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Thank you,

Katrina

July is prime time for sunshine and celebration as summer comes into full swing. Here are some of the exciting events I will be attending or creating!

If you are in Oregon this month, don’t miss these fabulous opportunities to gather and share our love of Tarot, nature, and life.

 

 OREGON COUNTRY FAIR — July 10 – 13   link here

Katrina's booth in the Mothership at the Oregon Country Fair

Katrina’s booth in the Mothership at the Oregon Country Fair

Set in the wild woods west of Eugene, Oregon, this is the 45th anniversary of the OCF. This is my 23rd year at the fair and 15th year with the Mothership booth.

I love my colorful booth space set in the natural surroundings of this sacred land. Somehow my readings are more powerful and transformational in this environment. My theory is that the fair atmosphere is conducive for opening the doors of perception to deeper and more meaningful experiences.

My offerings include: Transformative Tarot Consulting™, Pathworking with Tarot Numerology, Chakra/Gemstone readings, Petite Lenormand cards, and Dream Analysis.

Hope to see you there!! Here is how to find me:

Mothership (M-55) off Chela Mela Meadow on Wooten Way, next to the Knishes, across from Sumo Sushi.

Open for Fair Family appointments starting Thursday. Available all weekend. If you know when you are coming and would like to reserve your session now, please contact me ASAP: mail@TarotCounseling.org

“Like” our Facebook page, “OCF Mothership

 

18TH ANNUAL TAROT RETREAT — July 26 & 27  link here

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Tarot Retreat 2010

You deserve to treat yourself to a wonderful weekend of Tarot exploration and fun!

This is the 18th Annual Tarot Retreat located at Earth Heaven, Yachats, Oregon. The theme this year is XVIII The Moon, as we delve into the many layers of meaning and personal transformational energy of this celestial guide.

The Earth Heaven Tarot Temple is finally complete!! For those who have been here before, you know how exciting this is, with new French doors and windows, siding, a loft, and new deck. I am moving many of my Tarot books into the temple for us to play and explore.

If you would like more information about this exciting event, please  follow this link to visit my Oregon Tarot Retreat webpage. You can download the registration form from that page. Ride shares are being arranged from Portland. Bring a new friend and take advantage of the $25 discount on your registration.

 

PATHWAYS TO TRANSFORMATION — August 2 & 3  link here

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This is also the 18th year for this exciting psychic fair in Yachats, on the beautiful Central Oregon Coast. With fresh flowers from my summer garden and the warmth of all my local psychic and healing friends under one great roof, this is the best psychic fair in the world. Yes, the best because of the wonderful energy, diversity of offerings, and free talks both days. It truly is a transformational opportunity.

You can find my booth space, as always, in the NE corner of the main room. My offerings include: Transformative Tarot Consulting™, Pathworking with Tarot Numerology, Chakra/Gemstone readings, Petite Lenormand cards, and Dream Analysis.

Pathworking with Tarot Numerology. is the topic of this year’s talk on Saturday at 12:30 in the “Speaker room.” This is the subject of my book in the works.

Have a fabulous summer (northern hemisphere), and hope our paths merge.

 

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My passion for Tarot is something I have wanted to write about for some time. It is one thing to talk about and teach the subject of Tarot, but what is the attraction? What keeps the fire growing for 40+ years?

After teaching an Introduction to Alchemy & Kabbalah in Tarot webinar this week, my fiery passion takes on more meaning—as if I am the dreamy alchemist in my laboratory meditating on the elixir of life and eternity.

The alchemy of working with Tarot and my client’s transformation is my calling. It is as if I go into a shamanic trance and enter the dream realm with my students or clients as their guide through the dark, coaxing their courageous adventure into the unknown, through the abyss, to be reborn on the other side with enhanced awareness. I have also applied the metaphor of being a spiritual midwife, birthing new awareness with each client or student who wishes to face their challenges, die to their fears, to be renewed with excitement and confidence about their life.

Tarot, then, is not only the tool for such transformations, but the visual metaphor of the pathwork on such a journey. It is the perfect ally for my alchemical processes.

