Horoscope Spread workshop and ‘Major’ Free Talk

horoscope chart blank
horoscope chart blank

On Saturday, October 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Astrologer Kelly Surtees (www.kellysurtees.com) and I will be co-presenting a workshop in Orangeville, Ontario, entitled “The Horoscope Spread: Using tarot cards and the astrological houses to combine two ancient methods for insight and exploration”. This hands-on workshop will give you the opportunity to learn about and explore the 12-card Horoscope Tarot Spread using an astrologer and tarotist as guides. The cost of this 6-hour workshop is only $70. Please forward this information on to anyone you think might be interested. Contact me at whitesagetarot@gmail.com or Kelly at info@kellysurtees.com to book. Spaces are limited and early booking is recommended.

On Thursday, August 19th, I hosted a Free Tarot Talk in my space in Orangeville. Thank you to those of you who were in attendance. We had a wonderful time exploring the powerful “I see… / I am…” card method and spent almost an hour exploring some of my new decks. They all generated some great questions and discussion and each person seem to gravitate towards a favourite. The next talk will take place on Thursday, September 23rd’s Full Moon from 7:00 – 8:30, in my space in Orangeville. What a wonderful time to focus on “The Power of the Major Arcana”. We will look at a variety of divisions and groupings of these 22 cards. Please RSVP by September 16th so that I can plan accordingly. I will also provide you with more detailed location information. As always, any small donation to help cover the cost of coffee, tea and snacks is most welcome.
Interested in a Tarot reading? Book now and receive a FREE COPY of “The Fated Sky: Astrology in History” by Benson Bobrick, while supplies last. My rates for readings are currently $70 for a 1-hour reading and $100 for a 90-minute reading. Readings are available in person in Orangeville (easily accessible by car from anywhere in the GTA) or via phone or SKYPE. Please contact me at whitesagetarot@gmail.com or 519-217-SAGE (7243) for more details.

What I can see in tea

Tea Leaf reading
Tea Leaf reading

On Wednesday, July 21st, 2010, I attended a divination workshop at The Reiki Centre in Alliston, Ontario. It was led by Angel Lanthier, a local Raising Energy practitioner. She led an engaging workshop on different forms of divination. But more importantly, she gave us an opportunity to explore with Tarot cards, pendulums and tea leaves. Although I always enjoy Tarot activities regardless of the audience they’re geared towards, I really found the opportunity to play with tea leaf reading fascinating. As Angel explained it (and I am paraphrasing here), tea leaf reading explores the symbols that show up at the bottom of a tea cup after it has been drunk. It is helpful  to have the ‘imbiber’ focus with intent on a pressing question or issue.

And I find this to be the key.  Symbolism combined with intentional focus is also the key to working successfully with the Tarot.  I find time and again that symbols, wherever they may be, emerge when and where we need them. The images in the remnants of tea are not meaningful by themselves but, when they draw on the symbolic knowledge locked away in our subconscious, they can be quite powerful.  Symbols draw on our existing knowledge, be it individual or collective. Why did that bird at the bottom of a tea cup, in a cloud just over the horizon, in the folds and crevises of a crumpled piece of paper or in the background of the Rider-Waite-Smith Star card jump out at you today yet you missed it yesterday? Did you see it as a dove? Or perhaps a sparrow, an eagle, a pigeon or a vulture? Each of these birds brings significantly different associations to mind. Or why not just a meaningless smudge of tea at the bottom of a cup, wisps of water vapour against a clear blue backdrop or an insignificant image on the background of a printed card?

Food for thought: In what symbols can you find meaning today? When you see one, whether it’s the man who crossed your path who bears a striking resemblance to your late father, the way the dust bunnies you’re about to sweep up look a lot like an olive tree or the shape that colourful spilt liquid forms at the bottom of the Tarot card you just drew , take three breaths and ask yourself, ‘How can what I truly see in this moment be of assistance today? What is it that I need to know from what I’m seeing right now?’

I am hosting a Free Tarot Talk on Thursday, August 19th, from 7:00 – 8:30. It will be an open discussion. I will share some activities I learned at the Readers’ Studio 2010, talk briefly about my upcoming article but mostly give people a chance to play (so, as always, bring your deck if you have one) and ask/answer questions. Please RSVP at whitesagetarot@gmail.com or at 519-217-7243 if you have any questions or are planning on attending. Tea, coffee and snacks are provided. Although not required, a small donation to help cover the costs of refreshments is always appreciated.

