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 – nwsalon.com .) 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/.
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