I am so happy to be sharing with you details of my coming Tarot Card Reading Beginners Workshop
On Saturday 29th September 2018 you are all welcome to join me for a session where we will get to know the tarot cards and start to read them for ourselves and others.
The session takes place at the Strutts Centre in Belper, Derbyshire from 10am. Refreshments are included as well as take-home resources to help you deepen your intuition and to remember keywords and meanings. There will be opportunities to view and handle lots of different decks of cards as well as discounts on readings and future courses.
All are welcome! – though this is a course for beginners, if you’ve got some experience, please do come along and take the opportunity to refresh your knowledge and meet new people with shared interests.
I can’t wait to meet you all and explore the secrets of the tarot and the incredible ways that the cards can help you in your life. The workshop costs £35 per head but use the code EARLYBIRD10 to get a 10% discount if you book in July or August.
Last Saturday took me to London. Though town was filled with its usual mix of exchange students and protesters, I managed to avoid the crowds and swung by Watkins Books on Cecil Court. I usually visit with a good friend, and somehow we always manage to time our arrival with that of a Harry Potter walking tour. They were there again and as ever it was hard to resist the urge to barge in somehow, perhaps if only to redeem Divination as a subject. I’ve never quite got over Hermione’s dismissive ‘…such a woolly discipline’.
Despite being confronted by the image above, somehow I managed to avoid a new deck purchase – it’s actually easy to feel overwhelmed by the choice at Watkins – but I don’t think I have ever left the shop without buying something. Instead I found myself with a very heavy tote bag of books right at the start of the day.
Robert M Place, long term tarot reader, writer and creator, released last year a doorstep of a book. His The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism and Neoplatonism came home with me, along with Lo Scarabeo’s Tarot Compendium and Tarot Beyond the Basics by Anthony Louis, published by Llewellyn.
None of these is your beginners guide to the Tarot, but the Place book is certainly very readable so far. I am now at the stage where I want to delve deeper and connect the threads between diverse religious and esoteric traditions within the framework of the cards and all of these volumes offer ample opportunity to do just that. Reviews will follow once I’ve ploughed through around two thousand pages!
The Six of Wands in the Rider Waite tarot can be tricky to relate to. Our victories, no matter how hard won, don’t often come with a homecoming on horseback, banners and cheering crowds. The tarot, as we are used to seeing it, has a number of images like this which can be hard to pin down in our modern, workaday lives. Looking at and working with other decks then, with the re-imagining of ideas and imagery to express the same universal truths, can help us unlock cards which seem closed or worse, irrelevant.
It is interesting personally though because I have a rather long-term phobia of butterflies. It is quite specific, as I fear them most when they are inside, out of their proper environment. I have been at a loss at to what this means or where it comes from, but perhaps this card suggests that a fear of failure coupled with the fear of success might keep one trapped in the pupae stage. Whatever it is, the Six of Wands shows that development, growth and moving out of the fear and conflict that we find in the Five of Wands is not only possible, but indeed essential and inevitable.