Newsletter of The Tarot School
ISSN: 1529-0565 
Vol. 6 #4 / April 1, 2014

 In this Issue:
- Welcome
- Tarot Tip: Freshen Up Your Tarot Spreads!
- Tarot School Aphorism
- What's Gnu?
- Tarot Card Showcase: Five of Wands 
- 7 Minutes with...
- Best Practices: 5 Tips For Every 'Tarot-preneur' 
- Featured Tarot Blog: The Divination Studio
- Upcoming Events
Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
And a warm welcome to our new readers. 
Happy Day of The Fool!
Here at The Tarot School, we're fond of saying
that The Fool creates his world with each step.
As The Fool is a part of us all, we create our
own worlds with every step we take - every 
decision we make. As the season changes,
here's to putting a spring in our step and making
those choices that create just the kind of world
we'd like to live in!
Speaking of Spring*...  
Who's up for a little tarot "Spring-cleaning"?
Spring-cleaning, a phrase typically heard during this
season, applies to clearing out the old trapped air of
Winter and bringing in the bright, crisp air of new
life and the renewed spirit of Spring.
In this issue, the tip from author Sasha Graham tells
us how to breathe freshness into our tarot spreads. On
the same note, the Best Practices column helps
the professional with tips every tarot-preneur should
know. You will also certainly want to check out our
latest blog find, The Divination Studio.
Don't forget this is April, which means Readers
Studio! Readers Studio 2014 happens April 25 -27, 2014.
We also have the Tarot and Psychology Conference on
Thursday, April 24, 2014. Go to
for details.
And one more thing...
Due to Readers Studio, we will not be publishing an
issue of Tarot Tips in May. 

* We know it's not Spring everywhere in the physical
world, but after the long, cold winter we've gone 
through, even a hint of warmer weather has gotten
us all giddy! If you're heading into the darker months,
may your inner Fool be no less "Spring-y!"          
Yours truly on the tarot path,
Ruth Ann, Wald & Gina

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Tarot Tip
by Sasha Graham
Do you use the same spreads for every question and
querent? Are you addicted to a three-card spread or the
Celtic cross?
Fresh spreads breathe new life into your readings and
help examine issues in a new light. Original spreads,
created by you, can have an even greater resonance and
be more effective in getting the results you desire.
The shape of a spread affects its energy and its uses,
and creates a subtle psychological tone.
Circular spreads ~ examine the cohesive nature of life
and all aspects of the matter at hand.
Pyramid spreads ~ focus your energy either upwards
toward spiritual matters or downward creating
manifestation in the material world.
Linear spreads ~ look at the issue in calendar time.
Spreads are built to answer types of questions, so a
question is actually the beginning and the most
important part of the spread. The question focuses your
answer. Good answers stem from great questions. For
empowering questions, be sure to acknowledge the role
you play in your own future.
I've written a book of spreads for you 
that guarantees you'll receive the answer 
to any question for every occasion, with 
a tarot spread for every day of the year. 
Each spread is inspired by a holiday, fact 
or interesting occurrence on that calendar date. 
Here's a delicious love spread:
June 24th: Midsummer Magical Love Spread
On This Day
Today is Midsummer's Day. Magic, witches, fairies and
dancing, and many rites and rituals are associated with
this long summer's day and Midsummer's Eve. Bonfires 
and fortunetelling mark celebrations in countries and 
communities acknowledging Midsummer's Day.
Summation of Spread
Ready to inquire about your true love? In Italy, young
girls gathered the buds of a houseleek, one bud for
each suitor. The opening bud represented her future
husband. Such an auspicious day for the divination of
love inspires this Midsummer Magical Love Spread.
Cast Your Cards
By the flicker of dancing candlelight, cast your cards
in the shape of an opening flower and let the cards
reveal your true love:
1. Who is the object of my love?
2. Do they love me back?
3. Are we soul mates?
4. What brings us together?
5. What tears us apart?
6. Why am I drawn to this person?
7. What draws them to me?
8. What is my love history?
9. What is their love history?
10. What is the likely outcome?
11. What should I focus on?           
About the Author:
Sasha Graham is a professional tarot card reader,
teacher and writer. She's the author of Tarot Diva,
and 365 Tarot Spreads, making it's launch debut at 
the 2014 Readers Studio.

Visit Sasha Graham's Tarot Diva Blog at:

 Tarot School Aphorism




Tarot Accepted for Insurance!

