Newsletter of The Tarot School
ISSN: 1529-0565 
Vol. 7 #3 / March 1, 2015

 In this Issue:
- Welcome
- Tarot Tip: Tattered, Torn or Otherwise Damaged Cards
- Tarot School Aphorism
- What's Gnu?
- Tarot Card Showcase: Knight of Wands 
- Best Practices: Discovering When to Change or 
                           Discontinue Certain Services 
- Featured Tarot Blog: The Pure & Blessed Way
- Upcoming Events
Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
And a special welcome to our new subscribers.
Spring is almost upon us in this part of the world, and it
is the time we begin to think about Spring cleaning. How
does this apply to tarot? There are challenges in disposing
of precious tarot cards, and in this issue we will look at
ways to part ways with old and damaged cards.  
We will also talk about the latest events happening in and
around the tarot community, and tell you about an excellent
and informative blog for your lineup of tarot references.

Scene changes, moves and travels are also common during
this time of year, which is one of the energies of the Knight
of Wands, showcased in this issue. Speaking of travel,
hopefully you’ve included Readers Studio 2015 as a
destination. The roster for this year is amazing and kicks
off with the 3rd Annual Tarot and Psychology Conference on
Thursday. As of this writing, there are only 42 seats left!

And one more thing...
Wald and I had a fabulous and fun talk with
Kooch Daniels on her Kosmic Koffee show!

Have a listen at:

Live Long and Prosper,
Ruth Ann, Wald & Gina

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Tarot Tip

Precisely how to physically handle cards has no definitive
rules. Tarot cards are considered  by many to be small
works of art and spiritual tools, to be treated with the
utmost care and respect. For tarot enthusiasts they can be
both a financial and an emotional investment.
Many users of tarot feel the cards hold a magical essence
and working with a torn, tattered or incomplete deck
disrupts the flow of their connection to Spirit. But damage
does happen to individual cards, and even entire decks.
Repeated use of a favorite deck over time produces wear
and tear. 
Whether you continue to use a card or a deck that has been
damaged is a personal choice. Some people feel that a little
wear and tear to their deck adds character. For others,
a fresh or well-kept deck is part of the esthetics of a
well-staged reading presentation.
If you like, a second life can be given to your “worn”
deck by passing it on to another user who doesn’t mind,
especially if it has been gently used. Should the deck be a
rare or out of print deck, it may be of value to a collector.
There is certainly no end of the uses for torn or damaged
cards. For example, they can be combined with the better
cards of other decks to create one whole unique deck, or
used as art or in art projects. After all, while the tarot
lends itself to a magical existence, the magic in their use
lies in the practitioner.


Tarot School Aphorism

Readers Studio Student Rates!

We love it when members of the Readers Studio
community suggest great ideas to make the
event even better!

Some examples that have become regular
features are:

   • Study Groups
   • Breakfast Roundtables
   • The Tarot Ambassador Program
   • Tarot Incubator Sessions

We're delighted to add Student Discounts
to that list (thanks go to Angelo Nasios)!

Here's the deal… 
For students 22 years and younger with a valid student ID,
attendance at Readers Studio is only $295 (a savings of $170).
Attendance at both the Tarot & Psychology Conference and
Readers Studio is $345 (a savings of $215)!

This is a wonderful way to make the Readers Studio
experience more accessible to the new generation of
tarotists, and an affordable way for parents to bring their
tarot-savvy kids.

Tickets for the 2015 Readers Studio are almost gone, 
so if you don't have yours yet, grab it now!

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: 
Sagittarius (Mutable Fire)
Elemental Counterchange: 
Air (Knight) of Fire (Wands)
Force: Fire, Spirit, Intuition, Energy
Form: Air, Mind, Thought, Boundary 
Esoteric Title: Prince of the Chariot of Fire,
                        Emperor of the Salamanders

Traditional Meanings:
Eager for action, perpetually restless, he delights in
change and the sudden leap forward. His energy is a fire
fanned by the wind, and his courage finds a way past every
obstacle. Handsome and exciting, noble and generous, he
knows he is the object of erotic dreams and fantasies.

The secret mission, the state of emergency, the exotic
journey, the glamorous venture, are settings for the jewel
of his exuberance.

Swift, strong, daring. Stubborn, zealous, aggressive. Little
tolerance for weakness or doubt. Don’t separate thought
from action. Just do it. 
Desert: A burning hot landscape, symbolic of Fire

Pyramids: In Greek, pyramid means “vessel of fire”    

Salamanders: The Golden Dawn symbol for the Element of Fire.
The salamander was believed to be able to live in fire without
being burned but, on the other hand, it was also believed to be
able to put out fire through its coldness. (The salamander was
the Egyptian hieroglyph for a man who has died of cold.)
In alchemy, the salamander is the symbol for incombustible Sulphur.
Yellow & Red Clothing: Symbolic of the Sun          

Red Plume: A clear reference to the Element of Fire in shape and color

Rearing Horse: Symbol of restless energy and change

Knight: Youthful masculine energy  
Excerpted from The Tarot School Correspondence Course
                         Join us at the 2015 Readers Studio!

Best Practices for Professional Readers


By Gina Thies
Your services are your assets, your bread and butter, which
you use to create better living and valuable information for
your clientele. An appealing service and your ability to
convince your audience to buy it makes your business
The continuity of a growing business depends on it products
and brand. If you are the product and  the brand, then it
may be useful to periodically add to to the selection of
things that you provide to customers. Many practitioners
offer actual products such as oils, decks, altar cloths and
tarot bags to their lineup, while others go the way of
coaching or publishing as ways to increase profits. 

In some cases, these additional things can be more of a
hindrance than a help. Obviously, you can sometimes run
into practical limits to the scope of your business.
If you are offering a broad array of products or services
that stretch your capacity to serve your clients well, then
it may be in your best interest to streamline. If you offer
a service that your existing clients rarely purchase or
potential clients don’t understand then consider
eliminating it altogether.
Knowing when your business has gotten too complex may be
difficult to see. Luckily, your clients are a great resource
in terms of feedback. You can send out a survey or
incorporate one on your website that allows visitors to tell
you what they are looking for and why they came to your site.
The key here is not to overwhelm or underestimate either
your clients or yourself. Periodically assess the services
and products you offer by observing how well your customers
respond to them. This will let you know whether to decrease
or increase what you do or offer. 


Featured Tarot Blog

"One fluffy bunny’s adventure in a strange new land" is
the tag line of Karen Sealey’s blog, The Pure & Blessed
Way. Karen, a professional tarot reader who contributes
regularly to Soul Path Magazine, shares her adventures and
musings on tarot and other mystic arts.  

Upcoming Events:
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March 22, 2015

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