Vol. 11 #3 / March 1, 2019
In this Issue:
- Tarot Tip: Mindful Seeing With Tarot
- Tarot School Aphorism
- Diviner's Corner: Scrying & Gazing
- Best Practices: Simple Record Keeping
- Upcoming Events
Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
And a special welcome to our new subscribers.
The mere mention of tarot or other tools used in the
intuitive arts is often associated with futuristic
insights or at least an expectation of some forecast.
Thinking about what tomorrow will bring can and often
does bring great anxiety to all of us at some point.
Depression, stress, anxiety and other psychological
distresses have increased, and young people especially
seem to be experiencing these distresses at alarming
It’s interesting that seekers of the wisdom of tarot
want to know the future as well as the present, to look
at where one is in order to know where one will go.
This issue’s Tarot Tip considers mindfulness, the
process of bringing one’s awareness to the present in
an exercise of Mindful Seeing with the cards. The
Diviner’s Corner pulls back the veil on scrying and
gazing, and the Best Practices for Professional Readers
column provides simple record keeping tips.
As we are right in the thick of Readers Studio
season, we will be taking a 2-month hiatus
from publishing Tarot Tips. The newsletter
will be back on June 1st.
With love and gratitude on the tarot journey,
Ruth Ann, Wald, and Gina
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MINDFUL SEEING WITH TAROT
Here is a great exercise to use no matter how much
tarot you know. It incorporates ways of practicing
mindfulness skills and brings into awareness what we
see in the cards.
This simple exercise can be done on your own or used in
group study, with one person reading the instructions
to the group. It requires one card chosen in any
manner. If possible, work with a deck that is
unfamiliar or one that has not been used in a while.
The idea here is to see what is only on the card
without interpretation, without hearing or feeling.
Step 1: Take several slow breaths and look at the
card chosen for the exercise.
Step 2: Examine the card thoroughly without any
labels or words; instead of thinking “cups” or
“throne”, try to notice the textures, the colors,
Step 3: Try to see the card as someone who has not
seen the card before. Notice any detail that may not
have been noticed or is unfamiliar, for instance an
object that you know nothing about or is in an
unfamiliar landscape or setting.
Step 4: Strictly be an observer, without criticism
or judgement. Remain aware and avoid fixating.
Step 5: Should distractions arise, pull your mind
gently away from those distractions and resume your
observations of the card in front of you.
Step 6: When you’re ready, take three deep breaths and come
out of the meditation. Then write down any message or
information that may have come to you during this
Tarot School Aphorism
SCRYING & GAZING
The words scrying and gazing are often used
interchangeably to describe a method of clairvoyance
or inducing inner vision. Scryers and gazers are
particularly practiced in entering states of detachment
from thought, experience and other stimuli that flood
The most popular tools used in scrying are crystal
balls. Real crystal balls are formed from polished
rock crystal or quartz crystal. These are expensive,
so today’s large crystal balls are often made of glass.
The famous Nostradamus was a practitioner of
hydromancy, a form of scrying using water bowls
as a method of receiving visions and forecasting.
Other tools used for this divination practice include
black pools of ink, polished black mirrors, fire,
clouds, still lakes, pools or ponds, and symbols.
(This excellent guide includes step-by-step
instructions on how to scry.)
Scrying: How to Practice the Ancient Art of Second
Sight (With Pictures) by Aletheia Luna
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
SIMPLE RECORD KEEPING
By Gina Thies
Record keeping can be the bane of your business
existence, and for some of us a headache during tax
season. As a sole proprietor or small business owner,
you’ll want to take advantage of as many deductions
as possible, so not keeping your receipts, expenses,
etc. accessible can cost you dearly.
The first suggestion is to keep track of what you can
digitally and have paper trail backups. Good accounting
software or apps like Quicken, Quick Books, Expensify
or Book Keeper Accounting are worthwhile.
Using one credit or debit card for business-related
purchases or payments will help you gather records
from one financial institution. This is easier than
searching through bank statements, credit card
statements, etc. Some cards or payment gateways
such as Paypal have reports that can be generated for
the tax year.
If you are an independent contractor, make sure you
get all the Form 1099s in order. If someone hired
you and paid over a certain amount (check tax
requirements) they need to provide you with the
Saving receipts is a must! Take a snap of your receipt
immediately and save to a folder on your phone or use
an application from your favorite app store platform.
In any case, talk to a tax professional to determine
what will be needed for deductions, and which records
you must keep as burden of proof, since requirements
and laws change all the time.
• The Best Small Business Accounting Software of 2019
• About Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income
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