Vol. 5 #5 / June 1, 2013
In this Issue:
- Tarot Tip: Tropical vs. Sidereal Astrology in Tarot
- What's Gnu?
- Tarot Card Showcase: The World
- Best Practices: Well-Rounded Communicating
- Featured Tarot Blog: Cosmic Faery's Journal
- Upcoming Events
Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
And a special welcome to our new readers.
We've enjoyed this year's Readers Studio, celebrated
World Tarot Day, resumed our Monday night classes,
and are gearing up for a new 1+1=TAROT teleseries.
The river of tarot runs through our lives, connecting
us in so many diverse and fascinating ways!
Tarot Tips is successful because of you - our readers.
We have a wonderful question from one subscriber on
which of two astrology systems are used in tarot. You will
come to realize in time, if you don't know it already, that
the language of tarot is universal, and it works with many
This month The World, sometimes called The Universe
card, is showcased. The Best Practices column offers
5 tips to effectively communicate with your clients.
We feature a new tarot blog for you, and fill you in on
our upcoming activities.
A great way to start your Summer - have fun!
And one more thing...
Believe it or not, a dozen people have already
registered for the 2014 Readers Studio! The
new website is still being updated, but if you
already know you've got to be there next year,
you can take advantage of a 9-month payment
plan by registering by June 30th.
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TROPICAL vs. SIDEREAL ASTROLOGY IN TAROT
Can you tell me if the astrology used in tarot is Tropical
or Sidereal? I was originally drawn to tarot as a
consequence of deepening my spiritual practice and found
myself moving toward sidereal astrology for the same reason
so I thought there might be a connection.
Thanks so much!
This question arises an important issue for many tarot
readers, and it has an unexpected answer.
Astrology, as it is used in tarot, is a fixed philosophical
system based on qabalah (and specifically the Hebrew
alphabet and the significance of its letters), not on
measuring and interpreting the movements of planets and
heavenly bodies in real time. So in a sense, the answer is
That doesn't mean you can't apply what you know of astrology
to tarot as you actually use it. You can. But the
astrological correspondences specifically, and their
esoteric uses in general, are not derived from standard
Two resources you may find helpful are...
1) For the application of esoteric astrology to tarot:
Pain-Free Astrology for Tarot Readers
(Tarot School audio course)
2) For the application of standard astrology to tarot:
Tarot and Astrology by Corrine Kenner
#1: New Tarot School Study Guide!
We've added a new study guide about
one of our favorite techniques, Reading
Tarot with Your Five Senses.
#2: Guided Tarot Adventures
Let Ruth Ann help you experience each of
the Major Arcana cards in a new and very
personal way. The Tarot Majors Meditations
mp3 set includes four bonus recordings of
The Wand, The Cup, The Sword, and
The Pentacle. Allons-y!
#3: Tarot Teleclasses are Back!
All-new "1+1=TAROT" series features the 7s, 8s, 9s and 10s.
These classes are perfect for students at all levels.
Tarot Card Showcase
In this section we will feature tidbits on a specific tarot card.
While there are many systems and decks to choose from in
the world of tarot, here we use the Universal Waite Tarot
images and symbols.
Copyright 1992 U.S Games.
Astrological Attribution: Saturn
Esoteric Title: The Great One of the Night Time
The World card is shown with a dancing
nude woman wearing a flowing scarf
around her body. She holds a wand in
each hand and is surrounded by a green
garland. An Angel and Eagle are in the
corners of the card above her, and a
Bull and Lion are in the corners below.
This card is the last of the twenty-two
Major Arcana. In most decks, the woman
is surrounded by an oval of some sort.
It can be seen as a symbol representing the doorway or gate
through which we enter and leave this world. It is interesting
that this card that features a dancing woman corresponds in the
astrology of tarot to the god Saturn, who rules birth and death.
The sacred creatures in the four corners of the card are
associated with the Four Evangelists, the four elements and
Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio. These are also featured
on The Wheel of Fortune card, although in The World they
are not holding books. Another idea represented here is the
principle of four elements united with a fifth, Spirit.
When this card appears in a reading, it is important to pay
attention to your inner and outer worlds. In a practical
sense, this card can represent the matter at hand and how
inner attitudes and outer circumstances affect what is going
on. It can also be understood as bringing matters to a
proper, tidy and happy conclusion.
Finality, completion, end results,
movement, triumph, success, greatness, reward,
global kingdom or domain.
Negative Keywords: Incomplete, unfinished, delayed,
Tarot Affirmation: I live in the moment and rejoice
as I dance through life.
In four classes, we'll explore the numbers 7, 8, 9 and 10 on the
Tree of Life, and the 7s, 8s, 9s and 10s of tarot. In these numbers,
the real world is born. The abstractions of transcendence and spirit
become the realities of nature and our unique personal selves.
It is a magnificent transformation, the final chapters of a creation
story, the completion of the shape and structure of the world
according to tarot.
The Sevens, Eights, Nines and Tens
4 Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27
9-11pm Eastern Time
Tuition: $95 for the series -- includes .mp3 recordings!
Earns 8 Degree credits for live participation
You'll receive the mp3 recordings even if you can't attend the classes.
Best Practices for Professional Readers
By Gina Thies
Clients have an expectation that you are the right reader to
help them. Often, that help is just giving them reassurance
and placing their minds at ease. Think about it. Have you
ever been worried or anxious about something and looked to
the cards or a great reader for reassurance?
Every client has different specific needs, but for the most
part all of them desire a well-rounded, positive interaction
with you. This can be achieved by taking a moment to think
about how you deliver information. Then you can use a
communication framework, which may include your own
philosophy as a reader.
Here are five tips for building strong communication skills:
1. Listen to, understand, and/or acknowledge your
2. Validate their feelings about their situation.
3. Speak to their level. Adjust your language and
terminology when needed.
4. Make eye contact. It's easy to get absorbed in
the cards and forget to look at your querent.
Acknowledge their presence as often as possible.
5. Interpret with confidence.
Effective communication is vital for any relationship,
business or personal. Hone your communication skills,
and you'll have little trouble in establishing rapport
and building trust with your clients.
Questions arise when developing or transitioning
to professional Tarot Reading status to earn
income. These can range from "How can I make
money with Tarot?" and "How do I get started?"
to more complex technical and business questions.
You may already be up and running and have
questions about how to enhance or ramp up your
business. We would love to hear from you. Send any
questions, or interest in a future class on the
Business of Tarot, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured Tarot Blog
COSMIC FAERY'S JOURNAL
Professional tarot reader and founder of Cosmic Faery's
Tarot, Christiane Hayes shares on an amazing blog that's
totally ideal for the tarot lover. There are many great
insights about how she uses tarot and much more to inspire
you in your own practice. Get ready to be transformed!
June 30, 2013
Readers Studio Teleconference -- Free!
Come hang out with us on the phone
at our monthly informal get-together.
It's a great chance to catch up with each
other and brainstorm new ideas.
August 17-18, 2013
San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium (SF BATS)
San Jose, California
Established by Thalassa in 1991, SF BATS is the
oldest continuously produced Tarot event in the
world. This beloved gathering of Tarot enthusiasts
has showcased some of the best and brightest
readers, authors, artists and teachers in the field.
Join our 4,998+ fans and join the fun!
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