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Networking & Tarot Conferences


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It is amazing to me how things have changed over the years that I have been connected to the Tarot world through the Internet (way back to 1997). As the Internet expanded, and we all got to know each other better, Tarot gatherings (under many different names) started popping up. They allowed us to meet each other in person, and to share out wisdom through conferences and classes. Many new friendships were forged, and many projects born. Whether you call them conferences, seminars, or by some other name, they are worthwhile venues. They are also expensive. What I would suggest is that at some point in time each year, we each take a look at the conferences/seminars being offered, and decide if we can afford to go, and, if so,  which ones we want to attend.

Just how do we do that … decide which ones we want to attend? I would look at the following:

1. Where is  the venue? East coast … west coast … middle america. Where is it most convenient to travel to.

2. Who are the presenters? Are they offering something of value that you want to learn?

3. Is there going to be a marketplace, where books and decks are being offered for sale? If you are an artist or an author, how much would it cost you to present your product?

4. Is there a discount for accomodations in connection with the conference/seminar? Are there reasonably priced accomodations nearby?

5. When is the event taking place? Does it fit into your schedule.

There are three events that I am going to talk about in this blog. There are many more, but these are the ones t hat I know about. The first one is the Reader’s Studio, founded by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone of The Tarot School. It takes place in April, in New York City. I have attended several times, and was always happy that I did. More information on The Reader’s Studio can be found here. They SOLD OUT for 2014! How amazing is that!

A unique venue is being offered for the first time in November of this year. Founder Toni Gilbert is hosting the Northwest Astrology & Tarot Salon iat Brietenbush  Hotsprings, Detroit, OR. Conversation Leaders for 2014 include Toni Gilbert, Paul Nagy, Isha Lerner, Christine Payne-Towler, Jadzia DeForest, Robert Volkmann, Mary Jo Wevers, Alan Stein, and Cynthia Giles. There is an open group page on Facebook where everyone is free to ask questions and comment.

Another unique venue, the Northwest Tarot Symposium, is being offered for the first time  in March of 2015, in Portland,OR. Hosted by Jadzia and Jay DeForest, founders of Devera Publishing, the symposium will focus on Tarot, Lenormand, Oracle, and Cartomancy. More information can be found here.

I do not often make major errors … but in this blog, I did. If you are reading this now, you are reading corrected copy. The initial blog presented three Tarot venues, not four. And the venue that was unintentionally left out has been a MAJOR presence on the west coast for twenty-three years. My apologies to Thalassa, and the Daughters of Divination, for neglecting to present their information! Great effort goes into this symposium every year, and they certainly deserve recognition. And as readers of this column, you deserve to know about them!  Hosted by Thalassa and the DoD, BATS (the Bay Area Tarot Symposium), it will be taking place in August of this year in San Jose, CA. There is always mischief and mayhem at BATS … check it out! They can also be found on Facebook.

These are just four of many venues being offered to network and share Tarot, astrology, and other oracle wisdom. They are a wonderful way to meet people, network, and ck up some valuable tips!

Note: The Emperor is from the Magdalene Legacy Tarot, Casey DuHamel and Deborah L. Shutek-Jackson, Grail Quest Press, 2014.

(c) 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in non-Tarot divination, Tarot

 

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Northwest Astrology & Tarot – Introducing Isha Lerner

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In November of this year the inaugural Northwest Astrology and Tarot Salon will be held at the Breitenbush Conference Center, near Detroit, OR. (More information about the Salon can be found here – http://www.tonigilbert.com/workshops/Northwest-Astrology-and-Tarot-Salon.pdf .) I would like to introduce you to Isha Lerner, one of the Conversation Leaders for this event.

Isha Lerner is an international astrologer, owner of The Power of Flowers Healing Essence Company, and has co-authored the best-selling Inner Child Cards: A Fairy Tale Tarot (published 1993 by Bear and Company) which illustrates the transformative relationship between fairy tales and human development. She is also co-author of The Triple Goddess Tarot, The Power of Flowers book/deck set and The Tarot of the Four Elements.

