This is my Tarot evening schedule for October, if you'd like to join me, book with the establishment I'm at. I'm also available for private one-to-one readings during October, just contact me to book the when.
Wednesday 1st October - Zen, Moseley, 7pm until 10pm
Thursday 2nd October - Sanctum Therapies, 7pm until 10pm
Wednesday 8th October - Zen, Moseley, 7pm until 10pm
Wednesday 15th October - Zen, Moseley, 7pm until 10pm
Thursday 16th October - Tarot Academy Class, Bowling Green Inn, Stoke Prior, 7pm until 10pm (No private readings at this venue)
Tuesday 21st October, Crown Inn, Catshill, 7pm until 10pm
Wednesday 22nd October - Zen, Moseley, 7pm until 10pm
Tuesday 28th October, Swallows Nest, Romsley, 7pm until 10pm
Wednesday 29th October - Zen, Moseley, 7pm until 10pm
Following on from the UK Tarot Conference rest, it's time to start treating this marketing thing with a bit more responsibility.
Remember I said I slept through one of the lunch time workshops in this blog post? Well, the one I didn't sleep through, was Maria Antoniou's from the Brighton Tarot School. Like everyone else who is a single business lady (or man), busy parent, marketing yourself is like pulling teeth! Ask me about anyone or anything else, and I've a story to tell. But telling you about myself, what I do, and I go quiet.
Most people are like that, even a friend of mine who is going through re-branding her crafty-self is finding the same issues. But what, please, is the ONE solution? Maria's top-level workshop was entitled: "Soulful Enterprise - 5 steps to a successful Tarot Business" and the main cards were the central card and the three action cards. As for the 5 steps, I must have missed that part! (I've asked her on Facebook what the 5 steps were) but there are a few actions I've either taken, or plan to take.
1/ Based on the 10 of Swords (The central card) I've removed myself from Tumblr. Yes, it was easy to feed the blog posts out to that platform (sorry to the 13 people who followed me there!) but I never went there and interacted, so why try to gain followers on a platform I'm not really using? It's time to listen to the instructions of those that try to help.
2/ There is also the advice on collaboration, not doing things yourself. When you're a one person business, you have to do a lot of things on your own. But are there some aspects I could do with collaborating on? We'll see.
3/ There's also the influence of the 10 of Wands. Which reminds me of responsibility and to finish what I've started. No, that doesn't mean the bottle of wine that's opened, or the packet of biscuits the daughter and I are munching our way through, but work obligations, with responsibility. I've started, so I'd better blooming finish!
4/ The last card was a puzzle for me, until I wrote this blog entry. It was the Page of Pentacles. Ah, the study card! One of the ladies at the Tarot Meet Up pulls this card quite often, usually at the start of a new course she's doing. She's ace at that, but me, not so much! However, I've got some reading and planning to do, which means, working out how all these pentacle cog type things fit together. It's time to start being clever with this responsibility & streamlining thing, lest I get swamped and those Bows break this poor back!
The fifth? Goodness knows what that step is! But 3 and 4 do combine to make for some good reading this coming week!
If you'd like to comment on my take on these cards, please do, I like having my thinking challenged - honestly! I've used The Wildwood deck for the blog post, though I used Ciro Marchetti's Gilded Royale on the day.
I spent Saturday the 11th of October in London, UK, at the UK Tarot Conference and this week, I've some re-structuring to do. Thanks to the insights of the Tarot.
The UK Tarot Conference is in its 11th year now, and I'm looking forward to 2015 already!
If getting up at 4:15 am wasn't bad enough for some folks, being awake an hour before because nature has the nerve to call at stupid o'clock of an important day is certainly tiring! Which is exactly how my Saturday started out. However, that early start certainly got me up and dressed before the first alarm at half-four, out the door before the second at four forty-five and walking to the bus stop to catch the bus into Birmingham City Central to get to the right station to head to London.
