Free Talk and the Fool’s Journey

RWS The Fool
RWS The Fool

On Thursday, January 7th, a handful of Tarot enthusiasts assembled to discuss the journey of the Fool through the lens of the Tarot. We explored the Major Arcana through the use of key words, beginning with “tabula rasa” for The Fool and culminating with the World and “acceptance”. We explored several journey stories, in part or in whole, and began to compare the Fool’s Journey to the Hero’s Journey. Participants brought up various examples from religion and mythology. We finished off by assigning significator status (a significator is a card used to represent someone, usually the querent, but in this case,the card represented the fool through his journey)  to the Fool and placing him at various points along the journey as depicted by the cards of the Major Arcana, laid out in ascending order. (My self-gift of an oversized RWS deck came in very handy here!  🙂 Willing attendees took up the tale of the Fool from the point of placement. At times the stories were fictional, at other times, semi-autobiographical, but always engaging.

Join us for the next Free Tarot Talk on Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.  This talk is a beginner’s talk and will overview the history, structure and uses of the Tarot. Contact me at whitesagetarot@gmail.com for more details and directions.

Upcoming Tarot events

Future talks: I’m looking at holding a ‘free’ Tarot night on Thursday, January 7th, 2010 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The topic for the night is ‘The Fool’s Journey”. It is intended to be interactive so bring your favourite deck. We’ll review various renditions of the Fool’s Journey (bring one if you have one), explore some of the repeating symbols of the Major Arcana and begin the construction of a ‘personal dictionary’ for the Majors. Bring a journal or a laptop to help with your dictionary. Of course, anyone who is interested and has not attended previous talks is still more than welcome to attend. Although the talk is always free, I am asking for small donations to cover paper, printing, coffee and tea. Or, bring a treat!
        Also, if you know anyone who would be interested in attending a free Tarot talk for beginners, the next one is scheduled for Thursday, February 18th, 2010. This beginner’s overview of the Tarot will look at its history and the basic structure of the deck. Contact me at 519-217-7243 or whitesagetarot@gmail.com.
 
Gift Certificates: A few people have asked about gift certificates. I now have them available. I’m new to the gift certificate ‘scene’ so, as an ‘incentive’, buy a gift certificate for someone for an hour consultation for $65 and take advantage of a $20 discount if you book a reading for yourself at the same time. The total cost for your gift certificate and consultation is $105.  I have Paypal for your payment convenience.
 
The first seminar of 2010: On Saturday, January 23rd, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., I’m hosting a workshop exploring a 20-card layout based on Trish MacGregor and Phyllis Vega’s “New Year’s Spread” in my space in Orangeville, Ontario. This 6-hour intensive will use the Tarot to have some fun and explore goals for 2010. The cost of the workshop is $50 and, since it takes a lot of room to work with 20 cards :), space is limited to 8 people; book soon. Look for a one-day workshop on ‘Read, Write and Play with the Tarot’ sometime in April, 2010.
 
Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you think would be interested. Or, better yet, tell them about my blog.

The Fool and the Page of Swords

These two cards exude youthfulness!

 The Fool

What’s going on now – The Fool – The Fool, as the only unnumbered card from the Major Arcana, and one that is often placed at the beginning position in the Tarot deck, often represents a beginning. There is a child-like enthusiasm to the Fool, that tingling we get when we’re about to start a new venture or adventure of some kind. Enjoy that foot-loose and fancy-free feeling as you begin your journey.

 

 

Page of SwordsWhat’s getting in the way – The Page of Swords – The Swords are our mental suit and the Page is the first of four court cards. Our Page can be seen as the sword’s equivalent of the Fool. New ideas, whatever their origin, might sidetrack you from your quest. If you are moving just to move, then make sure that you put those new ideas off to the side for now. If your journey has a destination, stay the course!