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.
Learn how to read Tarot cards by understanding how the cards work instead of memorizing their meanings.
Learn how Tarot cards relate to each other. Tell a story not a list of keywords.
Get support on your Tarot path after the courses are over.
I am Anna Tasselli Kocher. I am the owner of Wisdom and Healing.
I started teaching Tarot in 2013 and the feed back has been good.
I am also the host of the meetup Guelph Tarot Energy Healing Group
Once a month I host a Playing with Tarot meet up where former students and Tarot enthusiasts can come together to have fun and motivate each other on their journey with Tarot.
We address Tarot questions as they come. We share our eureka moments and we read for each other.
I have divided my classes in 3 Tarot courses that I try to offer to small groups once or twice a year.
Understand how the cards talk through Symbols, Energy and Numbers.
This course is mandatory if you want to take other courses with me.
This course is also good for anyone who knows the meaning of the cards, but struggles connecting the dots.
Sunday, February 4 2018
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Learn the Major and Minor Arcana (ace to ten).
This is a two five hours day course, with a one hour lunch break.
You need to have taken Tarot 1 to attend this course.
Saturday, February 10
Sunday, February 11 2018
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Understand the Court Cards.
Get to know the four families of Tarot and get close and personal with the pages, knights, queens and kings.
You can take this as a stand alone course if you already read Tarot but struggle, as many do, with the court cards.
Sunday, February 25 2018
10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
I teach all my classes at Wisdom and Healing located at 14 Wilton Rd Guelph.
50% deposit is needed to register.
There is a special offer for students taking all three courses and willing to pay in full at registration before January 27 2018.
$280.00 rather than $300.00 a $20.00 saving.
I try to offer the courses once or twice a year. Please contact me if you are interested. If no dates are scheduled at the time of your inquiry, please contact me, I will put you on a waiting list and I will contact you next time I plan to teach.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question (519) 400 2117 or [email protected]
The Devil card came up in my daily Tarot reading today.
I decided to reflect on it. I started by coloring an image of the card. The next step was to read what the author of the book I am using had to say about it.
It was not long before I noticed, for the first time, that the Devil in the Radiant R.W.S. deck is orange!
Let it sink for a moment, or two.
By the way, the book I am working with is Living Tarot by Amber Jayanti.
The process made me smile. Tarot cards have a great sense of humor.
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/
The Judgement card speaking literally.
Sometimes the simple answer is the best answer.
Sometimes what you see is exactly what you get.
Sometimes a leaf is just a leaf.
Please bear with me this morning, as I am less sharp than usual having slept very little last night.
The Judgement card has paid me a visit twice in the span of a few days.
Some of my interpretations for the card are the following.
Waking up to a reality that has changed.
Coming to terms with the fact that we have changed.
The realization that a decision has already been made.
Hearing our internal voice prodding us to follow a dream and finally going for it.
Surrender, rebirth, atonement.
I was reflecting on the card this morning while having breakfast when it finally hit me. As I said, my mind is a bit foggy today.
Last night, for the second time in the span of a few days, a car parked on the road woke me up again and again.
The car alarm went on and off for hours from 1:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.
Therefore, being woken up is a good literal meaning for the Judgement card.
I hope you enjoyed my previous post.
If you have not read it, you can find it here Telling stories using Tarot cards. Part 1.
I am trying to teach those of you who are learning Tarot how to recognize the energy of the cards in everyday living.
In Telling Stories using Tarot cards, I write about my life and then select some cards to tell the same story.
In the past couple of months I have had some small health issues.
First, I suddenly developed a pain in my left ankle that quickly got worse, ending up limiting my mobility. The strange thing was that I had not fallen, dropped anything on it. In other words I did not know why I was in pain.
It took me over a couple of months to identify the problem and take the necessary actions, but I am much better now and on my way back to an active lifestyle.
As soon as my ankle got better I came down with a very nasty cold, which is not over yet.
Just as I was fighting the cold I started to experience an increase of calls from new potential clients looking to book Reiki sessions.
If you are familiar with energy, you know that you do not want to go in people’s energy field when you are contagious. Needless to say I had to turn clients down. Hopefully I will work with them as soon as I am better.
