Newsletter of The Tarot School
ISSN: 1529-0565 
Vol. 15 #7 July 1, 2023

 In this Issue:
- Welcome 
- Tarot Tip: Recipe for Good Readings
- Wald's Words of Wisdom
- Diviner's Corner: Talismans
- Just For Fun: Tarot Word Puzzle
- Best Practices: Optimizing Your Home Office
                            For Success

- Upcoming Events
Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
And a special welcome to our new subscribers.

  This month you came from:
Bulgaria, Finland, Nigeria, Sweden,
Taiwan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom,
and the United States. We're glad you're here!

Hello, July!

One of my favorite pastimes is figuring out
the Birth Cards of famous people -- TV and
movie stars, musicians, politicians, people
with historical importance, etc. Thanks to
the internet, their birthdates are readily
available. (OK, some of them might not be
totally accurate but I think most of them are.)

Knowing a person's Birth Cards can give you
a clue about how they see and experience the
world. If I know an actor's Birth Cards for
example, it gives me a sense of how they might
approach their craft, which is something that
interests me. Of course, I'm never going to
really know these people, but it's fun for
me to think about. I also enjoy seeing which
people share Birth Cards with each other,
and who has the same Birth Cards as I do.

Since this is the July issue, I compiled a
list of a few people you'll probably
recognize who were all born in July, and
organized them by Birth Card set:

July 7, 1940 – Ringo Starr, drummer for
The Beatles

July 10, 1856 – Nikola Tesla, inventor,
engineer, and futurist

July 13, 1944 – Erno Rubik, invented the
“Rubik’s Cube”

July 18, 1921 – John Glenn, astronaut,

July 4, 1918 – Abigail Van Buren,
"Dear Abby" advice columnist

July 6, 1907 – Frida Kahlo, artist

July 6, 1935 – Tenzin Gyatso, Dalai Lama,
Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader

July 7, 1907 – Robert Heinlein, science
fiction writer

July 26, 1943 – Mick Jagger, lead singer of
the “Rolling Stones”

July 31, 1965 – J.K. Rowling, author of
the Harry Potter series of books

July 6, 1946 – Sylvester Stallone, actor

July 8, 1926 – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,
psychiatrist, author of "On Death and Dying"

July 1, 1961 – Princess Diana, Princess of
Wales, married Prince Charles

July 13, 1940 – Patrick Stewart, English
actor, Star Trek’s Captain Picard

July 15, 1606 – Rembrandt Van Rijn, painter

July 18, 1918 – Nelson Mandela, South
African anti-apartheid activist, President

July 12, 1817 – Henry David Thoreau,
author, philosopher

July 13, 1942 – Harrison Ford, actor,
Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark

July 21, 1899 – Ernest Hemingway, novelist

July 30, 1863 – Henry Ford, automaker,

July 24, 1897 – Amelia Earhart, pioneer

July 29, 1883 – Benito Mussolini, Italian
Fascist leader during WWII

July 23, 1989 – Daniel Radcliffe, actor,
Harry Potter

July 25, 1978 – Louise Brown, first
test-tube baby

Does it change your perception of these
people to know their Birth Cards?

Wald and I have included a much larger list
of Celebrity Birth Cards as a bonus lesson
with our Birth Card Course. It could be fun
to create your own list as well.


And one more thing...

RS24 Divination Day Instructors: Mitchell Osborn, Gina Jean & Laetitia Ante Delictum

If you plan to attend the 2024 Readers Studio,
make sure to also register for Thursday's
Divination Day! The wonderful teachers are
Mitchell Osborn, Gina Jean and Laetitia
Ante Delictum. You can register for both
events at

If you have any questions or wish to get on
the Readers Studio notification list, contact
Roger Welch at

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

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Tarot Tip

There's a Zen saying that goes:

"Every time and every place is uniquely
different. There is no need to compare it
with any other time and place. Just
carefully taste the present –– that is enough!"

Do you "carefully taste the present" each
time you do a reading? When a particular
card comes up, do you have a stock
interpretation for it which you use over and
over again? Or are you able to serve up a
personalized reading, creating your recipe
from a wide range of interpretational

"Every time and every place is uniquely
different." Every querent and every question
is uniquely different. Therefore, every
answer you give should strive to meet the
uniqueness of the moment.

In order to do this, you need to develop
two things:

1) Your collection of card interpretations
2) Your intuition

Just as the finest chefs will search far and
wide for their secret ingredients, you can
stock your pantry of card meanings from
various sources:

 •  The LWB (little white book that comes
     with your deck)
 •  General Tarot books
 •  Deck-specific books
 •  Personal interpretations from meditation,
    contemplation and/or experience
 •  Spur-of-the-moment insights from a
    detail in the card
 •  Tarot Teachers
 •  Students in your Tarot class
 •  Other readers
 •  Your querents (ask what the card means
     to them!)
 •  Tables of correspondences (available in
     books and online)
 •  Tarot blogs and websites  
 •  Posts in online discussion groups
 •  Internet search engines
 •  Ask ChatGPT and other A.I. applications
 •  Automated online readings*

* See our Directory of Free Reading Sites at:

When picking and choosing which of the many
meanings you'd like to keep, use discrimination.
Does a particular meaning ring true for you?
If it doesn't, just because someone said it or
wrote it, doesn't mean you have to use it. If it
interests you but you're not sure, write it down
and think about it.