It's unbelievable how quiet and peaceful the world is at 4:45am, and how by 5:15, the country just starts jumping. It was amazing to see how quickly it all changed at that hour of the morning, when seriously, not a mouse or cat was stirring.
The moon was high and it did rather feel like The Pole Star card as I walked quickly along the local streets to the main spine road for the right bus.
What wonders would I encounter? What would I learn? Whom would I meet? I always learn something and meet someone who stays with me from one year to the next, that's why I try to attend.
This year, Richard Abbott introduced us to Tattvas reading with the Tarot (never heard of it before, but he gave us his take on it), whilst Mary K Greer gave us a spread exclusive to the High Priestess. I met Maria Antoniou from the Brighten Tarot School (though, she didn't know we had, some impression I made! :p ) who did a Business Tarot Workshop (hence the sentiment of restructure that I want to do this week) whilst the German Tarot Association visited and introduced themselves to the British Tarot Community (details of TABI handed over, of course. )
There was another lunch time session, but having been up awake since 3:15 and up since 4:15, I sorely needed a nap, so I had a quick half hour in the corner of the other room. It did mean I missed Dr Lee Cross's 3000 Year Bridge and his Earth Genome workshop, but I am glad I did, for it meant I was alive and functional for the last workshop from Mary K Greer and her rather fun, Tarot Circle.
After all that fun, I had more fun meeting up with another Tarot friend, someone I've connected with some eight years ago and never met, until that fateful Saturday night. (She reminds me of the Queen of Wands / Bows, though we're both technically, Pages of Cups)
There were plenty of hugs, fun, food and wine in just that few hours. I have to say, I was so stuffed that on the way home, I wish I hadn't eaten as much at the Conference!
It was a very busy, long Saturday and time spent with the family on the Sunday, I'll be glad for a sit down and a few early nights this week, though that won't happen with the current evening working schedule! (No, that's not complaining, just saying!)
So next year, keep your eye on the UK Tarot Conference site (there's an event in March, like an MBS Fayre, more details via Kim's site) and come and join in the fun! (But be warned, your heart will be full, but any funds you take with you will be gone! Atlantis Books always has plenty in stock to sell and tempt, I promise you!)
This week, I've pulled a three card reading from the Wildwood and for the first time in a long time, every card is a court. Crumbs!
Courts can be a royal pain in the bum. They can represent other people, the type of situations, parts of your thoughts and psyche: They're diverse and as such, a pest to translate and work into your readings. Alison Cross does a fan-tabulous blog on Courts, called This Game of Thrones, so if you're struggling with the Courts, get visiting her blog.
However, with three of them, using the Wildwood's Pathway Spread, we've a lot to work out, so let's be getting on with it. Here's the first card, the Knight of Stones, which is the middle card.
What does this Court represent? He's the one running at full pelt. Is he running away from someone? Is he running towards something or just going through life, hell for leather? For me, the Knight isn't stopping and that is probably part of the issue. Did he stop to consider things? Did he give himself time to think? I often don't, so like him, I carry on regardless, wishing I could slow down, not knowing how to, regretting things along the way.
The King of Stones to the left advises us of what not to do. I struggle with him, because a) he's a court but b) he's a lone wolf. Do I not do things on my own? I had first hand experience of him Monday night, trying to work out logistics of this weekends travel for me. I sat there, doing it "on my own" and whined once that I couldn't get into the City of Birmingham for 5am to catch a very cheap coach to London, as local public transport doesn't start until 6am! With the husband and sisters help, the logistics got worked out and at a very reasonable rate. If I'd done it on my own, it would have cost 1/3 more, or I'd have missed a connection by mere minutes. The lesson, is to ask this week; don't be the Lone Wolf and do things on your own, even if they seem small things to ask for help with. This Wolf may be howling at the moon, but now I feel he's asking for help, not doing things alone, as I first thought.
