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tarot stuff
so I've been working on boning up on my tarot reading skills recently. I studied pretty seriously (including doing a lot of readings) from '96 or '98 until the time I got together with Mr Abusive and my life started to fall apart. I just kinda stopped reading then - mostly I think because I *didn't want to hear about it* - I knew I was in a fucked up situation and I just did not want to have to see all those swords etc! although of course, it might have helped me wake up to what was really going on much sooner.

when I moved in over here and started unpacking my books, my tarot books and decks were given a place of honour in my favorite bookcase in my room, and I started doing readings again here and there. I've also been reading with the gigsville custom playing card deck and believe it or not, that deck gives really good readings despite having no overarching design concept other than the 4 suits (which actually do map really well to the traditional tarot suits). I've pulled my own card in a reading even.

this reconnection then led me to doing a panel discussion on the tarot at a campout last summer which was a big eye-opener for me - hey, I actually remember a ton of this stuff! I'm now hatching a plan to "go pro" - I plan to start with parties and stuff like setting up in coffeehouses etc so if you have any ideas for this kind of thing, I'd love to hear 'em. or, if you just want a reading, let me know!

a couple of weeks ago, I attended the SF Bay Area Tarot Symposium (aka SF BATS) which was a great inspiration and the people I met there were (to a one) encouraging of me and my wild-eyed scheme. I especially enjoyed talking with an awesome woman - a professional reader who is married to a super cool old-school tattooist. she was generous with her advice and so warm and friendly, as was her husband. seemed like a good portent to me! and really, everyone there was friendly and generous with their advice. I took so many notes!

one of the things I heard from more than one person was that for reading at parties, a "nonthreatening" deck was useful. less nudity, designs for death/tower/half the swords cards that weren't so "scary" and so on. so yesterday, I decided to check out my local metaphysical bookstore to see if they had any good ones.

I spent over an hour there, and every single one of the decks I looked at (and I looked at around 50 of 'em) had some aspect that made it unacceptable to me, "nonthreatening" imagery or not. I've learned so much about the RWS and love it so much, that I think I need to take the core piece of advice from the class I am working though and *trust myself*.


I have also been enjoying working with my new furry themed tarot deck I received at SF BATS. (when you first got there on saturday you were invited to select - blind, of course - a deck to keep and I got an anthromorphic one, wouldn't you know.) by the time FC rolls around I should be really conversant with it, so I'm planning to offer readings there.

so anyway, the visit to the shop was very educational, although it didn't turn out the way I'd expected. I think I'm actually perfectly happy with the decks I have right now, and just need to focus on *reading* well.

since there's nothing like a real practice, I'll be looking for opportunities to read. free if you come to me, parties and other offsite readings negotiable.

I also have a lot of thoughts on the more metaphysical side of this but I haven't been feeling inspired to post on that stuff just yet. however, some of the parallels I've been noticing between tarot and tattooing are striking!


7 smooches or Gimme Some Love!
erich_schneider From: erich_schneider Date: October 16th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Isa was telling me she did two readings recently where my card (Jack of Dead Horses) came up as her significator and as Devon's past.

When my card comes up it means: the future is now!
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: October 16th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks for sharing your key phrase for your card!

my own personal interpretation of your card (beyond your phrase, which I do totally see in it) is this:
dead horse matches to swords, which are about logic and the intellect. the jack is kind of a combination of a knight and a page (for some reason they took the knights out when the tarot pips became the standard playing card deck).
so, science and the future are definitely connected to logic. knights are generally on a quest of some kind, but pages are about just starting out, naivete and openness to new experiences. the jack combines these two aspects.

so, I would say, "use your head and the future will open up to you" might be a phrase I would connect with this card... which works with "the future is now" pretty well - in that, the future really *IS* now (or at least, is being shaped *right now*) so that ties in quite well.

thanks for the comment! this is all off the top of my head, and I enjoyed the opportunity to really look at and read your card. I'm curious whether you chose your suit or if it was assigned to you.

Edited at 2009-10-16 11:17 pm (UTC)
cymbeline From: cymbeline Date: October 16th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shall we set a date for tea and tarot soon? I have a very rudimentary understanding of it through my mother in law and Limbo.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: October 16th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
that sounds awesome! what is your schedule like? my email is m at djmermaid (dotcom, yo) if you would rather plan in email. BTW enjoyed your dance from the competition that you posted! I can't even imagine competing, I have a hard enough time dancing in front of people as it is! congratulations for doing it.
cymbeline From: cymbeline Date: October 17th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
sent ya an email about scheduling something. :-)

And thanks for the comment about the video. That stuff is so freaking scary for me to do, which is probably why I subject myself to it. LOL! That said I much prefer performing at more intimate events/parties where there is more audience participation. Even dancing at Decom was more fun, there you get people dancing along with your music and they aren't standing there stiffly "politely" watching.
broncochick From: broncochick Date: October 17th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent news! The tarot is a beautiful medium to look at "in-between" spaces.

I look forward to reading about your insight on tattooing and tarot.
crimsonmau From: crimsonmau Date: November 6th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would love to be able to read Tarot. I have dabbled in the past, but haven't taken the serious time with it that I would like. Go for you for getting out there and practicing!! xoxo
7 smooches or Gimme Some Love!