Today I had the pleasure to teach Tarot 1 to five students.
As always I had lots of fun. Tomorrow I will teach Tarot 2.
Today I had the pleasure to teach Tarot 1 to five students.
As always I had lots of fun. Tomorrow I will teach Tarot 2.
Spring is here!
Lots of buds and flowers, birds of all kinds are taking residence in my garden. I love it.
There is so much to do in the garden at this time of the year, but it will have to wait.
My Tarot classes are starting this week end.
Tarot 1 will be on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to noon.
The first half of Tarot 2 will be on Sunday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You can still join us if you like. Tarot classes
Register on my web site or contact me by phone or on face book.
Enjoy the beautiful weather.
It is a busy time at Wisdom and Healing.
Lately Numerology readings are very popular.
I love the wisdom and practical guidance of Numerology.
A Personality profile can provide a lot of insight by reminding you of the plans you made before being born.
It does not remove your freedom of choice. It simply helps you understand the lessons and goals behind the challenges and opportunities you have.
For more information on Numerology click here Numerology.
Something else keeping me busy is the promotion of my Tarot classes .
Tarot 1, 2 and 3 are courses I try to offer once or twice a year.
Tarot 1 is scheduled for April 29 and it is filling up nicely.
Tarot 2 covers all Major and Minor Arcana (ace to ten) and it is scheduled for April 30 and May 6.
Tarot 3 is all about Court cards and it is set for May 7.
If you would like to take any of the courses please register now.
Registration through store page .
April is also keeping me busy with home renovations, unfortunately not of the fun kind. We are talking fixing up problems.
Do not worry. All renovations should take place in the course of a few days and I will still be open for business.
As alway, thank you for reading and enjoy your life.
What are the benefits of knowing how to read Tarot? You may ask. What’s in it for me?
Plenty, I would say.
I never needed a reason. I was fascinated by Tarot cards from a young age, but I understand that we do not all share the same interests.
Let’s say you have no intention of reading cards for people.
Why would you want to learn how to read Tarot?
To gain insight into your personal life.
To develop a skill that helps you shut down external distractions and focus on you, your plans and what is going on in your life.
To strengthen your intuition and your self confidence.
To get creative ideas if you are a writer.
To be able to assess situations in your life from a detached, more objective perspective.
Are you surprised? Are you intrigued a little?
My Tarot classes start at the end of April. Check the link if you would like to know more. Learn how to read Tarot
What’s on the calendar for February at Wisdom and Healing?
What events have I planned so far?
Sunday, February 12 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. I will be hosting another
Playing with Tarot.
A great opportunity for anyone learning Tarot to come together with other Tarot enthusiasts to talk Tarot and do readings.
These meetings are always a lot of fun.
Sunday, February 26 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. I will be hosting a Reiki Share. A great opportunity for anyone with Reiki training to come together with other Reiki practitioners to exchange Reiki.
For more details visit the meetup Guelph Tarot Energy Healing Group or contact me directly.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by booking a Tarot reading on love.
If you are single,
I have a spread that might give you insight on how to change your strategy to better attract and keep potential partners.
If you are in a relationship,
we could examine what works well and what could be improved.
Last, but not least, my Tarot classes start in March. If learning Tarot is one of your goals for 2017, please visit my web site Tarot classes and register soon. My Tarot classes are designed for small groups.
Thanks for reading. Stay safe and warm and have fun!
Christmas is almost here and I am not ready.
I have only taken care of one person on my Christmas list.
Are you, like me, looking for gift ideas?
As I write, I see snow on the ground and more snow coming down. It is cold out there and getting colder fast.
I am glad to be home for the holidays and I will be available for appointments.
At the end of a year many of us tend to reflect on accomplishments as well as losses.
At the beginning of a new year we tend to look forward and set new goals.
Both Tarot and Numerology can be very helpful with that and I offer gift certificates for both.
At this time of the year many are more social than usual and often tired and stressed out.
Reiki is amazing at reducing stress and filling you up with calm and positive energy. A session feels like a long, warm hug from someone you love.
Treat someone with the peace of Reiki or pamper yourself!
All my gift cards have no expiry date.
Stay warm and stay safe. I wish you all the best for this holiday season.
Playing with Tarot Meet Up
Once a month I host a Playing with Tarot Meet Up at my place.
These meetings are always fun.
We talk about Tarot and we do readings. Everyone from beginners to masters interpret the cards.
We help and learn from each other. We share our enthusiasm for Tarot.
Our next meeting is going to be on Sunday, November 27 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.
For more information please visit the link http://www.meetup.com/Guelph-Tarot-Energy-Healing-Group/
If you are considering having a Tarot party,
start doing Tarot parties yourself,
you may want to continue reading.
I know several good Tarot readers that will not do Tarot parties anymore.