I am going now to quickly select the cards to tell the story.
See if they make sense to you. We could use other cards, but these resonated with me.
Again I am using the Legacy of the Divine Tarot deck by Ciro Marchetti.
4 of swords. That is me feet up on the couch going nowhere.
Hermit. I finally decide to seek answers and figure out the source of the pain and why I am not getting better.
Queen of pentacles. She is the lovely specialist that explained my arch problem to me in a way that I could understand. She was also very approachable and kind. She generously suggested many practical and cheap strategies to solve my issues.
The Ace of swords is the clear picture and strategy I was offered.
The 6 of swords is me slowly healing and applying the suggestions given to me. I am not fully recovered yet, but I am heading in the right direction.
Now let’s look at the second set of cards.
4 of swords again. The cold sucks the vitality out of me.
Page of swords. I receive calls and messages.
6 of pentacles. The news are about exchange of Energy in the form of Reiki sessions.
Notice how fittingly the scale of the 6 of coins stands between the messages (page) and the 10 of wands, me feeling overwhelmed.
The 7 of wands is me taking the high ground. I am not well. It would not be good for me or my clients to be in very close proximity through a Reiki session.
The lady in the card well shows me denying access to clients and to germs.
The Hanged Man is me asking my clients to wait for their appointments, to give me a chance to heal first.
I hope you enjoyed the process. Feel free to tell me if you would have used different cards and why.
I have not written in a while. Life has been busy.
I am going to update you here in words first and then using cards.
Telling stories using Tarot cards is not new and I have written about it in the past.
It is a fun process and one that can help anyone familiarize with the cards.
Here I am not spending much time deciding which cards to use. I am not spending time editing the story. I want to go free flow.
A quick mix of key words for the cards or the first impression from the images.
I am going to pace myself.
One update, one story, a sequence of cards.
The deck I am using is Gateway to the Divine Tarot by the very talented Ciro Marchetti.
For the past five weeks we have had a guest in the house. Stella is a beautiful five months old orange cat. The firemen got her out of her home just in time. Another cat in the building was not as lucky. The owner of the cat, a dear friend of my son, found himself suddenly homeless. After bouncing for a while from one place to the other he asked me to keep Stella until he found a permanent place.
I love cats, but I already had a ten year old cat, who at the time was busy adjusting to the new puppy we got in August. My cat, Lovie, is not a fan of other cats.
I said I was going to give it a try.
Well, Stella is a lot of fun, but she is also a trouble maker. She is full of energy, super curious, very agile, a risk taker and if there is a danger she will find it.
Stella is in many ways very similar to my puppy, Misty.
They both are always on the move. They are curious. They are fast. They pounce first and think later. A fun, but tricky combination. They like the same things and they have been stealing each other toys. Misty and Stella are fascinated with each other and want to play together, but I don’t want an injury on my watch and therefore I have been keeping them separate, or I have let them interact under very close supervision.
Stella also wants to play with my cat, by chasing her. Lovie is at least double her size and she hisses at Stella the moment she sees her.
I have been spending time in a room with Stella, on a floor with Lovie and Misty, or in another room supervising the kitten and the puppy.
It has been fun, insightful and time consuming. My attempt to juggle my time among them, keeping harmony in the home is expected to last another couple of weeks.
Now let’s use the cards to tell the story.
The Tower is the unexpected disruption caused by the fire.
The 5 of pentacles is my friend suddenly out of his home and seeking help.
I am the Queen of pentacle, friendly and reliable and able to help.
The Page of wands is Stella, young, curious and full of energy.
The 6 of coins (pentacles) is my attempt to distribute my attention and energy equally among the Page (Stella) and the 10 of cups ( my dog and my cat).
It is funny how the cat in the 10 of cups actually looks a lot like Stella.
The 5 of wands well represents the tension caused by all the animals competing for space, love and attention.
The Emperor is me attempting to set rules of engagement among the pets to keep harmony in the home, 4 of wands.