And finally, we have the final Court, the Queen of Bows, represented by The Hare. She's Mrs Practicality, isn't she? She's the wise, witty friend who never leaves your side, no matter how much of an ejit you've been. However, she'll tell you, gently, that you've been a silly sausage (or words slightly stronger) but that it's okay with a hug and helps you sort out what you need. Is this you? Could this be me? I suspect I know who will appear or be like that at the weekend (when I finally meet her - it's only been some 6 years we've known each other, but never met!) but nothing is set in stone. It could be anyone that comes into my life, or it could just be I take on this persona over the weekend. We'll see.
So this week, we've so many possibilities that can work out for us, but it'll work out as it needs to. I must remember to pack my Tarot deck (or a few!) and tickets, directions and travel cards for the weekend: I will be needing them!
The Wildwood Tarot deck is the one I've used for this weeks Tarot blog entry, in case you were wondering. And if you'd like to leave me a comment on your thoughts with this spread, I'd love to chat Courts with you!
As I return to our somewhat normal schedule, the Antelope from the Power Animal Oracle comes out to join us and says: Please, decide!
Whatever it is you decide to do, sitting on the fence and thinking about doing it, isn't going to get it done. Hesitating and equivocating about any decision you have to make, isn't the thing to do. If you chose to sit still and do nothing, that's fine, but at least you've made a decision!
What faces you this week? Have you an idea? Is there something you've been putting off doing? Or deciding upon? At the moment, I've no inclination of what will come, I've nothing pending to make a decision about. At least, as far as I am aware at the moment!
The key this week, is to make a decision but not a knee jerk one. Basing the decision on the will of spirit and instinct (intuition), all and available facts would be the most prudent, according to this card for this week.
Making a decision sometimes is not easy and it can be frightening. What if you make the wrong one? But what if you don't? What if you hurt others? But what if their ego is just stopping them from getting to something great? What if your ego is stopping you from achieving something brilliant? What if is a great fear question. Fear can manifest in a number of ways, it can stop us from doing things because we then become incapable of making a decision.
What will you decide to do this week? Will you decide to join a gym? Will you decide to start doing something and stop putting things on the back burner? Will you just do something, because you can? Or will you stop doing something, because, frankly, it's had its time and you've had enough?
This week, I wish you luck in whatever you decide to do. The message to me is quite simple. But boy, I know executing it, often isn't. I've had a few weeks where this were left to slide because of circumstances not giving us an affordability to make any decision.
I'd like it very much if you decided to leave me a comment though!
It's The Autumn Equinox and as I celebrate a fantastic twelve years of marriage, our wrangler asks when did the Quantum Leap of Tarot happen for me?
Firstly, WELCOME, whether you've come from Joanne's site or landed directly here! (If you've come from Rose Red's bonus blog, welcome too!) I have freshly baked bread, berry jam and butter. It's getting cooler, here in the Northern Hemisphere and it's Blog Hop time again! In order to answer Morgan's question (he's wrangling this time) you may need a little background and context.
I tried to read the Tarot back when I was sixteen (so, SO many moons ago now!) but what was in the little white book (hereby known as the LWB) and what I felt, where two totally different things. My mother walked in on me and asked me, rather reservedly, if that was the Tarot? I said "Yes?" and she pulled a face. "I don't want to see them again in the house, okay? They're evil" she said, walking out of my room. Which was weird, as my maternal grandmother, read tea leaves!
But that's by-the-by, the two (the book and I) were out of kilter, so I did as mum said and put them away, though I did try to sneak a few more goes after that point I'm sure. Until I was twenty-four, living with my fiancé (now husband) and he bought me a book about Witchcraft. In there, was one little, teeny chapter all about Tarot. It spoke to me and made my soul sing. It got me to dig out my only deck at the time, the Traditional Rider Waite and with the hubby's suggestion of finding a Tarot group on the internet, I found TABI.
