studio. She is a cheerful ball of amazing to be around and always makes my BATS experience that much better.
So even before it started, SF BATS was already wonderful. However the roaster of Speakers made it even better for me. I was looking forward to hearing Rana George‘s talk on Lenormond as she was how I found out about it, Carrie Paris whose blog posts have inspired me to look at divination in other objects, and Gina Jean who I only get to see at Reader’s Studio. I was fortunate to meet Tiffany Davis who wrote the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot book. Unfortunately I was not able to spend as much time as I would have liked with some of the other terrific guests such as Valentina Burton, Major Tom Schick, David Alexandre and Ferol Humphery from Texas, Marcia McCord, Mark Ryan or Julia Cuccia-Watts but I was told their presentations were terrific. (You just can’t be in 3 places at once as each session time has 3 choices of things to see!)
I did attend Rana’s 2 part presentation on the Lenormand. She got me on board when at Reader’s Studio we traded her Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand for my Hello Tarot deck. Then she showed a bunch of us during the lunch break how to use Lenormand which was when it seems to take off to what we Oracle lovers know today. (Some of us had blinders on to this wonderful oracle. Tarot was our main love back then.)
She shared how one looks at each card, and gave us samples of the many decks that are out in the world as well as the deck her son Ryder created! One reads the cards as a sentence and the question and context is the most important. This is a very literal oracle. The First card sets the theme of the reading and the other cards add flavor and explanations to the reading. Another key to Lenormand readings is NOT to ask open-ended questions. This is very different than Tarot Readings. So I am still learning how to use these cards.
I then went back to the main room and enjoyed helped people at the Tarot Media Company table and the Speaker’s Table. Next I watched Bill Haigwood,creator of the Counterculture Tarot, presentation being done in the main room as that is where the TMC merchandise table was. It was very informative but I was not giving it my full attention because I was still swimming in information from Rana’s presentation but the people who were in the audience of his presentation were really involved and many purchased his book and deck after the workshop.
Next I took Carrie Paris’ Magpie Oracle workshop. She had us break into small groups then shared her oracle and hand outs with each group. She shared her study on different forms of divinations that she had studied that were not cards like the I Ching, the casting of lots, stones and shells as well as even using the Hustle to divine. We did 3 readings with her MagPie oracle: One was picking 1 word for each of the Major Arcana cards then tossing the oracle on the sheet and seeing where the symbols landed. We read each symbol and how they related to the card or cards they landed on. Next we did the same with the August Calendar and looked at what those symbols could mean on the days they landed on. Lastly we picked a single charm at random for the Full Moon. It gave me a new way to look at the Lenormand in this non-traditional form and expand how to just look at symbols in general.
After this I was ready for some quite and foods so I was off to dinner and to decompress. Unfortunately I was not able to part take in Day 2 of SF BATS as I was needed to officiate the wedding of some dear friends in Mendocino. And Honestly I don’t know if my brain could have handled more after all the amazing things I saw and the wonderful people I chatted with and I am looking forward to SF BATS 2014. And Yes I have my pre-reservations already!
I belong to the MeetUp Group, SF Tarot Cafe and have enjoyed it greatly. I decided to see if there was another group closer to where I lived, so I joined the “Fremont Tarot Meet N’ Greet” MeetUp Group. When I joined the Fremont group it was just beginning and it was more of a group to share tarot decks rather than talk about specific things in Tarot. I found I needed more structure and offered to help in providing a clearer focus to that end. The founder of the group seemed happy to let me take on that task. I looked at different things we as a group could do and asked questions of the core members. Then I did some pondering.
This month I decided to step up and offer to work with the members to teach and share my experiences about Tarot by working through the book Tarot for Yourself by Mary K Greer and then expanding it to the Voyager Tarot method which I am exploring as a teacher. The group seemed open to it and we had our first group meeting last Friday, June 3.
We started by doing a quick writing exercise of free form writing about the word Rose from the introduction of Tarot for Yourself. I found that this is always a good way to see what a word can mean to different people and it makes people see depth in a card they didn’t see before. This exercise is one I like because roses are through out the Rider-Waite- Smith deck and people who use other decks see them in theirs as well as and find that the rose can provide an association they didn’t think of originally when they looked at their decks.It also gave them words they might not have thought to use to describe a rose such as death, decay, spoil and betray.
The next thing we did was figure out our Personality Cards. It is a simple way to see what cards you might be associated with based on your birth year, month and date. We spent time figuring these out and trying to get everyone on the same page. We briefly touched on the Soul Cards as well as the Hidden Lesson Cards and will work on these more during June and come back together to share what we have found and discuss these as well.
