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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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Tarot Tour 2013 was a huge success! In five weeks I visited four European countries and spent the last week in Dallas, Texas. Here are some of the highlights from this fabulous journey.

IMG_3390I kicked off my adventure with two days of reading at New Renaissance Bookshop in Portland, Oregon. My first client graciously allowed me to photograph her amazing tattoos. Why would I be interested in tattoos? I have discover an uncanny synchronicity between many clients’ life cards (also known as birth card in Tarot Numerology) and primary tattoos they have chosen to adorn upon their bodies. More to this story, so stay tuned.

IMG_3469Afterwards, I flew overseas to England as I was a guest speaker at TarotCon-UK. It took three flights, a train, and a lovely private shuttle ride from Marcus Katz to arrive at Keswick in the Lake District. I immediately felt right at home with rolling green fields and mountains all around. This is an enchanting part of northwest England, so much like the Pacific Northwest of the US where I live. Only we have many more trees who are much taller.

Our gracious hosts, Tali Goodwin and Marcus, set up us teachers at a classic B & B named Greta Hall. The breakfast faeries would quietly deliver a beautiful and healthy feast each morning. This little Taurus gal was in heaven with my special needs being met with luscious soy yogurt and gluten-free bread.

IMG_6003 Corrine Kenner and I were the two US teachers and enjoyed our free-time exploring the quaint village of Keswick with its typical British pubs and sweet little shops. Everyone was friendly and helpful and I could understand most of what was said. We found a hilarious, typically British thank you card for Tali and Marcus. Wish I could post the photo. There was a second choice, something to do with an invisibility cloak, that kept us laughing for days. The image is indelibly etched in my brain.

IMG_3559We stumbled upon an antique show where I found this unique Marseille Tarot plate. If anything happens to me, this gem goes to Corrine….haha.

TarotCon-UK is held in the Theater by the Lake, a wonderful community theater within a short walk of the lake. We filled the meeting room with delightful Tarot students from the US to Portugal and Italy. UK was well represented.

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“Sigils” Kim Huggens & Katrina

It was so much fun meeting Facebook Tarot friends in person, a theme throughout my trip. Such an honor teaching on the same roster as Corrine, Kim Huggens, Camelia Elias, Bent Sorensen, Janine Worthington, and of course, Marcus and Tali. Every presentation was top notch with exciting discoveries. My classic “Tarot, Magic, and Transformation” class (now on DVD) concluded the conference.

Our evenings were filled with great opportunities to mingle and share. I highly recommend this event and suggest you add a few days to your visit to enjoy Keswick, especially the sacred stone circle, Castlerigg, a short walk from town.

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King’s Cross / St Pancras

Next on my itinerary was a day in London with Richard Abbot, a fine Numerologist who I met at SF-BATS just a few weeks before. We gathered on an unusually humid and bright day in London at King’s Cross/St Pancras. He showed me the ropes for getting around this bustling city and navigating the trains. Big thanks, Richard!

IMG_3664 Our day included a little research at the British Museum, including the Dr. John Dee magical tools on exhibit, and perusing several metaphysical book stores, including Atlantis and Watkins. Those who know me will understand how exciting this was for me and that I did not leave without a bagful of books.

Next, I flew to Paris where I had planned to meet with dear ol’friends to travel to the countryside and do some hiking. Alas, those Parisians!!! Suffice it to say, I spent all six days in Paris, yet had a wonderful time walking the streets filled with history, statues, fountains, charm, and great food.

IMG_4178The Paris Metro was easy to navigate and quite enchanting as strolling musicians entertained us. I took this photo of the Concorde station for Enrique Enriquez of Tarology. Now I have come to realize the significance of these letters as they are the written Declaration of Human Rights from the French Revolution of 1789.

On my first day in Paris I made a beeline for the Saint-Lazare district looking for La Coraline, a fabulous metaphysical bookstore with a huge collection of decks. Thank you Gina Jean for recommending this resource. There I selected unique decks for myself and a few friends on my shopping list.

