Interview With Mary Nale


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.
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.
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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 –

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.

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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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Northwest Astrology and Tarot Salon March Update


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!

Toni's cabin

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!

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Birth Card Pairs – Wheel of Fortune/Magician

Wheel of FOrtune/Magician


The theme for a 10/1 lifetime is that of accepting what fortune brings you, versus creating your own destiny.

The Wheel of Fortune and the Magician act as the gateway into a 10/1 lifetime. The Wheel of Fortune (ruled by Jupiter) is focused on higher ideals, and our sense of purpose in life. It is through Jupiter that we experience our “luck”, or “fortune” in life. Our sense of happiness and fulfillment are things that are ruled by Jupiter, which is an expansive planet that relates to generosity, optimism, and life purpose. It is through Jupiter that we learn to take leaps of faith and face life’s challenges.

The Magician (ruled by Mercury) focuses on intellect, and the mental aspects of life … how we think and communicate. In Greek mythology Mercury is Hermes, the messenger of the gods. In Roman mythology Mercury takes on the qualities of the Trickster.

In a 10/1 lifetime, the path that th individual walks is on that contains the lessons of Destiny (the Wheel of Fortune) versus Personal Will (the Magician). The Wheel of Fortune may contain déjà vu moments … that quality of “Been there, Done that”. The Magician has the power of the four elements (Fire, Water, Air, and Earth) his disposal. His motto is “As Above, So Below”. The Magician (Magus) is very adept at using his skills and abilities to manifest whatever he places his focus on.

Astrological Associations:

Wheel of Fortune: Jupiter
Magician: Mercury


Wheel of Fortune: destiny, a fortunate turn of events, progress, adapting to change, resistance to change, a negative turn of events

Magician: power, new project, new phase of life, new beginning, skill, confidence, self-reliance, intelligence, energy disrupted, lack of will, lack of focus, delusions of grandeur, unreliability, trickery, indecision, poor self-image

How Does A 10/1 Individual Empower Themselves?

Personal empowerment is the ability to our personal and spiritual energy in a manner that enhances how we experience our life. As we define our true power, we actualize our potential, and begin to live life from a core of inner confidence.

In empowering ourselves, we set the conditions so that we can:

* Find our own unique voice.
* Take charge of making our own decisions … not allowing other people’s wishes/needs to overpower our own.
* Understand why we are dissatisfied with our life, and determine what will give us a feeling of satisfaction.
* Take control of our life … make the impact that we wish to make on the world.
* Integrate ourselves within our local and global communities.
* Be proud to be the person orchestrating our own life.
* Know that we have the ability to manifest our own life.
* Make life transitions easily.

Questions to ask ourselves focusing on the Wheel of Fortune:

* How do you view change in your life?
* Are you flowing with the changes around you, or are you fighting them?
* Can you see how your actions brought you to where you are at this point in time?
* Are the changes in your life broadening your perspective?

Questions to ask ourselves focusing on the Magician:

* What skills and abilities do you carry?
* What are your goals?
* Are you clear about your goals?
* How do you communicate with others?
* Where are you focusing your energy?
* What wisdom do you wish to share?


The Wheel of Fortune is all about destiny, change, and forward movement. Here are a few sample affirmations for the Wheel of Fortune:

* I move forward with confidence and determination.
* I am at peace with the changes in my life.
* I adapt well to change.
* I see everything that comes to me as a positive lesson.
* I have faith that everything happens for a reason.
* I understand that life is a process, and that change brings new understanding.
* I release that which no longer serves me well with love and respect.
* I freely let go of my will for Divine purpose.
* I live in the present … even when the present is changing.

The Magician is all about skill, abilities, confidence, and manifestation. Here are a few sample affirmations for the Magician:
* Whatever I focus on with intent and will, I have the ability to manifest.
* I use my skills and abilities wisely.
* I channel the Divine into everything that I create.
I am comfortable working with my creative energy.
* I focus my intention on my passions in life.
* I take responsibility for that which I create.
* I accept the success that follows my actions.
* I shine the light of the Divine into all of my work.
* My experience serves me well.
* I see clearly accepting my visions.


Wheel of Fortune:

Gifts: Developing a sense of detachment, seeing the bigger picture of your life, finding the serenity at the center of the wheel, understanding that life is not random, the ability to focus your energy, the ability to visualize and create

Abilities: The ability to find your own inner strength, and to move with the ebb and flow of life.

Challenges: Adjusting to the ups and downs of life, moving out of the victim mentality. Inability to recognize opportunities.


