Newsletter of The Tarot School
ISSN: 1529-0565 
Vol. 15 #10 October 1, 2023

 In this Issue:
- Welcome 
- Tarot Tip: Emotional Resilience with the King & Queen of Swords
- Wald's Words of Wisdom
- Diviner's Corner: Embracing the Mystical: Divination at Samhain
- What's Gnu?: Unlocking the Secret Language of Tarot
- Meet the Reader: Helena Domenic
- Kickstarter: Cosmic Wisdom Tarot & Visual Guidebook
- Best Practices: ‘Tis The Seasonal Uptick in Business
- Upcoming Events
Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
And a special welcome to our new subscribers.

  This month you came from:
Canada, India, Thailand, the United Kingdom,
and the United States. We're glad you're here!

Hello October

There are many monthly celebrations and
observances that focus on various themes,
causes, and awareness campaigns. Women's
History Month is observed in the United
States during the month of March, for
example. February is Black History Month,
which is celebrated in both the U.S. and

There are three such observances that I know
of in October: National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, National Domestic Violence
Awareness Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month
(Sept. 15 - Oct. 15). 

To declare something as an official monthly
observance typically requires a formal
recognition or proclamation by a government,
organization, or authority. That shouldn't
stop us from having our own community
celebration though. 

Let's declare October to be International
Divination Month!

From a spiritual perspective, Samhain is the
holiday most associated with divination
because that is when the veil between the
worlds is thinnest. And Halloween, the more
secular version, is widely celebrated in
popular culture. These make October the
perfect month for such a celebration -- even
though we all know that every day of the
year is perfect, too!

We don't usually have a theme for this
newsletter but this month is different. It
didn't start out that way, it just evolved
as we went along. We hope you enjoy this
issue of Tarot Tips and wish you a Blessed
Samhain and Happy Halloween!

And one more thing...

I'm scheduled to have joint replacement
surgery for my left knee on October 11th.
It's really scary and I would dearly love
and appreciate any energetic support you
could send me before, during and after the
operation. I send you my love and thanks
in advance!  ~ Ruth Ann

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

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Tarot Tip

by Rorie Kelly

When we talk about Swords or the element
of air, we talk about logic and rationality.
But it is a mistake to think that the King
and Queen of Swords don't value emotional
wisdom. The suit of Swords holds some of
the most emotional cards in the deck – it is
a suit filled with mini Tower moments that
throw us for a loop emotionally. 

When we are deeply wounded, sometimes
stepping back into a purely rational mental
state is like the life raft that gets us through.
The suit of Swords presents us with a menu
of painful experiences – misunderstandings
with loved ones, power struggles, duplicity,
betrayal, heartbreak.

When we are in those situations, the
emotional overload we are experiencing can
become intolerable. At these times we
experience intellectual work as a blessing
and a respite from the difficult emotional
work we are doing. Stepping back into the
intellectual part of our mind gives us a
break, and creates space for us to do our
emotional processing in our own time.

What if we looked at the Queen and King of
Swords not as stoic, unfeeling intellectuals
but as humans who had experienced deep
emotional trauma and learned to work closely
with their minds and their personal truths
in order to see themselves through?

What if we acknowledged the Queen as
someone who has experienced sexism
(as every woman has in our society) and
so has learned to raise her voice and speak
in a clear, unapologetic way in order to be
heard? She has made this choice to honor
her truth and wisdom even though she knows
that in a patriarchal society, it will sometimes
get her labeled as a bitch. But not by the King
of Swords--for he knows himself that simple
clean facts can set you free in times of
painful emotional turmoil and confusion.

Consider this small mindset shift when
Swords come up in your readings, especially
around the court cards. The experiences
presented in the journey through this suit
will throw more emotions at you than most
people can handle all at once. Consider that
the suit of Swords is not urging you not to
dismiss your emotions in favor of stoicism.
Rather, it is inviting you into a state of
mindfulness that will help you process these
emotions in a more thoughtful and measured 

As tarot readers we are also counselors, and
it has become more and more important to
become trauma-informed as we help people
navigate difficult experiences in their
lives. As it turns out – the suit of Swords
has been ready to lend a hand with that all
along. How can their wisdom aid you or your
client during your next reading?

Rorie Kelly

Rorie Kelly is a tarot reader, singer/songwriter,
and all around personal growth nerd from Long
Island NY. She is an intergenerational tarot
practitioner who has been reading cards one-on-one
and at events for over two decades. Her podcast,
SassafrasCast is available on all platforms
and offers a witchy, folk magic perspective
on self care.



 Wald's Words of Wisdom
            The High Priestess is that in each of us which pays real attention to others, that listens but doesn’t say much. She listens to her inner voices. She remembers her dreams and looks at the moon. ~ Wald Amberstone


Diviner's Corner

Divination altar

As the leaves turn fiery shades of orange
and gold, and the air takes on a crisp,
enchanting chill, we know that Samhain, the
ancient Celtic festival, is approaching.
Samhain, celebrated on October 31st, marks
the halfway point between the autumn equinox
and the winter solstice. It's a time when
the veil between the worlds is said to be at
its thinnest, making it ideal for communing
with the spirit world. One of the most
intriguing and cherished traditions
associated with Samhain is divination. 

