Free Teleconference

On Tuesday, July 12th, several of my favourite Tarot people are hosting a  teleconference.  See below for more details. Hope to ‘see’ you there!

“Join James Wells, Joanna Powell Colbert, Bev Haskins, Andrea Mathieson and Jeannette McCullough on this fr*ee teleseminar for an experiential look at the elements of Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit, especially as they appear in decks like the Gaian Tarot.
 
How might the tarot be a means of listening to Gaia’s whispers, cries, and laughter?
 
What is the deeper, larger reason for us to listen to these elements of Nature?
 
We invite you to join us for this call — part meditation, part teaching, part conversation — held in the sacred circle we create in the ethers between our telephone and computer lines.
 
Have any tarot deck with you when you call in — the Gaian, if you have one. If you don’t have a deck, no worries. Just have a symbol of each of the four elements plus Spirit with you during the call.
 
This teleseminar will give you just a hint of what you’ll experience during the Gaian Tarot Retreat this coming October in southern Ontario (www.gaiantarot.com/retreat).  Whether or not you plan to join us then, we look forward to having you on this call. 
 
Tuesday, July 12th, 5PM Pacific / 8PM Eastern
 
To join us on the call, call this number:
(206) 701-8388
Conference ID: 528955#
 
(Check for local dial-in numbers here, including Canada:
http://www.instantteleseminar.com/local/)
 
To Skype in (audio only), dial ”joinconference” from your Skype dial pad and enter the conference ID. Click here to watch video instructions on how to Skype in to a live call.
 
Or, to listen in online, click this link:
http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventID=20815986
 
Pass it on! Please invite your friends to join in!”

Blues, Jazz and the Tarot

I’ve finally done it. After humming and hawing, the Ontario government made the decision for me. The last installment of my HST rebate cheque gave me the push I needed to sign up for the Gaian Tarot Retreat in Ancaster this coming October.  I’m excited about meeting new Gaian Tarot fans as well as ‘workshoping’ with some of my favorite Tarot leaders: Joanna Powell Colbert, James Wells and Bev Haskins.  

For more information, check out the following link: http://www.gaiantarot.com/retreat/index.html

This weekend, Orangeville hosts the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival. Although I didn’t grow up as a fan of either genre, I have developed a soft spot for this festival. I always make it a point to check out several of the dozens of acts that find their way to my neck of the woods at this time of the year and am always impressed by the talent. This morning, before I head out to catch local Blues artist Heather Katz (with my son’s piano/organ/improve teacher playing the keys), and kindly ask the weather gods to bless us with sunshine, I thought about how the Tarot might represent blues and jazz.

I was drawn to two cards from my Gaian Tarot deck: the Elder of Air and the Six of Fire. This card combination seemed to stir passion for those who bend the rules and dance the beat of their own drummer (Six of Fire) but also highlight the level of mastery required to share one’s message with the rest of the world (Elder of Air). The combination of the these two genres links the passionate element of fire with the cerebral element of air. It is a musical genre that touches both the brain and the belly.  I would think musicians who can play both of these genres would have to be exceptionally skilled but also be able to play with abandon.  I compare this to the more reserved energy of a classical musician. (A genre I might represent using the Hierophant from the RWS: doctrine, discipline, rigorous learning).

As I head out a little later this morning, and as 10,000+ people descend on our little town and as I enjoy the musical menu of the day, I just might also look to see if I can find these characters 🙂 . Just food for thought this morning.

Work, workshops and wonder, Oh my!

The Magician from the DruidCraft deck.
The Magician from the DruidCraft deck.

OK, one month between posts was not my intention when I started this blog almost six months ago. But, wow, has my ‘other’ job ever taken over. I suppose I forgot how busy a school can get in the last months before summer. You’d think after five years in the office, I’d know better.

 

But Tarot hasn’t taken a back seat completely. I’m still looking to schedule a beginner’s workshop and will post details here as well as publish details in local print publications (I’m going to give that a try this time around). I have been transfixed with the images of the Druid Craft Tarot http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/druidcraft/ and have been exploring its meaning and images when I draw my daily cards. I did draw the Wheel (X) and Rebirth (XX) a few days ago and left them out and visible; I loved the transformational energy of these two cards together! They reminded me that change will come and can provide an opportunity for rebirth. Since I am exploring future career paths options, this was welcome news. I find it helpful at times to leave cards out for several days after drawing them to help me focus on where I intend to go.

I have also bought the Voyager deck (see it’s beautiful images at Aeclectic Tarot or check out James Wanless’ site, the creator of the Voyager Tarot deck) http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/voyager/index.shtml  http://www.voyagertarot.com and am only just exploring this modern deck.

And finally, I have registered for two workshops and a reading with Mary Greer! To put this into perspective (OK, maybe a little ‘out-of-perspective’ since I am a big fan of her work and have several of her titles on my shelf, including a very well-used “Tarot for Your Self”), Mary Greer is to Tarot as Wayne Gretzky is to hockey. She is coming to Toronto in June and I have just sent my payment to James Wells, who is organizing this event. A Fathers’ Day gift to myself!

If you’re in the Orangeville area and interested in learning about the Tarot, email me at whitesagetarot@gmail.com or call at 519-217-SAGE (7243). This fun-filled, interactive look at the Tarot is always enjoyable.