Tarot Blog Hop- May 2019- Tarot Continuing Education

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This Tarot Blog Hop’s theme, Tarot Continuing Education, is something I think is very important. I feel that as professional readers, we need to be learning all the time to expand our practices. We can learn so much from each other as well as teach others our own way of readings. I feel like with every class I take I gain new insight that can expand my reading techniques and understanding of the cards.

I enjoy attending Tarot conferences and Tarot classes at places you might not expect to see Tarot. I have just finished my big Tarot conference season from President’s weekend at PantheaCon 2019 until this past weekend at Reader’s Studio 2019. I attended NorthWest Tarot Symposium and I also went to BABSCon 2019 where I learned how to read Tarot with the My Little Pony Tarot deck. Each of these events had classes that offered many different techniques and ways to read Tarot. There were well known Tarot Masters as well as the up and coming Tarot Luminaries and of course regular readers who have amazing businesses and creators and artists of brand new decks. With each class I take I learn a new thing that I can apply to my practice as well as see something new in my cards that others see that I may not have noticed.
When I think of continuing education I always think about my Tarot Practice and how I can get it to grow and thrive. I would say that you may find Tarot in the least likely of places.

As I mentioned above, I attended BABSCon which is a My Little Pony convention in the San Francisco Bay Area. I met the creator of a My Little Pony Tarot deck. He shared his way of reading and how the major arcana correspond to the way we have evolved from an agricultural civilization to an industrial society and on to the informational age. It was a way I had not thought to take the standard Hero’s Journey that many people have assigned to the 22 cards of the Major Arcana. I would never have thought to find a Tarot class at a Pony Convention. The room was very full of other people interested in learning Tarot. This is just one class that I took that grew my view of Tarot. I would say go to any convention or conference you can and attend any Tarot class you can.

You never know where you will find information that could expand your understanding of your Tarot.

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New things are growing for Rose Red Tarot.. I mean Rose Red Consultations!

I have decided to do more with my tarot and that is to launch a new focused Website and business. I have been playing in this for a LONG time and I now have an opportunity to do so much more. I can’t wait. I look forward to this new adventure.

Please join me with Rose Red Consultations in the TriValley Area of Northern California (Pleasanton, Livermore, and Dublin) as well as the general Bay Area. Of course I will travel to other locations like East Brunswick, NJ or Seattle, WA or Portland, OR as the winds call me. Have Cards and Charms -will travel and share!

Tarot Blog Hop 2019-Spring Equinox Blog Hop

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Thank you Morgan!

This Tarot Blog Hop we were offered two themes and I chose to create a recipe for Spring Equinox.

Woman of Worlds- Preserver
Voyager Tarot

The Spring Equinox is all about fresh starts to me. I look at my decks and pick ones that give me a fresh view on the world as the new season begins.

This Spring I chose to visit an old favorite, The Voyager Tarot by James Wanless. I feel that the vibrant colors and the use of collage feels very Spring into action for me. I shuffled and randomly chose the The Woman of Worlds- Preserver. This card shows that life is special and magical if one is willing to share the past and grow from it. One can learn and save the beauty of the old ways but also update the past with present understandings and knowledge. Love can grown when it is nurtured and protected as can our ideas. We can all look at Spring that way. It can flourish when we nurture and protect it. If you give them life, your ideas can grow, change, and blend to share old passions and build new traditions. This is the lesson we can learn from the Woman of Worlds-Preserver.

But what can we create with the Woman of Worlds that really expresses that energy at work? What is the “Secret Ingredient” in the recipe of life that Woman of Worlds enhances and shares in Spring?

Well if I were to create an oil blend featuring the Woman of Worlds, it might go like this:

Woman of Worlds Spring Oil Blend
Start with 6 drops of soft leather musk oil (this is representative of the Woman of Worlds herself)
Add 3 drops of lavender oil for relaxation
Add 2 drops of lemon for a clean shot of freshness
Add 3 drops of gardenia for softness and joy
Mix the above into an Almond Oil base.
Stir together and wear on days to bring in the brisk feeling of a Spring morning and dance in the Woman of World energy in this oil blend.

Now hop on over to Traci’s blog, Tarot for the Times, for more Spring Equinox fun.

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Where the heck have I been?

Well that is a good questions!  I went to Reader’s Studio 2017 and had a great time! So much so I am going again in 2018! It always rejuvenates me and gets my Tarot juices flowing.

I am working with NorthWest Tarot Symposium on their Registration Team and I am excited to be part of the team for that event.  I know that this will be a great Convention for Tarot Folks to attend. I can’t wait to share who is presenting this year. As soon as programming is set I will be posting about it here.

