I’m back to my Florida home after spending ten days in the place I called “home” for most of my life, Connecticut.
On the way back we spent a short bit of time driving through another place I call home, Pennsylvania.
It all got me thinking about the concept of “home.” I was amazed at how poignant it felt to be in New London, Putnam and Niantic, places I had spent so many happy years. But when I finally returned to our new home in Lutz, Florida, well, that felt like home too.
I think some people have a single place in life they call home; others have many. Sometimes the concept of home refers to a house where you lived, or a town where you grew up. Other times it feels more spiritual. Home can be a place that you discover- a place that calls to your heart.
Home can be a place where you are surrounded by friends and family, or a place where no one yet knows you. Perhaps home is simply a feeling of comfort, and of belonging.
What is home for you?
Some Highlights From My Trip
After a very rainy drive from Florida to Connecticut we had wonderful weather for most of our time in the Northeast. I was happy to visit people’s homes for house calls and psychic parties throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island, including homes in Niantic, Cheshire, Bristol, Putnam, Danielson and Westerly.
I also spent some time (unofficially) giving readings at the Bean and Leaf Café in New London. What a great atmosphere they provide.
I was delighted to meet some people in person who have been phone clients for years, and to see some old friends that I haven’t seen in years. I met a lot of new friends, too.
I am so grateful to everyone who hosted parties, attended parties and took the time to have readings with me during my trip.
I am also grateful to my phone clients who waited patiently for their phone reading recordings while I was away from my computer.
To those who just didn’t fit into the schedule this year I apologize, and look forward to seeing you next year.
I am already planning for next year’s Northeast Tour. I will be in Connecticut for a longer period of time in August 2014 in order to try to accommodate everyone. Whenever you are ready to book your party, give me a call. It’s never too early to plan ahead!
The Week in Review
Joanne Matthew has made another fabulous contribution to our Tarot Topics Community Blog.
In this very personal post, Defined by the Cards, Joanne shares the cards that she feels reflect her life and her personality. This is a great exercise for us all to try. It can help us in understanding personal identity and in understanding the cards.
Now that I am back from my travels I have made another video in my Answers to Questions about Tarot Series. This time the question is about the Suit of Swords.
One of the best things about traveling is being able to try new restaurants. Read a review of one of my favorites, Lucky Jack’s in Plainfield, CT.
From Around the Web
Donnaleigh is a well-known tarot reader, blogger and podcaster. She has created some hilarious cartoons about tarot reading. Check out DL’s Doodles.
With her usual wisdom, Ginny Hunt shares some great tarot insights on her 78 Notes to Self blog. Read When Tarot Says Wait.
The American Tarot Association’s monthly newsletter, Reflections, is ready for you to read! While you are there, consider becoming a member of the ATA.
Tarot Cards That Speak of Home
The concept of “Home” shows up in many tarot cards, and is often the subject of tarot readings, or at least a factor in most readings.
Here are some cards in which you will find reference to the concept of “home.”
The Ten of Pentacles is the traditional card of real estate. Often called the “Castle Card,” it can refer to real estate transactions. The Ten of Pentacles can also refer to one’s family home, the home of one’s ancestors, or to a home one truly loves and enjoys.
The Nine of Pentacles can refer to a lovely garden, or to one’s happiness and security in one’s home.
The Four of Wands is the traditional card of marriage. It can also describe a stable and happy home life.
The Ten of Cups is the card of the “happy family,” and therefore a happy home.
The Empress as a mother image can suggest a return to the home of your childhood, or to your mother’s home.
The Six of Cups is often a card of visiting one’s family home, or a return to the setting of one’s childhood.
When you see these cards in tarot readings they often refer to the importance of home and family.
What’s up at the Psychic Café?
I have had a great time on my travels, and I hope you have had a good time enjoying encore presentations of the Psychic Café.
Due to unavoidable circumstances at the network my hiatus lasted a week longer than expected.
I will be back this Sunday with a live show featuring Jennifer Sieck, a tarot counselor who works with the Four Elements and Jungian concepts. I am expecting an interesting and enlightening conversation.