I have this fantasy to create a Tarot Temple titled, “Temple of Transformation” with a warning posted outside the entrance, “Beware….for whoever enters this temple will not be the same.”  Bwahaha……

In summary, my passion for Tarot is more focused on the experience of this oracle than on the information provided. It was Marshall McLuhan who coined the phrase, “The medium is the message,” which when twisting the words, adds a whole new dimension to its meaning

This is a great question to ask oneself in general—what is your passion? To have passion for life, or any part of it, truly supports a more meaningful experience. You and I may have passion for the same topic or activity, but the motivation behind it can be quite different. I encourage you to explore this topic and find, or refine, your understanding of your purpose and passion in life.

Cue Alicia Keys music….”This girl is on fire….”

 

 

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Wow…already time for another adventure, taking me back to Portland, Oregon, Denver, Colorado and New York City (NYC).

Here is what is in store for many of my Tarot peeps as I visit you in your wonderful part of the world…

 

April 11 – 14 in Portland, Oregon teaching and reading at New Renaissance Bookshop, the largest metaphysical bookshop west of the Mississippi River.

Friday the 11th offers an intensive Dream Class & Clinic where student bring their dreams, nightmares, or visions to explore in an empowering and safe environment.

 

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Friday the 18th back in Denver providing private sessions at Isis Books, and teaching Sexual Symbolism & Meaning in the Tarot that evening for the Denver Tarot Meetup (DTM). So happy to see this wonderful group of Tarot enthusiasts again.

Saturday the 19th, I return to Isis Books to share An Introduction to Lenormand Cards for the DTM, my intensive presentation for beginners and the newly initiated.

That afternoon I teaching my classic course on Counseling Skills & Ethics, a condensed version of my 6-hour workshop squeezed into a 2-hour class, designed for all Metaphysical Consultants. As with all my classes, I provide rich materials and plenty of helpful handouts.

On site will be copies of my book, An Introduction to Tarot Counseling, available for purchase at my book signing. If you are in the Denver area, please contact me for a private session, or to just say “Howdy!”

Perhaps I will have time for some fun, if there is any snow left on the ski slopes!

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Next stop, New York City with my Oracle Soup sister, Gina Thies. We plan to visit museums while we continue our intensive research into the history and influences of our favorite oracles. I will definitely be joining Robert M. Place and students at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for his private tour of the Met’s Tarot archives.

After our adventure in NYC, Gina and I will cross the river into Queens for Reader’s Studio where we have already begun to line up a fabulous list of our Tarot and oracle friends on special topics we are preparing to cook. Some of those topics include: Palmistry, Astrology, Divine Feminine,Catholicism, spiritual influences, research, intellectual approaches, business, promotion, vlogging, webinars, and more. Never a dull moment in the Oracle Soup kitchen as we celebrate our first anniversary of offering this sweet and informative podcast!

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April 25 – 27, we have three fabulous days at Readers’ Studio, communing with our Tarot peeps, and sharing our love of oracles. Linda Marson of Global Spiritual Studies will be there with DVDs from the many quality webinars she has recorded for my students on such topics as Beginning Tarot, Sacred Journey of Your Soul – through the Major Arcana, The Grid of Life – Minor Arcana, and Tarot, Magic, & Transformation.

During Reader’s Studio I have the rare opportunity to teach one of the Friday Night Study Groups, offering this new topic for all Metaphysical Consultants, 4 Steps of a Highly Meaningful Reading + Counseling Skills Open Tutorial.

You can watch an interview produced by the Amberstones for Reader’s Studio by following this link to The Tarot School presents…7 Minutes with Katrina Wynne.

I will have my newest beaded creation, my power tiara, placed regally upon my crown. There will certainly be photos on Facebook, so please tune in for the play-by-play.

 

 

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It began with a handful of my friends and neighbors asking me to teach them Tarot. A few years passed with more invitations to teach. After awhile, my basic Tarot students requested more advanced lessons. In my typical Taurian style, I took this request to heart and looked for ways to manifest and ground this directive. I had 30 years of Tarot knowledge under my belt at that time and knew this was no small task.

After some soul searching, meditating on what I find to be the key ingredients to learning a more transformative and dynamic style of reading Tarot and other metaphysical tools, I created the Transformative Tarot Counseling™ Certification Program in 1998. Many students from the Oregon/Washington area participate in the various classes with a significant number of graduates on various levels of the program.

