Vol. 10 #5 / July 1, 2018
In this Issue:
- Tarot Tip: Focusing The Tarot Lens On Projection
- Tarot School Aphorism
- What's Gnu?
- Diviner's Corner: Numbers, Beliefs & Superstitions
- Best Practices: Finding Clients from Social Media Platforms
- Upcoming Events
Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
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tarot, and other vital updates from The Tarot School.
This issue marks the start of a new feature column
called the Diviner’s Corner that will bring you articles
from guest contributors about all things divinatory.
The first Diviner’s Corner features Numbers, Beliefs
We are excited to have Jenny Suzumoto as guest
contributor for this month’s Tarot Tip. She writes
about the force of projection and tarot, and the Best
Practices column discusses finding clients from social
media platforms, like Facebook and Instagram, etc.
We hope you enjoy this month’s issue!
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FOCUSING THE TAROT LENS ON PROJECTION
by Jenny Suzumoto, M.A.
Ace of Cups graces the tarot tableau. Noting my
inner wobble, given that I love this card, we gently
move into exploring the aversive cup energy. Of course,
both my client and I are projecting our preferences onto
the Holy Grail, and this is one of the many wonders
of the tarot: it is a soul-filled projection holder,
illuminating everything that rattles or tickles us.
Projection is a powerful ability our minds possess.
Bringing awareness and attention to what we unwittingly
project onto others is a vital focus for our world and
Sigmund Freud identified projection onto others as an
unconscious defense mechanism to alleviate anxiety. As
children, we quickly learn to bury unacceptable aspects
of ourselves – both the bad and the good. These
challenging aspects have to go somewhere, and they do,
unconsciously landing on others out there, rather than
experiencing them in here. Thus, to project is to
protect ourselves from feeling an anguish of the soul,
about things that have their roots in us, although we
believe they are about someone else.
The force of projection can shape our lives. Our
judgments, opinions, beliefs and perceptions feed the
polarized rights and wrongs of the world. We cast our
projections like lassoes in the wind, catching another
person, group or race in the throw, and putting them in
boxes where they do not belong. Carl Jung said that war
is generated from the disowned “beasts” of the
human psyche, and by retrieving our projections we do
something beneficial for the world.
How can we lovingly retrieve projections? Well this is
one of tarot’s many liberating gifts. Without the
complexity of another human involved, the tarot evokes
our projections while remaining neutral. Whether
railing at or idealizing the Ace of Cups, my client and
I get to discover the unique storylines of our projections
and then empower ourselves with new insight and action.
Withdrawing our projections is empowering and
meaningful work. However it can be a revelation to
realize that what we most abhor or adore is a part of
our very own selves. So a steady approach of self-care
and kindness is essential… taking a peek at the
unconscious rather than prying open the door
wins the day.
Here is a one-card tarot reading to explore
1. Shuffle the deck with this question in mind:
For my highest good, what card represents the
projection I need to focus on now?
2. Choose one card
3. Gaze at the card and notice what feelings
arise in you…
4. Take note of positive and/or negative
projections onto the card
5. Write 3 words representing empowering
qualities of the card
6. Set an intention to integrate these qualities
into your life
So give the tarot a whirl. See what projections the
cards can reveal to you. What irks you? What stirs you?
Who are you star struck by? Who do you want to
throttle! Discovering and transforming our projections
is super rich grist for the tarot mill and of benefit
for us all… And that’s my projection!!
Jenny Suzumoto is a tarot consultant, spiritual
director and counselor. She lives in Portland,
Oregon with her husband Bruce. She loves
hiking in the mountains, and believes in changing
the world one aspect of psyche at a time.
Tarot School Aphorism
Wald and I are very excited to be taking part in The
Spiritual Path of Tarot Telesummit 4 - Tarot Horizons,
along with many favorite Readers Studio teachers and
community members! Thank you Kim Wilborn for
producing another fabulous free tarot telesummit!
Kim has asked every teacher to speak about the tarot
topics they find most meaningful, with each
presentation focused on helping you engage with
the wisdom of the Tarot in a FRESH way.
The name of our talk is “Lordy, Lordy! A Fresh Look
at the Esoteric Titles of the Minor Arcana.” This is
a favorite topic with our students at The Tarot School
because it’s so useful (and interesting!). We’ll be
discussing things you’ve never heard before, unless
you’ve been in our class.
The 20 calls are FREE — but consider getting the mp3s
so you can review the great material from all the talks
at your leisure. (You'll get a cool bonus from us if you do!)