A long-time writer for numerous periodicals, including Welcome to Planet Earth, Healing Currents, Planet Lightworker and Children of the New Earth, she has also been a guest columnist for several newspapers and journals. You can listen to her latest interview on New Dimension’s Radio with Justine Willis-Toms on the topic of Fairy Tales as the Liberators of the Soul:

http://www.newdimensions.org/about-new-dimensions/

She was a member of the Findhorn Community in northern Scotland from 1976 to 1981 where she was privileged to live and work within the magical gardens and experience within community framework co-creative principles between nature and humanity.
Her work has grown out of the powerful impact of those early years of personal growth and the experiences of global connectedness they brought her.

She lives in Eugene, Oregon where she has raised three daughters: Gabriella, Katya and Sophia, and has one precious granddaughter and a grandson on the way!

The topic that Isha will be covering is Your Cosmic DNA – Astrology: The Code of Karma, Destiny, and Self-Realization.

You can find out more about Isha below:

www.ishalerner.com
New and Full Moon Reports: http://www.ishalerner.com/page_37926/Chinese%20New%20Year%20of%20the%20Horse%20Sourcing%20Individu
Publications: http://www.ishalerner.com/tarot
Power of Flower Essence Company: http://www.ishalerner.com/home/is2/cpage_9/flower_essences.html

(c) 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on April 9, 2014 in Tarot

 

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Review – Tarot Learning Cards

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Key Meanings & Associations

Self Study Flash Cards

Author: Jay DeForest, Jadzia DeForest
Living Magick Publishing
2013
Second Edition
ISBN #978-0-9858321-7-9

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The “Tarot Learning Cards” are part of the Living Magick Learning Cards (r) Series. In a nutshell, the DeForests have created a tool for finding basic information that is readily accessible, at a nominal cost. Individuals progress at their own pace, through the use of flash cards.

This is the second edition of this deck. It comes as a set that includes 78 cards and a 12 page companion book. The box is heavy duty, has a lift off top, and is done in white and green, with black lettering. Basic card information and a sample card (the Ace of Cups) is featured on the box cover, with further information on the back.

The companion book discusses the books intention (a teaching vehicle for beginners using generally accepted information for each card), how to use the deck, the suits and elements, numerology in assciation with the Tarot, the Court Cards, reversals, and terminology, along with rcommended reading.
The cards themselves are 3.75″ by 5.25″, and of sturdy card stock. The cards follow the green and white theme of the card box … both front and back show a white border, followed by a dark green border, followed by a beige border.

The card face for the pips (numbered cards) shows the suit icon, with the card number and suit in text along the bottom. The Court Cards show the suit icon in the middle of the card, set against a court symbol (Page – Heraldic Banner, Knight – Shield) or above the suit icon (Queen – Queen’s Crown, King – King’s Crown). The Major Arcana shows the card number in Roman Numerals, with the card title beneath it.

On the card back for the Major Arcana we see the card theme, astological association, Major Arcana, and keywords for both upright and reversed meanings. On the card back of the pips we see the theme, the suit associations, numerological meaning, and keywords for both upright and reversed meanings. On the card back for the Court Cards we see the the card association, the suit association, elemental association (and associated signs), and keywords for both upright and reversed meanings.

 

Sample: Ace of Cups (Upright)

Theme: Inspiration
Cups: Love, Happiness, Spirituality
Keywords: New relationship, Fertility, New Home, Renewal, Rekindling a Relationship, Spiritual Insight

Sample: Ace of Cups (Reversed)

Theme: Selfishness
Cups: Love, Happiness, Spirituality
Keywords: Emptiness, Depression, Self-absorbed, Unbalanced, Blocked Spiritual Growth, Infertility

Sample: The Devil (Upright)

Theme: Bondage
Astrology: Capricorn
Major Arcana: Spiritual Journey
Keywords: Self Bondage, Fear, Guilt, Envy, Self Restriction, Jealousy, Lust, Shame, Dark Side of Self

Sample: The Devil (Reversed)
Theme: Extremes
Major Arcana: Spiritual Journey
Keywords: Hedonism, Puritanism, Weakness, Strength, Vanity, Humility, Feeling Trapped, Releasing Yourself

All text, no imagery (other that the suit and court card icons) make these cards very easy to use, no matter which Tarot deck you are working with.

As with the First Edition, I advise purchasing the Tarot Quick Reference Sheet, and the Tarot Reversals Quick Reference Sheet to go with the cards. The cards themselves are the learning tools, while the study sheets function well as quick references for interpreting readings.