Eventually, requests began appearing from all over the world, especially after I published my second book, An Introduction to Transformative Tarot Counseling – the High Art of Reading, inquiring about whether I travel to teach or offer teleclasses. I resisted the internet class option for there was a very important ingredient that would be missing for me, something I know to be essential to truly learning a new art…the personal presence and guidance of the mentor, along with the dynamic interaction between students. Technology had not yet satisfied my multimedia vision of a classroom and the live, interactive component so important to learning.

Last year I discovered Global Spiritual Studies (GSS) and the many wonderful webinars/DVDs/online access choices they provide students on a multitude of topics. Linda Marson produces a professional product with exciting options, such as live webinars with an active chat room. The presenter is visually present, clearly heard, plus there is a PowerPoint presentation running throughout the class. In addition to the live webinar, the presentation is recorded and available there after as a DVD or online access. Of course, there are handouts included with each class.

In 2013 I tested the waters and produced two webinars with GSS. GSS link here. This was a great success and opened my mind to other possibilities that lead me to fulfilling the requests I have received world-wide. In addition to the great webinar format, I have added a Facebook Support Group for students interested in interacting, discussing course topics, practicing exercises together, and working toward certification. Please read on for more details about this exciting new way of learning on a global level.

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This new e-course is composed of 11 unique classes. They are divided into two segments:

Please join my FREE Introduction to Tarot Cards on February 11, 2014 (6 pm PST). If this time does not work for your schedule, it will be recorded and available as a free class. For either option please sign up at GSS.

For a complete description of the program and its many wonderful features, please visit my webpage here.

Here are some of the highlights:

Course topics include:

  • Intuitive skill building
  • Finding the story through various card spreads
  • Professional counseling skills and ethics
  • Developing and promoting your service
  • Advanced reading skills
  • Learning the language of symbols
  • Dreamwork and its relationship with reading
  • Metaphysical layers of meaning in the Tarot (including an introduction to Astrology, Alchemy, & Kabbalah)

If you are interested in an intensive study that results in personal knowledge, experience, and a certificate acknowledging your fine work, all while creating community with a group of fantastic students, you will love the Certificate Course track. This extends the webinar lessons and supports them with personal supervision and custom designed exercises for your continued learning.

Certificate students are invited to join my private Facebook Tarot Consulting Support Group where we engage in the following activities and extras:

  • Topic discussions
  • Reading assignments
  • Exercises in dyads
  • Supervision by Katrina
  • Inspirational resources
  • Current list of Katrina’s Tarot library with over 1000 titles

Certificate will be earned by:

  • Written assignments *
  • Exams *

* relatively easy work, done at the student’s pace.

Once coursework is completed, each student will receive a:

  • Personalized certificate of completion
  • 30-minute professional Life Coach session with Katrina

For  students who are self-directed, the program and handouts stand alone and support your ongoing learning.

Feel free to contact Katrina with your questions about the program and about the certification track.

Katrina Wynne
mail@TarotCounseling.org
541 / 547-5123 (USA)

The Holy Card Tarot image used with permission by Patty Gallagher

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Happy Solstice everyone! Each year around this time, I create a new “Goal Map” for my coming year, sometimes combined with a Tarot card exploration. On our Oracle Soup podcast (December 27, 2013), Gina Ties and I cover a variety of creative ways to prepare for your new year with the cards. Here, I would like to share with you some special ideas and techniques I utilize to manifest my life’s potential.

Much of the information shared in this post is drawn from a powerful workshop I teach Finding Your Soul Purpose and Path in Life, an experience that helps students identify their strengths and unique skills. These qualities are then condensed into a focus and purpose in their life. Finally, we develop goals and the steps to work toward and ground their vision.

We all have a purpose in life. Those who deny this fact may not be aware of their purpose, but once their life is examined and the breadcrumbs of influence and life choices are revealed, the pattern becomes more apparent. In my 25+ years as a psychotherapist and Transformative Tarot Consultant™ searching for one’s purpose is the most common theme I have observed with my clients and, thus, the inspiration for developing this process to help support us all in making better choices that align with our greatest potential.

Powerful tools for successfully realizing your potential:

  1. Know your Soul Purpose, your Mission Statement
  2. Create a Mind Map (or a Vision Board) as a visual mandala of goals and affirmations for the coming years.
  3. Develop a Vision Statement
  4. Work out doable steps to accomplishing goals on a time-line.

