Newsletter of The Tarot School
ISSN: 1529-0565 
Vol. 2 #7 / April 1, 2010

 In this Issue:
- Welcome
- Tarot Tip: Q & A w/ Peggy Firth
- Tarot Card Showcase: The Fool
- Upcoming Events
- Best Practices: Non-Verbal Pearls of Wisdom
- Featured Tarot Blog: Roswila's Tarot Gallery & Journal

Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!!
 And a special welcome to our new members!

Happy Day of The Fool!
Did you know that the tarot community has
officially adopted April Fool's Day as a
tarot holiday? We love that idea and are
paying homage to the free spirit that is part
of all of us in our Tarot Card Showcase.
Read it carefully, and you might discover a
new way of looking at this delightful card.
April also starts the final countdown to the
2010 Readers Studio! We do have a few seats
left, and were able to get an extension on the
deadline for our group rate at the hotel until
Friday, April 9th. So if you've been waiting
until the last minute to register, now's the time!
Here's a little peek behind-the-scenes...
We're having a staff meeting on April 10th to
assemble all the registration packs, gifts and
certificates. If you haven't already done so,
please do your very best to register by
April 9th -- we'd appreciate it so much!

Recently, we had the honor of appearing on
Tarot Today for a "Readers Studio Tailgate Party."
The hosts, Dax Carlisle, Mark Reed and Janet
Boyer of The Tarot Guild, were gracious and
a lot of fun. We spent 2 whole hours talking
about RS10, tarot certification, and other things.
(For those of you who listened to our interview
on Beyond Worlds, this one was quite different!)
If you missed the show, you can tune in any time
This issue is crammed with lots of tips to help
you with your tarot practice. We hope you find
it useful and enjoyable!
Foolishly yours,
Ruth Ann, Wald & Gina

Tarot Tips is here to help you with the practical side
of your Tarot journey. In order to take the greatest
advantage of this newsletter, please send us your
questions regarding any aspect of your tarot study
or practice and we'll do our best to answer them
in an upcoming issue.

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Tarot Tip

What seems like a confusing spread, an awkward
question or dire looking cards may point towards a
revealing reading that could lead to some amazing
answers. Relax. Seemingly stressful situations can
be handled with grace and ease.
I'm thankful for great teachers such as Sandra
Thomson, who helped me tackle many seemingly
challenging Tarot readings.

What do I tell the querent (client) when my mind
goes blank?

Often our minds go into overload when we are
faced with a question or a card that does not seem
to offer up immediate answers. Remember, every
spread is perfect. You may begin by saying that
the card is confusing you and that you would like
to ask some questions relating to the card. Often
the reading takes you on to other issues that are
equally or more important. Remember, issues may be
deeper than the ones presented.

How do I restate a question that seems virtually
impossible to answer?

In my opinion, predicting the future is harmful
since a change of mind changes future possibilities.
Readings that involve future predictions may
influence the querents' decisions. Perhaps it would
be of greater assistance to look into the dynamics
of the situation. What seems to be occurring in the
present that may affect the future? Example,
"What has to happen before I meet my future

What if the cards all seem to point to difficult
or stressful times ahead?

All seemingly stressful or bad experiences may
ultimately have a positive side. Our role as
readers is to gently interpret the cards as ways
to heal or
challenges to overcome. In Mary Greer's
book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals,
she mentions that some readers feel that reversals
always have unpleasant meanings. She asks the
reader to realize that there are a dozen ways to
interpret reversals and the reader should choose
the one that is the most useful.

If the cards in a spread make no sense to me,
can I reshuffle?

I was taught that it's OK to reshuffle.

What if the querent insists on knowing more
details than the cards reveal?

This is a common problem, especially for people
who have little understanding of tarot. As a tarot
telephone reader, my employer advertised that we
tarot readers had the winning lotto numbers. I
quit when I found that out!
I feel that we readers must educate our querents
as to the limitations of time and space (lag time),
since spirit does not operate under limitations.
Time and space expand and contract according to
many influences. Some readers pull an extra card
to reveal more information. Perhaps those who use
numerology and astrology are able to reveal a more
exact time-table.

I have spoken with several professional counselors
and even a physician who use the tarot in their
work. How is the tarot a possible way of gaining
more insight?

