Newsletter of The Tarot School
ISSN: 1529-0565 
Vol. 5 #3 / March 1, 2013

 In this Issue:
- Welcome
- Tarot Tip: Interpreting The Pages
- What's Gnu?
- Tarot Card Showcase: Page of Cups
- Best Practices: Client Confidentiality with Tarot Readers
- Featured Tarot Blog: Sincere Tarot Blog
- Upcoming Events

Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
And a special welcome to our new readers.
What are the secrets of the tarot Pages? Are they male or
female? What are the best interpretations when they appear
in readings? Have the pages been a bit confusing to you? Do
you find yourself excited when they appear in a spread or
indifferent when they make their appearance?
The pages seem not to get as much attention as the more
mature members of the court. In this issue, we'll discuss
these "darlings' of the deck with special attention to
one of the favorites, the Page of Cups.
All practitioners love to share their experiences and learn
from others, but are we crossing the line by openly
discussing our readings in the social media arena? The Best
Practices column provides some insight on this matter. We
are also pleased to have found yet another informative blog
for our readers.
And one more thing...
We've just received our supply of The High Deck from
the publisher! Schiffer Books did a magnificent job and
we feel very proud to honor Wald's father's work, as well as
his memory, with this beautiful deck and manuscript set.
If you're looking for something thought-provoking and
different, check it out at
Your cupbearers on the tarot path,
Ruth Ann, Wald & Gina

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Tarot Tip
Two things that differentiate tarot from traditional playing
cards are the trumps and four court cards, as opposed to
three. The ordinary pack of cards has a court consisting of
a King, a Queen and a Jack or Page, but the addition of the
Knight is what sets tarot apart.
It's sometimes not easy to recognize the Pages in earlier
decks. However, they are distinguished by their costume 
and youthful appearance. Typically, Pages (or Jacks in a
standard playing card deck) are the lowest ranking members
of the court, with not much significance in terms of card
games. But in tarot the Pages are more important.
A grasp of the historical significance of pages in terms of
their rank in society and at court helps us understand their
role in tarot and their meaning in readings.
Pages were normally children from aristocratic families 
who were recruited to be in service to royalty or nobility. 
They were trained in ceremonial duties, and often served 
as trusted messengers or even bodyguards. After years of
service, they grew naturally into high positions or titles
of their own.
Depending on the tarot tradition followed, Pages are
Princesses referencing the esoteric tradition of this rank
as being feminine. Waite's figure in all the Page cards
appears androgynous, but in all traditions Pages are symbols
of youth.
One of the first things to think about when a Page appears
in a reading is what news or messages it may be bringing.
Pages, like all court cards, traditionally represent people
but can also indicate the early stage of a situation.
Here are some things to consider when a Page shows up 
in a spread:
-  Age or maturity of the querent or person of concern
-  Inquiry or questions about a new or beginning circumstance
-  Area of training or study
-  Plans for the future, career or goal setting
-  Hopes for a new opportunity
-  What messages are you sending/receiving?
-  Is the reading pointing to issues of parenting?
-  Am I being childish or immature about my situation?
-  What will I be most proud of when I look back at this situation?

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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.

Basic Force: Water, Heart, Feelings, Attraction
Form: Earth, Body, Sensation, Appetite
Elemental Counterchange: Earth of Water
Esoteric Title: Princess of the Water and Lotus of 
the Palace of the Floods, Princess and Empress of 
Nymphs and Undines. Throne of the Ace of Cups.

A youth confidently poses while holding a golden
chalice from which a fish emerges. The Page of 
Cups wears a belted tunic decorated by lotus flowers
on a solid blue background, while standing on a 
platform against a backdrop of gray skies and a 
wavy seascape. 
The blue in the figure's hat, tunic and sea are all references to
the realm of water. The card contains some familiar religious symbols,
one being the chalice held by the figure and the other being the fish,
symbolic of the Undines. Fish are sacred to Venus and were said by
ancient philosophers to transmit an understanding of abstract
principles. The fish and the lotus are both procreative symbols.
The Page of Cups has the duty of royal cupbearer. Does she recognize
that there may be poison in the cup? In a reading, this card suggests
being sensitive to situations of which others may be unaware. It also
suggests new possibilities in affairs of the heart.

Positive Keywords: 
Observation, employment, attraction, sweetness, 
gentleness, kindness, charm, praise, duty; news, message, or an invitation.
Negative Keywords:  Deception, flattery, coaxing, manipulation;  wily, 
crafty and cunning.

Tarot Affirmation: 
I get to know myself and others better by listening 
to the voice of my intuition.

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Best Practices for Professional Readers
As a professional reader you may agree that we should try to
reflect the standards of any other profession, especially when 
it comes to client confidentiality. When a person hires you 
for a reading, you can be sure that they don't intend to have 
their reading discussed in public.
Due to the lack of regulation in the psychic services industry, 
this is a matter of personal business ethics. But unless you had 
a client's permission to do so, why would you broadcast your 
client's private information? If you knew that a reader were 
going to talk about your reading without your permission in a 
public or private forum, how likely would you be to use their 
services? I've seen this a lot and I think most clients would be 
Why is confidentiality important? The most important reason
is your right to own your personal information and concerns.
The second reason is to create trust in a professional relationship 
setting. Third is that with the already negative stereotypes 
associated with psychics, does "gossip" need to be added to 
that list? Talking about tarot or "talking shop" with other readers 
is one thing, but giving out the details of a private reading is another.
Topics that could be considered confidential can include:
-       Information about one's future plans
-       Advice/suggestions to overcome problems
-       Family Problems
-       Personal Care/Health Issues
-       Employment/Employer Information
-       Financial Problems
-       Personal correspondence/emails/texts
-       Romantic Issues, Sexual Lifestyles
Lastly, keep in mind that many of your clients are following
you on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Some of them have referred
you to their close associates, and just because you are not
mentioning names doesn't mean that people can't figure
out who you are talking about.
The best practice in this case is to have a "confidentiality" 
conversation with your client. They may assume that you won't 
disclose the details of their private reading, but think of the 
problems that could potentially arise. I read at many events 
where there are often people sitting around listening to others 
get readings. I always ask the querent if they need privacy 
or mind if others listen in. Sometimes it cannot be helped 
for space reasons. But whether they are aware of it or not, 
clients need and assume some assurance of confidentiality.

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Featured Tarot Blog
Tarot reader, healer, mentor and artist Megan Jackson,
resides in Australia and has been reading tarot for 20
years. Her blog focuses on magic, herbs, love and all things
healing. You'll enjoy the creative expressions from the
heart of a fellow tarot enthusiast. Enjoy!
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