Gifts: Making informed decisions, taking focused actions, the ability to focus your energy, the ability to visualize and create your own reality.

Abilities: The ability to manifest whatever one needs to accomplish ones goals.

Challenges: To be able to believe in one’s self, to stay focused, to avoid being deceitful, the inability to complete what one starts, hidden motivation, lack of motivation.

Template For Working With Gifts/Abilities/Challenges:

* Define the area or issue being worked with.
* Define which Birth Card energies are involved.
* Define where on the spectrum of the Birth Card the energy is manifesting. (Very positive to very negative.)
* Define whether the energy is being manifested, blocked, or simply not being recognized.
* Define what type of energy is needed to bring the Seeker back into balance.
* Looking at both of the Seeker’s Birth Cards, determine which gifts/abilities can best be used to return the * Seeker to a balanced state.


The focus in a 10/1 lifetime is between the energy of accepting what fortune brings to you and creating, through your own will, the destiny that you wish. In working to create your own destiny, you ned to be sure that you are working with skills and abilities that are truly yours … that you are not deceiving yourself.

It is important to recognize when destiny is preordained … when the Wheel of Fortune is acting in your life. If this is the case, we need to learn to accept it. Fighting destiny prolongs the space you are in, and the issues you are facing. Accepting destiny bring you to a place where you can begin to manifest your own will again.

Answering the following questions may help you to see where you are in the cycle of life:

* How do you feel about your life?
* Are you living an authentic life … does your belief system work for you?
* Are your actions in alignment with your beliefs?
* Are your actions manifesting the results you would like to see?
* Do you relate well to yourself?
* Do you know why you draw the people and issues to you that you do?
* How do you define success?
* Are you seeing success, as you define it, in your life?
* If you are not seeing success, why not? Are you not focused? Are you not setting clear goals? Are you not following through with your actions?
* Is there a good balance between your ability to accept change and your need to create change?
* Are you focused in your relationships?
* Are you able to accept responsibility for your words and actions?
* Are you able to speak up for yourself, clearly and concisely?
* Do you relate well to others?
* Do you have a need to deceive yourself or others?
* What place does Spirit have in your life?
* How do you relate within your home? Within your workplace? Within your community?
* What is your purpose int his lifetime? What are you questing for?
* What are you ending, and what are you beginning?
* What place does change have in your life?
* What place does creative force have in your life?

The one thing that will make it easier to recognize and work with any issue that comes out of your responses above is self-confidence. To empower yourself, you need to be self-confident. You need to know that you alone have the power to manifest directed change in your life.

How we see ourselves is a huge factor in how well we are going to succeed. What big dreams have you gone after? If you have chosen not to go after your big dreams, what was your reason? What held you back?

Every time we make a choice, we are tapping into our belief system. In a 10/1 lifetime, the Seeker views their belief system through the dual lens of the cycles of fortune (The Wheel of Fortune), and intense will, driving the need to create (the Magician). Is your belief system serving you well? Are there some beliefs that you may need to release? Are there new beliefs that you may need to embrace?

Have you chosen to work with your affirmations? Are you wording them as strongly as possible? Are you working with them over a period of 21 days? What changes do you see manifesting from this work? What changes still need to be mad?

We fine tune our lives on a continuing basis. Once we have defined our passion, and our life purpose, everything we do needs to be in alignment with them. As we learn and grow, we release that which no longer serves us well … and we open up to bigger dreams! We need to challenge ourselves to keep the balance in our lives. We need to be the best that we can be, and commit to taking informed action to accomplish our goals.

Do not be afraid to look at your fears, at what may be blocking your progress. Look at these fears through the lens of your Birth Cards, as this is where your answers lie. The Wheel of Fortune and the Magician are powerful forces, constantly challenging you, and moving you forward. The Wheel of Fortune asks that you accept destiny, that you recognize that there is a bigger plan, and that you are part of it. The Magician allows you to access inner resources, and use your focused will to manifest your visions. In understanding yourself, you will be able to easily know when the Wheel of Fortune is at work in your life, and when the Magician has stepped in to take his rightful place.

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Northwest Astrology & Tarot Salon

Mary Jo Wevers

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 – .) I would like to introduce you to Mary Jo Wevers, PhD, one of the Conversation Leaders for this event.