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This was followed by two days filled of research at the Musee du Louvre. I had not been in this historic palace since 1982. It has changed significantly and was much more crowded, yet well managed and easy to navigate. Suffice it to say, by the end of the Tarot Tour I had taken 3000 photos and a few videos with my dear iPad. Many details from European history have contributed to the development of Tarot and other oracle images. In addition to the massive collection of art, the building itself, as a former palace, is decorated with the symbols of its time, as seen from the wood carvings, ironworks, adornments and painted walls.

IMG_3876 IMG_3873The Tuileries Gardens are so much more colorful now than when I first walked these grounds—as if a scene from of a Renaissance painting. I was happy to rest my feet in this park after exploring the entire Lourve and walking around the delightful Parisian boulevards. By the way….off topic….I was a bit overwhelmed with the fact that at least half the population smokes cigarettes. Everywhere I would walk there were people smoking.

By now I had been posting photos on Facebook and connecting with Tarot friends everywhere I went. Two very special Tarot friends contacted me from the Parisian area. First was Bertrand Saint-Guillain, from whom I learned more about the energy and flow of the Marseille Tarot deck, and purchased his sweet mini-Lenormand as we enjoyed our hot beverages in the St. Michel area. Bertrand was so kind to gift me with his unique mini-Marseille deck. Merci beaucoup!

Bertrand St. Guillain

Bertrand StGuillain

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…and Laurent Langlais, who I had connected with years earlier via our mutual interest in Taoism, I Ching, and Tarot, graced me with his time. Laurent is also known for his Feng Shui skills. We exchanged powerful readings over a delightful Parisian meal. He displayed his special Oswald Wirth Tarot deck. I truly enjoyed these meetings as we shared our passion for our art.

Finally made it out to the French countryside as I rode the train from Paris to Torino, Italy (Turin). Sunshine, vineyards, and the French Alps passed by my window as I moved through a part of Europe I have never seen before. It amazes me how my little iPad can capture scenes from a moving train.

IMG_4966Torino, as with many of Italy’s cities, has at it’s heart the remnants of its Medieval and Renaissance past with beautifully maintained buildings, squares and narrow streets. Many Tarot people know that northern Italy is the birthplace of the first Tarot decks as this area is rich with history, culture, and symbols that influenced these early creations.

IMG_4475The modern city of Torino is filled with universities and an international population of students. I familiarized myself with the public transportation system, which I always enjoy, being side-by-side with everyday people. The Torino Information office sells a wonderful 2-day pass that includes most of their museums, sites, and public transportation. This certainly kept me busy as I continued my research and photographs, especially in the Museo delle Antichità Egizie (Museum of Ancient Egypt) where I was able to video the many 5-6 meter papyrus scrolls of the Book of the Dead displayed in glass cases. I apologize for the poor lighting, but I noticed throughout my European trip that light and reflection were obstacles to getting decent photographs in the museums.

IMG_4994Torino is also known for its chocolate. I rarely indulge, but allowed myself a taste of history by drinking this classic hot chocolate from Baratti & Milano (since 1858). It was like hot pudding that has not been placed in the refrigerator to set. If I had placed my spoon in the cup, it would stand upright for a long time.

My last day was reserved for finding a metaphysical bookstore or two and visiting the office of Lo Scarabeo. I had stumbled upon a sweet little store near where I stayed and spent the lunch hours in typical Italian fashion, enjoying a hot beverage and lovely company at Shakty….got a great Italian Tarot deck too.

IMG_5105The afternoon was filled with a special visit with Lo Scarabeo (LS). What a friendly and creative group of people!

IMG_5107 IMG_5126 Roberto gave me the complete tour as I discovered he is a creative catalyst for many of the decks produced through LS. Here is a photo of him with a golden sheet from the first Russian version of the Visconti Tarot deck. He shared several of his secrets that are captured in decks and specific cards he has designed.

On to Switzerland and my visit with friend and neighbor, Gabrielle. She is Swiss and grew up in Luzern (Lucerne). I have always loved the view of Lake Lugano, the most picturesque train ride in all of Europe. I have wanted to stop and spend a little time there and my wish finally came true. She met me there and we drove to Beredino, a typical Swiss-Italian village in the Alps, where we stayed in her family retreat.

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My favorite thing about Switzerland is the well established footpaths that crisscross the country. We roamed local paths while picking freshly dropped chestnuts for roasting and visited a local art community/village.