© 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Tarot

 

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Northwest Astrology & Tarot Salon – Introducing Christine Payne-Towler

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In November of this year the inaugural Northwest Astrology and Tarot Salon will be held at the Breitenbush Conference Center, near Detroit, OR. (More information about the Salon can be found here – http://www.tonigilbert.com/workshops/Northwest-Astrology-and-Tarot-Salon.pdf .) I would like to introduce you to Christine Payne-Towler, one of the Conversation Leaders for this event.

As a Conversation Leader, Christine will be focusing on Ancient Astrology. Here is a taste of what to expect from Christine!

“All of the Oracles of Western culture rest in the matrix of astrology one way or another. Sometimes they borrow the basic ingredients of the astrological cosmos (planets, signs, seasons or elements), Sometimes they borrow the format of astrology (tabulating their results in house-wheel type charts, or analyzing them according to astrological categories).

Sometimes they are tied up with the letters of the Magical Alphabet, which is inherently astrological as well. Astrology also provides the “container” and motive power for the alchemical Great Work, whether that is conceived as being spagyric, psychological, or spiritual in scope. Therefore it helps Tarot people to have some exposure to the basic aspects of the astrological world-view held by the people among whom Tarot first appeared. Putting these two symbol-sets together has the power to super-charge your readings and Tarot meditations.

Christine will use her own pack made with Michael Dowers, the Tarot of the Holy Light, as well as others that have appeared across the history of Tarot, to illustrate the magical and astral assumptions that govern the progression of the Trumps and the personalities of the minor cards. Those who have their charts with them will be able to see how different decks and systems illustrate their private psyche, and why they might consider choosing their deck based on what it has to say about their chart.

Several decks will be aid out in a Zodiacal manner, so that we can all see what happens when we play with the correspondences that represent different historical stages of Tarot’s development. We will also be able to see how our own charts “pencil out” according to the different systems. What fun!
You can see more of Christine’s work on her site, http://www.tarotarkletters.com/.

(c) 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on March 25, 2014 in Tarot

 

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Review – The Magdalene Legacy Tarot

The Magdalene Legacy Tarot

Author: Casey DuHamel
Artist: Deborah L. Shutek-Jackson
Grail Quest Press
2014

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“The Magdalene Legacy Tarot – Lost Keys of the Madonna” is a limited first edition run of 500 signed and numbered copies. I was impressed by the presentation of the certificate … it comes in a bright red envelope, which so reminded me of the envelopes that my Asian friends use to gift money in. Very classy! The box and the companion book show a clean white background, with an entwined red rose and white lily. This speaks tons as to what this deck is all about, and what you will find in the companion book!

This is a 78 card deck, following traditional titles for the Major Arcana. The suits are Cups, Disks(Pentacles), Staffs (Wands), and Quills (Swords). The Court Cards are King, Queen, Knight, and Knave.

Unique to this deck, the Court cards represent specific royal Grail families. Each of three Court suits represents one of the three pivotal figures of the epic, with the fourth suit representing the medium uniting all three figures. Each court card contains that figure’s religious correspondence and their “Magdalene” icon, including a skull, a cross/crucifix, an alabaster jar, and an open book. Cups represent The Holy Grail, Mary Magdalene; Disks represent Jesus; Staffs represent John the Baptist; Quills represent the Gnostic scripture and secret gospels that unite the other three.

The Court card dynasties are Cups (Merovingian), Disks (House of Medici), Staffs (Clan Sincair), and Quills (the House of Windsor). Samples of Court card personalities include King of Cups (Clovis the 1st), Knight of Disks (Giovanni de Medici), Queen of Staffs (Marjory Sutherland), and Knave of Quills (Prince William of Wales).

I have always been impressed with Margaret Starbird’s work (including “Woman With the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail”), which is part of the foundation for this deck. Which also means that I am a bit in awe of these cards! I love the comments that Christine Payne-Towler made about the use of the Picard minors, which puts this deck in with the family of Spanish Tarots.
DuHamel draws from the esoteric and hermetic traditions of Judeo/Christina mysticism, and uses the correspondences of a continental hermetic system. Most importantly, this deck celebrates a resotration of the Sacred Feminine. This is illustrated through the use of the Grail mysteries of Mariamne e Magdala … Mary Magdalene.

