Newsletter of The Tarot School
ISSN: 1529-0565 
Vol. 4 #3 / March 1, 2012

 In this Issue:
- Welcome
- Tarot Tip: Moon Cycle Spread
- Tarot Card Showcase: Key XVIII - The Moon
- Upcoming Events
- Best Practices: Deceptive Practices - Protecting You and Your Clients
- Featured Tarot Blog: Magical Tarot Adventures with Janina RenŽe

Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
And a special welcome to our new readers.
Ahh..what can we say about The Moon? It is a very
mysterious card, perhaps the ultimate psychic card,
that tells you to really pay attention to your

On the other hand, some readers see The Moon as a
card of deception, and the Best Practices column tells a
story about deception that as tarotists you may relate
to. Join us on the Magical Tarot Adventure to our
featured blog by Janina RenŽe.

Probably all cultures have tales and myths about the

moon. But in the archetypal sense, it speaks to us
about our inner world affects our physical existence.
The tip that follows has a really interesting spread to
use with the cycles of the moon.

And one more thing...
We are consistently impressed with and gratified by the
creative and enthusiastic support from the tarot community. 
Our good friend, Judith Zweiman has put together a really
fun animation about the 2012 Readers Studio featuring
Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock from Star Trek. Check it out
and share it with your friends!
Yours on the moonlit tarot path,
Ruth Ann, Wald & Gina

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Tarot Tip
The information a reading provides speaks to the
process of change. Change occurs on both the micro
and macro levels. When we want to change something
externally, we must also modify our inner attitude.
When we seek to change something that hinders or
displeases us, a shift needs to occur on all levels.

Here is a spread that helps us consciously work on
these changes by following the phases of the moon.
It is a large spread that can be used with the rhythm
of the moon cycle or as a guide for a 28-day pattern
"changing" theme used with a journal.

Moon Cycle Spread
Before laying out the cards, take some time to settle
into a mood that will allow you to connect to the
change that you seek. This can be done as a ritual or
with meditation. This is a good way to see hidden
influences that block your success or help you gain
insight to the inner work you should focus on for the
month or year ahead.
Note: Get creative with your own spread design.
The significance of each position from 1- 28 is provided.

New Moon
1.    New energy surrounding me/situation.
2.    New idea or impulse.
3.    Feelings about this new undertaking.

Waxing Crescent
4.    What is exciting about this change?
5.    Steps to launch this change.
6.    What I observe about my eagerness to get started/finished?

First Quarter
7.    Challenges.
8.    Structures or patterns that I observe.
9.    Improvements.

Gibbous Moon
10.  Who or what supports this project/change?
11.  Message from my inner strength.
12.  What have I relied on in the past?

Full Moon
13.  What feels complete and whole at this time?
14.  What issue seems "larger than life"?
15.  Blessings/rewards

Disseminating Moon
16.  What should be observed externally?
17.  The lesson of the process.
18.  How are others influenced?

Last Quarter
19.  Who /What helps resolve old patterns?
20.  Advice for continued growth.
21.  What to be grateful for/to?

Balsamic Moon
22.  What is the reason for this change?
23.  Who am I through this change?
24.  Highest attainment/outcome

25.  First Week - Work/Observations/Lesson
26.  Second Week - Work/Observations/Lesson
27.  Third Week - Work/Observations/Lesson
28.  Fourth Week - Work/Observations/Lesson

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: Pisces
Esoteric Title: The Ruler of Flux and Reflux.
The Child of the Sons of The Mighty.
Path: Netzach to Malkuth
Hebrew Letter Attribution: Qoph
Meaning: Back of the Head
In Waite's card, a large moon sits high above a wolf
and a dog. A crayfish emerges from water at the
beginning of a path that leads between the two animals.
Towers are set on either side of the path that leads to
a mountainous landscape in the distance. The Moon is
shown with a face in profile, surrounded by rays as it
rains down drops of light.

Because it is shown as a crescent within a full circle,
there is some debate surrounding the phase of the moon
on this card. As in the Eight of Cups, the moon
represents the ebb and flow of the emotional currents
of Pisces. This relates to the principle of Flux and
Reflux or a flow into and out of form.