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Our drive north to Luzern in the heart of Switzerland crossed over Sankt (Saint) Gotthard pass and along river valleys flanked with majestic mountains, villages, cows, ski areas, and train tracks.

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Luzern is another European city rich with Medieval and Renaissance roots. It retains it’s original market squares, some still in use today, and old buildings, many with their original murals. We came across a window display from this ancient apothecary, clearly the lab of an alchemist.

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Besides being a lakeside establishment, the signature feature of Luzern is the two wooden bridges that cross the river that divides the city. What I discovered is the second, less traveled Spreuer Bridge houses a series of Totentanz,”Dance of Death” paintings, dating from 1626 to 1635. For you Tarot history buffs, this concept was a powerful influence in the development of the first Italian Tarot decks, according to Robert O’Neill in his preeminent book, Tarot Symbolism.

IMG_5462IMG_5398 Also, picked up a couple of German Lenormand and Kipper decks. It is wonderful how each town has it’s metaphysical bookstore. Thank you, Gabrielle, for sharing your home and its history.

IMG_5686My last European stop was back in London to finish my research at the British Museum (BM) and to attend the UK Tarot Conference. Woke up early and planned to get several hours of work done with the BM archives. The helpful library staff brought the three books and two decks I requested. Just sitting in this room full of beautiful wood cabinets, desks, and tables was amazing. While waiting for my items I observed other researchers handling materials wearing clean gloves, while an artist was viewing an original art print as she created a detailed sketch (only pencils are allowed).

IMG_5692I had the thrill of holding a large red leather bound album, Great Symbols of the Path; illustrations to the Ritual of the most Holy Order of the Rosy and Golden Cross. 1917-21, bequeathed (in 1973) by Arthur E. Waite. What a pleasure to view the original pen sketches and watercolor sheets drawn by Frater Donec Attingam and Wilfred Pippet. I was impressed by the size of the drawings accompanied by unique details on how each is placed on the “Tree of Life.” To view these pictures, follow this link to the BM archive site. Please respect their instructions about what, when and how the images may be copied or used. To have your own copy of these wonderful images, paperback copies of Abiding in the Sanctuary — The Waite-Trinck Tarot by Tali Goodwin and Marcus Katz will soon be available at this link. The hardback was a limited edition and is sold out. I also wish to send love and appreciation to Tali, researcher extraodinaire. Tali’s original research revealed the Waite-Trinick work in the BM and later highlighted the ‘Game of Hope’ as “The Original Lenormand” as posted on The Tarot Speakeasy , her weblog site.

IMG_5753This special item in the BM archives is a copy of an original Das Spiel der Hofnung, “Game of Hope” box, cards, and instructions. Many of you may know that these were the inspiration for the Petit Lenormand oracle. The card fronts and instructions are available for viewing on their website, but here is the box that contains them and the back of the cards. Note each card has its number, 1 through 36, stamped on the back of the card. Here is a link to their BM page. Marcus and Tali published, with permission, a copy of these original card fronts. You can read a thorough review of this deck on Donnaleigh’s blog. My exploration of the BM archives also put an original Albano-Waite box and deck in my hands, my favorite Waite version. Then, I began to explored two unique Tarot history books from their collections.

Around this time I became aware that I was feeling ill and wondered if I should leave. I actually used the Game of Hope cards to do a reading for myself and got a very clear message to go immediately and swiftly.

Fortunately, I was able to squeeze into Kim Arnold’s special Thursday “Wheel of Fortune” tour as the 22nd member, which started with the group meeting at THE Freemasons’ Hall for a tour. Unfortunately, my illness was becoming more painful and I’m sure I looked like “XIII Death” warmed over as I dragged along. I was able to take a few photos of the Grand Temple ceiling. The funny thing is the tour guide kept saying that the astrological art and symbols had “no significance.” Right…wink, wink.

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Kim kindly whisked me and a few others away in a cab to our next activity, “The London Eye,” for a glorious view of this classic city in a private gondola. Due to my poor disposition, I chose not to take the risk of being stuck in this ferris wheel in case I grew more ill. I especially did not wish to spoil everyone else’s experience. By now I was certain I was suffering from food poisoning. Here is what I missed…

I also missed the party at Atlantis Books for I left the group to return to my room where I slept through the afternoon to the next morning in order to feel refreshed for the first day, my only day, at the UK Tarot Conference. I was back to my healthy self and enjoyed a wonderful day with many fantastic Tarot friends and great presentations, including Carrie Paris, Chloe McCracken, Lyn Olds, and Kim Arnold.

