Archive for April, 2015

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I am blessed! One week ago today I was eagerly sitting in a Tarot & Psychology workshop at the 2015 Readers Studio. I was reveling in the connection I felt to my tribe and wallowing in the good feelings and wonderful bonds created with my Tarot tribe. I cannot begin to describe how rejuvenating, restoring and re-hydrating this weekend was for me. When it was done I felt juicy and alive!!

Readers Studio (for those not in the know) is a wonderful annual 3 day event coordinated by the Tarot School that focuses on providing professional Tarot readers with workshops to improve or hone their skills and techniques. Ruth Ann & Wald Amberstones have also added a Tarot & Psychology pre-conference event for those interested in expanding their knowledge base along that path. It is also a wild and fabulous opportunity for various members of the Tarot tribe to reconnect, hang out and have fun.

The Tarot and psychology pre-conference was very informative and interesting with a variety of exercises and techniques that might be useful for yourself or a long term client who is open to exploring that road. Art Rosengarten’s, Rick Brouchard’s and Andy Matzner’s workshops were engaging and beneficial for anyone seeking to combine these two modalities.

The three amazing wild women presenters for the main event were Ellen Lorenzi-Prince, Theresa Reed and Carrie Paris. Each offered something unique and insightful and all built upon the knowledge presented before her. It was a spiral of wondrous, gentle and spiritual energy that kept flowing through the entire event. It was truly amazing and something you had to experience to full appreciate it. There were also study groups, breakfast roundtables and Tarot incubator conversations to keep the experience going and allow folks to expand their skills and knowledge even further.

The social aspects were also fully embraced. There was a lunch provided one day, a banquet with a show on another as well as a fabulous disco at the end of the night. In between one could catch clusters of Tarot folk talking, comparing notes and brainstorming. There were various celebrity and non-celebrity Tarot readings were given and lots of laughter and love in the restaurant and the bar after hours. By the end of the weekend I felt as though I was on a high that would never end.

It’s taken me almost a week to fully process this wondrous experience and I’m looking forward to next year when the presenters will be Sasha Graham, Barbara Moore and Heatherleigh Navarre – another trio of amazingly wild women. It even inspired me to rejoin FaceBook so I can keep the tribal joy flowing all year long!

Celtic Wisdom Tarot – The Balancer

Celtic Wisdom Balancer

Celtic Wisdom Tarot
Text by Caitlin Matthews, art by Olivia Raynor
Destiny Books, 1999
ISBN 0-89281-720-8

The Book says: The Balancer shows the Goddess of the Safe Passage, Nehalania, who is often known as the “Steerswoman”. She was invoked by all travelers, especially seafarers, and by those transacting business. Here we see her in her British aspect, as Elen, the Goddess of the Ways, who is depicted as a Celtic dancer. Elen opens the ways, both roads and sea routes, as well as the dream-ways, giving free passage to those who take the trouble to map their own soul’s route.
Keywords: Equity, justice, receiving what is deserved, a fair outcome, arbitration, weighing possibilities, vindication of truth, honesty, integrity.
Reversed: Imbalance, injustice, severity, unfair treatment, inflexibility, prejudicial decisions, lies and dishonesty, abuse.
Soul Wisdom: The Balancer of Harmony opens the ways but she also guards them. A life lived in full integrity is one that submits all its motivations and action to truth first, rather than seeking to find out how truth may be bent to serve us. What keeps you in balance with the universe?

TarotBroad’s Buzz: Okay, this one took a while. I didn’t initially see a connection between this image and Justice (or with it’s meaning). But the more I looked at it the more I began to see the light (as it were). The alternating rays of blue and white light suggest a balance between light and dark, positive and negative, consciousness and dreams, masculine and feminine, yin and yang. The woman at the center, Elen of the Ways, is a reminder as well as a guide to show us that we can follow either option; indeed we too can alternate between the two ways. Elen is also the balance between these states, the lynch pin between the lightness and darkness within ourselves. Elen guides us between these two states and allows us to find the balance between the two. Elen, the Balancer, dances her way among the rays and helps us find our way to our center. But as part of the process she forces us to seek the truth, no matter how unpleasant it may be. Sometimes being forced to face the ugliness or the darkness within ourselves is the only true path to balance and harmony.

Another aspect of this card, and Justice in general, is that she seems to be unseeing – her eyes are closed. So her actions are strictly based on her feelings and instincts. She is not judging us based on what she sees. She is impartial. And the holly berries suggest that this can sometimes be a dangerous, even toxic, process. But if we don’t drain the toxins and honestly face the darkness, we risk poisoning ourselves and creating a spiritual imbalance. Elen helps us heal and regain that balance. In the words of Brian Ferry, Elen helps us “dance away the heartache, dance away the fears”

Wheel of Change Justice

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Wheel of Change Tarot
created by Alexandra Gennetti
Published by Destiny Books, 1997
ISBN #0-89281-609-0

The Book says: When this card appears in your reading, you are at a point of balance and are trying to create a sense of equality around you. You feel as though you can see clearly all sides of the issues around you, you seem to know how to take steps to put things in balance. All the elements of the Tarot are pictured in this card, and this represents the ability to balance the aspects of life that the ancient elements symbolize: body for earth, spirit for fire, emotions for water, mind for air. You have the insight to represent this balance to others in the way you choose to live your life.

TarotBroad’s Buzz: This card symbolizes the harmony we can find in the midst of chaos, the inner peace we can find despite the insanity that surrounds us. How appropriate at this time when we are bombarded on a daily basis with threats of war and violence and the injustice going on in the world. This card shows that if we can maintain our center and find the purity and determination within ourselves to stick to what we know is right, then we can help work towards a place where everyone can enjoy abundance and harmony in their lives.