The subconscious mind is open to all of the
answers as it is the 'sea of intelligence'. If
our conscious minds were that open all the time we
would all go crazy with too much information.
However, the tarot is one way to access more
answers to difficult situations. I find that when
I lay down a card my eye goes straight to a
particular image that may shed more light on the
question. Professional counselors and those who
attempt to help others solve difficult life issues
often need more answers than their reference books
and experience offer.

Every Tarot reader is faced with struggles with
their readings from time to time. It takes verve
and chutzpa to interpret the cards, just as it does
to teach, counsel, practice medicine and other
professions that require decision-making on your
feet. Tally ho!

Visit Peggy Firth on the web at

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.
Esoteric Title: Spirit of Aether
Astrological Attribution: Uranus (modern attribution)
Element: Air
Every Major Arcana card is understood to be a path
on the Tree of Life. There are 32 such paths. The
first ten are the ten numbers of the Minor Arcana,
which are known as depths. The remaining 22 paths
are the Major Arcana. They are literally the paths
that connect the numbers. Each one of the Major
Arcana can be understood as the experience of the
journey between two numbers or depths.

The Fool is the experience of the journey between
1 (Crown) and 2 (Wisdom). The Fool is the path of
0 and 1, a place of abstraction so high and pure
that it is indescribable and all but inconceivable.
It is the journey between the first still moment of
existence in the Crown and the explosion of that
moment in the creative act of Wisdom.

The Fool never leaves this abstract realm, so he
never falls or fails, even though the bottomless
gulf of creation opens before him. Wherever he
goes, the ground rises to meet his feet. His steps
create the universe as he walks.

This path is the experience of the journey from
the brilliance of the Crown to the radiance of

Positive Keywords:

Spontaneous, fearless, enthusiastic.
Uninhibited, uncomplicated, trusting,
experiencing the moment and delighting
in its fullness.

Negative keywords:
Without a plan or forethought, heedless
and appearing frivolous.
Going nowhere, comprehending nothing. 

Upcoming Events:
April 22-25
The 2010 Readers Studio!
June 11-13
The Omega Tarot Conference
w/ Mary K. Greer, Rachel Pollack, Lon Milo DuQuette,
Juliet Sharman-Burke, and Ruth Ann & Wald Amberstone

Best Practices for Professional Readers:
By Gina Thies
"The wise man is the man who lives by divine
wisdom and is an image of Him in whose likeness he
was created. The wise man rules over both bodies
- the sidereal or aerial, and the elemental or
material, body. Man must serve both, he must go
the ways of each, in order to fulfill the law of
the Lord and live in harmony with nature, and with
the will of God and with the divine spirit. He
must not prefer the mortal body and its reason to
the eternal 'image,' nor must he reject this
'image' for the sake of the animal body and find
eternal salvation in the wisdom of the animal
body... The wise man lives after the image of God
and is not guided by the ways of the world. And he
who imitates God will conquer the stars."
-- Paracelcus.

Many religious practices teach that to achieve
salvation, one must overcome the deadly and sinful
nature of flesh. Others, however, consider the body
to be a temple which serves as a connection between
the human and the Divine. The human body and its
behaviors can communicate in a variety of ways.

In addition to the solid facts of flesh, blood, muscle
and bones, the human body provides symbolic
messages to us through observation. We create
meanings for our bodies as part of the way we
experience the world surrounding us. Unlike lower
order animals, humans have the ability to "see"
their bodies, which then become objects of a
meaningful existence.

We use our body's gestures and positions to
communicate in a non-verbal way.

These symbolic gestures can be seen in the cards,
and observation of how a figure is positioned can
be important in the overall message of the card.

In addition to these representations, your
querent's facial expressions and eye movements
in a face-to-face situation, or pauses and
silences during a phone conversation, can relay
important clues to you. Telemarketers or phone
salespeople are trained to smile while speaking, as
this is conveyed through their voice.

Observe these non-verbal cues and gestures when
you are reading your clients and consider their
variety of messages: smiles, thrust of jaw,
sitting stiffly, crossing arms, clenching fists,
tapping fingers, twisted torso, slouching,
standing, kneeling, sighing, twisting mouth,
biting fingernails and rolling eyes.

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

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Featured Tarot Blog / Newsletter

Roswila's Tarot Gallery and Journal by Patricia
Kelly (a/k/a Roswila) is a unique blog with
unusual tarot cards and a different approach to
traditional tarot. Roswila has studied, collected
and taught tarot for over 30 years. There are
posts of many notes about meanings, approaches,
and layouts used in her one-of-a-kind technique.
An excellent resource for the student of tarot! 

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