I am looking forward to how this group will grow and what new things I will learn as well as the things I hope to share.
if you want to join me on this adventure, here is the MeetUp page: Fremont Tarot
I am still riding the excitement from Reader’s Studio 2011. I was nervous about going with all the things going on in life right now but it was exactly what I needed to reenergize my Tarot love and meeting some many of my online people in person was just awe inspiring.
We arrived on Thursday morning in New York and headed to our room to crash and get ready to set up for the evening selling opportunity and networking. After I got up and ate (great Lobster Bisque!) I headed to the main hall to set up the Tarot Media Company table with Anastasia and Andrew. We had some amazing items to share with everyone and I was excited to see who would be there Thursday evening. We sold a few things and Corrine Kenner came by and said hello. I was happy to also see that James Wells was in attendance as well as Dan Peliter with the Tarot Garden goodies whose table was just down the way from Tarot Media Company’s table. They have decks you just can’t find as well as other Tarot treasures.
The Amberstones had an opening greeting for their Thursday evening class and I left to go do a quick email check in on my computer. I met up with Debbie Lake who is a hoot! We chatted about many different topics such as our families and sharing thoughts on how we each read Tarot. As we sat and chatted the BatQueen, Thalassa, came by in her black elegance and pearls. She was on her way to meet up with others but as always dropped a bit of humor on us. Soon Debbie left to meet with her local Tarot people and Johanna Gargiulo-Sherman sat down on the couch next to me as well as Paul Nagy. We chatted for a bit about the way Tarot had changed in the years since Johanna had put out the Sacred Rose Tarot and the different people she had read for over the years. I was just happy to listen to such an experienced reader sharing her insight. I of course had a FAN GIRL moment as her deck was the one I used most for many years. I had at a past Reader’s Studio let her know it. This time I was calm and collected and just happy to chat with her about real life. She is just a lovely person. If you get a change to chat with her you should. She is amazing.
Later it was off to the room for sleep and chatting with the roommate Susa Black. But I needed to get ready for Friday so it was off to dreamland for me.
Friday I was downstairs having breakfast when Artemis J joined Andrew and I. He had gotten in late on Thursday and it was great to see he had made it! After breakfast and checking in with Tarot Media Company, it was back to the main hall to get ready for the opening ceremonies of Reader’s Studio 2011. There were so many people there who I have connected with online and through Twitter, it was amazing. Wald and RuthAnn welcomed us and then began the opening ritual. After it, we got to meet our presenters for this year’s event. First was Corrine Kenner who was going to share with us how to incorporate Tarot and Astrology. I had not really looked at how these two could be incorporated so I was looking forward to this presentation. I had been enjoying the Wizards Tarot that Corrine had put out this year and was hoping to get to chat with her more over the weekend. Next Thalassa was the guest interviewer of Barbara Moore who was going to talk about Tarot Spreads and all the fun things we could do with them. After Wald introduced us to Caitlin Matthews. Her voice was mesmerizing. And she let us know we as readers are amazing for the work we have chosen to do. We are the modern day Oracles and we should all be honored to do this work.
These were our presenters and we were in for an amazing weekend.
Next we did our foundation reading that we would revisit at the end of the weekend. I worked with Artemis J and we did a basic 5 card reading. My question was how can I move forward with my Tarot work. It was very informative and suggested I start taking myself more seriously if I want others too do so as well. It is one of my biggest problems and the reading made some good suggestions for me to work on this issue.
After lunch we were introduced to Corrine Kenner and her way of looking at Tarot and Astrology. We each had our astrological charts. We then used the hand outs to see where things are at in an astrological chart so we understood the symbols that were common in a chart. We learned the symbol meanings as well as how to understand how they work with the Tarot. We got to figure out how our own charts could also be translated into Tarot cards and how to use them when we see them in readings for others.
After the class I went to dinner with Andrew and Artemis J and socialized with so many amazing people it is all still a bit of a blur. Then it was off to bed for the next day was Barbara Moore, Caitlin Matthews and breakfast with Mary K Greer.