Me-KimArnold-London IMG_5782 Just today I was reminiscing about the sweet little Clannad song that John Matthews and I sang together from the British TV series, Robin of Sherwood…”Robin, the Hooded Man.” Caitlin Matthews was a delight as well and had kindly reserved a copy of her new Enchanted Lenormand Oracle for me, a big reason for my attendance at the conference. Spending time with new and established friends was bitter sweet since I was to leave the next day and not enjoy the completion of the event. Special shout out to Kim, Robert, Lisa, Cathi, Judith, and especially, Tero.

IMG_5811My flight back to the states included a stop in Iceland, then flying over Greenland. What a rare opportunity for me. Most of my trip through Europe was covered with clouds, as was the flight back to the states. I was barely able to capture this view of the icy surface of Greenland. Here is an odd fact about me….I don’t get jet lag and land on my feet when traveling.

IMG_5837Arrived in Dallas, Texas, Saturday night and was so happy to see my friend, Mati, who graciously picked me up and had me as her guest a few days. She had organized the Tarot workshops for the next day at Barley’s art studio. We had a great gathering of students, some known, others new faces, on Sunday for my presentation, “Sacred Journey of the Soul – through the major arcana of the Tarot” (also on DVD) and a new twist on Tarot Alive™ where we created Soul Card collages.

IMG_5991 Gina Thies and I had a few fun days together as we worked on our Oracle Soup podcast and made preparations for TarotCon-USA in Dallas. We were each presenting and supported each other as we added final touches to our work. We joined the early arrivals on a special trip to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. YeeHaw! Thank you Margaret Letzkus for organizing this interesting sojourn into my past. Corrine Kenner and Doug Reuschel created a unique majors-only “Stockyards Tarot” album, posted on Facebook from photos they took on our field trip.

TarotCon_Dallas-SexSymbol-Me-PaulNagy.2013Lots of great presentations including Mary Greer, Sheilaa Hite, James Wells, as well as the sleuthing skills of Tali Goodwin and Marcus Katz as they revealed the probable location that inspired “Pixie” (Pamela Coleman Smith) in much of her artwork for the Waite Tarot deck minor arcana. Of course, they are working on a book. We can hardly wait! We rounded out the day with my evening presentation on “Sexual Symbolism and Meaning in Tarot,” which was well received by all. Thank you brother Paul for the photo! And thank you sista’ Gina for the makeup!

Last day of the Conference started with Lenormand oracle diva Rana George, then Gina Theis on “The Shadow”, ending with Andrew McGregor and Paul Nagy. James wrote a two-part review of this conference on his weblog, Circle Ways. Here is a group photo of most of our TarotCon-Dallas crew. What a wonderful time we all had together.

IMG_5890 IMG_5943 IMG_5930 The “survivors” dinner was a blast as we celebrated together at a Cajun restaurant. Fried okra and fried pickles were very popular, as was fried gator and a few Hurricanes. In preparation, I was “Rana-fied” as needed color was added to my face. Thanks darlin’.

As a special gift to us, Carrie Paris created this unique spread with photos from our fabulous gathering. I took three of the photos. Can you guess how many photos I am in? Can you name other Tarot folks in these images?

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It seemed like the perfect ending for my Tarot Tour as I sat with Corrine Kenner waiting for the shuttle to the airport. We were together in the beginning of this adventure and now had come full circle. What a blessed experience this was, filled with bright spirits, inspiring exchanges, and lasting memories, not to mention a few new books and decks!

Oh, and I returned to Portland for a few more days of reading and taught a Lenormand class. A fitting omega to the alpha of my adventure as I ended with yet another Soul Card reading that matched the tattoo upon my client. Guess which card?

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Hope you enjoyed a little sample of my 2013 Tarot Tour adventure.

I may create a YouTube video so be sure to check back here for the link.

I wish to thank all my Tarot friends and clients who allowed me to post their images on this blogpost.

* Voyager Tarot card images used with permission.

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