And I guess in some ways, that's still what this is about :) I've just spent the weekend with a bunch of lovely people, talking about and practising with the Tarot and with Oracle decks, experimenting with spreads, and just generally having a fabulous tarot time.
|Sue on the left receiving a reading from Cilla|
On Saturday, the first workshop was presented by Cilla Conway, author of two beautiful decks: the Intuitive Tarot and the Devas of Creation. Cilla talked about how to combine oracle and tarot readings, as well as the benefits and potential pitfalls of doing so. She demonstrated with a brief sample reading for one of the participants, then had us try reading that way for each other. Not only was it an interesting experience to be on both sides, so to speak, of the reading, it was also an interesting way to connect more with other people, getting an insight into their lives, and into how they read.
|Birthday Cake and various TABI Members|
First, Mary Collin spoke about "How to be a Real (Tarot) Pro". She shared lots of information on planning for success and on using social media to put yourself out there. I loved her consistently positive and supportive attitude, and also the fact that she encouraged clarity about a vision of what you want that is based on your values. It reminded me a little of Joanna Powell Colbert, author of the phenomenal Gaian Tarot, and her striving to create abundance while staying true to what she most values, including her spiritual beliefs. The message that we can be successful without selling our souls or compromising our beliefs is one that I think is important for a lot of people in the tarot community.
Another thing I got from this was an interesting perspective on visualisations. A couple of us discussed how we don't really "see" much, being more auditory or verbal. One suggestion, which I plan to try, is to do the same as a stream of consciousness journalling exercise. We also discussed just seeing "snapshot" images, which made me wonder if this connects with our liking of tarot images, and my own preference for numerous decks - each one adds to the "stock" of images my unconscious has to work with.
|Will Worthington and TABI Chair Alison Cross|
In this photo, Alison was wearing some amazing grey suede shoes, but you can't really see them :( Maybe she'll put up a pic on her blog - they were fabulous!
Later there was a Skype conversation with Mark Ryan, live from Los Angeles, which I sadly missed. However, it sounds like it was very interesting, giving some background to both the original Greenwood Tarot, the decision and process of creating the Wildwood, and also a more general background on Mark himself.
After lunch, John Matthews talked us through his part in re-visioning the Greenwood to create the Wildwood, explaining the logic behind many of the alterations. He walked us through the archetypes of the Major Arcana, then we tried out reading for each other using the powerful Bow Spread. We finished off with a guided meditation through the Wildwood.
It was wonderful to spend the weekend so focused on tarot theory and practice, learning and exploring, and also meeting and talking with so many interesting people. Kudos to Alison Cross, TABI's chair, for doing the bulk of the organising, and to the rest of the team, and roll on next year's conference :-)