Newsletter of The Tarot School
ISSN: 1529-0565
Vol. 14 #12 December 1, 2022

In this Issue:
- Welcome
- Tarot Tip: The Hidden Work of The High Priestess
- Wald's Words of Wisdom
- Diviner's Corner: Ritual Cleansing – Baths
- Kickstarter: The Unifying Consciousness Tarot
- Meet the Reader: Sasha Graham
- FREE REPLAY: Tarot Horizons Telesummit
- Best Practices: Making The Most of Twitter For Small Business
- Upcoming Events
Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
And a special welcome to our new subscribers.

This month you came from:
Belgium, Brazil, Czechia, Italy, Netherlands,
Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the
United States. We're glad you're here!

Happy Holidays!

Hello, and welcome to the last issue of
our Tarot Tips newsletter in 2022! As we
reach the end of another year, it's the perfect
time to reflect on where we are and where
we want to go.

As is probably the case for many of us,
2022 has been a mixed bag. Personally,
this year has presented us with losses and
health challenges, but also with new friends,
and surprising insights and breakthroughs.

We've just celebrated the 2nd Anniversary of
our virtual Tarot Salons, which have been
growing more and more powerful. And we've
got big plans for next year and have made a
good start on bringing them into the world.

There's an energetic contradiction that
happens at this time of year. The holiday
schedule urges us outward into the world.
Our days and nights can be filled with
social gatherings and activities. But here
in the Northern Hemisphere, the dark months
draw us inward. It's a time that nature tells us
to slow down and be quiet.

The tension that results from these opposite
impulses can leave us feeling anxious and
ungrounded. When that happens, Tarot can
help us with a little self-care. Take some
time to contemplate this 3-card spread.

Draw three cards and lay them in a
horizontal row:

Card #1 on the Left:
What is finally time to let go of?

Card #2 in the Middle:
How can I center myself in this moment?

Card #3 on the Right:
What can I happily look forward to?

May this reading support you during the days
ahead as we move toward a new year.

Whether you're in a celebratory mood or just
need to take this time for yourself, we send
you our fondest wishes for a peaceful close
to 2022, and a magical, prosperous, and
healthy 2023!

And one more thing...
Ellie Eiseman is a student at USF, and for
her final research project she is studying how
students learn Tarot compared to how they
learn languages. Please consider taking her
survey to share your experience of learning
Tarot. The results of this research could
help people understand to what extent
intuitive skills can be learned, and how
much is natural.


Wishing you joy along the tarot path,
Ruth Ann, Wald, Gina and Sharonah

Tarot Tips is here to help you with the practical side
of your tarot journey. In order to take the greatest
advantage of this newsletter, please send us your
questions regarding any aspect of your tarot study
or practice and we'll do our best to answer them
in an upcoming issue.

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Moon Priestess

Tarot Tip

by Cynthia Ray, CTP

The Magician stands in a sunny garden,
performing his work in the open where
everyone can see the results. On the other
hand, the work of The High Priestess is done
in the dark, unseen in the outer world. Paul
Foster Case referred to her as the Master of
Darkness, meaning she rules the activities
of the subconscious, the darkness where the
hidden light dwells.

In the RWS deck, The High Priestess sits
in front of a veil patterned with palms and
pomegranates, representing potential
fertility; the palms are phallic, and the
pomegranates with their seeds reminding us
of the seeds within ovaries. This potential
fertility refers to both the physical and
spiritual process of conception.

Conception is a process that takes place in
the dark realm of The High Priestess,
happening in the gentle dark of the womb,
or the dark of our subconscious, both
represented by the beautiful High Priestess.

Recent discoveries in the conception process
reveal new ways to understand how conception
occurs. I had always heard it described as a
race by millions of sperm to reach the egg,
with one victorious, alpha sperm penetrating
the egg and fertilizing it. The truth is
very different.

As the sperm travel, the vaginal walls
enfold some of the sperm in pockets,
and then release them a few at a time.
The sperm can live in these pockets
up to 10 days, released over time,
upping the chances of fertilization.

Not only that, there is evidence that the
egg actually chooses
which sperm to allow
fertilization. Wow! This shows us that
instead of the vagina and egg being passive
recipients, they are an integral participant
in the fertilization process. What a
beautiful, wonderful dance.

For me, this discovery was a hopeful sign
that as the consciousness of the planet
moves away from entrenched patriarchal,
mechanistic views of the world we are
discovering more evidence of the reciprocal
dance between the feminine/masculine
energies within us, and within creation.
We have the potential to come into balance.

Applying this hidden principle to our own
spiritual lives, we can see that when seed
ideas enter our minds/souls, these “seeds of
light” may be held within our subconscious
by The High Priestess, to be released slowly
over time. She waits for a time when
conditions are conducive to our receiving
them, upping the chances they will blossom
and bear fruit in our lives.