Most of them have had some bad experiences.
Why is that?
At a Tarot party the Tarot reader is a paid guest of the host.
The reader usually is new to the venue where the readings will take place and has never met the clients.
The reader depends on the host to do a good job.
Some complaints I have heard from Tarot readers are uncomfortable surroundings, not being paid enough, scary clients, wasted time.
I have been doing Tarot readings now for several years and I love them.
Of course some parties are nicer than others, but I enjoy them all.
I have a theory of why Tarot parties work for me.
I do a lot of work ahead of them. How?
I communicate a lot and clearly with the host ahead of the party.
I explain what I do and what I cannot do.
I am clear on what I need from the host to be at my best.
I tell the host of the party that my deal is with her not her guests.
We iron the deal ahead of time.
How long I will be there.
How many readings I will do.
How much I will be paid, when and how.
The host is responsible to get her guests in the room I will be working in, one after the other without wasting precious time.
When I work in my home office I usually have much more time at my disposal.
I don’t usually do hours of readings all in a row.
I do get clients that are new to Tarot as well as others that are very familiar with it.
At parties most clients are Tarot virgins. They are not familiar with the cards and on how to formulate questions. They are not familiar with my style.
I find that starting with a brief introduction helps put the guests at ease, as well as speed up the readings later on.
I accept that I may end up working longer than I bargained for. All it takes are a couple of difficult readings or nervous clients.
My main goal is to do my best and give everyone a positive experience, myself included.
What’s in it for the host you may ask?
We know that she takes on work and responsibilities. Why?
A Tarot party is fun and engaging. It gets the guests excited and talking.
It is great by itself or as an add on to any party. Think birthdays, bridal showers, graduations, Halloween. New years eve is another great time . Everyone is curious about the new year.
What are they going to leave behind? What is coming in?
I offer my hosts a complimentary Numerology reading. Most of them are not familiar with Numerology, but they usually fall in love with it.
After about a week of gorgeous weather, the sky has turned grey and the temperature has dropped.
I have been gardening like crazy and I must say that we need rain.
The soil is very dry.
I am enjoying my new office and I cannot wait to show it to you.
Be aware that it is now on the first floor. If you have difficulties climbing stairs please let me know when you book your appointment and I will set up for you on the main floor.
In person readings are my favourite, but phone readings work well too.
I like readings by phone because the energy of the client travels beautifully through his/her voice.
I also like them because they are very easy to schedule around my day and my family.
Phone readings are easier to schedule for odd hours appointments, or to fit a short reading in a busy day.
So, if you are hesitant about having a Tarot reading done over the phone, relax, it can be just as good.
Last, but not least, my next Tarot share is coming up.
The meeting is open to anyone wanting to learn more about Tarot or wanting to share his/ her knowledge. Playing with Tarot are not formal classes. They are a time to connect with others who love Tarot. Two hours to talk and read Tarot together.
The date is Sunday, May 24. For the time and more info visit The Meet Up Guelph Tarot and Energy Healing group.
Thank you for your time. Be well.
Personal year 5. The Hierophant.
2015 is a personal year 5 for me. In Tarot that translates into Major Arcana 5, known as the Hierophant or The Pope.
In my previous post ( 2015 is a Universal year 8) I explained the difference between Universal year and Personal year.
I also explained how to calculate both.
In the following post ( The year of Strength) I explained a year 8 through the eyes of Tarot.
Here I am going to do the same to explain a year 5.
Each number has a personality.
5 is about instability, curiosity, change. It is dynamic, versatile, adaptable. It likes to try everything, go everywhere. It also likes to live intensely and it can go overboard and indulge.
In a year 5 we will challenge anything that we think we can improve. In a year 5 we will do well if we promote ourselves and our ideas. It is a time to grab opportunities, be flexible and quick.
Now let’s look at The Hierophant.
At first glance this austere card is almost the opposite of what I have just described.
The Pope is the person, or the institution that holds the keys to knowledge.
The Hierophant usually stands for religious systems, schools, indoctrination, big corporations and the traditional way of doing things.
The Hierophant is also about management and the importance of listening. A good manager, as well as a good teacher knows how to listen. Doing so helps the Pope understand how to reach his staff or his students.
Facing the Pope help us understand if traditions are important to us, if we agree with the beliefs of the religion we have been raised in. Facing the Hierophant we discover if we fit in or not.
In the Gaian Tarot deck the Major Arcana 5 is The Teacher.
The card is a radical departure from the traditional depiction of the Pope.
It is like we have already faced the Hierophant and decided that we did not fit in and that we could do things differently and better.
The Teacher is approachable, simple, grounded and down to earth. He teaches surrounded and aided by Nature. He teaches to see things differently, as in finding use and value in plants that are normally perceived as invasive weeds.