Jaymi Elford and I have been doing Tarot Visions Podcast and we have been going like gang busters on it.  We have been enjoying talking to many of the Tarot Visionaries we have heard about as well as ones we know.  We have a few fun series of podcasts coming up with Tarot and RPGs as one that is near and dear to both of us.

We have applied to be on panels at PantheaCon 2018 as well and we hope they will take either one or both of our proposals for classes there.  I know I am looking forward to work with Jaymi more as we are a great team.

I have been studying and work on my Pagan studies so that has been taking time.  I know that it draws my focus away from my Tarot but Tarot is always with me. I keep looking at putting together a Tarot Conference but need to get focused on what that could look like and how to move it forward before really putting it out there. I have some thinking to do around making that a reality. The city is not local to me so there is the rub on that. I am sure it can be done and I bet I can do it. Setting dates and checking the area is the key!

I have taken up Bullet Journaling which means less posting online and more writing in a book! (I KNOW! How 1980’s of me!) It has been interesting to see this blossom but it is hard to remember some times too as the computer is in my face everyday with my day job. I am enjoying the creativity I have found in it as well as the love of seeing things I have completed in hard copy. It feels more like solid proof!

Finding time is always the issues isn’t it?

Cheers!

Benebell Wen inspired Post-Arwen’s #tarottag15

I follow Benebell Wen on FB and Twitter. She has been a guest on my podcast and she is some one I admire.  She follows Arwen Lynch on Youtube and recently Arwen posted the #tarottag15.  I am not good about following Youtubers because I just run out of hours in my day but I have enjoyed Arwen’s shares on other social media so I went and checked this one out. It was really interesting to me but as I am not a Youtube posted, I thought I would follow in Benebell’s footsteps and post it on my blog.

Here are my answers to the #TarotTag15:

1. What is your current favorite deck?

My Current Favorite Deck isThe EveryDay Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake and artist Elisabeth Alba. I love the images as they speak to me about my Witchy path.  Almost every card has a lovely cat friend as well. I am just really enjoying this deck and using ti on my Path to RS2017 posts.


2. What Tarot card do you think stands for who you are now?

If I had to pick the card that stands for me RIGHT NOW it would be the High Priestess in the Robin Wood Deck.  The aspects of the High Priestess are ones I am working with such as sharing knowledge and providing guidance as needed but also standing up for what I bleive in. (That is how I see her but your mileage may vary I know.)


3. What Tarot card do you think stands for who you want to be?

The 9 of Pentacles stand for what I want to be when I “grow up” if you will.  I want to have my home settled with my campaign by my side. We will grow old together and take care of one another. It is a good thing to work towards. (And I love this image from the Peanuts Tarot!)


4. Draw a Tarot card and tell us how it answers the question, “What does the Universe want you to know right now?”

Well I had to giggle as I pulled a card from the Shadowscapes Tarot and got The Fool! “What does the Universe want you to know right now?”  Enjoy life and all it has to offer and just watch where you are going. You have a grand adventure ahead of you! I can dig it! (Hush! People still say that, right? RIGHT? !! No but I do! 😉  )


5. Do you have any cards that you MUST love in order to work with a Tarot deck?

I really don’t have any specific cards I HAVE to love but I really prefer illustrated pip/minor arcana cards to just the symbols. I started with Rider-Waite-Smith deck and really connect better to images than just a collection of the pentacles, swords, cups or wands.


6. Why Tarot and not some other divination system?

Tarot was the first system I found and it really spoke to me.  I tried other systems like Runes and Pendulums, but I keep going back to Tarot.  I am still trying to work with other systems such as Charm Reading and Lenormand cards, but Tarot is my baby if you will. (Magpie Oracle and Celtic Lenormand I have copies of and love BTW)


7. What’s the first book you can remember reading about Tarot (other than the LWB [Little White Book]?

My first book was by Mary K Greer, Tarot for Yourself. It is one I recommend over and over for beginners who are just starting out and want to know the basics. Mary is very clear and focused.  It is more of a workbook which is why I love it.
There have been many others since that I have added and would suggest like Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen, Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners by Joan Bunning, Tarot for Beginners: A Practical Guide to Reading by Barbara Moore, and Tarot Wisdom by Rachel Pollack to name just a few. All of these authors have many more books to expand one’s knowledge of Tarot but these are ones I can’t live without.

