I’ve adjusted the Major Arcana workshop price for $50 for a 5 hour workshop on August 22. If you decide to purchase a deck it will be available for a special workshop rate of $125. Only 250 decks have been created and each is numbered and signed. Any deck may be used for the class. All levels welcome.
This is a hands-on, fun, interactive Major Arcana workshop where you’ll learn how to phrase questions, get a fresh interpretation of the cards, and learn new spreads. The entire workshop is geared towards identifying empowered solutions.
The workshop is August 22 from noon to 5pm at the Orca Sanctuary behind Wise Awakening. Reserve a space with me by calling (360) 305-1491 or Wise Awakening (360) 756-8075.
Enjoy this blessed time of warmth and joy,
Photo above is of Deception Pass.
August 14-16, readings by Appointment, in San Jose at the Double Tree near the airport. Appointments are required. Contact me at (360) 305-1491.
August 22, Bellingham Major Arcana Workshop, Orca Sanctuary behind Wise Awakening from noon – 5pm. Pre-registration required.
September 6 Portland, OR, Workshop and readings, New Renassaince Bookstore. Contact New Renassaince at (503) 224-4929.
How Tarot Works as a Tool of Empowerment
Tarot readers have different styles and objectives. In books and the movies Tarot is often depicted as a fortune telling device that reveals what the future has in store for the person. My problem with that kind of reading is that the person’s fate is out of her hands. This can lead to resignation rather than action.
An empowered reading begins with formulating the right question. A fortune telling question might be, “When will I find my soul mate?” What if the cards say in 5 years, or never, or next week?
A more empowering question might be, “What action is in my highest good to attract my soul mate?” This question gives the person alternative choices of actions to take responsibility for her own life. Cards for this reading might include a theme, the best course of action, the challenge to doing the best course, and how to meet the challenge.
An even better question might be phrased as, “How can I bring contentment or joy into my life?” I person who finds joy in his or her own life will be more likely to attract a mate, or at least lead a more joyful life.
The question, “Should I quit my job?” would better be phrased, “What energy do I call to myself if I stay with my job or leave my job?” The layout for this question indicates what happens if the person stays with the job in comparison to leaving the job.
Pull a significator indicating the general current theme about you and work. Then, pull 3 cards about the energy you draw to yourself if you quit, and 3 cards to stay. This reading is usually pretty revealing. This is one of the few cases when I don’t assign a more detailed meaning for the 3 cards under each option.
Remember, the question is always about you, not what you want other people to do. Rather than, “How can I get my friend to lose weight?”, the question might become, “How do I best support my friend regarding her weight?” In this question there is less judgment.
My goal is that the person coming for a reading can look at options not previously considered, or to get clarity about the choices under consideration. The information offers options that may have been missed, opportunities or challenges that may come up, and areas of strength to call upon. The information received serves to enhance the ability to make decisions, not to diminish free will. The cards indicate how things stand at present and what is likely to influence the situation.
If you send me your question I will help you formulate it in a way that empowers you to take action.
Is this energy yours,
or does it belong to someone else?
An empath is a person who is highly sensitive to the emotions and energy of other people or events. Empaths often feel overwhelmed when they are in crowded situations such as a mall or stadium because they may unknowingly pick up the conflicting energy of many people at the same time. Sometimes an empath will feel sad or upset before a major event, such as a natural disaster, that may not even involve them or anyone they directly know.
Being an empath can be exhausting, especially if you don’t know that you are picking up on feelings that are not your own. Empaths may become depressed because they can’t seem to control their feelings or they don’t understand why they are suddenly angry or overwhelmed. Empaths can’t choose what they will pick up on and sometimes they will experience panic attacks or high levels of anxiety.
If you are an empath, the best thing you can do is to acknowledge this gift, and be gentle with yourself. More than most people, you will benefit from having strong boundaries and controlling your environment by deciding what visual (movies, media) and auditory stimulation you want to expose yourself to.
When you feel that you are losing yourself in another person’s issues learn the habit of releasing their energy. Release the unwanted energy by imagining you’re are cleansing it from the top of your head and running it down your body from your feet into the earth. You may feel most people’s pain, but your life purpose is not to take on their pain. Instead, try to find a sanctuary where you can reconnect with your own energy.