With the teacher we learn to view challenges as learning opportunities .
Tarot reading for May 2014
On the first day of each month I like to do a simple 3 cards reading to see what the month is going to be about.
Today I used the Gaian deck.
Position 2 Position 3 Position 1
Position 1 represents the gift the month is presenting me.
I got the 7 of wands, which not surprisingly is coming up often in my readings.
Position 2 represents the challenge this month will bring me.
I got the 9 of wands, another card that has come up often for me lately.
Position 3 is the advice, or best course of action.
I got the Gaia, or World card.
The first thing I notice are the elements present, fire, fire and earth.
Second, the presence of a Major Arcana in the advice. How I handle things is going to make a huge difference.
Third, the images tell quite a story.
The 7 of Fire suggests this month will give me the opportunity to boldly and actively express myself. Focus, perseverance and timing will be important.
The image in the 9 of fire, is quite a contrast.
The person in it is relaxed, his attention totally inward. He expresses peace, calm, meditation, absorbing, receiving.
The 7 of fire is about releasing energy outside to create something.
The 9 of fire is about pausing to allow energy to come in.
The World in the advice reinforce the message. The key is integration and balance. It reminds me of the breath, inhale, exhale. The waves of the ocean coming to shore and retreating, over and over .
I take it that this month I will be quite busy and creative. I would benefit from being active, focused and confident.
The struggle will be to find a balance. I will need to carve time for relaxation, meditation. Ways to recharge my self and also find new inspiration.
Joyfully alternating activity with passivity, creating with receiving, will keep me strong and in balance. It will help me tune in to the energy around me and go with the flow. I recognize that being still is a challenge for me. I am naturally active, I like to take charge, I move fast.
Meditation is something I am attempting to do daily lately, but I struggle with staying still and quieting the mind.
All in all I would say they are beautiful cards with a clear message.
An opportunity to come together with other people who love Tarot.
To have fun, share what you know, ask questions, offer answers, share your experience with Tarot ( the good and the bad). Learning Tarot is not easy and it is often a lonely pursuit, but it does not have to be that way. Spending time with people who share your passion for Tarot will help you grow faster as a reader, it will keep you motivated and avoid burn out.
Playing with Tarot are meetings where you can show off your new Tarot deck, or perhaps view one you are considering buying. It is a time where you can suggest a new Tarot book you just read and loved, or ask others what they think of a Tarot book you are curious about. Here is where you can discuss a card you are having a hard time understanding. It is a place where you can try new Tarot spreads side by side with other Tarot readers. See where you differ in interpretations and explore why.
Playing with Tarot are not Tarot classes. The meetings do not follow a lesson plan. Here we learn by doing and from each other. I, as well as other readers in Guelph, teach. Let me know if you want me to teach you. I will put you in my students waiting list and contact you next time I offer my classes.
How did I come up with the idea?
After having been contacted several times by people who wanted my help learning Tarot without committing to my Tarot classes. I do not mind helping, but I believe in healthy boundaries and guidelines.
Please do not contact me through my custom form unless you want to book an appointment.
Check the blog section of my web site. Under Pondering you will find lots of my reflections on Tarot. My most recent posts are also on my face book page. If the topic of your question has not been already answered in one of my posts, please ask me on my face book page or at one of the meetings.
Last but not least, I host The Guelph Tarot and Energy Healing Group through Meet Up. You can join for free and meet lots of other people with similar interests. Once a month I host Playing with Tarot meetings. If you join the group you will be notified any time a meeting is scheduled.
Playing with Tarot meetings are also a way for me to keep in touch with my former Tarot students and offer them practical support.
Confessions of a Tarot Reader
Practical advice from this realm and beyond.
I have read this book because I love Tarot and because I like to get a glimpse in the life of fellow Tarot readers. I like to find out if they embraced their path quickly or if they were reluctant. I like to see if we share interpretations and reading style.
I enjoyed the book. Stern has a good sense of humor and she is good at explaining difficult concepts in simple words.
The book works with the Major Arcana only. Stern does not deal with the Minor (the other 56 cards in the deck) at all.
She goes through the 22 Major one by one, following what is commonly known as the Fool’s path. Essentially the Fool is the soul at the beginning of his journey in life and each Major card represents a major lesson or experience.
Stern explains the experience represented by each card and gives practical examples by relating moments from the lives of people she has read for. I do not agree with each interpretation, but I found them all interesting. The stories are sometimes funny and sometimes sad and they usually fit well with the energy of the card explained .
Normally Tarot readers are very respectful of the privacy of their clients, so I truly hope Ms. Stern asked for their permission before sharing their experiences with the readers.
Before starting to write my humble opinion of the book I did a small search to see what was already out there. I was surprised by some of the very nasty reviews.
One of the big complaints out there was that Stern explanation of the origin of the Tarot was not accurate. It did not bother me.