Mary Jo is a Licensed Spiritual Health Coach specializing in Soul-Personality Integration. She lives and practices in Corvallis, Oregon. A certified Karmic Astrologer, Mary Jo uses the symbolic language of astrology to help clients better understand themselves and their life experiences from a deeper, spiritual perspective. As an accredited Journey™ Practitioner she uses guided visualizations and meditations that allow clients to access cell memories and clear the emotional root cause of issues so they can heal. Mary Jo’s goal is to help people put the past behind and move forward in life in peace and wholeness. Her web site is

Mary Jo will most likely be focusing her Conversation Group on Lunar Nodes in the astrological chart, which represent our karmic soul pattern and spiritual soul mission in life.

“The Nodes always point us in the direction where we are revisiting and healing our past experiences and issues and where we need to stretch and grow to embrace the new.”  – Pat Liles

Mary Jo may also be discussing the topic of interceptions in the astrological chart, their karmic interpretation, and reclaiming the energy of intercepted signs and planets in ourselves and in our lives.

From Mary Jo: “I am excited to share the symbolic language of astrology with others, exploring how it helps us understand ourselves as spiritual beings having human experiences.  Your astrological chart provides information about your soul’s journey through many lives.  Energy you created in the past is carried into this life for further development, resolution, or healing. Understanding your personality and spiritual path allows you to live consciously, using your personality and gifts for your spiritual purpose.”

For those of us that are (relative) newbies to astrology, Mary Jo has shared the following:

What is Karmic Astrology?

 In karmic astrology, we view an astrological chart as a unique

map or mandala that provides information about a person’s

journey as a soul through many lives. Your astrological chart is

unique because no one else on earth, at least not for another

25,000 years, will have the same placement of planets and signs

in the houses that you have in your chart.

The astrological chart reveals personality traits and skills,

conscious and unconscious patterns of behavior, and life themes

that have been brought into this life for further development or

resolution. It provides clues about past life experiences that

produce subconscious guilt or shame, and old wounds that have

not yet healed. The chart tells us something about soul contracts

made with other people in this lifetime to assist you on your soul

journey. It specifies your life purpose or “soul mission”, the goal

or destination your soul wishes you to strive for in this lifetime to

expand your experience and assist in your personal evolution.

Karmic astrology is dynamic, not fatalistic. We have free will and

can exercise conscious choice. When we take responsibility for

our karmic past by actively working to free ourselves of “past-life

baggage” we can change unproductive patterns of behavior. We

can heal past-life wounds, transform and transmute past life

experiences into lessons, so that we can live our lives with insight

and gratitude. When we are conscious of the gifts and talents we

have brought into this life we can use them for the highest good.

This is how we integrate our personality with our soul’s purpose

in this life time. We are empowered and actively create the life we


 Mary Jo Wevers, Ph.D.

Each Conversation Leader brings their own wisdom and life experience with them. I very much look forward to learning a bit more about astrology, and how I can put it to use in my life! How about you?

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Review – The Apocalypse Tarot

The Apocalypse Tarot

Author: Swiatoslaw Nowicki
Artist: Robert Sobota
Colored By: Magdalena Walulik
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 – 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.


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.


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.’


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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 – .) 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

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Northwest Astrology & Tarot Salon – Robert Volkmann

Robert Volkmann blog pic

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 – .) I would like to introduce you to Dr. Robert Volkmann, one of the Conversation Leaders for this event.

Dr. Volkmann trained as a Medical Doctor in Family Practice. For several years his focus was Obstetrics, here he delivered almost 2,000 babies. Following this he did general Family Practice, with an emphasis on counseling. These were generally single visits, but occasionally this involved several visits, or even long term counseling.

Concurrent with Dr. Volkmann’s Medical Practice was his personal practice in Meditation, where he did extensive travelling in the Inner Worlds that was self-healing, educational, and an extensive exploration of the subconscious and some of the higher states of consciousness. Much of his interest in counseling is in helping people become more self-aware, and to give them tools to work with.

His Medical Practice, his daily personal life, and his night life of dreams were all an extension of or complimentary to his Meditation Practice, though it might be said in reverse, his Meditation Practice was a tool to help his Medical Practice …

Dr. Volkmann kept a journal of his dreams and meditations, a journal that started off at about 150 pages a year in 1985, and is closer to 400 pages a year now.

In his own words, he describes himself as “ Being a midwife for the birthing of Love & Consciousness in people via a wide variety of methods and experiences.”

I would like to share a blog that Toni wrote about her journey with Dr. Volkmann –

I look forward to Dr. Volkmann’s input in Breitenbush, and thank him for taking the time to be there for this inaugural event. The worlds of both Astrology and Tarot will be opened up to an unimaginable degree. I am already amazed at what is going to happen!

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