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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 – 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/.

© 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on February 1, 2014 in Tarot

 

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Northwest Astrology & Tarot Salon – Robert Volkmann

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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 – nwsalon.com .) 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 – http://tonigilbert.com/blog/2014/01/robert-volkmann-and-me/.

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!

© 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on January 25, 2014 in Tarot

 

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Northwest Astrology & Tarot Salon – Toni Gilbert

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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 – nwsalon.com. ) Founder and Hostess for this event is Toni Gilbert. I have known Toni as an Internet friend for several years. She is an artist, author, editor, transpersonal counselor with a background in holistic nursing. Her written works include many published articles, along with two books –  “Messages From The Archetypes”, 2004, White Cloud Press, and “Gaining Archetypal Vision”, 2011, Schiffer Publishing. Toni was founding director of the Oregon Holistic Nurses Association, and editor for the Alternative Journal of Nursing.

Toni's cabin

Toni has owned a “summer cabin” (yes, the cabin in the photo above!) at Breitenbush (but on National Forest land) for the past twelve years. She discovered Breitenbush in the 70’s”, but became involved with the people and projects there in 1998. In “The Healing Art of Tarot”, Toni writes about the work she did at one of Breitenbush’s annual retreats (http://www.tonigilbert.com/articles/Healing-Art-of-Tarot.pdf). Some of the Salon Conversations will be taking place in Toni’s cabin!

Breitenbush

The subject that Toni will be leading conversations on will be “Gaining Archetypal Vision”. Toni has seen patterns in our world since her twenties beginning with the poetry-music of Bob Dylan, she wondered why he spoke to her so profoundly. Later in her studies, she discovered that Carl Jung also shared this way of perceiving.

With many years of esoteric studies Toni began to explore Tarot cards at age 50. She immediately realized that the cards mirrored her own thoughts, knowing that they were drawing on her own unconscious mind’s contents. With the help of a cosmic synchronicity, she sees the cards as a nighttime dream laid out to be interpreted. She did five years of intense intellectual and experimental study before using them in her alternative nursing practice. She could see that they were the perfect healing art to use with wellness counseling and that nursing would benefit. It was such a good tool that she felt the need to write her first book (“Messages from the Archetypes”), and began to use them in a holistic nursing venue that she termed an alternative nursing practice. Toni has retired her nursing license, but continues to offer her wisdom as a transpersonal counselor using the tools mentioned on her personal web site (www.tonigilbert.com), including guided imagery, energy work, meditation, Tarot Counseling, dream interpretation, essential oils, expressive arts, and mind/body consciousness.

I am so looking forward to in depth conversations on the archetypes, with the unending little turns in the road that this can take us to. Breitenbush is a lovely area, deep in the forest that lends … itself to introspection, and a grounded connection with life. As Hostess, Toni is gifting the Tarot world with an incredible “time warp” of past/present/future. I fully expect to be leaving Breitenbush with a fresh perspective not only of astrology and Tarot, and how they can work together, but of the personal work that I am doing.

A final thought – this is the link to “Astrology, Tarot, and Maslow: Using the Esoteric Arts For Self-Development”, written by Toni, based on work done by Christine Payne-Towler – http://www.tonigilbert.com/articles/AHP-Perspective-JUNE-2011a.pdf,

© 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Tarot

 

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Northwest Astrology and Tarot Salon

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I have the great honor of doing Event Press for the Northwest Astrology and Tarot Salon. This project, envisioned by hostess Toni Gilbert, puts me in mind of Tarot, Art, and Music salons of the not too distant past, where people gathered in the homes of the wealthy to discuss the latest in whatever they were interested in. A very up-scale “Meet & Greet”! It will be held from November 10th till November 13th, 2014;

The intent, according to Toni, is to gather people together to “partly amuse each other, and partly increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation”. I am quite looking forward to this whole party! here will be conversation on Astrology and Tarot, study and practice with the Tarot cards and with astrological charts. All levels of students are encouraged to attend … from beginner to master!

The salon is being held at Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat & Conference Center, outside of Portland, OR. Groups will meet in Toni’s cabin, as well  as at one of the beautiful spaces at Breitenbush. Conversation Leaders include Toni Gilbert, James Wanless, Isha Lerner, CHristine Payne-Towler, Robert Volkman, Paul Nagy, and Arwen Lynch.

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. No payment is required until June. Each participant will also need to make room and board reservations through Breitenbush.com six months in advance. 

We hope that you will all join us on the lovely adventure!

(c) 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Tarot

 

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