Fair warning … the print in the companion book is uber small! Having said that, I can read it with my glasses … no need for a magnifying glass. DuHamel discusses the background of the deck, the journey that brought her this far, the Gnostic Gospels, and much, much more.

Each Major Arcana card is presented with the associated Archangel, astrological sign, element, key words, Cabalistic path, and Hebrew letter. Each Court card is presented with the element, Tetragrammaton, card personage, and nature. Each Pip (numbered card) is presented with associations for Cabalistic world, Sephira, Key words, colors, gemstones, astrological association, Numerology, Ethereal Essence, and Mundane Essence. All cards have a small black and white scan. The Major Arcana and the Court cards have a quote, while each number in the Pips has a quote.

The small things are what attracts me, what help me in learning a new deck. DuHamel has included such niceties as charts giving the associations for the Continental, Victorian, MLT, and Modern Poker decks (including the element); the element, direction, inherent attribute, ethereal attribute, humor, quality, and season; the attributes in the Four Worlds of the Tree of Life (Worlds, Tetragamaton, Elements, Senses, Astrology, Human Qualities, Tarot Suits, and Sacred Geometry.

There is a epiloge at the end of the book, as well as illustrator’s notes, and an extensive bibliography, with recommended reading. Sample spreads include the Templar Cross, the Cross of Lorraine, and the Thirteenth Apostle.

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The cards are of rather stiff card stock. The backs show a 1/4 border, with a circle of red roses and white lilies in the center, surrounding an internal graphic, and are reversible. The card faces show a color coded border: Cups – blue, Disks – green, Staffs – red, and Quills – yellow.

The Major Arcana show the card number in Roman numerals across the top, with the card title across the bottom. Each card shows the astrological attribution and the Hebrew letter. The Court cards show the title and suit across the bottom of the card, with the healdic icon in the lower left hand corner. The Pips show the card number across the top, in Roman numerals. An upright keyword is at the top of the card, with a reversed keyword at the bottom of the card (literally reversed, so that if the card was drawn reversed the keyword could be read).

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The imagery on the High Priestess is very traditional – a female figure, seated, with a scroll in her right hand. She is seated between two pillars (one white, one black), wearing a white gown with a blue robe, her right foot resting on a crescent moon.

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The Queen of Quills (Diana, Princess of Wales) is dressed in a black dress, and is holding a red cube with three white dots running diagonally. A gold scale stands in front of her, with a red rose in front of it. In the left hand corner we see her heraldic emblem.

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The Seven of Quills shows a triangle in the upper half of the card, under the keyword “control”, with a square in the bottom half of the triangle, under the keyword “chaos”.

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The Eight of Quills shows a spoke, made of eight Quills. The upright keyword is “action”, the reversed keyword is “aversion”.

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The Knave of Disks (Giulianno de Medici) shows a dark haired youth, kneeling in a field of lilies and roses. He wears a red shirt and pants, with a green tunic. He is holding a cross in his left hand. His heraldic icon is in the left hand corner.

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The King of Staffs (William Sinclair, Baron of Roslin), shows a youthful king standing, wearing a white shirt, a plaid kilt. I his left hand is his staff of office. He stands between two pillars, over his astrological sign (Leo), with a skull and crossbones at his feet, In the lower left hand corner of the card is his heraldic icon.

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The Ten of Cups is one of my favorite cards, showing ten cups moving in an arc from the upper left hand side of the card to the lower right hand side. They follow the colors of the chakra system – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, lavender, and white. The upright keyword is “harmony”, the reversed keyword is hostility.

I am enchanted with the colors and the imagery of this deck, as well as the focus on Mary Magdalene, the Sacred Feminine, and the Grail myth. This is an exciting deck to work with! There are many nuances throughout this deck. One of these nuances is that of the World. Traditionally numbered XXI, the World is numbered XXII in this deck. Why? According to DuHamel, one reason is that the Magdalene’s feast day is July 22nd! Another reason is that the total amount of stairs to reach the top of the Magdalene Tower at Rennes-le-Chateau is 22! Lots to think about here!