Something about this card also speaks of being judged. Justice is judging our heart and seeing if we have lived a true life, a life with integrity and balance. She will not accept “I was just following orders” or “What could I do” as an answer. She forces us to look within ourselves and accept that there is always something we can do, always a choice facing us. We may not like the choices offered but what choice we make will impact everything that occurs in our lives after that point.

Justice is the reminder that we reap what we sow. If we make decisions that lead to imbalance in our lives, then we will need to deal with the repercussions. They may or may not be pleasant but they are our choices. Let’s hope Justice guides us to make the right ones.

Wheel of Fortune – Blue Rose Tarot

Blue Rose Wheel of Fortune

Blue Rose Tarot
Created by Paula Gibby
Published by Soul Guidance

The Book says: Notice first, the spinning of the two wheels. The horizontal wheel, symbolized by the carnival merry-go-round, represents a concept discussed earlier; that of “being in a rut”, always ending up where one had begun. Never accomplishing anything. See how the horses speed along, their figures blurred with the flurry of motion. Poles deeply driven into their backs, these horses are controlled by the Wheel. They do not understand the workings of the Wheel and so they are mindlessly driven by it. The vertical wheel, symbolized by the Ferris wheel, symbolizes life’s “ups and downs”. No sooner do we feel on top of the world, than we are down in the depths once again. The vertical wheel also represents that feeling of vertigo and lurching of the stomach that can accompany the rapid ascents and descents. The clues to riding the Wheel are represented in the last two images. First, notice the acrobat, balancing carefully upon one hand in the center of the merry-go-round. Her body is a picture of constant and careful balance. Acrobats spend years learning their craft. They constantly stretch their bodies, maintaining flexibility, all the while performing tiny, almost imperceptible adjustments in order to maintain their balance. This is to say nothing of the intense conditioning of an acrobat’s inner state of being. In order to achieve perfect balance, one must achieve total harmony of mind, spirit and body. As with anything, the more one practices a craft, the more perfected it becomes. But it always requires serious work and the utmost application of years of skill. The final clue lies in the final image; that of the lovely face of the acrobat. Notice how it looms over the Wheels. This image symbolizes the inner spirit. The light of the Hermit turned outward, placing the Wheel and its purpose into its proper perspective. In this tiny acrobat, we see the perfect blending of inner spirit working actively with the material body. Both work in concert. Body and spirit. And by bringing his own dual nature into harmony, a Fool can begin to make his way slowly and carefully from the outer perimeter to the very center of it all. And ride the Wheel.
TarotBroad’s Buzz: This card is a reminder that the gods have a sense of humor and sometimes set things up so that our view of life gets turned upside down. Sometimes we need to hit the bottom before we can appreciate the view from the top. But it also suggests that there are moments when we feel so dizzy and spun around that we’re not sure what direction we’re going. We may not realize that we are spinning our wheels in place – just digging a deeper rut but not moving anywhere. I think many of us have experienced this in our lives. We think we are moving but we are really spinning in a circle. There is movement but no progress. But there is an overall divine guidance to it all. The acrobat is us – balancing carefully on one hand, trying to avoid falling over. But it’s also a reminder that we can’t do this forever. No one has perfect balance forever. We must eventually tire and lose it. No one was meant to stay on top forever. Professional athletes can only be at the top of their game for so long before their bodies can’t handle it anymore. Celebrities come and go, sometimes returning to the top only to slip back into obscurity once again. And what was once seen as the pinnacle is often overshadowed by new developments – we see this all the time with technology. What is top of the line in computers is quickly supplanted by the new “hottest thing”. It is easy to get caught up in these frenzy if we are not able to take a step back and realize that the minute we give in, something changes and we are once again kicked from the top spot. And the serene, slightly, amused woman watching over it all reminds me of Kwan Yin, Chinese goddess of compassion. I get the feeling that if we lose our balance or find the spinning is making us sick, she will catch us and gently lower us to the ground. And of course this song brings to mind that Byrds classic “Turn, Turn, Turn” based on a passage from Ecclesiastes. How true it is that “to everything turn, turn, turn, there is a season. . . and a time for every purpose under heaven”. In today’s world it is so easy to lose sight of that. But the Wheel brings us back to our center and allows us to remember not to get so caught up in the spinning and twirling that we lose sight of the purpose behind it – the genuine need for things to change and allow the cycle to continue.

Karma – Transformational Tarot

Transformational Karma

Transformational Tarot
Created by by Arnell Ando
Published by US Games ISBN:1572815396

The Book says: Karma, fate, destiny . A new cycle of growth and self-awarenss begins. Evolution. A run of luck. The art of timing. Taking responsibility for one’s fate. Learning to go with the flow, realizing there is a reason for everything. An awareness of the laws of change, natural cycles, seasons and all circular patterns. In the reverse this card can mean a bad gamble, a temporary set back. It could denote stagnation or being stuck at a level of awareness with an inability to see things from other’s viewpoints.

TarotBroad’s Buzz: This card shows our connection to the natural order of life’s cycles. We may blithely play and run around in our lives with no conscious awareness of this connection, but we are connected nonetheless. And the labyrinth created by the snake is a simple path to follow, although it may get disorienting. It is not a maze, which leads us down blind paths. It is one way in and out. But in order to come back out we have to go deep within ourselves to find our answers. Karma also shows the interconnectedness between human creations (the sun dial) and nature’s (the snake). One does not need to obliterate the other. They can coexist in a peaceful, colorful pattern. In fact this card suggests that they do coexists whether we realize it or not. And our choice is to either celebrate and enjoy this collaboration, or to ignore and resist it. Personally I think the girl on the swing looks like she’s having fun going with the flow.

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