We’ll also have some music with Robin Renee and the Mutant Mountain Boys, and a review of the newly re-released Renaissance Tarot.
Beauty, treasure, the unknown What you'll reap and what you've sewn.
Serpents, jewels, castles, kings Dragons dance with feathered wings.
All that you could love or fear Within these cups are gathered here.
A question stands before your eyes Which of these to realize?
Wednesday August 21, 7 pm
The Four Elements and the Major Arcana
The four elements of life are Earth, Air, Fire and Water. They each have metaphysical properties as well as physical properties.
The four elements correlate with the four suits of the Minor Arcana of the tarot. They also correlate with individual cards of the Major Arcana.
The term “Major Arcana” means “Greater Secrets.” The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana contain the most spiritual messages and lessons of the tarot, and tell the story of our journey through life.
When we learn the elemental associations for each of the Major Arcana cards, we have a clear way to understand these important cards.
This 75 minute webinar will help the tarot student more fully understand the four elements. It will provide a deeper way to comprehend each of the Major Arcana cards. The student will be able to more fully interpret the Major Arcana cards, whether reading for yourself or others.
This week we will welcome Jennifer Sieck for a conversation about tarot counseling, the four sacred elements and Jungian concepts in tarot.
We’ll also have music with Robin Renee and a review of the newly reissued Renaissance Tarot.
Join us for an exciting and informative show!
Visit our Show Page for more information.
Monday August 26, 7 pm
An In-Depth Journey into the Major Arcana – Emotional Balance
This online presentation will focus on Major Arcana cards Eight through Fourteen, Strength through Temperance.
Christiana will present these cards as the keys to enhancing emotional growth and finding emotional balance.
This class will help tarot beginners develop a solid foundation for their tarot study. Experienced readers will discover new ways to utilize tarot.
My virtual classroom is accessible using your computer or your telephone.
Students will follow the Fool’s Journey through the world of emotional growth, and develop an understanding of how these cards hold the secrets of emotional healing and personal well-being.
Students will learn the astrological, numerological and elemental associations for each card. Students will contemplate the Fool’s Journey through these seven cards, and discuss how the lessons of each card apply to the challenges of personal growth.
These seven cards plot a journey toward emotional balance and well-being. Students will learn the invaluable philosophies inherent in these cards.
Armed with a complete understanding of each card, students will have an easy time learning ways of interpreting the cards when reading for themselves and others.
Members are the Tarot Guild are invited to join me for a special online class on Tarot Ethics and Professionalism.
Tarot Guild is an organization that supports tarot enthusiasts in their study of tarot as well as offering resources to tarot professionals as they build their businesses. As the Tarot Guild Director of Ethics and Professionalism I am happy to present this in-depth workshop.
Tarot Ethics is an interesting topic because each tarotist has their own concept of what it means to be professional, and what it means to be ethical. While there are some things on which we all must agree, there is a great deal of room for personal insight. In this class we will discover how each professional reader must find their own understanding of what it means to be professional and ethical.
If you are a professional tarot reader or plan to be, you don’t want to miss this class!
I am excited to talk with Kim about the telesummit, and to let you know how to participate, and what you can expect.
During the show I will share some of my understanding of the Major Arcana, and you will get to learn about The Spiritual Path of Tarot Telesummit.
Tuesday, September 3, 7 9pm
Sharing Wisdom – Reading for Others
Tarot hobbyists, professional readers, and those somewhere in between, all share something in common. We all want to give the best readings possible to clients, family and friends.
In this online presentation I will guide you through each step of performing a great reading. I will help you discover your personal style as a reader, and discuss some common pitfalls and ways to avoid them. I will give you insight in how to derive the most specific information possible from each reading.
My virtual classroom is accessible using your computer or your telephone.
Christiana has been a full-time tarot professional for more than twenty years, and is the author of two books about tarot. In 2008, Christiana was granted the title of Tarot Grandmaster by the Tarot Certification Board of America. Christiana provides readings by phone, Skype, and in her office in Lutz, Florida.