On page xiv Stern writes:
Confession of a Tarot Reader is not a how-to book for would -be tarot card readers, but rather a summary of knowledge I have gleaned over my long career reading cards.
My insights and observations will show you the pitfalls of your actions-and, more important, the uncanny simplicity of finding the right answer-as well as how to recover from the cycle of hurtful habits.
Keeping that in mind I find the book clever, informative and entertaining.
The Wisdom of your face by Jean Haner.
Since reading this book I look at people differently.
Face reading can provide a lot of information.
The author explains what certain features mean. The ears tell about childhood, the hairline about adolescence, the forehead has information about our 20s, the eyes are about our 30s, the nose is about our 40s, the mouth our 50s, the chin our 60s , the jaw our 70s and the sides of the face are about the 80s and 90s.
The author also explains about the 5 elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal. Each element has certain characteristics and dominant features. Most people are a combination of elements, with one or two dominant over the others.
By looking at the dominant features in a person you can determine what elements are more strongly represented.
As an example large ears are a water feature ,which also tells of endurance and the ability to take risks. Large earlobes indicate you are good with money. A strong chin equals strong will.
Thick, bushy eyebrows belong to the wood element and they indicate drive, confidence and ambition. A small space between eyebrows is a sign of a person who works best independently.
Curly or red hair, light in the eyes = fire element
A pointed tip of the nose tells of a curious nature, while a rounded tip speaks of enjoyment of the pleasure and comfort of life.
A round face, a big mouth, full lips are all consistent with the element of earth.
A large mouth indicates a generous person who treasure friendships. Vertical lines above the upper lips reveal disappointment, resentment.
A large nose, prominent upper cheeks, concave or lined lower cheeks are all signs of metal.
A perfect nose = idealist.
A bump just below the bridge of the nose indicates a need to be in charge.
Prominent cheeks show you can hold positions of authority and can handle giving orders.
Flat cheeks on the other hand suggest you prefer to work on your own and do not like to be supervised.
I personally find reading specific features or wrinkles easy. What I find challenging is identifying the predominant elements in a person. I guess that will come with time and practice. I can hardly wait, as I believe that to be the most revealing part of this ancient practice.
As an example, to know that someone has a lot of water will tell you that:
he feels things deeply, will cry easily, needs a lot of time to make a decision, will have courage, determination and tenacity to spare. Water people love to lie down, walk and speak slowly, tend to be late often. They like to stay up late and sleep late. They like to wake up slowly from their fascinating and vivid dreams and they need a lot of alone quiet time. Water people wear soft clothes that tend to flow, the hair is often long, the footwear is the kind they can kick off easily. They like to live near water, they prefer open plan houses.
Fire people on the other hand are exuberant, joyful, yearn intimacy, are passionate, love change and new experiences. They laugh a lot, joke, talk and walk fast, they are great at multitasking. They love to flirt. They create drama, have a tendency to exaggerate. They like to be noticed.
They like to have fun with clothes, dramatic combinations, high heels, sexy styles. In the home cutting edge design, unusual architecture and design, collections. Fire people often work in marketing, public relations, sales or are performers.
To sum it up, The wisdom of your face is a book that will make you look at people in a totally different way. It is funny, direct, compassionate and very informative. I highly recommend it.
Psychic Tarot, by Nancy Antenucci with Melanie Howard .
Published in 2011 by Llewellyn
Paperback, 203 pages.
In my opinion this small, unpretentious, reasonably priced book has a lot to offer.
What I like most about it, is how it breaks down the reading process in a way that is easy to understand.
The book does not spend much time on the meaning of the individual cards.
The Minor Arcana are presented together as The First Family, followed by the Court Cards as The Second Family and finally the Major Arcana as The Third Family. Each group is presented briefly but effectively. The elements associations are clearly explained.
For the Major Arcana The Fool’s journey is presented in a concise but effective way. There are exercises and spreads to try for each family.
The experience of reading is broken down is six principles.
Each step is explained in details.
The author also talks about energies, responsibilities, boundaries.
Example of Tarot readings using more or less intuition and psychic abilities are presented.
There is a chapter called Reading Tarot with the Sight.
It gives different examples of how to read .
1) A Tarot reading.
2 A tarot reading with a hint of the Sight.
3) A Tarot and Psychic reading.
4) A Psychic Reading with a hint of Tarot.
5) A Psychic reading.
Psychic Tarot is generous with exercises designed to help the reader understand the cards better . The book also provides a lot of spreads, big and small . I have only tried a few so far and I was truly impressed.
I loved the Turning Point Exercise 1 on page 49.
All in all, Psychic Tarot is a great book, full of information delivered in an easy, direct way. It helps the reader trust her senses , question his or her beliefs and learn seeing the unseen.