My Quantum Leap moment happened somewhere within my course time at TABI, the organisation I joined that very November (some twelve years ago, how synchronistic is that?) when things just started to flow, connect and actually work. I learned a lot from that course (no, I don't believe it was that long ago!) and I never really stop the learning.
Quantum Leap moments happen during readings, both for the client and myself. I have a problem with The Emperor Card (Major 4, or The Green Man). I can't see the positive side of him very often. In fact, hardly ever. I still read Tarot books on my "down" time, starting with that card and then any others, to gain perspectives I might have missed. It is all about learning and working to that Quantum Leap moment, one step at a time.
We're in the time of the Vessels, from the Wheel that the Wildwood uses. The time of emotional restarts, which is probably why there's traditionally, a lot of job moving around this time of year. We want to change how we feel and if we've fallen out of love with our paid jobs (I haven't, this is my paid job, but might not be yours) then we strive to change it. Or we decide to change it before Yuletime comes.
Which brings me to the next Quantum Leap thought: what if, you just jumped? Just went for it? What if, you changed jobs / got out of a situation, before things turn south and head down the nearest lavatory? Here's a little spread to help work out that: What if?
Card 1: Benefits of making a change now
Card 2: Drawback of making a change now
Card 3: The next step
Have fun with that little spread and now, it's time for you take a cupful of fruit punch from the bowl by the door and wander off to see what Stella at US Games has to offer.
Mercury is about to go Retrograde and I have the urge to throw everything out and start again. However, the Tarot advises to go through the motions, join in life, make the most of the moment and wait. Darn it, waiting is not my favourite pastime!
I'm an impatient soul most of the time. I'm Pisces, I never stop swimming around. I'm the butterfly that flutters from one pool of nectar to another, I don't know how to stop and stay still. However, the Tarot this week, advises me (and you!) that we need to actually stop and join in the dance of life. That's the middle card, the Five of Cups. It's time to renew our energy and we can do that by joining in the exultant sincere ecstasy of life as it is, right this moment. Well, since it's my middle child's birthday (and a small, significant one) that's exactly what I shall do, for now. Go through the motions.
See the card on the left, The Seven of Bows? That's the card about clearing everything out that no longer serves a purpose. Cutting away the dead wood, getting rid of the crap that we've accumulated and returning it to the Earth from which is came. However, the Tarot advises that isn't what I should do, right now! Why is that? Well, for one, it expends energy in a direction I shouldn't be. The whole point of today (and the rest of this week) is to enjoy the party, join in and BE with those we love and who love us in return. Go through the party emotions and enjoy the moments for my kids sake, as well as my own. Busying myself in a task that can easily wait, takes me away from the fun that the children want to have with their mum and dad. Result = bad idea!
The card to the right is the action to take and the Four of Stones is about protecting those around me and myself. I could exhaust myself, but then I'd end up a cranky, tired mum and what fund is that? The sun rising brings hope and renewed vitality, so you know, taking it easy, resting a little more (a few early nights might even help!) and giving my spiritually, wounded self some protection, is necessary. Am I spiritually wounded? That is entirely possible but I'm in the middle of it, so it is hard to say, isn't' it? But resting is better than wearing myself out, I say! Time to go through the motions and be a good girl! (Ha! Is that even possible?!)
I've used The Wildwood Tarot with this reading (as normal!) and if you'd like to comment or share this post, it would make me happy for you to do so!
This week we're joined by the lovely, Mr (or Mrs) Fox and they're here to remind us that we need to adapt to the changes happening around us.
Adapting to change is the biggest way to accept it. We can try to be a sea-side breaking barrier, but will that achieve anything of use? If the waves coming to us are too big, common sense tells us, to move. It's self-preservation.
It's also not easy to adapt to the change, to embrace it, but isn't is healthier to accept that things never stay the same? Okay, you may have had to get crow-barred out of the situation you were in (boot, bum, kick!) but honestly, you're not a limpet or a sea-snail, you don't have to stay in the same place for the rest of your life. I rather think the days of having a job or one house for the rest of your life are long gone, but that doesn't mean you have to change careers!