The primitive reflex and instinctive behavior exhibited
by all species are represented by the three life forms.
The meanings of this card are often associated with the
etheric or dream realm, but this path may also concern
the simplest level of existence in a physical world. It
shows us what we have to face in order to bring about
change with respect to physical limitation.

The Path of Qoph connects Victory (Netzach) with
Kingdom (Malkuth), and shows us not only the victory of
the natural world, but also the sometimes deceptive
effect of the apparent power of material forces. One of
the lessons in The Moon is to recognize that no matter
how far along we are in our spiritual awakening,
something primitive remains in our consciousness of
ourselves as physical beings in a physical world.

The sun's bright light is reflected in The Moon's
soft colors. The Moon's path leads to the world of the
subconscious. It is where we discover if and why we are
afraid of the dark. It is why fear can strike when one
is "in the dark" about a matter.

The cyclic moon influences the movements of the tides
of our great oceans and seas. A "raining" down of
fifteen small yods connects The Moon to the numerology
of gematria with the Hebrew letter Chai, which has a
numerical value of 15. Some deck designers see these as
drops of blood connecting the path to the female
menstrual cycle and the Moon Goddess.

Standard intuitive interpretation of this card connects
it with things we are instinctively afraid of. The moon
has always been an occult symbol, cloaked in mystery
and associated with superstition.

When this card appears in a reading, your emotional
nature and your intellect may be in conflict. You could
just be doing what comes naturally in your dealings
with others. Instincts may be on high alert, making it
easy for you to read specific moods and feelings in
your associates.

Use caution and pay attention to your dreams. Moodiness
can signify that your personal needs are not being met.
You may need to spend time in deep contemplation,
meditation or prayer. You may need to attune yourself
with the mystical side of nature.

Positive Keywords: Cycle, shimmer, glimmer, sympathy,
empathy, psychic, intuitive, brave, aware, watchful,
reborn; journey, instinct, impulse, ritual, and change.

Negative Keywords: Danger, caution, darkness, gloom,
deception, dissatisfaction, mistakes, hidden enemies,
terror, shyness, uncertainty, lunacy, despair, and

Tarot Affirmation: My natural instincts work to help me
be aware of all that is good and bright.



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    Paris Finley, Chanah Liora Wizenberg, Ciro Marchetti,
    Sheilaa Hite and Mike Hernandez.

    Best Practices for Professional Readers
    By Gina Thies - 
    Recently, a colleague shared a weird phone call that
    she received. The call came through her business line
    and the male voice on the other end of the line said,
    "Hello, I've got all the money together." Puzzled
    by the caller she said, "I'm sorry, you must have
    the wrong number." The caller replied, "I spoke to
    you the other day and I've got the money together,
    are you the reader?"

    My colleague replied, " Yes, I'm a reader. I don't
    know what you are referring to however." With some
    quick thinking and perhaps divine intervention she
    asked the man, "If you don't mind telling me, how
    much money are you talking about?" The man replied,

    This was enough to make her hang up the phone,
    but she had a weird feeling. She told the man, "Sir,
    I don't know what is going on, but I have to tell you
    that I think you are being scammed. If I were you, I
    would not turn over that money!"

    The man thanked her and hung up the phone. Hopefully
    the reader prevented someone from being taken for a lot
    of money.

    When a client has been deceived, a proactive role in
    stressing the integrity of honest and ethical practitioners
    becomes a necessity. But more importantly you may
    have an opportunity to inform and empower people.
    Having a strong code of ethics for your own tarot
    practice will help you spot questionable practices
    even more easily. You'll find more on this subject
    in my previous column, Key Components for a
    Tarot Code of Ethics. You can read it here:
    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.
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    business. We would love to hear from you. Send any
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    Featured Tarot Blog
    Take a step on your magical tarot journey by dropping
    in to check out Janina RenŽe's insightful blog. This
    prolific writer is the author of Tarot Spells, and
    Tarot Your Everyday Guide.
    You can read about her ongoing research on folk magic
    and medicinal techniques and how they can apply to
    modern problems.



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