The Temperance is the way I try to balance fairly the love (ace of cups) and the discipline (9 of pentacles) I give out to help everyone get along and not feel left out or jealous.
The 2 of coins (pentacles) is the juggling, timing and flexibility required to tune in to the needs of all of the animals and keep them living happily with me (Strength).
I hope you enjoyed the process.
Learning from each Tarot reading. Is it possible? I think so.
Today, I had the pleasure to read for a new client.
It did not start well. The cards were clear, but when I explained them to her, she could not see how the message applied.
Four cards telling a clear story that the client could not relate to.
I wondered if somehow we had failed to connect.
It can happen. Years ago I learned that sometimes the cards are right, yet the client fails to make the connection.
Since then I am not so quick to dismiss the message.
Today feeling a bit uneasy, but determined to do my best, I asked my client if she had a specific question.
She did. Guess what? Some of the same cards came up again and the rest helped the previous message come through.
Is all good right?
You see, there are some cards that are very clear in a certain contest or to answer a kind of question, there are others that are not.
As an example, let’s say I want to see what kind of partner you are attracted to or need to be happy with.
A court card is great. It gives me a lot of pertinent information, while some majors like the death card or the tower or the wheel will make my work harder.
I assume you guessed by now that this particular reading was not an easy one.
In the end though I think the cards spoke loud and clear. As I brain stormed how to interpret a challenging card as an asset, how a situation could describe a partner, the pieces of the puzzle somehow fell together to reveal a clear picture.
The message from Tarot was not what my client had hoped to hear, but it offered advice that she will hopefully use to make positive changes.
All in all they were not bad cards, just a strategy to create the change the client wants.
I always make clear that I am not telling anyone what to do. I just express the perspective the cards show me, something for the client to reflect upon and make her own choice.
I am grateful for today’s challenging Tarot reading.
It stretched my thinking. It expanded my understanding of some cards. It was proof that I have grown as a reader and that I have learned from past experiences. It also helped me to apply what I have been working on for the past year or so. Staying true to the cards and yet try to be kind. Stressing how often something that comes out as a negative trait, is a positive one that is used in excess.
What I am most grateful for, is the client.
She did not hear what she hoped for. She received advice that require some soul searching and some effort. The message was not clear at first, yet she remained open to the process. In the end I believe she understood and valued what the cards had to say and she thanked me. She is a smart lady and it was my pleasure to work with her.
Tarot can be used for many reasons.
It can help us understand the past, make the most of the present and peek into the future.
You can use Tarot for yourself or to help others.
In my experience it is easier to read for others than for yourself.
I find that it is easier to interpret the cards correctly when you are not invested in the outcome.
When I read for my clients I like to have a clear question and no back ground information, that way I will not be influenced in my interpretation by the fears or hopes of my clients.
Said that, most Tarot readers and Tarot enthusiasts started by reading for themselves only.
I have been on the Tarot path since 1987, but I continue to do readings for myself on a regular base.
I find Tarot very helpful in figuring out situations, emotions, priorities.
Tarot can be a mirror. It reflects what you suspected, but could not see clearly.
When I read for myself I write down my thoughts and insights in the third person. When I cover the advice of the cards, I write it down as if they were talking to someone else. It is a small thing, but I find it helps in keeping me objective and detached while I interpret the cards.
Do you use Tarot for yourself? How? Do you have questions or suggestions?
I would love to hear from you.
Today I am going to write about the 3 of swords from the Legacy of the Divine Tarot deck by Ciro Marchetti.
3 is about group energy and therefore relations and interactions.
The Swords suit is Air, which rules matters of communication, strategy, thinking and strife.
Looking at the card I notice that only half of the face is showing.
We only have half of the picture.
I find this extremely interesting.
In most cases when there is a disagreement between two people we find out they have different versions of the same story.
We all process situations through the lenses of our personal beliefs, emotions, culture and life experience.
Next I notice the eye. It is blue, like my son’s eyes. At this moment we are upset with each other.
The person in the card is sad. A tear crosses the heart tattoo on her cheek, making it look like it is split in two.
The three swords floating in the air are located at the height of the eye, the ear and the mouth.