In a bold move, the American Psychological
Association (APA) has declared that tarot 
readings offer proven benefits to people who
are suffering emotional distress in quite a
number of categories, and that "therapeutic
readings" now qualify to be covered by 
medical insurance as an alternative therapy.

The new insurance code is 0FOOL.          

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.

Name: Severity
Element: Fire
World: Emanation
Planet: Saturn
Sign: Leo
Esoteric Title: Lord of Strife


Traditional Meanings:
Rules and fair-play govern energetic struggle. Excitement 
and assertion characterize a heated exchange of ideas. 
A structure, an organization or a plan is assembled or 
disassembled in a complicated choreography. 
Challenges are issued. Strength is tested. Competition
becomes fighting. Opinions become quarrels. 
Scattered energy. Cross purposes. No harm -- no progress. 
Staff meeting.

The Five Figures: At odds; symbol of random, unfocused
energy and a reference to the esoteric title, Lord of Strife. 
Because the figures are not armored or protected, and there 
is no sign of injury, this energy can be construed as either 
playful or discordant, and only potentially dangerous.
Motley Clothing: Symbol of the interplay of random
The Green Foreground and Light Blue Background: 
Symbols of neutral or benign energy favoring all combatants
equally -- a good time and place for combat.
Five Wands: Can be understood as either the construction 
or deconstruction of a pentagram or any other symbolic 
Excerpted from The Tarot School Correspondence Course


One great question, one great answer!

Wald asks interesting questions of interesting 
people in 
the tarot community, and Ruth Ann creates 7-minute 
content-rich videos for you to enjoy.


Q: You are a tarot teacher of long standing, and
you have led meditation groups at The Readers
Studio for years. You describe yourself as a
passionate change-maker and spiritual guide.
I have 3 questions for you, that are related in
an interesting way:
  • What do you mean when you say spiritual?
  • Do you think people really change?
  • How is tarot spiritual, and how does it create change?


    April 25 - 27, 2014
    LaGuardia Marriott Hotel, New York

    Best Practices for Professional Readers
    By Gina Thies
    There are a great many ideas and tools that will 
    help you grow your business and make it successful. 
    While many look to social media and email marketing 
    campaigns to sell their services, there are some other 
    tactics (some tried-and-true) that as a professional
    practitioner you need to consider.
    1.  Give 'em a reason. Consider why people would
    want to do business with you and take measures to play
    up those reasons in everything including your content.

    2.  Persona. Many marketing experts recommend
    creating a persona or a model of your ideal client and
    then tailoring your services or material to that

    3.  Problem-Solving. This means more than coming 
    up with ideas. This means solving the needs of not only
    your clients but also the market as a whole.

    4.  Become Flexible. To stay ahead of the competition,
    you may want to broaden your skills. I personally think
    the modern tarot reader will evolve beyond a "one-trick 
    pony" and utilize a variety of divination tools, such as 
    Lenormand, runes, astrology, etc.

    5.  Find your niche. This also means discovering what
    you do and doing it well. For instance, being a party
    reader may not suit you. You may be better suited to
    teaching small groups. It also means spending your time
    with liked-minded people, and in places where you can 
    seek out potential customers.
    One last thing that is tried-and-true in business is
    about knowing your competition. Besides the traditional
    reasons for knowing them, such as to offer something
    different, it is also important because, if you can create 
    a good relationship with them, your competition may 
    become a valuable referral resource, which can create 
    a win-win for everyone. 

    Featured Tarot Blog

    Deck creator, internationally known tarot reader and
    host of Inner State Highways, Jordan Hoggard shares 
    his unique approach to tarot. This is where you can
    find links to his show, featuring some of the most
    brilliant personalities in tarot!

     Upcoming Events:

  • April 7, May 5, 12, and 19, 2014
  • Tarot Salon
    Forest Hills, New York
    Our popular Monday night Salons are the
    hottest thing in tarot instruction!
  • April 24, 2014
  • Tarot & Psychology Conference
    LaGuardia Marriott Hotel, NY
  • April 25-27, 2014
  • 2014 Readers Studio
    LaGuardia Marriott Hotel, NY

    Join our international event as hundreds of 
    tarot readers, teachers, authors and artists 
    gather for three extraordinary days of tarot 
    study and play! 
  • May 18, 2014
  • Readers Studio Teleconference -- Free!
    Come hang out with us on the phone
    at our monthly informal get-together.
    It's a great chance to catch up with each
    other and brainstorm new ideas.


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