April 26, 2010
I am writing this in Vienna’s tenth district, sitting inside a good friend’s combined studio/guestroom. A week ago I came to Austria from visiting family in Germany, and a week before that I was in Egypt touring ancient temples. Each place I’ve gone, I’ve arrived deck in hand, ready to read for whoever I might meet. This is how I’ve made so many friends so quickly during my time abroad.
I was shy at first. I was afraid of language preventing me from accurately reading, superstition and religion throwing brick walls against my offers to read for new friends, and cultural differences leaving me embarrassed and out of touch with the people I intended to help and become closer to.
Luckily, it really wasn’t that big a deal. In fact, all of the tips below are important at home or abroad, though I do believe its important to be more conscious of yourself when out of your element. While there is always more to learn, here is what I’ve figured out so far about reading Tarot while on the move…
March 11, 2010
My tarot talk at the Boulder Public Library on the 4th was a fun success! Seventeen people in a room talking about Tarot, what could be better for a Tarot geek like me?
We began by each drawing a card, and I explained briefly each and every one. Then, I focused on the Seven of Swords. Rather than simply explain the meaning, I explored the correspondences as a creative way to help uncover meaning of an often cited ’difficult’ card. Some attempts were made to record the event, though whether they were successful I still don’t know. Once I recieve video or audio of the talk I’ll post that.
The Wisdom Game talks will hopefully continue, though for the moment there is not next talk planned. The next one will likely occur at the end of May, partly to draw attention to a full Tarot course for beginner and intermediate learners beginning in June.
The course will be a once a week class over several months, and will teach each card along with reading techniques and access to an apprentice-reader certification exam from the American Tarot Association. If you are personally interested in the course and will be around Boulder, Colorado this summer, please feel free to contact me for more information.
I hope to see you there!
February 18, 2010
My first public talk ever will be at the Boulder Public Library on Thursday, March 4th. I’m very proud and hope it will be enjoyable to everyone, from experienced ‘taroists’ to those just passing through!
The talk will start with a brief introduction of how I approach learning and teaching tarot, how I believe it supports confidence and awareness. Then I’ll move onto some quick example readings, for members of the audience if anybody is interested. After that I will look at a few questions with specific tarot cards I think may be especially helpful to a younger audience. A couple questions I hope to examine are:
- Three of Swords: How can a person better manage heartbreak?
- Seven of Swords: Why do people gossip, and how can one deal with it?
Finally I will end with some questions and (maybe) answers. Dialog is welcome and encouraged throughout, and I look forward to maybe seeing you there!