(c) March 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Tarot

 

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Northwest Astrology & Tarot Salon – Introducing Alan/Adom Stein

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In November of this year the inaugural Northwest Astrology and Tarot Salon will be held at the Breitenbush Conference Center, near Detroit, OR. (More information about the Salon can be found here – http://www.tonigilbert.com/workshops/Northwest-Astrology-and-Tarot-Salon.pdf .) I would like to introduce you to Mr. Alan Stein, one of the roving Conversation Leaders for this event. Mr. Stein is currently using his spiritual name, Adom. It is under this name that he will be attending the Salon.

As a roving conversation leader, Adom brings a well rounded understanding and appreciation to this incredible new shifting times toward evolutionary spiritual growth and integration. He is kind hearted, easy to talk to, and dedicated to your personal spiritual evolution with his intuition and background.

He is the sole proprietor of a new age bookstore for 27 years called Star Gate Awareness Resources in Eugene OR. This keeps him in current time with these amazing breakthroughs happening on the planet. This fits in well with the intention of the Salon – to bring about open conversations on personal development and self-empowerment. Adom will be bringing books and decks to the Salon!

Adom is currently writing a book in which he speaks of the essence of the original Traditional Hopi Prophecy message and teachings, and the need to return to balance by becoming One Hearted. The book is entitled ” Hopi Prophecy Now – The Mystery Egg “.

Direct quote from Adom: “You are guaranteed to have engaging deep conversation and reflection or double your karma back!”

You can see more about the work Alan/Adom is doing on his store’s site – http://www.stargateeugene.com/.

(c) March 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Tarot

 

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Interview With Mary Nale

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I have known Mary Nale for several years now. She never fails to astound me with her intellect and her phenomenal vision. Mary and I go way back into the days of holding classes in an Internet classroom. Mary had mad skills at handling the technical side of things … and she would make a great teacher, too … if we could convince her to do this!

Most of you know Mary through her efforts with Attune Magazine (a quarterly digital magazine), and Attune Magazine Radio, a Blog Talk Radio venture where she hosts a Saturday morning show, as well as co-hosting a once a month (or whenever it suits us!) show entitled “Session s”. She also holds space for two other Blog Talk Radio shows – “Personal Empowerment”, hosted by Jan Maurie Puhlman and Maggie Lukowsky, and “U Predict”, hosted by ReeNee Cummins.
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Through both of these venues Mary has gifted us with the ability to share our articles, our products, and more. She does all of the work herself, with the remuneration coming only from the cost of ads run in the magazine. She is about to make a major leap into offering Attune Magazine in a format for mobile devices. She has dedicated a page on her site to a fund raising effort, so that she can accomplish the goal of moving Attune Magazine into the mobile format.
http://www.attunemagazine.com/shop/
There’s also a Group on Face Book:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/FundraiserAttuneMagazine/
And a Page on Face Book:
https://www.facebook.com/AttuneYOURway
Mary has agreed to answer a few questions about how we can help her to accomplish this goal.

BC: Mary, let’s backtrack for a minute. What prompted you to start Attune Magazine in the first place?

MN: Attune Magazine came to me in a dream-the color, the concept and the format. Attune Magazine is a way to share, teach and learn without the constraints of an online community or costly membership fees. I like to think of this as a magazine created by the community for the community.

BC: How did the movement to add Blog Talk Radio come about?

MN: Blog Talk Radio seemed to be the next logical step in creating a place to learn, share and grow. This also provides a platform for others to share what they have created-sort of a promotional tool for the metaphysical community.

BC: You have deep tentacles into the metaphysical world. Who is your target audience?

MN: My target audience continues to evolve and change! On the one hand there is a need to reach every Indie in the metaphysical field. On the other hand there’s a need to reach the person who enjoys reading the articles in the magazine. And then of course there couldn’t be a magazine without the writers. Revenue from advertising is what keeps the magazine going so there’s also a need to reach the metaphysical business owner. I can tell you this has been a challenge and I’m still learning.

BC: What are some of the benefits to having Attune Magazine in a mobile format?

MN: This upgrade is the single most important project since beginning the magazine. It has been the number one request for two years straight to have Attune Magazine available on iPad. People want portable!

I truly believe this will increase readership and by increasing readership we increase the exposure to each writer and each advertiser. We live in a fast paced, very on the go world and those who can’t be seen on tablets and smartphones will be left behind.