What we see, what we hear and what we say is a source of pain.
The hair is tightly braided. Those braids remind me of ropes and therefore bonds.
It is a fact that those we love can hurt us the most.
Why? Because they know us and because they matter to us.
Sometime the pain we inflict on others is accidental. We did not do it on purpose.
Other times we strike intentionally, particularly when we are hurt. We want to spread the pain around.
What can we learn from this card?
Relations are fragile. Words are powerful and should be used with care.
Pain is a heavy energy. It is not wise or kind to spread it around.
Two wrongs don’t make it right.
Should Tarot be self taught?
Is an intuitive approach the best way to go?
I learned to read Tarot 10 years ago by taking an intuitive approach to the cards. I was encouraged to do this by my then boyfriend, who had been working with Tarot for more than 20 years. Between his help and the help of a close friend, I learned a lot about reading for myself and other people. I eventually bought two reference books that have served as guides throughout the years: Power Tarot by Trish MacGregor & Phyllis Vega and Tarot Plain and Simple by Anthony Louis. I’ve found Meet Up groups focused on Tarot and met many fellow Tarot readers whose insights helped me see whole new layers of meaning in the cards. Now when I help someone learn how to read Tarot for themselves, I encourage them to try the intuitive approach: look at the cards, write down any words or ideas that pop up, then use reference books when a card is confusing.
Thank you for your comment.
I love knowing how other readers developed their skills.
There are many paths and that is good because there are many styles of learning.
I have also read Power Tarot and Tarot Plain and Simple. They are both great books.
I also host a Tarot Meet Up group. I find it a great way to share what I know, learn from others, meet kindred spirits and keep each other fired up and motivated on our Tarot journey.
Some of the tips I usually give are in sync with your approach.
Keep a Tarot journal. Pull a few cards each day and write your interpretation.
Write what comes to you first. Read the interpretation from a book, if you like, but only after you have written your own.
At the end of the day, or the following morning, compare what you wrote with what happened.
Were you accurate?
Was the book you consulted accurate?
Did the energy of the cards come true, but in a different way from what you expected?
If you see no relations between what transpired during the day and the cards, write down what happened.
I have found that sometimes the cards are accurate, but it will take a few more days.
Other times I have discovered a pattern, where a certain card will consistently represent something in my life that is not one of the traditional meanings.
The 8 of cups, as an example, warns me of a last minute sleep over for one of my kids, or my husband staying somewhere overnight, usually for a job that took longer than expected.
Once again, thank you Victoria for your comment.
Should Tarot be self taught?
Is an intuitive approach the best way to go?
Yesterday I received two comments on my web site. Essentially they both stated that approaching Tarot intuitively is better than learning from books or from a teacher.
Ryosuke’ s comment is too long for me to post here.
She writes that she started studying Tarot when she was only eight years old. She states that at that age it was hard for her to understand what the esoteric/ spiritual books written by adults were saying. So, she began interpreting what she saw in the illustrations.
She wrote :”I had the advantage of not being poisoned by traditional meanings early in the learning process.”
She suggests you should go with your own observations of the illustrations first, then the observations of others and finally all the books you can find.
She goes on to explain that any image can be a Tarot card and that everyone’s interpretation of the card will be different, because every person will interpret it according to his/ her own life experience.
Ryosuke unfortunately has had a sad childhood that has left her with a dark vision of life. In her own words, she expects everyone to want to hurt her.
As a reader she says she is better able to help her clients by asking them what they see in a card, rather than what she sees.
She writes that she does not have to read based on traditional meanings alone and that Tarot should always be self taught.
First, I would like to thank Ryosuke for sharing her view with me.
Second, I would like to tell her that I am sorry for the sadness and abuse she endured.
I hope she is working on it with a therapist, because expecting everyone to want to hurt her is not healthy. It must make her life very stressful.
Third. Personally I feel that a reader needs to be emotionally balanced and grounded to do a good job.
I even discourage clients to come to me when they are extremely upset. I suggest they wait a few days to calm down a bit. Clear up their minds and their intentions.
Should Tarot always be self taught?
To an extent it usually is.