‘World’ by Five for Fighting and a Saturday morning reading

The song “World” from Five for Fighting has been my ‘earworm’ for the past few weeks. It has been begging me for a Tarot reading. J Just as an FYI, this song was also used in an episode of the apocalyptic and short-lived series ‘Jericho’ (one of the best modern series in a long time, IMHO).

The chorus to this thought-provoking song is as follows:

“What kind of world do you want?
Think anything
Let’s start at the start
Build a masterpiece
Be careful what you wish for
History starts now…”

As I contemplated this chorus, the song asked me three questions. “What kind of world do you want?” is the obvious one and became the first position in this Saturday morning Tarot spread. “What does ‘Start[ing] at the start’ look like?” quickly followed. The final question focuses on the outcome by asking, “What do we need to know about our ‘masterpiece’? Each question stems from lyrics in the chorus.

I selected the Osho Zen Tarot deck for this reading. My reasons were two-fold. The Zen philosophy of mindfulness in daily practice seemed to lend itself well to such a pressing question. Secondly, the Osho Zen Tarot, as many of my long-term readers will know, is my currently study deck.

Thus, the cards fell.


What kind of world do you want?

– Transformation

We want a changed world, one which requires an overhaul. This is transformation with a capital ‘T’. The card in the 13th position in many other decks is ‘Death’, a card that screams ‘out with the old’.



Four of Fire - Participation
Four of Fire - Participation

What does ‘Start[ing] at the start’ look like?

– Four of Fire (Participation)

To “start at the start’ requires action; it is not a passive activity. Contemplation and speculation are actions of the past.




Ten of Clouds - Rebirth
Ten of Clouds - Rebirth

What do we need to know about our ‘masterpiece’?

– Ten of Clouds (Rebirth)

Our chef d’oeuvre will be something totally new, perhaps even outside of our current realm of understanding.  Rebirth is the logical next step after transformation.

Just a reminder that I am hosting  Free Tarot Talk in my space (Orangeville, Ontario area) on Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 p.m.  Contact me at whitesagetarot@gmail.com for more details.

It doesn’t happen often, but to increase my own Tarot ‘energy’ in preparation for the Readers Studio in April, I am temporarily lowering the cost of a 60 and 90 minute consultation. Please see “About Peter, contact and fees’ tab for more detail.

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.

Preparing for the New Year with the Tarot

The start of another new year is approaching. What a great time to take stock and plan for 2010. Why not use the Tarot as your planning tool?  White Sage Tarot is offering several great New Year’s incentives!

My New Year’s two-hour consultation uses an adaptation of Trish McGregor and Phyllis Vega’s “New Year’s Spread” and is available as a one-on-one consultation for only $75 CAN! Hurry, this offer and service is only available until January 31st, 2010. In-person, telephone and Skype consultations are available.  Cash or cheque is accepted or, for your convenience, payment can be made by major credit card via Paypal.

If you’re in the GTA, (I’m in Orangeville – 30 minutes due north of Mississauga), on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., I’m leading a workshop exploring the same 20-card layout based on MacGregor and Vega’s work. This 6-hour interactive workshop will use the Tarot to have some fun and explore overall goals and monthly foci for 2010. This workshop will be geared to all levels so knowledge of Tarot is not necessary!  The cost of the workshop is only $50 CAN and, since it takes a lot of room to work with 20 cards, space is limited to 8 people. Book soon. Chart paper, writing utensils and cards will be provided for your use but, of course, you’re always free to bring your favorite Tarot deck and materials.

If you’re a Tarot student or enthusiast and love the idea of a chatting with other like-minded people, I am hosting a Free Tarot Talk on Thursday, January 7th at 7:00 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, if you can. Of course, anyone who is interested and has not attended previous talks is always more than welcome to attend. Although the talk is always free, I am asking for small donations to cover paper, printing, coffee and tea. Any sum, if you can, is appreciated. Please contact me at whitesagetarot@gmail.com for details and directions.

The Empress - Gilded Tarot
The Empress - Gilded Tarot

And finally, 2010 is the year of the Empress (2+0+1+0 = 3) so may it bring you abundance and fertility, whether it be of mind, body or spirit!