Tarot Journey for October 11: Lovers, Devil, Chariot, and Tower – The Tarot at Sixes and Sevens

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For 2014, we’ll be taking a numerological tour of the Tarot. On October 11, it’s the Lovers, the Devil, and the Sixes, along with the Chariot, the Tower, and the Sevens.  What does their numerological link say to us in a reading? What other connections do these cards have? How can we work with the energy of the Sixes and Sevens to deepen our readings?

Bring your cards, notebook and pen, and your experiences with these cards!

The workshop features discussions, practical exercises, and direct, personal exploration of the cards.  The registration fee includes morning coffee and tea, a light lunch, and afternoon refreshments.

Each class runs from 10:00 am — 4:30 pm, held at our studio in Alameda, California. We’re trying something new – a full day class that includes two workshops – allowing us to delve deeper into our work with the cards.

Due to space considerations, we request that you preregister for the class on the Tarot Media Company website.

See you in October!

The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook by Caitlin Matthews

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The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook by Caitlin Matthews is a wonderfully comprehensive and practical Lenormand guide. Matthews does a thorough job of presenting the history of the Oracle to give the reader a solid sense of the deck’s development over the centuries. The clear definitions, varied reading techniques, and extensive practice exercises are a helpful introduction to the deck for new readers, and provide insightful and challenging tools for the more experienced Lenormand reader to move well beyond basic cartomancy. Matthews has created an inspirational manual for Lenormand which can be a reader’s companion at all stages of their cartomantic career.”

The above is the short version of this review, provided to Inner Traditions for inclusion in the marketing materials for the book. For more detail, read on!

Allow me to start by saying that I have enjoyedCaitlin Matthews’ prolific output over the years. Her Da Vinci Enigma Tarot consumed my life for months when it came into my life. I greatly appreciate Matthews’ ability to combine historical scholarship with myth and magic to create her unique and intriguing take on the various oracles she studies.

The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook is the newest addition to Matthews’ body of work, and a most welcome book on the subject of Lenormand.

One of the things I appreciate most about Matthews’ work is her ability to present a complete and yet concise history of the topic. Her careful research and inclusion of up-to-the-minute developments is a refreshing change from the half vague, half sensational dramas that I’ve seen far too many other authors rely on in an attempt to lend legitimacy to their topic. Matthews takes great care to present factually correct and useful history.

The material is divided into four sections of 13 chapters, plus appendices, notes, bibliography, and index. Praise to the publishers for the index! Too many recent releases are omitting this important item, making it much harder for the reader to track down that one sentence they desperately want to find again.

In addition to card meanings and sample readings, Matthews also provides self-test items so the reader can check in with themselves about their grasp of the material. While my answers didn’t always match the ones in the answer key, it was quite helpful to think about the answer in the book and work through it, and then review my own answer.

Matthews provides a wide range of techniques to use within each reading to create a more meaningful experience for the client (and the reader–we learn so much each time we read for another!).

The sample readings are illustrated with cards from various Lenormand decks, including Matthews’ own The Enchanted Lenormand Oracle (you can read that review here), and my very favorite Lenormand, the Lenormand Revolution by Carrie Paris. Seeing the various representations of the same image among the different decks is useful and inspirational.

And so, in closing, I repeat: “Matthews has has created an inspirational manual for Lenormand which can be a reader’s companion at all stages of their cartomantic career.”

Kali Ghat – Steps of Kali Spread

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The Destruction card in the Dark Goddess Tarot by the divinely talented Ellen Lorenzi-Prince is, of course, Kali.

Kali - Dark Goddess Tarot

Inspired by Ellen’s art and words, I created the following spread to provide a structure for navigating a time of difficult transition.

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1. Ego. The lies your ego is telling you to keep you stuck in this situation.

2. Illusions. How you are allowing yourself to be fooled in this situation, and keeping yourself stuck.

3. Fear. What you truly fear that keeps you feeling powerless and keeps you stuck in the situation.

4. What you are ignoring at your peril.

5. What you must face to break free.

6. The blood sacrifice required for your freedom. In Ellen’s words, “A blood sacrifice means giving up something important, something not easy to give, something with life and meaning.”

7. The energy shift that results from the blood sacrifice.

8. How to move forward with the new energy.

Hel’s Opportunities and Options Spread

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This spread was inspired by the image of the goddess Hel on the Two of Earth card in Ellen Lorenzi-Prince‘s fantastic Dark Goddess Tarot, and the accompanying text.

Hel, Two of Earth - Dark Goddess Tarot

In Ellen’s words: “You have more than one task, more than one voice, more than one passion. You must make choices in your behavior, but do not deny this truth about your life.”

We have so many desires, dreams, and plans. We want to do so many things, but we can do only one thing at a time, and there are only 24 hours in a day. This spread gives you Hel’s assistance in making choices when you are overwhelmed by options, or if you are feeling stuck between a set of choices, all of which seem bad.

Have the client identify the various options for the choices they are facing. Lay a set of cards for each opportunity, and one additional set for an option which the client has not yet identified, but may become apparent in the reading, or in the near future.

If the client is unsure of what their options are, lay out at least two sets of cards and see if the client can identify what the options might be.

Bonus: use a different deck for each opportunity, and look for any repeating cards or similar cards landing in the same position.

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1. The opportunity or option presented.

2. Your expectations about the option.

3. Others’ expectations about the option.

4. Worst case long-term scenario for how the option could turn out.

5. Best case long-term scenario for how the option could turn out.

6. How to cope with the worst case scenario.

7. What can be made real with this option.

8. How to move forward with the opportunity to reach the best case scenario.

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