Have you ever read or heard something
many times, and then one day the light
goes on and you understand? You wonder
why it never made sense before; the truth
remained hidden in plain sight until you
were ready to receive it. That is the hidden
work of The High Priestess.

About Cynthia:

Cynthia Ray

Cynthia Ray lives and works in the Low
Country of South Carolina, where she
practices Tarot, Reiki, and Sound Therapy.
She loves the magic, mystery and meaning
found in Tarot, and the joy of bringing it
alive for others.

Contact Cynthia at:


The Mystical Tarot Study Group on Facebook

Wald's Words of Wisdom
Some ideas are essential to our own sense of humanity. Sometimes a word captures a feeling that is real to our souls, and that word becomes a tarot card.  ~ Wald Amberstone

Diviner's Corner

Ingredients for a ritual bath

Warm water, candles, soap, bubbles..ahh!
These are the ingredients for a nice bath to
soak away the stress of the day. Bathing for
social and relaxation purposes brings to
mind the ancient Greek and Roman bath
houses. The art of ritual bathing for
psychological and medicinal purposes goes
even further back when ancestors intentionally
turned to lakes, rivers and natural hot springs
for healing purposes.

Bathing is an indulgence of the senses, not
only to bring relief to the body but also to
focus the mind for problem solving rituals.

Ritual baths are used to incorporate a
physical component for finding relief
from blocked conditions, attain goals,
draw success and increase the potency
of your ritual.

There are a variety of ways that spiritual
baths and products can be used, including
oils, herbs, salts and crystals. Liquids
used for bath and floor washes can be found
in a pre-mixed variety of colors and

In its most practical use, ritual baths set
the tone for cleansing, purification, and
removal of imbalances. Ritual baths are
important for the emotional and mental
state of the practitioner.

There are two ways to take a ritual bath:

One is to mix the ingredients in a container
or bucket, setting the intention while
mixing. After a cleaning soap bath or
shower, take the container and pour the
concoction over your entire head and body,
then air drying.

The second way is to fill your tub or bath
with tap water and add in the ingredients
selected for the ritual intention. It is
suggested to fully immerse your body in
a ritual “dip” a few times. You can also
take a small bowl and pour the water over
your head and body. The temperature of
the water should be comfortable and care
should be taken when using oils when
getting in and out of a bathtub.

Using large amounts of herbs, salts or
crystals could clog plumbing, so be careful
to strain herbal mixture into a tea before
adding it to your bath. Candles, soft music
and incense can add a nice touch to the
bathing ritual.

An Excellent Resource:

Self Love Time! How To Use Ritual Baths
for Self-Care and Grounding


We'd love your suggestion or submissions
for this column! If you have an idea or would
like to contribute, please contact us at


The Unifying Consciousness Tarot

Created by a practical mystic, Lori Lytle,
and a spiritual artist, Leo Scopacasa, this
79-card Tarot deck will open your All-Seeing
eye, unlock your heart, and activate your
soul memory.

Leo's channelled artwork has the power to
activate the soul of the viewer in a passive
way, through achieving resonance with the
inherent vibration of love. He calls his
work Activation Art.

As a reader and lover of Tarot, Lori
incorporated and translated this energy into
the form and structure of a Tarot deck, so
that spiritual seekers can use it actively
as a tool for wisdom, empowerment, and
transformation.The result is a Tarot deck
that begins its healing work from the moment
that it's held. It is also a practical,
solid Tarot deck that will give you insight
into life's big and small questions.

The Kickstarter campaign for the Unifying
Consciousness Tarot closes on December 8th,
2022. Please check it out and support this
dreamy and powerful new indie deck!


Meet The Reader

By Sharonah Rapseik, Ph.D., CMAP

Sasha Graham

Sasha Graham is a world-renowned Tarot
expert and writer who teaches and lectures
around the globe. Her work has been
translated into Chinese, Italian, Russian,
French, Spanish, Polish, German, and
Portuguese. She is the author of twelve
books including Tarot Diva, 365 Tarot
Spreads, 365 Tarot Spells, Llewellyn's
Complete Book of the Rider Waite Smith
Tarot, and The Magic of Tarot
. She served
as editor and writer of Lo Scarabeo's Tarot
Fundamentals, Tarot Experience, and Tarot
and Tarot Original 1909 series.

Her Tarot decks include Tarot of Haunted
House, Dark Wood Tarot
and the forthcoming
Tarot of the Witch's Garden. Her Magic of
and bestselling deck, Dark Wood Tarot,
have been optioned and are currently in
development for film and television.

Sasha is a contributing author of
Llewellyn's Magical Almanac, 2020, 2022,
Witches' Datebook 2022, and Llewellyn's
Witches' Calendar, 2021, 2023

Sasha Graham's evolving story, you might
call it a fairy tale, just goes to show what
can happen when you persevere, follow your
instincts, and believe in magic.