Here's a list of the great teachers and topics:
• Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone
Lordy, Lordy! A Fresh look at the Esoteric Titles of the Minor Arcana
• Robert Place
The Evolution of the Tarot
Breaking the Borders of the Tarot Court
• Sheilaa Hite
The Mirror of the Moment
• Kooch Daniels
The Empress, Seeking the Path of Love
• Suzanne Corbie
Opening Doors to New Horizons
• Ferol Humphrey
Culmination and Foundation with the Nines
• Pamela Eakins
High Priestess: Mary, Isis, Liberty, and You
• Christiana Gaudet
When the Best Question is No Question:
Techniques for General Reading
• Heather Mendel
Revealing the Concealed:
Secrets, Symbols and The Suits of Swords
• Colin McPhillamy
• James Ricklef
Tarot and Affirmations
• Reid Hart
Meet the Tarot Spirits
• Sarah Barry
Using Tarot for Social Change
• Mark Horn
Kabbalistic Tarot Meditation for Sephirotic Healing
• Kim Wilborn
New Horizons in Tarot & in Life
The Tarot Horizons Telesummit runs from
July 16 – 27 but you can sign up now!
Follow this link for all the yummy details:
NUMBERS, BELIEFS & SUPERSTITIONS
If you are interested in any of the intuitive arts,
most likely you have some curiosity or interest
in numbers and their connection to and purpose in
esoteric or occult subjects.
Superstitions about numbers are held all over the
world. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines
superstition as 1) excessively credulous belief in and
reverence for supernatural beings 2) a widely held
but unjustified belief in supernatural causation, or a
practice based on such a belief.
For example, there is a widespread belief that numbers
have power, like the ability to summon or influence
supernatural entities or energies.
Here is a list of beliefs and superstitions commonly
associated with numbers:
0 – Sometimes not considered a number.
Represents the unknown.
1 – Considered unlucky in ancient circles but in
modern times, one is a lucky number. This number
is a number of unity and singleness.
2 – A number of polarity and duality. Two reflects
a well-known belief that opposites attract.
3 – Generally lucky with magical powers.
Superstitions include sayings like “the third
time’s the charm” and “death comes in threes”.
4 – In Western culture 4 is lucky, but in China it
is thought to be unlucky because of its association
5 – Represents the four elements and spirit in magical
circles. It also represents the human body or the five
senses. Depending on the tradition, 5 could be lucky
or unlucky for marriage.
6 – This is considered by some to be the number of
perfection; the perfect symmetry of God and Man.
Since the 6th house in astrology rules work and
service, it speaks of the mastery of a particular
craft or service.
7 – Some believe 7 to be a very lucky number,
and others believe it to be unlucky. It is believed
to be a very mystical number for all Abrahamic
religions. It is common to believe that if a glass or
mirror is broken that it will bring 7 years of misfortune.
8 – Infinity and regeneration. It appears on its side in
the form of a lemniscate on The Magician and Strength
9 – Very powerful number used in prayers, invocations
or novenas. In Japan, 9 is considered not so lucky as
it sounds very much like the word in Japanese for
10 – A new beginning. Closure. In numerology 10 can
be reduced to number 1 and given similar meanings.
We’d love your suggestion or submissions for this
column! If you have an idea or would love to
contribute, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Practices for Professional Readers
FINDING CLIENTS FROM SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
By Gina Thies
So how do you turn followers and fans into paying
clients? One piece of the puzzle to getting paying
clients from those who like what you have to say or
things that you post is by knowing exactly to whom you
are talking. That means saying the right things when
you are casting the net out on your favorite social
Here is a breakdown of these platform and their uses:
• Facebook is where most people have a personal page
for sharing posts about anything that they are doing,
interested in or have an opinion about. People use it
to keep track of the important people in their lives
and to support their interests.
• Twitter is what’s called a microblogging site
that let’s you share what you are doing in the now.
Microblogging or tweeting is primarily short
announcements or messages, usually limited to
very short sentences.
• Instagram primarily relies on mobile devices
with built-in cameras to capture and share candid,
personalized moments with followers.
• Pinterest is a platform that is product-based.
If you have a really great product, then it is easy to
learn to use Pinterest to promote and generate an
audience for it.
New platforms are coming where you can find even
more ideal client bases. To learn more about how to find
these clients, consider taking my Awesome Audience
Building course now being offered through the Tarot
Awesome Audience Building goes live August 2, 2018
and is part of a Summer learning series offered by myself
and 12 outstanding instructors.
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