BC: Tell us a bit about your funding project – Attune Magazine YOUR way.

MN: In short we need to raise $2000.00 to do all the upgrading necessary. I looked into crowd funding on popular websites but didn’t like the fees associated with them. I decided we could do this on our own by enlisting the help of everyone who supports Attune Magazine.

BC: How long will you be running this funding project?

MN: This project will run until March 31st.

BC: What are some of the prizes that are being offered? (Note: The prizes can be seen on the fundraising site –
http://www.attunemagazine.com/shop/)

MN: So many wonderful people have donated their time and services to offer as rewards for donations! I’m deeply grateful to each and every one. We have books, decks, readings and even pendulums! I keep adding to the pages as the sponsors send me new rewards.

BC: How can people become involved in this project?

MN: Shop on our pages and share the project details in your groups, on your blogs and on your radio shows.

BC: Tell us a bit about the classes that are being offered as part of this project.

MN: I called out for help on this one and I’m simply astounded at the amount of support I’ve received! Here we are again with the wonderful people who believe in Attune Magazine offering their time to teach a free mini class on Attune Magazine Radio. We started off with Arwen Lynch Poe’s class: Tarot for Writing: Creating 3-D Characters with Arwen. If you missed it you can listen in archives.

I’m very excited about Koneta Bailey’s series of classes on Tarot Shadow Work which will be every Friday in March at 7 PM. The first one is here: Tarot Shadow Work Part 1 Koneta Bailey

Then there’s classes by Bonnie Cehovet, Maggie Lukowski, Jennifer Sieck and ReeNee Cummins. There’s still room for a class or two if you would like to participate and teach a class of your own.

An easy way to search this is to go here: http://www.attunemagazine.com/tag/attune-magazine-radio/
Or sign up for Blog Posts to be sent right to your inbox.

BC: Is there anything else that you would like to say?

MN: I’m grateful every single day for being involved with so many wonderful people. I’m humbled by the amount of giving from each of you. I want to take Attune Magazine to the next level not only for myself but for each of you too! For me, this is all connected. Please help spread the word about the fundraiser and thank you for supporting my dream of bringing many tribes together.

This is a worthwhile project, with an achievable goal. Visit the fundraising page, see what is going on … and jump in!

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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Tarot

 

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Northwest Astrology and Tarot Salon March Update

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This year we are going to experience a very special event – Toni Gilbert’s Northwest Astrology & Tarot Salon. Time to start making plans to attend! Find out more about the event here. It takes place on November 10th through the 13th, at Breitenbush Hot Springs, high in the Cascade mountains of Oregon.

This event reminds me of Tarot, Art, and Music salons of the not so distant past, where the wealthy gathered to discuss their latest interests. The Salon, according to hostess Toni Gilbert, is a gathering of people to “partly amuse each other, and partly increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation”. There will be conversation on Astrology and Tarot, study and practice with the Tarot cards and with astrological charts.
One or two discussion circles a day will stimulate the intellect, and the rest of the time participants can take care of the body by taking a hike, soaking in hot tubs, enjoying the sauna, or getting a massage. Because of this salon, the participants at Breitenbush can now also get a Tarot or astrology session with some of this generation’s finest spiritual leaders … a balm for the soul.

Everyone benefits from this type of gathering. This interactive event isn’t just for the masters of esoteric studies. You’ll learn from many teachers in an atmosphere of fun. Some teach with higher learning and experience under their belts, some teach by experimentation, and some teach by being the beginner. Bring your mother, your daughter, or your boss. Anyone can join in and glean what they might need and may be searching for Come with an inquisitive mind and by the end of the salon, you will have learned something you can take home and use. An overall healing magic comes with this experience in the deep forests of Breitenbush … you will remember this feeling for a lifetime!

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Groups will meet in Toni’s cabin, as well as at some of the beautiful spaces at Breitenbush. Conversation Leaders include Toni Gilbert, James Wanless, Isha Lerner, Christine Payne-Towler, Robert Volkman, Paul Nagy, Mary Jo Wevers, Alan Stein, and Arwen Lynch Poe.

Sharing a little secret … personal readings with the well-known intuitives known at the salon as “Conversation Leaders” will be available! A unique chance to deepen your understanding of specific areas with leaders in their field! Shhhhhh!