Even if you take classes, you will spend a lot of time alone working with the cards. Many readers will also spend a lot of time reading Tarot books and trying to figure out what works for them. I don’t interpret the cards based only on traditional meanings. I believe most readers combine what they know about the card in front of them, with the image they see and what stands out for them at that moment. They also consider the question, the position of the cards, the surrounding cards and what comes intuitively to them.
There is nothing wrong in asking clients what they see in the cards. You get a lot of insight out of that and many readers use that approach. Of course, not all clients want to do that, so the reader has two options.
1) Be clear with potential clients about her/ his reading style.
2) Be able to read the cards without that much input from the clients.
The second point is why I believe there is merit in learning the meaning of symbols, how the elements work and interact and Numerology. In other words,
Tarot contains a lot of wisdom. The cards addresses all experiences we may have. Some people may be able to tune in without much effort, but most need help.
Also, I believe that by approaching Tarot with solid knowledge and not only intuitively, it is easier to stay detached and unbiased with our interpretation.
Thank you Ryosuke for your thought provoking comment.
I will address the other reader comment separately.
Tarot and gratitude.
Looking for expressions of gratitude in a Tarot deck is what I am doing here. Yesterday in Canada we celebrated thanks giving.
A time to reflect on all we have in life to be grateful for.
I am only picking a few cards here. I am sure there are many more, please feel free to share your own associations.
I am working with the Rider Waite deck.
3 of cups. Three ladies dance and share a toast. They look happy and grateful to be together and for the bounty of fruits around them.
6 of cups. An older child seems to appreciate the presence of a younger one. He gives her some flowers. She gratefully accepts the gift.
6 of pentacles. A well dressed man is in the process of giving money to a beggar, while another waits.
The rich one recognizes his own prosperity and shares it with the less fortunate, who eagerly accepts the help.
9 of pentacles. A lavishly dressed woman stands in a rich garden with a falcon on her left hand.
I associate the card with someone who has done well for herself and who loves spending time at home. She appreciates and values her achievements.
Queen of pentacles. She is an organized, reliable and efficient person. She is grounded and practical. She is generous. She knows that she has enough to share with others and generously does so.
I hope you enjoyed it. Just a simple exercise to play with the cards and to recognize the gifts in everyday life.
1) What was the gift of my last birthday? 8p E.
2) What did I learn in my 50th year? Ace p. E.
3) What am I leaving behind in my 51th year? 3p E.
4) What am I welcoming in my 51st year? Emperor 4F.
5) What will I learn in my 51st year? Ace w. F.
6) What will I be most graceful for in my 51st year? 10 c. W.
7) What mantra would help me most throughout this year? The Sun 19= 1+9 =10 = 1 F.
Teaching and learning.
I did both.
I taught Tarot classes. I hosted Meet Ups where I shared my experience. I also attended workshops and networked with other Tarot readers, observing, reflecting and learning.
In my 50th year I was equally eager to teach and to learn.
2) What I learned in my 50th year was the Ace of Pentacles.
Appreciation. I learned to dig deeper. I learned to ground better. I recognized how much I have accomplished. I learned to relax more and use what I have at my disposal. I learned not to be afraid to get a bit messy.
3) What am I leaving behind in my 51st year? 3 of Pentacles.
The need for perfection.
I am a Virgo. I like to be prepared. I like to have a plan A, a plan B and a plan C. I hate the idea of embarrassing myself.
It only took me 50 years to understand that I am my worst critic.
My fear of embarrassing my self has prevented me in the past to try some things.
I have always liked the Emperor. With him you always know where you stand.
2014 Numerologically is a personal year 4 for me. Therefore 2015 is going to be a personal year 5. A year full of change.
I gather from the Emperor that my approach to all that instability will be organization.
I will try to plan as much as I can. I will avoid procrastination and confusion as much as possible.
I will keep order in my daily life to be able to deal the best I can with the aspects of life that I cannot control.
5) What I will learn in my 51st year is the ace of wands. 1F.
I will learn to dare and go out on a limb. Expand my horizons.
Take a calculated risk.
Follow my passion, seize the day. Live life fully with courage and fun.
