Forward to School!
I know. The common phrase is "back to school", not "forward to school".
It’s that time now, as the season turns, when we all fall into one of three categories. There are those who are on their way to school or actively supporting students. There are those, like me, who long for new notebooks, shoes and a lunchbox, and are just a wee bit jealous of all those students beginning a new academic year. There are also those so traumatized by their own school experiences that they feel relief when this time of year rolls around and no one makes them get on a school bus.
Education, whether formal or casual, is important. Knowledge is power, and the process of learning keeps us flexible and growing. We benefit from the things we learn, just as we benefit from the process of learning.
With the energy available at this time of year it makes sense for all of us to commit to being open to learning, interested in new ideas and perspectives, and willing to seek new information and skills. These are things that move us forward, not backward. That’s why I say, let’s go forward to school!
Tarot makes clear the value of knowledge and education. Many of the Major Arcana characters are students and teachers. The Fool learns through exploration, the Magician learns through the practical study of his tools. The High Priestess learns through the study of sacred wisdom, and by journeying into the subconscious. The Hierophant teaches traditional knowledge, while the Hermit offers deeper wisdom to those who would make the arduous journey.
In the Minor Arcana the Pages are students and remind us to be as well. Both the Three and Eight of Pentacles can discuss professional training and apprenticeship.
At this time when we are all focused on education, I am happy to let you know that I am working on launching my new online academy. Over time, you will have the opportunity to study tarot, divination, psychic development, magick, healing and personal growth with me, from wherever in the world you are. Further in this newsletter you will find a code that will allow you to take my first class at a special introductory rate! Along with my new conference room, this new academy will support me in my passion for education.
If you are officially a student this academic year, may it be a year of growth and success for you. May we all have the resource and power of knowledge that moves us forward.
Introducing Card and Craft Academy
John and I have been hard at work to expand opportunities for me to share the knowledge I've acquired over the past thirty years. The new conference room is amazing, but I want to be able to reach people all over the world.
To that end we are launching the new Card and Craft Academy, where I will be offering a variety of classes in tarot magick, divination, psychic development, spirituality, personal growth and healing.
The classes will be video and text, so you can take them in your own time, at your own speed, and refer to them whenever you like.
My very first class in this new format is called Candle Magick: From Mundane Candle to Magickal Tool. In this class you will learn how to create a candle that will help you manifest what you need in your life or banish what you don't. You will use simple, easy-to-find materials to create something extraordinary!
As we continue to build the academy and add classes, I have a special offer for everyone who receives this newsletter. If you would like to take my first class now, prior to our grand opening, I am happy to offer you a $5 discount! This offer is good for the first 100 people to take the class, so redeem it quickly to make sure you get you discount!
All you need to do is visit the academy and follow the easy instructions to sign up and take the class!
The Week in Review
This week I shared a post on my Dark Forest blog. It's about the way that we tend to recite prayers, affirmations and incantations without really putting energy into our words. Read "The Difference Between Saying and Praying."
Theresa Reed, The Tarot Lady, had an adventure with a baby squirrel this month. You can read about it on her monthly Hit List, where I am honored to be mentioned!
Do children work with tarot? Sometimes, yes! What deck would be best for your child? Here's a great post from Steven Bright to help you decide.
Right on time for my upcoming Major Arcana class, Mary K. Greer has posted this amazing Major Arcana tarot spread.
September and October Classes in New Haven, CT, Madison, CT Tequesta, FL and Palm City, FL
I love teaching, and I love that I get to teach a wide variety of topics in some very interesting places.
Registration is now open for the following September and October classes. In many cases, registration in advance offers you a discount, and reserves your seat.
On Sunday, September 9 at 7 pm I will be teaching “Tarot and the Four Elements” at True Bikram Yoga in New Haven, CT. This is a great hands-on tarot class for anyone interested in tarot, from beginners to experienced readers. You will learn about the power of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, and how the Four Elements influence tarot, and teach us about ourselves.
On Sunday, September 16 at 7 pm I will be coteaching an exciting class with True Bikram studio owner Robin Brace at her Madison studio. Robin is a DoTerra representative. Together she and I will discuss plant magick – that is, metaphysical uses for essential oils. This will include using the oils to awaken intuition, and in working the Law of Attraction.
You may register for one of both classes on the True Bikram website.
After I return to Florida I will visit Dream Angels in Tequesta on Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm for a class in Tarot Key Words and Interpretations. You can reserve your seat for that on the Dream Angels website.
I’ve begun teaching classes in my new conference room in Palm City. The Major Arcana class scheduled for September 30 filled even before I could post it online. I’ve scheduled a second presentation of that class for Wednesday, October 10, 7-9 pm. This is a great class for beginners, and for anyone who wants to learn more about the greater secrets of tarot, the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana. Class size is limited; you must preregister to attend. You can sign up and pay by phone by calling me at 561-655-1160, or you can pay online from the event listing on my website.
A Tarot Spread for Acquiring Wisdom
How can you use the energy of the beginning of the academic year to forward your own learning? Try this spread with your tarot or oracle deck!
Card 1: What am I ready to learn?
Card 2: How shall I acquire this knowledge?
Card 3: What will the result of having this wisdom be?
I have to say that when I did this simple three-card reading for myself the results were astoundingly profound. I hope your results will be as well!
Two Great Events to Attend
I am excited to announce that I will once again be headlining at FPG Samhain. This event will be at a brand-new location in Lakeland, Maddox Ranch, November 7-11. Come for a great camping event or just for a day!
March 1-4 I will be at the Northwest Tarot Symposium in Portland, OR, and you should be too! On Monday I will be part of a team of four people presenting a day-long seminar on professional tarot reading! If you are a tarot pro, or want to be, don’t miss this event!
Tonight, 7 pm
Global Tarot Circle on Facebook Live
Join me tonight on my Facebook business page for an hour of readings and study with tarot friends from around the world.
Last Northeastern Tour This Year!
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York
Readings, parties and house calls available in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and NYC. Call 561-655-1160 for details.
Sunday, September 9, 7 pm
Special Class: Tarot and the Four Elements
True Bikram Yoga, New Haven, CT
The study of tarot, a book of spiritual wisdom in picture form, can offer insight, inspiration and personal reflection. One of the easiest ways to connect with the symbols of tarot is through the lens of the Four Elements; Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
Each of the Four Elements hold a powerful key to understanding astrology and tarot, and thereby, understanding yourself.
Join author Christiana Gaudet for a hands-on exploration of tarot appropriate for any level of experience, from expert to the merely curious.
Bring a tarot deck or borrow one at the workshop. There will be an opportunity to register on True Bikram Yoga’s website shortly.
Sunday, September 16, 7-9 pm
Plant Magic: Essential Oils to Enhance Intuition and Manifestation
True Bikram Yoga, Madison, CT
We all know that essential oils can offer profound healing of body and mind, but how can we use oils for spiritual growth and healing?
Join Robin and Christiana for an enlightening evening as you discover and deepen your own connection to guidance and wisdom, and your own ability to manifest your best destiny.