Although each of these four tools merits a page, and could be developed into a book, I would like to introduce you to them as concepts and make suggestions for further study.

Mission Statement

In a previous blogpost, Soul Purpose “The Call to Adventure”, I reflect upon the search for Truth we each are called to discover in our lives. This search includes finding your compass needle and aligning with it’s direction. An important element is discovered by understanding your needs, as defined in my last weblog, What is Desire?.

Knowing your orientation gives you a focus and direction in which to move forward with intention. This direction and intention is what makes up your “Mission Statement” as described by Laurie Beth Jones in her instructive workbook, The Path.

Mind Map / Vision Board

Next, allow your imagination and intuition to flow freely as you explore various dreams and visions that align with your purpose. For example, part of my mission is to be an inspiration for transformation and change. From this awareness the character of my Tarot work became better defined, placing more emphasis on my transformational skills and gifts for the world…including this article.

Tarot folks have a great tool for visioning….Tarot cards. You can pull out one or two decks with visuals that inspire you. Go through the deck and select cards (face up) that match aspects of your dreaming. If you do not have a Tarot deck, this can be done with magazine clippings or internet images, such as on Pinterest. In essence, you are creating a collage incorporating the various parts of your visioning process.

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One of my favorite tools for organizing the free flow of possibilities is to create a mind map. (BTW there are lots of great Mind Map apps) With your Mission Statement in the center, notice how many branches, or arms, there are to your world. As a Taoist, I utilize the Bagua Map to represent the eight areas of my life, changing some of the labels to match my life priorities. From each of these branches, there are finer details attached as limbs. My “Career” branch has limbs for: Soulful Counseling, Sacred Journey of Your Soul book series, Transformative Tarot Consulting™, Transformative Tarot Teaching. Then each of these limbs carry smaller offshoots such as with teaching: Professional Tarot Consulting Course webinars, Reader’s Studio 14 class, New Renaissance Bookshop classes, etc.

Vision Statement

By the time you have filled the page with your map or vision collage, half the work is done. This is your outline for developing a Vision Statement. In this statement, you affirm your activities as an unfolding story of your life and accomplishments. Remember, affirmations are written as if they are happening in the moment, are alive, a reality in your life.

Again, using myself as an example, in my Vision Statement I include language that expresses the current and ongoing activities mentioned above, with embellishments. Example: “My Professional Tarot Consulting Course webinar series is a huge success with students attending from around the world. The timely publication of my latest book, “Sacred Journey of Your Soul—through the Major Arcana, Vol. I” illustrated concepts presented throughout the course, inspiring Tarot readers to learn more powerful and ethical ways to support change and transformation for their clients, and the world.”

Goal Setting

It is my professional observation that goals are rarely met without developing a plan of execution. Not everyone has the concentration or diligence to jump into the deep end and swim a gold metal race. It requires preparation and baby steps in most cases.

From your vision statement you know you have specific goals you wish to achieve. Now you back track and research the actual steps required to accomplish that task. Each step should build up to and support the next. Then, put those steps on your calendar, integrate them into your schedule.

Remember… it is the journey, not the destination, where you live each moment. So, only pursue activities that are life-affirming and satisfying. Even the most challenging tasks can turn to joy when you realize they are part of your soul’s purpose.

Look at me…although I do not identify as being a writer, I focus on the joy I feel being able to share my passion and wisdom with you. Even more challenging, as a Forest Mystic who prefers to hide in the woods, my mission to transform the world pushes me beyond my comfort zone to interface and connect with you and the world at large. If I can do it, I know you can as well.

Additional resources for fulfilling your soul’s purpose…

Previous weblogs I have written that compliment this topic:

What is Desire?

Soul Purpose “The Call to Adventure”

Authors I admire who write on this topic:

Barbara SherWishcraft

Carl CallemanThe Purposeful Universe

Danielle LaPorteThe Desire Map

Debbie FordThe Best Year of Your Life

James P. Wells Tarot for Manifestation

Laurie Beth Jones — The Path

Lee IrwinAlchemy of Soul

Rick Warren — The Purpose Driven Life

Here is a great TED Talk on “How to Know Your Life Purpose” with Adam Leipzig

 

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2013 has been a wild year for me, beginning with real lows, then shooting up with lots of energy and activity. One of the things that helped me stay centered during the difficult periods (and manage the exciting times) was keeping my focus on my overall purpose, what makes my life more wonderful. It was also important for me to walk in integrity every step of the way, even if my definition of integrity may not meet the standards of others.