To find out more information, go to Toni’s site, and click on Workshops. If you would like to attend, print out the application, fill it in, and send it to Toni (the address is on the form). This is an “insurance form”, in that it will reserve a place for you when open registration starts in June.

We hope that you will all join us on this exotic and lovely adventure!

(c) 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet & Toni Gilbert
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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Tarot

 

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Review – The Apocalypse Tarot

The Apocalypse Tarot

Author: Swiatoslaw Nowicki
Artist: Robert Sobota
Colored By: Magdalena Walulik
2014
ISBN #97-83-937968-4-7

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“The Apocalypse Tarot” is a 78 card deck from Poland based on traditional Tarot structure. That is where tradition ends! This deck represents a very unique approach to the Tarot – through the use of images from Esoteric Christianity in the Major Arcana, and images from Polish Catholicism in the Minor Arcana it heralds the impending radical changes critical to the crisis of traditional European religiosity.

Swiatoslaw Nowicki is a Polish philosopher and astrologer. He is also a translator and expert on the German philosopher Georg Friedrich Hegel. He works with music theory, the music of the spheres, astrology, astronomy, philosophy, and all things esoteric.

The cards come without a LWB (Little White Book). An e-book version of the LWB for this deck can be downloaded from the deck site – http://www.swiatoslawnowicki.com/en/. Also available are the following e-books – Book 1 “The Magical Love Story of the Master and Magdalene to the Glory of the Angel”, and Book 2 “A Guide to Esoteric Christianity in 78 Images”.

I am going to include reference to the guide to the book in this review, because there is no other way that the depth of these cards would be understood. The Major Arcana reference the highest, eternal level of awareness. The Minor Arcana pips present the life of a Catholic as regulated by sacraments, commandments, etc. The Court Cards depict the story of Jesus Christ, the circle of people relevant to Christianity, and Christianity’s division into the main churches.

Nowicki takes great care to present his reasoning for the Major Arcana through the auspices of astrology. You will learn from this guide, even if you do not totally agree with it. There is an absolutely stunning color graphic that shows the relationship between the cards. Absolutely fascinating! I also appreciate that because this is a digital presentation, the reader can click on the exact section they want to go to, and there is the information. I love my books “in hand”, but digital versions do have their saving graces!

Nowicki discusses such things as dualism, the fours as the great fulfillment, sixes as remedies, and eights as an individualist assent. Also included are card descriptions for the Major Arcana and the Court Cards.

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The cards are 2 ¾” by 4 ¾”. The backs are a deep brown, with two rams heads facing each other, with smaller rams heads in the four corners, and one in the middle on each long side of the card. The backs are reversible. The card faces show a white background, with the card image taking up approximate ¾ of the deck. Across the bottom in bold black letters are the card number and title (for the Major Arcana), title and suit (for the Court Cards), and the card number and suit (for the Pips – numbered cards). In smaller lettering across the bottom (in English and Polish) we see the key thought for the card.

Traditional titles are used, with the exception of the Hierophant becoming the Pop. Strength is VIII, Justice is XI. The suits are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. The Court cards are Page, Knight, Queen, and King.

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One of my favorite cards is the High Priestess. The outline of the image is the wide open mouth of an animal with sharp teeth. Inside we see the image of an older woman, who appears to be looking down at the image of a modern nude female, who appears to be looking up at the first image. The key thought for the card is “The vision creation prior to the creation of the world.” From the LWB, we see that the Priestess represented here is Sophia, the Divine Wisdom. He does not exist until someone comes to look at the images reflecting in her mirror. She is the “mirror of eternity”. The images appear when light is sent into darkness.’

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The Chariot carries the concept of expulsion from Paradise. There is an eagle, with his wings spread, on the back of the chariot. Two figures are riding in the chariot – one male, one female. In the upper left hand corner we see a winged angel. The figures in the chariot represent Adam and Eve, descending from the world of spirit into the physical world. The chariot is drawn by a winged bull, and a winged lion.

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In the Hanged Man, we see a ladder reaching from the earth up into the heavens. The key concept is that of “The Savior:. A figure hangs, head down, from the ladder. Jacob’s Ladder has become the Christian cross. There is an eagle in the upper right hand corner, and an angel in the upper left hand corner. Underneath the hanging figure we see a bull and a lion.

