Archive for October, 2011
Once upon a time I found a question. The question came from a wealthy and satisfied individual. He had written a book, sold many copies, and helped many people.
Here’s how I remember the question:
If you could do anything all day long without regard to making money or of anyone else’s opinion, what would you do?
Now, right away, you know that is a very good question! It hits at the heart of the matter. What would you do, if you could do what you love?
This was my answer (after following quite a number of steps the millionaire instructed me to take):
I play, learn, and teach spiritually-based,
If you’d like to know more specifics on those soul enlivening steps, please do ask and ye shall receive. I’m happy to dig deeper with you and reconstruct the exercise best that I am able.
Meanwhile, back to my answer… playing in the realm of spirit is precisely what I find myself doing the most these days. I do specialty tarot readings with The Tarot Game; I am learning from some of the most fun and insightful teachers of our day (James Wanless for one. Theresa Reed for another. Joanna Powell Colbert for a third); and soon I will be teaching others to do what I do – facilitate the game for individuals, groups, and events.
I have been a tarot card reader for a quarter of a century. Never before has it been so fun and so effective.
It just doesn’t get better than this. I love what I do.
Recently, I gave a tarot deck [Sun and Moon Tarot, by Vanessa Decort] to my 7 year old granddaughter. She was so very excited, my heart filled with joy immediately. I watched her open up the deck and begin placing the cards out all over the bedspread. She devoured the images by telling mini-stories of each one. I didn’t record or make note of these stories, though now wish I had. It was just so fascinating to see that she saw life in them.
One particular I do remember is the Queen of Wands. For this one she said something like “she is so powerful and is going to hit the cat.” I was a bit shocked. As a tarot reader for over 25 years, I always consider the feline as a familiar to the queen. The animal is not displaying aggression, of course. It will be interesting to see what my granddaughter says the next time the card comes into view. (by the way, my darling is a great lover of animals from cats and dogs to dolphins and whales).
Here’s a game to play with any deck of tarot cards:
Object: To tell stories based on what you see in the card in order to learn intuitive reading.Set up:
1.Shuffle a full deck and divide randomly into the number of piles that matches number of players.
2.Each player takes a pile and then flips the cards until a human figure is seen. Then stop flipping.3.Each of the cards selected should be placed so all players can view them.4.Set the rest of the deck aside.Play:1.One player points at a card and asks to any one other player “What are they thinking?”2.The responder takes time to examine the imagery, focusing on the inner thoughts of the human figure in the card. That player then begins the story – long or short.3.The player that told the first story then points at another card and asks a new player “What are they thinking?”4.Play continues until all cards have been explored.
I met James for the first time at Readers Studio in New York last April. His class “Fool to Fortune” resonated so well with me. He has an extremely positive attitude and unique method of working with tarot. Here’s what he says about The Tarot Game…
“The Tarot Game is a fun and effective training tool for learning the basics of tarot, and it challenges even tarot experts by having them actively perform the essence of the cards, which is very seldom done.”
~ James Wanless http://www.SustainYourselfCards.com
In this issue DEATH asks you to take a closer look at it.
Each month we present a tarot image. Immerse yourself in it and try the suggested activity.
Take a look here.