Saturday morning began with me getting down to Mary K Greer’s morning breakfast talk. She discussed how we as Tarot people say we are open but we can be closed minded in our own ways. We all have flaws, but we can all make efforts to work on our pet peeves. She asked around the room what are some of our personal pet peeves and how can we each work on turning them into positive solutions. It was interesting to hear everyone’s issues and I of course stated my “love” of working with the 10 of Cups card. Artemis J who was also in the breakfast meeting across the room held up a 10 of Cups card as I spoke. It turned out he had just drawn this in relation to a question he had and was laughing as it was at the same time as I had said my pet peeve statement. Love the Synchronicity in action. After he asked me what I thought of in relation to his pulling of the card and we chatted about it in context of his question. It made me smile to know that the Tarot has a sense of humor to it.
Back in the main hall we all gathered to hear out Saturday speakers. Barbara Moore was introduced and began her talk about Spreads. I love creating spreads and looked forward to the information she was going to share with us.
She began by having us choose how we would create our spread, using a random card or planning it based on a crd we liked. I worked with Andrew and we decided to choose a card at random and he pulled the Lovers. I had to laugh as that is my numerical birth card and his sun sign birth card. We chose to do a 6 card spread based on the elements in the card. We then listened to Barbara as she made suggestions of way to set up a spread and different elements one can use and ways one can lay out the cards to make a spread work for every reading one could do. She suggested that cards can move through a spread instead of remaining stagnate if the reader wants to have that happen. She shared other ways to lay out the cards for more complex readings as well as simple lay outs to do direct and quick readings.
Here is the reading that Andrew and I came up with:
We had fun and that I think that was the big message from Barbara’s class. Have fun with creating spreads that work for you as a reader.
She opened by singing to us. She just started singing to get the hall to know she was ready to begin. It was a wonderful way to begin the talk. She shared with us her thoughts on significators. She asked how many of us use these cards in our readings. Most people in the room didn’t use them. She acknowledged that she also used to not use them. However she had found that they were more helpful than she thought. She showed us how she worked with clients to find and use their significator cards and we did a few drawing of significators at our group tables. After she asked the room to shuffle their cards pick 1 card but not to look at it. Next she requested a volunteer to share an issue they were having and were willing to let the larger group help them with. Patty Shaw volunteered. She was having a hard time with public speaking and would be doing a presentation in the coming weeks. She came up and Caitlin had her pick a person from the room to represent her significator. She choose Elinor Greenburg who had the Death Card. Next she choose 4 people out of the room be represent 4 different elements in the Wheel of Souls reading Caitlin had shared with the group in our hand outs. Each person had a message to share with her in their places as the Family Soul, the Tribal Soul and Individual Soul as well as the Universal Soul. Patty choose me to be the last place, the Universal Soul, and I had the Hierophant to share with her. It was a very moving reading for the room and we helped her to face the issues she was dealing with about public speaking. After the reading she made the announcement to the group about the evening classes and the dinner that we were attending on Saturday evening.
The dinner was started with people parading for the group at large as a favorite card. I wore a gothic style dress to compliment Andrew’s Captain’s coat and steampunk style. We were encouraged to join the parade and realized we must be the SteamPunk Tarot Lovers. It was fun to honor Barbara Moore’s work as she is creating the SteamPunk Tarot deck in the next year. Also Ciro Marchetti came up to Andrew with a card from his new deck, Oracle of Vision, that looked like Andrew.
After we went to spend time with Jaymi Elford as well as Susa Black and Artemis J. We chatted about new decks and all the fun we were having. We compared notes and expressed our fascination with all that we were learning as well. It was a late night of joy and fun.
Sunday was the closing of this amazing event. We revisited our foundation reading from Friday and applied things we learned more about during the weekend. It was fun to see how astrology influenced how Artemis J read the same cards this time verses on Friday. I used the Wheel of Souls reading as well as moving the cards around in the reading for Artemis J. We then received our certificates and participated in the closing ritual.
And what did I take away from this amazing weekend? New friends, connections in real life with people I had started to connect with on Twitter as well as Facebook as well as terrific new ways to look at my Tarot deck.
This year SF BATS was held August 28 & 29. It was at the Universal Unitarian Center of San Francisco which always feels like a home away from home in my mind. I have been attending this event for the last 4 years or so and every year I get to meet some amazing people and see some old friends.
I was there bright and early to help set up with the other Daughters of Divination(DOD) Anastasia, Patricia, Ester, Sparrow, Ember, Andrew and Rydell as well as all the vendors who were setting up their tables for all the participants to see what amazing items they had for them to look at and purchase. Tarot Garden and Tarot Connections where there with amazing decks as well as Ari Stone and her fantastic Tarot journals, just to name a few.