Samhain, pronounced "sow-in" or "sah-win,"
holds a special place for divination for
several reasons:

• Thin Veil Between Worlds: Samhain is
believed to be a time when the boundary
between our world and the spirit world is
the thinnest. This makes it easier to
connect with spirits and ancestors, making
it an ideal time for divination.

• Honoring Ancestors: Samhain is a time when
we pay homage to our ancestors. Divination
can be a way to seek guidance and wisdom
from those who have passed on.

• Reflecting on the Past Year: As the old
year ends and the new one begins, Samhain is
a natural time for reflection. Divination
can help us assess the events of the past
year and gain insight into the path ahead.

• Preparing for Winter: Samhain also marks
the beginning of winter, a season associated
with introspection and planning. Divination
can provide clarity and direction for the
colder months ahead.

Ways to Practice Divination at Samhain

Tarot Readings: Tarot cards are a popular
tool for divination. You can use them to
gain insight into your life's various
aspects or to connect with spirits and

Scrying: Scrying involves gazing into a
reflective surface, such as a crystal ball,
a mirror, or water. This method is excellent
for seeking visions and messages from the
spirit realm.

Runes: The use of runestones, an ancient
system of divination, is another option.
Draw runes and interpret their meaning to
gain guidance and wisdom.

Dumb Supper: A tradition for honoring
ancestors, a dumb supper is a meal held in
silence where a place is set for those who
have passed on. During or after the supper,
you can engage in divination to seek
messages from your ancestors.

Apple Divination: Slice an apple
horizontally and examine the patterns in the
seeds. The way they fall can offer insights
into your future or answer yes-or-no

Samhain is a magical time filled with rich
traditions and deep spiritual connections.
Using divination during this sacred holiday
allows us to tap into the mystical energies
of the season, gain wisdom from our
ancestors, and prepare for the winter months

Whether you choose tarot cards, scrying, runes,
or any other form of divination, remember to
approach these practices with reverence and
an open heart. Embrace the enchantment of
Samhain and let the veil between worlds reveal
its secrets to you.

Happy divining and blessed Samhain!

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


  What's Gnu?        Unlocking the Secret Language of Tarot by Wald Amberstone and Ruth Ann Amberstone

Unlocking the Secret Language of Tarot:
22 Keys to Understanding Its Symbolic Imagery

  The new edition of our book is available for Pre-Order!

We are deeply gratified that Weiser Books
has felt our book, The Secret Language of
merits being re-released in a 2nd
edition in order to reach a new generation
of tarot enthusiasts! It has stood the test
of time, which is something every author
hopes for their cherished creations.

In this book, we take an in-depth look at 22
pictorial symbols that appear frequently in
the cards. It's full of fascinating, fun,
practical information and exercises –– and
there's still nothing like it on the market!

Please pop over to our website for the
lowdown on what's inside:


Meet The Reader

By Sharonah Rapseik, Ph.D., CMAP

Helena Domenic

Helena Domenic is an accomplished artist,
writer, witch, and professor of art history
and studio art. Helena maintains a studio in
Phoenixville, PA where she offers classes,
workshops, and readings.

Helena currently teaches drawing and
painting at Kutztown University. Helena
spent thirty years as a member of the
Assembly of the Sacred Wheel and was
also an Elder in that tradition. She left to
carve out her own path, both as an artist
and a witch. Currently, she offers classes
in Tarot and Wicca and rituals in and around
the Chester County, PA area, and you might
find her giving a book signing as well.

Helena has shown her artwork in
Philadelphia, New York, across the United
States and in Egypt and South Africa. Helena
was born in Vicenza, Italy where she was
exposed to great works of art from a very
early age. After viewing the Sistine Chapel
ceiling at the age of eighteen months, her
mother predicted she would become an artist.
She holds a BFA from Kutztown University,
an MA in Art Education from The University
of the Arts, and an MFA from Goddard College
in Plainfield, Vermont.

Helena has written and published An
Illuminated Guide to Wicca
, available from
Schiffer Publishing. Helena has also self-
published a Tarot deck and book, "The
Fellowship of the Fool Tarot." In her spare
time, she enjoys studying Tarot and Qabala,
spending time in her studio, and hanging out
with her husband Sean and their cats.

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

Helena Domenic: 
I am an artist first and foremost, so
everything else I do flows out from that.
I believe I took to Tarot so well at a young
age because I am a visual learner and it was
easy for me to remember the meanings behind
the images. I am also an art historian, and
the art history behind those images and how
they have evolved through time is fascinating
to me and informs my own artwork and the
artwork that I do for the Tarot.

