Newsletter of The Tarot School
Vol. 13 #6 / March 1, 2021
In this Issue:
- Tarot Tip: Describing Physical Appearance by Suit
- Tarot School Aphorism
- Student Spotlight: Malumir Logan
- Diviner's Corner: Mirror Scrying
- Best Practices: Sole Proprietor or Independent Contractor?
- Upcoming Events
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This month’s issue offers some clues to
topics that you might find puzzling: how
the cards can describe a person’s physical
appearance more accurately than with the
old-fashioned associations, the arcane art
of captromancy, and some confusing business
terminology. So put on your sleuth’s hat and
It is with deep sadness that we note the
passing of Stuart Kaplan, founder and
president of U.S.Games Systems, Inc.
He died on Tuesday, February 9 of
COVID-related health issues.
Stuart created the first company to sell
tarot products in the U.S. and also acquired
the rights to publish the Rider-Waite deck,
illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. This
deck has become the most popular and beloved
tarot deck in the world, and is the one we use
to teach our students. Needless to say, we
(and many others) owe our livelihood to this
man’s vision. He is the author of many tarot
books, including the 4-volume Encyclopedia
of the Tarot and Pamela Colman Smith:
The Untold Story.
We feel blessed to have known Stuart. We had
a lovely talk when he was at Readers Studio.
He was extremely moved by the love and
enthusiasm for tarot expressed by so many
people, as a direct result of his work.
Intellectually, he understood the market for
tarot but this was the first time he actually
*experienced* the tarot community's energy
and high level of dedication. He told us,
"I had no idea." It meant a great deal to us to
have provided that for him. He subsequently
invited us to lunch and a private tour of U.S.
Games. It was a fascinating visit and he was
a truly gracious host.
May the love and honor of all of us accompany
him as he goes on to whatever comes next.
All the best on your tarot journey,
Ruth Ann, Wald, and Gina
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DESCRIBING PHYSICAL APPEARANCE
Reading the cards often involves talking
about humans –– how they think, feel and
plan to act. But sometimes, we also want to
know what they look like.
Is it possible to ascertain physical
characteristics from tarot card readings?
Traditional physical descriptions for the
court cards are Eurocentric. They mainly
describe hair and eye color, which is very
broad. However, the modern tarot audience
is much more diverse, so a more inclusive
approach is to broaden the variety of
descriptive characteristics, and to apply
them to all the cards in a suit instead of
just the courts.
These days, there are many ways a person
can change their physical appearance.
For example, a person born with dark hair
might change the color to one they identify
with more, or one they simply find more
Here is a table of traditional descriptions
and suggested modern versions:
Traditional Eyes: Dark
Modern Eyes: Deep Brown, Burnt-Brown,
Traditional Hair: Rich-Brown, Red-Brown,
Modern Hair: Jet Black, Blue-Black, Mocha
Brown, Dark Chocolate, Ash Brown, Chestnut
Brown, Dark Purple
Complexion: Dark, Black or Brown, Bronzed,
Body Build Range: Stocky, Big-Boned, Round
Traditional Eyes: Dark, light-brown, blue
Modern Eyes: Caramel, Hazel, Gold, Honey
Traditional Hair: Light Brown, Dark, Grey,
Modern Hair: Honey-Blonde, Deep Brown,
Black-Brown, Ash Grey, Salt & Pepper,
Complexion: Medium, Olive, Suntanned or
sun-drenched, yellow undertones.
Body Build Range: Average Height, Fit,
Muscular, Toned, Angular, Slender
Traditional Eyes: Blue or Brown
Modern Eyes: Hazel, Blue, Turquoise, Amber,
Traditional Hair: Brown, Gold-Brown, Fair
Modern Hair: Honey-Blonde, Platinum Blonde,
Complexion: Rosy, Lightly tanned, Dewy to
Body Build Range: Thick joints, big-boned,
blocky, wider hips, round, apple or pear-shaped,
Traditional Eyes: Blue, Brown, Grey, Hazel
Modern Eyes: Light Brown, Hazel, Honey, Red,
Traditional Hair: Gold, Red, Yellow
Modern Hair: Amber, Burgundy, Scarlet,
Auburn, Dusty Blonde, Rust-Orange
Complexion: Fair, Pale, Freckled,
Body Build Range: Top-heavy,
Broad-shouldered, Sometimes slender/trim.
Sometimes heavy/overweight. Athletic
Although describing a person through their
actions and personality traits can give a
more well-rounded sense of what they are
like, adding a physical description is another
way to recognize someone who comes up
in a reading.