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The Page of Wands carries the concept of “Birth”. We see a female figure in a green robe (representing the Madonna) holding a newborn baby. In the background we see the Temple of Jerusalem. Above the temple’s roof the Star of Bethlehem is glowing, and two cherubs are tearing away the veil that has been covering the sacred place. Behind the veil is the Ark of the Covenant, radiating brilliant light.

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The Ace of Cups shows a golden cup, with an eagle resting on its rim. It represents the element of water.

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The King of Cups represents Saint Peter, seated on his throne. The resurrected Christ is putting a papal tiara on his head, passing on the authority over his church to Peter.

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The Queen of Pentacles carries the concept of Paganism. In the front of the card we see the face of a cat, staring boldly out of the card.  In the upper right hand side at the back of the card we see a window, looking out into the night sky and a quarter moon. In the center of the card we see a fortune teller/witch/herbalist/gypsy, seated at her table, with an owl on her shoulder. From the right hand side of the card we see a slender hand placing money on the table. A spider web can be seen on the left hand side of the window. On the left hand side of the card we see the fortune teller/witch/herbalist/gypsy’s cauldron, which contains a magical herbal brew.

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The 6 of Pentacles carries the key concept “gamble”. We see a woman sitting at a table, Tarot cards in front of her. A male figure sits sideways to the table, playing cards in his hands.

The e-book Guide does a wonderful job of describing the esoteric relationship of the cards to one another. This is a deck that may be used on many different levels, according to the needs of the student/Seeker. There is nudity in the deck which, while not inappropriate, needs to be taken into consideration when reading for someone else.

The artistic style is very modern, with a touch of fantasy and whimsy to it. The art carries the message of the card … neither overcomes the other. From me … two thumbs up!

© February 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

 
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Northwest Astrology & Tarot Salon – Paul Nagy

Paul Nagy

In November of this year the inaugural Northwest Astrology and Tarot Salon will be held at the Breitenbush Conference Center, near Detroit, OR. (More information about the Salon can be found here – http://www.tonigilbert.com/workshops/Northwest-Astrology-and-Tarot-Salon.pdf .) I would like to introduce you to Mr. Paul Nagy, one of the Conversation Leaders for this event.

Paul is a Tarot reader, teacher, and consultant. He offers weekly teleconferences based on specific books. Currently he is conducting an intensive study of the Sacred Rose Tarot (by Johanna Gargulo-Sherman), through her “Guide To the Sacred Rose Tarot”. This may lead to a possible new edition of this book, including more material about the possible significance of the deck. This is open to anyone who wishes to call in and participate. His teaching focus is on intermediate Tarot readers.

Paul’s conversation topic will be Contemplative Tarot as a form of prayer dialogue. Paul sees this as a “true” conversation, in that the topic will act as a springboard for using the Tarot as a tool of reaching towards the divine, and not merely as a form of self-knowledge.

Paul has also been working with Enrique Enriquez reading the Marseille style Tarot. His emphasis here is on looking at the imagery in the cards to see what they depict, and then developing them analogically, metaphorically, and anagogically.

He has just started participating in a Facebook group called The Pips and Trumps, where they take one card from the Minor Arcana, and one card from the Major Arcana, and discuss them using the methods that Enrique follows, as well as the methods that group members may also use individually. Paul has very graciously allowed me to excerpt some of his comments from this group, so that people can see how he reads Tarot for Tarot.

Paul on the card pairing Seven of Swords and Temperance:

“The 7 of Swords Winks at Temperance:

“Ever spill a drop?”

“Only when I sleep on swords,” she quibs.

“Yes rust may well be an issue.”

“Get a grip will you!”

“Who needs a grip? I’ve got wings and a wicked martini!”

“Get my point?”

“I’d rather keep dancing, thank you.”

 

In Paul’s own words, he reads Tarot by showing the elements in the card to the people he is reading for, and then showing how this element can be metaphored into a number of possibilities that may or may not relate to their question. He usually don’t like to know what a person’s question is until after he has talked to them about the cards.

I have met Paul, and attended a couple of Readers Studios that he was at. He is well spoken, a lot of fun, and filled with a bit of mischief! I think that you will all enjoy meeting him!

Paul’s work can be seen at http://www.tarothermeneutics.com/.

© 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

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