Each year around the solstice I review my path and update my goals with current dreams and inspirations for the coming year. I often teach Finding Your Soul Purpose and Path in Life around this time to support others to find their compass in life. As with anything I teach, I am constantly researching and learning new concepts and tools to share.

Occasionally, I watch Marie Forleo’s video blog, MarieTV. She has valuable tips for entrepreneurs, especially young women setting out into the world with fresh ideas. “Setting Goals” was the topic today with guest, Danielle LaPorte. Of course I wanted to hear what they had to say in light of my research for ever better ways to inspire and ground one’s purpose in life. Danielle shared material from her book  The Desire Map on identifying one’s “Core desire feeling” by repeating her mantra, “How do you want to feel today?”

So what if you first got clear on how you actually wanted to feel in your life, and then created some “Goals with Soul”?

The journey has to feel the way you want the destination to feel.

I was so excited to see an author promoting the wisdom I value and teach, reaching a younger generation in an effective way. It is a classic technique in psychotherapeutic practice to invite my client to identify the real goal of their longings. Many people postpone gratification or feel a need to manipulate themselves, or the world around them, to meet their needs.

For example, a client might say that they are suffering because they do not have a certain object, such as a new car, or a lover (X). They report feeling like a failure, or their esteem is challenged for they believe that an essential ingredient is missing in their life.

The “what if” technique asks first, “How would you feel differently if you had….X?” I will be skipping a few steps to shorten this process, but eventually the client is invited to embody the actual feeling they believe they will have with the object, but experience it now, in the present. This is related to the message of Eckhart Tolle in his Power of Now work. Why wait until the (intangible) future to feel happy, content, alive, excited, etc.? Why not invite that into your life this very moment as a gift to yourself…from the inside?

Danielle reminds us to direct our lives from the inside, out, rather than let the outside dictate our direction. In the Tarot, I relate this to the Chariot setting out and encountering the Strength archetype, as they invite each of us to align with our unique path by having the authentic vision and inner passion to see it through.

Yes, life is better and more fulfilling when we are clear on our soulful goals, allowing that resonance to set our rudder through the flow of life. I discuss the specifics of Soul Purpose and Goal-setting in my next weblog.

To flow with the happiness and ease of your heart and mind is optimum. As the Kabbalah teaches, desire is our response to Yahweh/God’s perpetual abundance and our wish to be more God-like in return. This refers to a more spiritual and guidance-based relationship with desire, the feeling one has when they know they are in the right place at the right time, in the flow of the Tao. This is not the base level or lower chakra relationship to desire—an emptiness that wishes to be filled—the root of addiction.

Desire is most often expressed as a want, wish or craving. I believe it is important to examine desire from another point of view, our personal needs.

Marshall Rosenberg in his premiere book, Nonviolent Communication, promotes a very easy to understand, yet challenging to live, set of guidelines to a more loving and compassionate way of relating to self and others. His work is highly influenced by compassionate activist role models, such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., who taught and modeled the tenets of compassion for all, especially those who expressed no compassion for them. Feel free to view my YouTube class on An Introduction to Compassionate Communication.

Behind every emotion is a met or unmet need.

In other words, we humans are need driven, not emotion driven. Our range of needs encompasses—security and sustenance, intimacy and physical touch, understanding and connecting, solitude and autonomy, as well as other values. Rosenberg’s work revels this simple pattern. When we are happy, our needs are being met. When we are unhappy, sad, angry, our needs are not being met. Most of us lack the emotional vocabulary and strength of vulnerability to express our feelings in a effective way, by identifying our actual needs. Brene’ Brown has contributed a great deal to the research and promotion of vulnerability as a personal strength and disarming presence.

The average human tends to live by automatic emotional responses to triggers in their environment. It takes patience and practice to slow down, then center our focus so we can identify what our deeper motivations may be in a given situation.

Follow the emotion and it will help you identify your core needs. Once you understand your needs, you can more clearly direct successful ways to fulfill your needs, your core desires.

Part II of this discussion looks at strategies for aligning with your soul purpose and living your dreams. Just in time for the new year!

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