So, this coming week, with the latest Solar Flare hitting the planet, with the Pisces Super-Moon waning and the Autumn (okay, Fall, but only if you're in the USA) slowly getting a good grip on our environment (Spring if you're in the Southern Hemisphere), what are you willing to accept in regards to change? What are you not willing to accept? Foxes move when the danger level gets too high for them or the cubs. Foxes adapt by finding food that we've thrown out (hey, it was going to the compost bin anyway, right?) or if you're my cat, by catching it. Foxes catch their food too, if they can get access into your chicken run! But that's another blog post
However my point is, Foxes adapt, so use their ability to change your rigid thinking this week. There are patterns of behaviour we all have that help us "cope" but are you coping well with things? If not, it's time to adapt so you can get unstuck. There's an infinite list of possibilities just waiting to happen, you just have to change lanes and aim for one of them.
It's not the first time that taking a walk outside of my own four walls and breathing in nature, has yielded a great thought, idea or a plan that I've come up with. A plan, so cunning, I could put a tail on it and call it a fox. Cheers, Baldrick!
I've linked this beautiful image to the blog post I snuck it from, http://tailsofgold.files.wordpress.com but the other image is from Steven D Farmer's deck, Power Animal Oracle Cards, which I took myself (hence why there's two (c) on it.
I'd love to hear back from you, to have your comments and for you to share the blog post. Knowing you've done so, makes me a happy little bunny (that's staying well out of that cute fox's path!)
I was poorly last week. This week, I'm back in the saddle and gearing up for a great week doing face-to-face readings; but what's the point?
The point of my job, is to be direct, but to be gentle with it. My role, is to cut through the woodlands, the trees, the nonsense, the smelly stuff (insert your own chosen word here) and point out the obvious, which, when observing from the outside, is clear to me. This is the central card here in the spread shown below, The Archer. The Archer is direct, no-nonsense, driven. For the moment, I feel that is what I'm being asked to engage with, the path to follow.
Action To Avoid ~ The Lovers | The Issue ~ The Archer | Action To Take ~ Stoat
What won't help with my role? The Lovers comes up in answer, and as much as I love myself and my family, they shouldn't come up in the reading, nor be used for comparison. They say when two people fall in love, it's rather sickly. Well, that reminds me of sugar-coating things, beating about the bush. I've been called tactless before (well, several times!) but I don't need to go the other extreme either and be all sugar-and-spice (I can still be nice though, honest!)
The Page of Bows carries all these thoughts forward. The stoat is a great hunter with a fierce hunting instinct. I'm not going to embody that personality trait, per say, but being able to reconcile The Archer and The Lovers and merge the two. The book says that my gifts are seen as widely recognised and honoured. That's a great feeling and a great honour. As someone else in this trade was quoted to this morning: With great power comes great responsibility.
What's the point of your job? What do you see in the cards? Are you sugar-coating things too much? Could you do with being a little more direct, more decisive, more to the point? It's time to engage a higher gear, aim high, fire true and strive towards your target with confidence.
I've used The Wildwood Tarot deck for this weekly reading, which I'd be very happy if you'd share around a little.
For the chance to have your face to face reading with me, here's my schedule for September:
September 1st, Zen @ Digbeth, 11am until 4pm
September 4th, Sanctum, Halesowen, 7pm until 8pm
September 10th, Zen @ Digbeth, 12pm until 4pm
September 11th, Zen @ Digbeth, 6pm until 9pm
September 14th, Zen @ Digbeth, 11am until 4pm
September 18th, Tarot Meet Up, Stoke Prior, 7pm until 10pm
(No private readings at this venue)
September 25th, Zen @ Digbeth, 6pm until 9pm
* anything in blue is a new date for this month