When I am actually reading the Tarot, I use
both the symbolic and intuitive approach. I
keep the symbolism of the colors, numbers,
suits and images in mind, but I also let
intuition guide me and let the cards tell me
a story that unfolds as the reading moves

I enjoy drawing a card a day for my Facebook
followers as a community service. I am there
live every morning (sometimes afternoons)
and enjoy when people chime in and let me
know that they are there. I love when the
community at large finds resonance with the
cards I pull and the meanings that I make of

Thank you Helena, it’s been a pleasure
to meet you!


To Follow Helena Domenic:





About Sharonah:

Sharonah Rapseik 

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

Visit her at:



Cosmic Wisdom Tarot by Ethony

Our friend and colleague, Ethony has created
another wonderful tarot deck! The Cosmic
Wisdom Tarot Deck is a celestial blend of
time-honoured tarot symbolism and rich
artistic expression. Each card has been
meticulously designed by Ethony and brought
to life by talented artist James Fenner.

This tarot deck results from countless hours
researching, collaborating, sketching, and
refining every detail. The Cosmic Wisdom
deck will resonate with seasoned tarot
readers and newcomers alike.

All of the paintings for the tarot deck have
been completed, and the guidebook has been
written. All that’s left to do now is typesetting,
box design and production. By backing their
Kickstarter campaign and pre-ordering the
deck, you’ll be helping them receive the
funding needed to get the tarot deck printed
with the same quality you’ve come to expect
from all decks created by Ethony.

Ethony has been reading the Tarot for over
22 years for clients worldwide. She is the
independent creator of The Awakened Soul
Oracle, Bad B*itches Tarot, Modern Love
Tarot, Modern Goddess Oracle and more. She
is the headmistress of the Tarot Readers
Academy, where she has taught people to read
the Tarot for over 15 years.

To see the cards and help Ethony and James
manifest their labor of love, check out the
Kickstarter page for the Cosmic Wisdom Tarot
and Visual Guidebook here:

Best Practices for Professional Readers

By Gina Thies  / /

It’s getting to the time when a new Apple
iPhone will be released and for some
retailers, it is the gateway to the start of
the holiday selling season. It could be the
natural business cycle, but retailers stock
up store shelves with seasonal decor earlier
and earlier every year. Halloween or Samhain
in particular means big business at the end of
the year. People love to celebrate traditions
and the Fall season is the perfect time for
indoor parties. 

I am a party and event reader and if you
have followed this column for some time,
you know I write a lot about the business
side of being a professional reader. My
first advice to readers who decide to read
at fairs, events or private parties is to
understand that not all of these events are
created equal and thus not all are suited
for all readers.

I have juggled events and private clients
during the busiest months of the season,
specifically October through January.  It is
nice to be busy as a reader, however, it can
be overwhelming without the right plan and
mindset. Here are some pointers to deal with
a busier schedule or uptick in your business.

1.  Know your reading style. This should
be developed long before you venture into
the realm of event readings. If you are the
only reader at an event with 150 + attendees,
for instance, you’ll be busy with a long line
of excited querents. This is not the time for
explaining and teaching your tarot reading
process. Save yourself the uncomfortable
“Could you speed it up?” question from
your hosts/hostesses.

2.  Prioritize. Prioritize. This may seem
obvious but it is not just about your
calendar. Prioritize your business and
financial targets. Yes, you’ll find that
people will request your services on the
same date. The Saturday before Samhain
will most likely be the most requested.
(I’m brave and have booked two parties
on the same day!) This takes discipline
and planning. You may not want to book
a one-hour party but rather stick to a
two-hour minimum. His gives you a
baseline of the type of party that gets you
the most for your time.

3.  Share referrals. You can’t be in two
places at the same time. I refer trusted
colleagues. I’m going to double down on
TRUSTED. I share the load so to speak.
You may be booked early with more requests
to follow. Book and confirm early!

4.  Price accordingly. I am a big believer
that customers control my schedule. You
are on their time but, you should think of it
as they are on your clock. Always remember,
they are not just paying you for readings,
they are paying for your time and expertise.
You can charge by the hour or a flat rate.
Keep in mind, a two-hour booking is not
just about the 2 hours you’ll do readings.
You have to prep, pack, drive, set up and
break down your table and props. 

5.  Plan your wind-down. Yes, take a
vacation or a stay-cation! I recommend at
least a day where your rest your voice and
your body. Grounding and relaxation
exercises will rejuvenate you.

I do many other things in handling the
busier times. In part I know, how far I am
willing to exert my energy. The same clients
tend to book me year after year. If you can
establish a relationship with good clients,
it takes the guess work out of which events
work for your success.


• 22 Suggestions for Offering Readings at
   Parties, Expos & Psychic Fairs


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!

October 2023:
  2 - The Threes
  9 - NO CLASS – Indigenous Peoples' Day!
16 - 4 of Wands and Cups
23 - 4 of Swords and Pentacles
30 - Name and Number in the Tarot

Get on the notification list to see
what we'll be teaching each week.
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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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