That first visit into The Occult Shoppe on Queen Street in Toronto in the early 1980s had me hooked!
In my 30+ years as a tarotist, I have taught & studied locally and internationally, worked with clients, written for print & online media and spoken at several conferences in Canada and the U.S.
The Tarot is a tool I use in my everyday life. It is my confident and my counsel, my mirror and my window, my storyboard and my camera. :)
This year’s Tarot card calculation offers a bit of a twist.
It is common to identify The Hanged Man (card XII of the Major Arcana) as the year card for 2019. The numerological process for determining this is simple: add the digits 2 + 0 + 1 + 9 together and get 12. I’ve seen it highlighted on my social media feeds, on email newsletters I receive and on blog posts. (Biddy Tarot’s post is a great example.) Continue reading → The Hanged Man and The Empress
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“What kind of world do you want. Think anything. Let’s start at the start. Build a masterpiece.” – ‘The World’ by Five for Fighting
You’re likely familiar with the idea of drawing Tarot cards. If you haven’t experienced this, YouTube and social media feeds are full of examples. Tarotists like myself offer this as a service. Shuffle a deck, visualize a question or a quandary, predetermine a layout for your cards and draw one, two or any number of cards and have them tell a story.
This is an effective and popular way of working with the Tarot.
While prepping for an upcoming workshop, I was reviewing and playing with key words to share with attendees to help them remember the general energy of the suits. As an educator, I know that mnemonics can be helpful remembering tools. The terms ‘head’ and ‘heart’ show up time and again in material relating to swords and cups respectively. Continue reading → Key words and the four Tarot suits
I’m going to call this “Tarotive” – is that tacky? 😉
My most recent work with the Tarot involved a style that is new for me.
As I prepared myself and my space for my work, I kept a situation in mind. Currently, this is an issue for which I needed some clarity of direction; the perfect kind of issue for Tarotive work. I reflected on the layout structure I would use but I did not ‘assign’ any meaning to specific positions. I also did not use a prepared spread. Instead, I identified the first card as ‘protagonist’ and let the rest of the story flow in order of the cards. Today’s ‘Tarotive’ work builds on the knowledge that the cards already include narrative elements: characters, challenges, supports, places, and events that can be strung together to form a story.
Since I started my Tarotive on the first ‘Sun’day after the Summer Solstice, I created an 8- card layout, one for each point in the Wheel of the Year. I set the cards out to represent the spherical shape of the Sun and also chose Joanna Powell Colbert’s Earth-themed Gaian Tarot deck (my limited edition deck is still a fave after 8 years!). When I work with my own questions at home, I often gather support resources.
(As a side note… Although I will ‘run through’ my interpretation ‘sans support’, I like to access my Tarot library to add differing perspectives or to sometimes challenge my own thinking. When working with yourself, it’s easy to see only what you want to see instead of what you need to see.)
My narrative begins with me represented in the 4 of Air, weaves through supports, reflections, journeys and endings. My story concludes with ‘The Builder’ from the Major Arcana.
When done, I tend to leave my Tarot work out for a period of time so that I can revisit it and reflect on it. (Tuesday morning as I finish this post and it’s still out.)
I have tried this more open, narrative style several times this month and it seems to be a style for which I’m going to hold space.
Try it! Think of a situation or question for which you (or someone else) are seeking guidance. Visualize a card layout with a representative link to the energy you’d like to draw on for your work; it might be the day, the time of year, a current astrological cycle, the situation… My Sun-shaped 8-card spread is an example of the solstice energy associated with the time of year where I live. Begin the narrative with the querent, wrap it up with the last card, and see where your story takes you.
And, if you feel comfortable doing so, share your experience in the comments. I’m curious to see if this Tarotive style works for you.