Newsletter of The Tarot School
ISSN: 1529-0565 
Vol. 2 #13 / July 1, 2010

 In this Issue:
- Welcome
- Tarot Tip: Spreads for Traveling, Moving or Spiritual Journeys
- Tarot Card Showcase: The Chariot
- Upcoming Events
- Best Practices: Strategies to Accomplish Your Goals
- Featured Tarot Blog: Astrology Creeps and Tarot Freaks

Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!!
 And a special welcome to our new members!
Summertime is here! Summer brings out BBQ grills,
beach balls, flip-flops, and sunscreen. We look to
relax and take it easy. Do you have special travel
plans for the season? Family vacations or weekend
getaways during the summer can bring special
memories. Who doesn't have an "are we there
yet" summer car trip to share?
There are some great tarot conferences happening
this summer. And for those of you who prefer to
travel with your mind, we're giving one of our
exotic "Secrets" teleclass series on the King of
Pentacles. See the Upcoming Events section
for the details on how to plan your summer tarot

Questions on moving and travel often come up in
readings. In this issue, the tip focuses on
direction - the four cardinal points. There are
three spreads to use in determining direction for
relocating or for planning a vacation.

We have the right vehicle for your journey through
this issue - The Chariot, vehicle of the Spirit.
Chariots were used for triumphal procession as we
see on this card. One of the most important issues
for The Chariot is mastery -- mastery over
personality and over conditions that form the

The latest featured blog is very cool and
insightful, and for the professionally inclined
reader, the Best Practices column features an
article that will help you drive your business
forward in an economy that is still sagging.

Yours on the tarot highway,
Ruth Ann, Wald & Gina

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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

In the Western tradition, the Aces and Pages of
the four suits each rule quadrants of the earth
and sky, corresponding to the 4 cardinal points.
The four sections of Earth are attributed to the
Tetragrammaton. According to Lon Milo Duquette in
'The Chicken Qabala' (Weiser Books, 2001), the
Ace and Pages correspond as follows:

Ace/Page of Swords            East       Americas
Ace/Page of Wands             South     Asia
Ace/Page of Cups                West      Pacific
Ace/Page of Pentacles         North    Africa/Europe

The following spreads will help give the querent
some directional hints if they are uncertain about
a path or destination.

In the positions representing a specific direction
or quadrant, you have the option of utilizing
either the Aces or the Pages in the relevant
position. If a Major Arcana card is drawn in the
"direction" position, use whatever suit is
dominant in the spread that corresponds to the
above quadrants.

Moving/Relocation Spread

Position 1.   Focus/Reason/Energy for the move
Position 2.   Positive Influence for the move
Position 3.   What to let go of or what is no longer needed
Position 4.   Outcome/Direction for move

Should I Move or Stay?

Position 1.   Issue
Position 2.   Pros of moving
Position 3.   Cons of moving
Position 4.   Pros of staying
Position 5.   Cons of staying
Position 6.   Potential part of city, state, country
(north, south, east, or west)

The Spiritual Path Spread

Position 1.   What you need to pay attention to at
this time
Position 2.   The current challenge
Position 3.   The hidden influence
Position 4.   Current lesson
Position 5.   What not to focus on
Position 6.   The next step/direction

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: Child of the Powers of Waters;
Lord of the Triumph of Light
Astrological Attribution: Cancer
Hebrew Letter: Cheth (Fence or Enclosure)
The Chariot depicts a young hero who has gained
control of the warring parts of his own self.  He
rides in the vehicle of Spirit that is designed
for the vertical movement between the worlds.

The Chariot is attributed to the sign of Cancer
the Crab, with its hard protective shell,
stressing the aspect of Form - the House of
Influence. Cancer, the sign the Sun moves into at
the Summer Solstice, is a cardinal water sign that
is ruled by the Moon. The Moon is a general symbol
of form, which is feminine and receptive and links
the Chariot to The High Priestess - Key II.
Reference to the High Priestess is seen in the
river that flows in the background of the card.

Crescent moon emblems on either shoulder of the
hero are very interesting symbols. Eliphas Levi
said they are the Urim and Thummin, sacred oracles
of the Jewish priesthood. The Urim and Thummin
were given to Moses by God. He, in turn, entrusted
them to the lineage of the high priests of Israel,
who acted as mediators between God and the nation.

The hero's breastplate, shoulder and wrist
guards are protective just like the shell of the
crab. The white square on the breastplate
represents the four Qabalistic worlds. He is
dressed in an eight-pleated skirt that refers to
Cheth. The belt across the skirt contains the
symbols of Cheth, Cancer and the Moon. The
crown shows dominion over opposites. The city
could be interpreted as the heavenly palaces
above the Abyss.

The Chariot is associated with the Merkabah, or
Throne Chariot of God, that was sought by early
Jewish mystics through shamanistic ascent or
descent, through a series of heavenly halls. They
were concerned with the chariot described by
Ezekiel. The merkabah journey was the mystic's
triumph in spiritual development.

In Key VII, the absence of reins demonstrates how
the charioteer remains in control of the extremes
of emotional pain and pleasure through his
willpower alone.