Sharonah Rapseik:
Sasha, what makes your tarot practice
unique and how do you express it?

Sasha Graham:
My Tarot practice has evolved alongside
me. I incorporate it into whatever I happen
to be doing. I bring Tarot into the kitchen
and cook with the cards, I bring it into my
yoga practice, I travel with my Tarot cards,
make magic with them, and create entire
Tarot universes inside the decks I create.

Sharonah Rapseik:
Thank you Sasha, it's been a pleasure to meet you!

To follow Sasha Graham:






[Editor's Note:
Sasha is a super-star student of ours who we
had the pleasure of teaching from the start of
her illustrious career. We are incredibly proud
of her and will continue to cheer her on through
all her future endeavors!]

About Sharonah:

Sharonah Rapseik

Sharonah Rapseik is an Artist / Designer,
Author, Tarot Reader, Radio Host and
Producer for Psychic Talk Radio.

Visit her at:

Free Replay!

The Spiritual Path of Tarot 4: Tarot Horizons Telesummit Replays

Kim Wilborn, producer of the wonderful
Guardian Gateway Telesummits, has opened her
vault of treasures to offer us a free replay
of the Tarot Horizons event. We were honored
to present a class, along with over a dozen
esteemed teachers from the tarot community!

Until December 26, you can get FREE access
to ALL the calls for 2 full days!

Here's the link for more info and to sign up:


Kim 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 discuss things you've
never heard before, unless you've been in
our classes.

If you've even heard about esoteric titles,
chances are you've only seen them listed.
We'll show you not only how useful they
can be in readings, but how sometimes
they'll give you an entirely new perspective
on the images.

Plus, we share our unique understanding
of how this knowledge can open up new
possibilities for your own life, and give
you a powerful way of reading the cards
to help your querents!

(The feedback we received from our
original presentation was incredible!)

Each call is like a mini-class, complete
with guided meditations!

Watch the replays and experience a deeper
connection to the wisdom of the Tarot.

Here's a list of the instructors and their

~ 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

~ Ethony – 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 – Astro-Tarot

~ 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
and in Life

…and more!

BIG THANKS to Kim for making these classes
available again!



Best Practices for Professional Readers

By Gina Thies
www.tarotadvisor.com / www.facebook.com/tarotreaders
www.tarotcoupling.com / www.oraclesoup.org

Twitter and its recent purchase by Elon Musk
have received so much attention, and will
for some time to come. In recent weeks,
Twitter, Facebook parent company Meta, and
other tech companies have announced hiring
freezes and layoffs.

Given that the “future ” was all about
technology, it is odd for tech companies to
be having such woes. In the case of
Twitter's acquisition, I have heard
everything from it being an unwise business
decision, a political move, to Musk's stance
on freedom of speech.

The issue with social media is who or what
is really posting and replying to posts.
Twitter utilizes bots. Bots have caused a
lot of issues for Twitter. What is a Twitter
bot? It is a software program that sends out
automated posts on Twitter. In some cases,
these automated posts are tweets and /or
automatic responses to user messages that
include specific phrases.

Recent studies claim that Twitter is losing
its most active users, saying that the
challenge is to keep users engaged. This
would be a problem for attracting

Tweeting is best used as platform for
socializing, information and entertainment.
With all the changes, it will be difficult
to predict if Twitter helps your business or
not. You can use Twitter to your business's
advantage by using it for immediate response
to client issues. You can also use Twitter
to keep your audience engaged by catering to
your audience's visual and auditory senses.
We do love to see and hear things.

For best results, engage an expert in SEO
and marketing to help with statistics and
where to concentrate your efforts.

A Comprehensive Resource:

Twitter for Business: Everything You Need to Know

Upcoming Events:

The Tarot School's Tarot Salon on Zoom!

Tarot Salon on Zoom!
7:00 - 9:00 pm EST

Our popular Monday night classes are
now online so you can attend no matter
where you live.

Classes are recorded and all levels
of experience are welcome!

5 - 4 States of Awareness
12 - Experiential Tarot
19 - NO CLASS: Holiday Break
26 - NO CLASS: Holiday Break

January 2023:
2 - NO CLASS: Holiday Break
9 - The Hanged Man
16 - Death
23 - Birth Cards: Moon-Hermit
30 - TBD

Get on the notification list to see
what we'll be teaching each week.
Find the form and register here:


Readings with Ruth Ann

Readings with Ruth Ann

Running The Tarot School with Wald keeps
me pretty busy, but I still love giving readings!
My specialty is using your Birth Cards and
Elemental Array (techniques Wald and I have
developed) in conjunction with random draws
to give you an extremely personalized and
powerful reading.

I excel at giving Readings for Readers so
if you're always giving readings to others,
let me help you with some self-care for
a change!

Click Here to book your private reading
with me over Zoom.

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Suggestions for future topics?
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