8. What Tarot person would you like to sit down with for a chat about Tarot?

Living Tarot Folks: I think I want to actual sit down at a round table discussion with Mary K Greer, Rachel Pollack and Robert M Place. These 3 minds fascinate me with their knowledge of Tarot from each of their view points! And really I would love to just sit and listen to them discuss cards and Tarot History. I would also add in Lon Milo Duquette if I could as he is just terrific as well and having the roundtable balanced would be good too. BUT if I have to pick just one person, I would actually choose Johanna Gargiulo Sherman. She created one of my all time favorite decks(The Sacred Rose Tarot) and I would love to chat with her about her process and what influences her art in this deck. (I love this picture of her! )

 

Dead Tarot Folks: Well Pamela Coleman Smith is my choice. I would love to know more about her art and her connections to the Golden Dawn as well as why she chose to go with AE Waite when he left the Order of the Golden Dawn. And really I am sure she never realized how influential her art work would be 100+ years later.


9. Tell me about one YouTube Tarot channel that you watch (and why.)

As I said before I don’t really watch Youtube Channels but I will have to check this out now. I know, I know.. I read blogs!
10. How many Tarot decks do you have?

Hmmm I have about 80 to 100 decks I think. I will have to count them!
11. Do you mix oracles and Tarot when you read?

I have done so in the past usually pulling cards from a oracle to start the reading and get some focus on the question. Once the quarent is comfortable with that we dive into a reading. If it is some who is already comfortable with readings I add Charms sometimes or Oracle cards to enhance the reading’s depth.

12. Have you ever created your own Tarot card or deck?

I have not created my own deck but I have created my own spreads. I would like to put them together in a book at some point.

13. Do you read for yourself?

I definitely read for myself! Every day I pull one card and some times I share it and some times I don’t.  Just depends on my mood and what the card brings up for me. It is the beauty of Tarot apps! I can carry 4-10 decks on my phone and pull a card as I need! Crazy technology!


14. What are your favorite questions to be asked when you do a reading for someone else?

Hmm well I guess the best is when some one is open to exploring their question from all angles. I like the “What do I need to know right now?” More top explore with the person getting the reading.
15. What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you during a reading?

The craziest thing that has happened to me I would say is being in the middle of a public event reading for a client when a small group of people have walked but looking at us and having them shout “They are great! My reading last year was spot on!” It was a bit jarring to have that shouted at your booth at an open air event but very cool too. The group came back around and got readings and the “shouter” said they wanted me again this year as I was so helpful last year. Kinda reassuring that the work you are doing is actually appreciated.

 

Day 15 on the road to Reader’s Studio 2017

I am ready for a busy weekend of reading and seeing my Pop Culture Hero John Cusack!

John Cusack (Credit: AP/Chris Pizzello)

I am going Silicon Valley Comic Con on Saturday and getting a photo op with him. /swoon!

 

But what does the Tarot have to say about that?

Knight of Cups! Well Do what needs to be done and do it with heart! Also don’t babble at the Pop Culture Hero! I will do my best!

 

The EveryDay Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake and artist Elisabeth Alba.

Day 14 on the road to Reader’s Studio 2017

Wednesday is the middle of the week and what does it provide? It is all about getting to the rest of the week. HA!  What lies in wait though? What needs to be acknowledged today? Let’s pick a card and find out!

 

The 3 of Swords! Well I will survive the trials of this week and will move forward through the stress. Great. Well one has to go through the ups and the downs of life. More prep and more packing for the trip to NYC as well as all the other stuff too!

The EveryDay Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake and artist Elisabeth Alba.

Day 12 on the road to Reader’s Studio 2017

The day is going to be a journey.  We know how life likes to change your path just as you are focused on one direction.  BUT that is the beauty of life.  You get to change direction and discover a new pathway.  Sometimes it stinks as you knew what you were doing and you were working a plan. Now you have to make a new plan.

The Wheel of Fortune is the exact thing to help not throw off my balance.  I know that things may have to change to go forward. I am ready to move from one way of thinking to another if I have to do so.

The EveryDay Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake and artist Elisabeth Alba.

Day 11 on the road to Reader’s Studio 2017

On this rainy Sunday, I keep thinking of all the things that are coming before I can get to Reader’s Studio. First is of course the regular day to day stuff, then there is the Charms and Mediumship year course I am taking. I am also reading a ton of books and finishing up my year and a day Pagan course as well.  And of course spending time with loved ones is also drawing my attention.  Today’s card really was a reminder of life and to keep going forward.

2 of Pentacles reminds me that I can balance all the things going on as long as I keep working my plans. Finding my pace and just keep things moving forward. If any one can, I can!

Also Happy Easter to those who celebrate it!

 

The EveryDay Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake and artist Elisabeth Alba.