The sphinxes in front of the chariot symbolize
unruly desires, emotions and senses that normally
motivate and dominate us. Both sphinxes, one
black and the other white, are a combination of
male, female and animal qualities. They are
facing in opposite directions, and sit on their
haunches with their tails tucked beneath them,
demonstrating submission to the hero's control.

In addition to being ruled by the Moon, this card
is also related to the Sun. In Greek myth, the
Chariot of Helios the Sun god, pulled by four
horses, moved across the sky between Light and
Darkness. In the same fashion, The Chariot is a
vehicle that can take spirit and body from one
world or dimension to another.

The four elements are symbolized by the four
pillars supporting the canopy. The front of the
chariot is inscribed with the Egyptian winged
disk, and below it is the yoni-lingam, a sexual
symbol, representing the union of opposites.

When The Chariot appears in a reading, it suggests
the need for disciplining one's own weaknesses.
On this path, it is important to focus on
reconciling inner conflicts through a higher
eternal source. In achieving this reconciliation,
a realization arises that separation from the
source doesn't truly exist.

Positive Keywords: Triumph, travel, journey,
transportation, mastery, accomplishment,
determination, conquest, awareness, fortune, fame,
happiness, a need to lead, manifestation, action,
victory march.

Negative Keywords: Tyranny, opposition, war,
quarrels, failure, mutiny, arrogance; overbearing,
difficult, domineering, self-indulgent, struggling
and unpopular.

Upcoming Events:
  • July 15, 22 and 29
  • Secrets of the King of Pentacles
    Tarot School Telecourse
    Court Cards are the powers of their suits. The
    secrets of a tarot court are the mysteries of its
    world. In our upcoming series of teleclasses, we
    will study the powers and secrets of the King of
    Pentacles and the first mysteries of the World of

    Do you care? We hope so. Is it too much? We hope
    not. If you are one of our regular students, we
    want you to know that these classes will be
    another step forward in the evolution of the
    series. If you are new to the telecourse that we
    call Tarot at the Edge of Experience, we can
    promise you an adventure.

    Either way, join us. This is tarot at the edge of
    what we teach.

    3 Thursdays: July 15. 22 and 29
    9-11 pm Eastern time
    Tuition: $60 for the series
    (includes .mp3 recordings)
    Earns 6 Degree credits

  • July 24-25
  • TABI Tarot Conference 2010
    (Tarot Association of the British Isles)
    Aston Business Centre
    Birmingham, England
    Presenters include: Barbara Moore,
    Paul Hughes Barlow, Emily Carding,
    and Mick Frankel
  • August 20-22
  • Minnesota Area Tarot Symposium
    Dakota Ridge Hotel, Eagan, MN
    Presenters include: Nancy Antenucci, Thraicie
    Hawkner,  Rhonda Lund, JoAnne Makela,
    Jeannette Roth, Melani Weber
  • August 28-29
  • Bay Area Tarot Symposium (SF BATS)
    First Unitarian Universalist Centre, San Francisco
    Speakers include: Mary Greer, Rachel Pollack,
    James Wanless, Marcus Katz, Teressena Bakens,
    Pamela Eakins, Diane Wilkes, Leisa ReFalo, Joseph
    Ernest Martin, Ellen Lorenzi-Prince, Jaymi Elford,
    Katrina Wynne, Arisa Victor, Rabbit McMatthews,
    and more be announced soon!

    Best Practices for Professional Readers
    We all know that any triumph in life is aided by
    planning. Goals are best reached when they are
    broken down into ways to reach them successfully.
    Whatever the goals are - getting more clients,
    developing a business plan, or finding a new
    office space, mapping out strategies will increase
    your chances of success.

    The following are strategies for your path to

    accomplishing your goals:

    Willpower / Desire -
    This may seem all too obvious,
    but the path to getting anywhere in life begins
    with desire and willpower. Desire is what keeps
    you interested and willpower will keep your
    driven. As a part of a strategy for success, it is
    a great idea to check in with your desires. What
    is your desire?

    Do you have the skills, abilities, talents and

    self-will to get through the strategies you'll
    set up? Making a list of what you want for
    yourself and your business. This will help bring
    clarity and allow you to really see what you want.

    Let Go / Delegate -
    This may not be easy to do,
    but some mundane duties that are taking up your
    time should be outsourced or delegated to a family
    member or assistant. This will allow you to time
    to focus on critical responsibilities in your

    Schedule / Time Frames -
    Prepare and stick to a
    schedule. Brainstorming a great plan should
    include achievable time and calendar goals.

    Support / Network -
    Have a support partner that
    you can check in with and bounce ideas off.
    Network with other entrepreneurs to cross promote
    or build partnerships. This creates a win-win
    situation for everyone involved.

    Tech / Applications -
    There are a plethora of
    phone apps that can assist you with a lot of
    tasks. Some are free or pretty inexpensive.
    Upgrade your computer or phone systems to keep up
    with the technical needs of your business.

    Changing your strategy takes time and courage.

    Whether you are starting out as a new entrepreneur
    or need to rethink your established business,
    it's important to realize that your game plan
    may need to change due to the business environment
    or economic climate. Strategies and plans for
    success take vision, energy, research, and
    sometimes trial and error.

    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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    have time or the resources to attend a class?
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