Once everything was set into place and the will call table was set, we had people lined up all the way out the front doors of the UU Center. It was amazing to see all these Tarot People in one place to soak in the new knowledge for the amazing panel of guests. I was excited to see so many new people as well as some old friends.
The first class session for me was Joseph E Martin of the Quest Tarot which is a very layered deck. He shared his views about how to deal with keeping your personal power as well as dealing with skeptics and keep doing your best. Next I saw Diana Wilkes of Tarot Passages talk about finding the right deck for yourself and how to be a reviewer if that is what you wanted to do. I found her talk to be of interest to me as I would like to explore doing reviews of decks and such here. Of course we all have to know our preferences and understand them as we produce reviews of decks. We are in service to others in that process and it is a about Tarot after all.
Next came lunch and chatting with friends and making purchases from the vendors. So many terrific things to take home and so little time to really deicide.
My next session was with Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin from Tarot Professionals. It was interesting to learn new ways to read cards as well as challenge one self with just using one word to describe 3 cards in a reading. In fact Marcus shared a 19 word reading using all 78 cards in a standard Tarot Deck. It challenges your brain to par down and really focus on what is in front of you . His website is www.tarotprofessionals.com.
I have taken several classes with James Wanless and every time I see something new in his cards as well as learn new skills I can apply to using with my other decks. It is fascinating all the things one can see in the Voyager Tarot.
On September 18 & 19 James will be teaching The Way of The Mentor himself for the last time for a long while. If you want to see Capt. Pick-A-Card in action I can’t recommend this class enough. Here are the details from Tarot Media Company:
September 18 – 19, 2010 – Map: Way of the Mentor
Coaching with Voyager Tarot is an empowering action process for creating the future. Voyager Coaching is “fortune creation” – a proactive tool for realizing your visions and dreams. This results-oriented process is based upon the universal Tarot “Map of Life”, which enables you to manifest intentions in a holistic way.
By consulting the Cards, you, as a trained coach, help your client create an insightful and inspiring action plan for any kind of life issue and opportunity. Voyager Coaching shows you how to realize a big vision, achieve a specific, tangible goal, or address a difficult challenge. Seeker and Seer Certification is highly recommended to make the most of this course.
So that the session can be hands-on and focused, class size is strictly limited, and advance registration is required. Register online at www.TarotMediaCompany.com or by phone at 1.415.508.7343.
The classes will be held from 10:00am to 5:30pm in San Francisco, California. Directions and details will be included in your registration confirmation.
The registration fee for the workshop is $290, which includes the workbook, lunch, and refreshments for both days.
Class Special: Register for this course on or before September 7, 2010 and receive the discounted rate of $245! Use the coupon code “web1” at checkout for this great discount.
They even gave me a special to share with all of you! I would love to see you there! Come be a Voyager with me.
Second Saturday Tarot Classes have been a fun and informative monthly class for me. I enjoy going as I learn a new way to look at my cards and get insight from the people who attend the class.
This past Saturday we discussed The Chariot which is 7 in the Major Arcana. It is about movement and going forward with plans. It can be challenges that need to be put into motion or “unbridled ambition.”
We talked about different types of chariots in history and the evolution of the chariot as well. It was informative to hear how different people used a chariot as well as looked at the ways different peoples added to its structure and possible reasons for the way they changed it for the times.
We discussed where a chariot could take you as well as what we see as the modern day equivalents. We then got to make our own chariots and decorate them. Mine had roses on it as it is what is powerful to me. Other class members decorated theirs with stars, skulls, and flames. We each choose our power symbols and what we found strength in for decoration to our chariots. We then did a guided meditation about traveling in our Chariots and what we might learn and see. It was very soothing to tune out the world to see into my spiritual world and where I could go. I felt free to explore new places and see new things. I knew that I needed to tune out the “traffic” of the mundane to get to my spiritual self. This just reenforced those thoughts. My Chariot driver reminded me he knew the rode and I had to trust him to go where I wanted to be headed. He had the directions. I had given them to him. So once I let him drive I was able to enjoy the journey more.
What did this mean in the “Real World” you might wonder. Well if I am to be successful, I need to trust my inner self. I have the directions. I just need to trust myself to follow them. Stop listening to the “traffic” of things not working for me and work with the successful voices around me. I could do it if I just let go and try.
Once back in the room, I felt relieved that I could let go and trust I will be on the path I need to be. It was exactly what I needed to reassure myself that I was doing the right thing for myself.
Trust your heart and it will be the right thing to do.
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:
5. Female Energy
6. Male Energy
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.
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.