When you sit down to cook up a reading,
how do you know which meaning to use of
all the ones you've collected? That's where
your intuition comes in.

Intuition and Practice.

The more you practice, the easier it will be
to recognize which interpretation is the
right one. (A lot of the time it's obvious.)
And the more you practice, the more you'll
trust your intuition.

Don't forget to carefully taste the present ––

 •  Which meaning will most quickly answer
the question?   
This is what you want to do, after all.

 •  Which interpretation makes the most
sense under the present circumstances?
Context is everything.

 •  What is unique about this reading/querent
and which interpretation speaks to that

Take risks -- you'll be surprised how often
you'll be right on target.  And don't forget to
savor the results!


 Wald's Words of Wisdom
            Tarot is taught by telling stories. Everyone who teaches tarot tells that story differently. For students, tarot becomes the story they like best.  ~ Wald Amberstone


Diviner's Corner

Jupiter Talisman

Talismantic practice involve using objects
for a variety of purposes including
protection, health and obtaining wishes or
desires. Talismans can be used by anyone and
made from a variety of materials. The use of
talismans and amulets is as old as human
history. People have carried meaning tools
and objects for personal meaning but also
used by groups, family and in most cases end
up as symbols for entire nations.

Talismans have been used by every known
civilization in some form and given
significance in conjunction with astrology,
science and ritual use. Talisman is derived
from the Byzantine Greek word telesma
meaning "religious rite" or, more literally,
"something done to completion".

Talismans have been made from all known
materials found on the planet. These objects
are assigned religious or magical intent.
The talisman is most often small, portable
and often worn popularly as jewelry, such
pendants. Talismans have also been made into
clothing that was worn for protection under
armor. Talismans also appear on buildings.

Talismanic magic corresponds to astrology
and the proper way to create and infuse a
talisman for the desired outcome has to
occur under the auspices of planetary
influence. If talismans are not ritually
consecrated at the right time, they will not
be effective. The use of an astrologically
consecrated talisman harnesses the power of
the sign and planet’s influence. Traditional
sources of when to cast, create and
consecrate a talisman are found in The
Picatrix and other Hermetic and occult texts
such as Agrippa's Three Books of Occult


7 Steps for Making Magical Charms,
   Amulets, Talismans and Fetishes

Moonlight Mysteries Mystical Gifts & Accessories

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


Just For Fun

If you've ever played Wordle, you'll
enjoy this version from
See how many tries it takes you to
guess this tarot-related word!


Best Practices for Professional Readers

By Gina Thies  / /

I am sitting among a sea of boxes from my
recent move. Moving is one of the top five
life stressors but it brings an opportunity
for a fresh start and new lease on life. One
of the first things I do in a new place is to
set up my workspace. That's my challenge
at the moment, but even if you are not
changing your location, if you are feeling a
drop in your energy or if your business is
in a slump, consider rearranging your
workspace or home office.

For starters, organized chaos is just chaos.
I am so guilty of saying all the time that
my cluttered desk is organized chaos. In
actuality, it is just a reminder of all the
things I need to complete, in some cases,
when I get “a round tuit”. (“Round Tuits”
are about the size of a circular coaster by
the way, and are readily available online.)
In other words, getting around to it is not
measured in any real timeframe and the 
task typically never gets done, but I digress.

In optimizing your home office, consider a
feng shui approach. Now, I am by no means
an expert in feng shui, however the principle
that your space represents your world and
ultimately your success is something I am
on board with.

Start with the actual space itself. Choose
an area that feels right, where you can
visualize your day-to-day.

Next is the desk where you work. If possible,
I recommend the place where you do your
readings and run your business be different.
A dedicated desk or space where you are
doing business tasks will give you a sense
of business stability. If you are just starting
out and choose to work at home, ask
yourself if the kitchen table is really
suitable to represent your success. If you
don't have a separate room for your home
office, invest in a room divider. 

It helps to position your desk where you can
see the door. The door represents open
opportunities, so you want to be able to
“see” all of your options.

Make sure your desk is not surrounded by
obstacles. There should be a good flow of
energy in your work space. Strong stable
furniture is also a necessity. A wobbly
chair and desk speak for themselves, often

Crystal lovers know the importance of
bringing in the right crystals for success.
In feng shui, the wealth corner is for
success and prosperity. Place an amethyst or
citrine in the wealth corner of the room,
which is the farthest left corner when you
are looking into your space from the door.

If you want to know more about your home
space and feng shui, check out this cool
article and site

Happy Success!  

Additional Resource:

The "Original" Round Tuit
(another form of talisman!)


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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!

July 2023:
  3 - NO CLASS
10 - Tarot by the Numbers: 4 & 5 of Swords
17 - Tarot Angels
24 - Birth Cards Practicum: Couple's Mandala
31 - Esoteric Lineage: Suit of Cups

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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. 

If you have a working knowledge of the
Tree of Life, you may request a Birth Cards
Synastry Reading. I will compare your
Birth Cards with those of one or two others
to give you a deeper understanding of your
relationship with them.

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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