Tarot School Aphorism
We are very proud of our Tarot School
students, many who have become
successful authors, teachers, and deck
creators. From time to time, we will
tell you about their new creations or
upcoming public appearances.
If you are or have been a student
of ours and would like to be in the
spotlight, send us an email.
One of the best things about holding our
weekly Tarot Salons on Zoom is that we
get to meet and develop relationships with
students all over the world. Malumir Logan
from Toronto, Canada joined us when we
started them last December, and has been
a regular attendee. With her bright spirit
and intellect, Malumir enlivens the group
with her insights, and we always look
forward to seeing her.
As a tarot creatrix, empath, resilience
coach and Reiki Master, Malumir is
passionate about helping people rediscover
their inner power through the wisdom of the
tarot. To that end, she has created the
Chakra Healing Tarot Deck, which has
just launched its Kickstarter campaign.
This is what she says about the deck:
“No matter what you have been through, no
matter what you are facing now, even if you
have zero experience with Tarot, the goal of
the Chakra Healing Tarot deck is to help you
connect with your inner healing. The
archetypes of Tarot have been combined with
the wisdom of chakras (your energetic body).
With this deck, at any time, you can
immediately pinpoint which chakras need
attention, why they need attention, and how
to give them the attention they need.”
Please join us in supporting Malumir’s campaign at:
For more tarot goodness, visit her website at:
Divinatory practices came into use as a
way of understanding our destiny or fate.
Fate was often in conjunction with the will
of the gods and so to be in communication
with the supernatural has always existed
along with special training and tools to use.
Most divinatory tools emerged from natural
elements such as fire, dirt, wind and water.
When people discovered their reflection on
the surface of water, it was believed that
they were staring at their own soul. Due to
the mystical nature of seeing one’s
reflection, people naturally assumed it
was the soul in the spirit realm that could
offer information and guidance from the gods.
Mirror scrying or Captromancy is performed
using a reflective surface, typically a
silver or black mirror. Over the years,
mirror scrying gained in use due to the
availability of polished surfaces and the
manufacturing of mirrors. Any object that
had reflective qualities was used by
practitioners of the occult, such as pieces
polished copper or polished obsidian and
The practice of mirror scrying is much like
that of crystal ball gazing. Some practitioners
use minimum lighting as they sit and stare
until an image or intuited insight appears.
Scrying mirrors can be purchased or made
from scratch by the user. Some practitioners
use an inexpensive mirror and coat it with
matte paint or glossy spray paint. The
mirror can be placed on an easel or placed
flat on a table top.
Rituals to prepare for mirror scrying can be
unique to the practitioner. In learning to
use mirrors for divination, the thing to
remember is that you have to train your eyes
and mind to “see”. It is a technique that
• Make a Scrying Mirror
• The Art of Black Mirror Scrying
by Rosemary Ellen Guiley
This complete and concise guide covers the
history of black mirrors and scrying, and
famous people who have relied on mirrors to
reveal secrets and truth. It explains how
black mirrors work in psychic seeing, and
gives detailed advice on how to use a black
mirror for talking to the dead, exploring
the astral plane, discovering past lives,
expanding your spiritual knowledge, and
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Best Practices for Professional Readers
SOLE PROPRIETOR or
By Gina Thies
www.tarotadvisor.com / www.facebook.com/tarotreaders
www.tarotcoupling.com / www.oraclesoup.org
How would you classify your services or
business? In the USA, this classification
for business and tax purposes is defined by
the Internal Revenue Service, and defining
your business as a "small business" depends
on a few factors. Even if you do occasional
readings or a reading gig here and there,
it could be considered business income.
The difference between being a sole proprietor
or independent contractor is often confusing.
A single person can own a large warehouse
but not be considered a small business. Likewise,
a person can earn high profits and still be
considered a sole proprietor, who is also an
The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small
Business Administration has a table of
standards to classify small businesses by
industry, but generally defines a small
business as having less than 500 employees.
Alternatively, the IRS starts by defining
what it considers to be businesses in
general, so by the IRS definition,
businesses of any kind are an activity
carried out to make a profit.
With that said, self-employed individuals
can be sole proprietors or independent
contractors that fall under the classification
of small business. It all depends on the
way a business is structured from its start.
A corporation with one owner can be a
small business entity set up as a C- or S-class
corporation. These structures will determine
what forms to use when filing annual
income taxes in almost all cases.
Always consult a tax professional or legal
business expert to find out what applies to
you and whether or not your earnings are
reportable and require filings.
Here are some links for more information:
Small Business Administration
• March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2021
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Our popular Monday night classes are
now online so you can attend no matter
where you live!
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