6) What I will be most grateful for in my 51st year is the 10 of cups.
This is a beautiful card. It speaks of inner peace, joy and gratitude.
A Knowing that comes from within. It suggests living in harmony with who I am and with those around me.
This card reminds me of Summer in Tuscany. That is where I was born and raised.
I think there is a message here.
In considering my new affirmation for the next 12 months, I need to remember who I am and where I come from.
In other words, my new motto should reflect who I am now, how I see life and the path that got me here.
Considering the presence of the ace of fire, I would say …
Live in the present.
Seize the day.
Look at the bright side.
See the possibilities.
Live life fully.
Be warm, be active, be a bright light.
All beautiful suggestions. I shall do my best.
3) A combination of divination and guidance.
1) The clients that want a pure divination reading are looking for information into the future. They want to know what will happen .
They may ask about career choices. Is their job secure? They may ask about love. Will their relationship last? Will they find their true love? Will their ex come back? They may ask about a law suit. Will they win? You get the idea.
2) The clients that want a guidance only reading are not interested in the future as much as in working with the present.
They want to understand: What is going on? Where are they coming from? How are they sabotaging them selves? What can they do to help the situation?
3) The clients that want a combination of both are open to see what the Tarot has to say. As in:
How are they emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually? Where were their priorities in the past, now and what will they be concerned with in the next 6 to 9 months?
They may want to look into areas of their lives to get a more objective view of the situation. They may look at the facts, their perspective, what roles other play in the situation. Where their personal strengths and weaknesses are. In other words, those clients want to peek into the near future as well as examine their present and their options.
I believe there is room and purpose for each style of Tarot reading. Each has dangers, benefits and limits.
The same reader can be perceived as great by a client and bad by another. It is a matter of expectations.
What kind of reading does the client seek? What kind of reading does the reader provide? Are they a good fit?
Client 1 tend to believe in destiny, that their future is set and there is not much they can do about it.
They just want to know. They do not take responsibility for it.
Their reader must share their belief and be accurate all the time. Client 1 would be very unhappy with a Guidance only kind of reading.
Client 2 does not believe in destiny.
They want better understanding of themselves and their situations. They want readings that will give them knowledge, understanding and the power to affect the situation the best way they can.
They are on a journey to understand themselves and life at a deeper level.
Client 2 would not be happy with a Divination only kind of reading.
I believe there are different kinds of readers that provide this kind of counsel.
Psychologists that do not read cards, but use their images to help their patients talk and examine situations.
Knowledgeable Tarot readers that use the images of the cards to guide their clients.
They pose deep questions to be probed by the clients, who will look for answers in the cards. The reader helps the client explore by posing the right questions at the right time.
The reader provides more questions than answers, but those questions are very helpful to the client that is ready to do the work.
The danger, in my opinion is when the reader has not done the work to learn the meaning of the cards. She is not a trained psychologist, but will interpret the images for the client often using her personal beliefs to guide her in the situation.
Two people who have no knowledge of the cards, or the meanings of the symbols depicted in them, can look at the same card and get two very different stories. Why? Because their interpretation comes unfiltered from their emotions at that moment and their life experience.
I have a problem with this kind of untrained reader. I worry she may project her fears, her personal beliefs and indoctrination into the reading. The client may simply end up with the personal advice of the reader masked by the “authority” of the cards.
Client 3. Are open to explore different views of the situation they are experiencing. They are curious. They have questions. They are ready to assume responsibility for their lives. They engage in the reading. They listen to what is being said with an open mind. In the end they make their own decisions.
Their kind of reader is open to read in both a prognostic kind of way, as well as a guidance kind of reading.
This kind of reader does not believe that the future is set in stone.
She looks at life like a road with many twists and turns. Where our choices affect our present and therefore our future. Where we can control a lot, but not all, as we are not islands and everyone around us with their own actions affects our reality.
In a way we control our choices and the way we react to events. This kind of reader will try to help you make the most with the situation at hand.
She will give suggestions, but leave the decisions up to you. She will tell you what the Tarot advise even if that is not what she would personally suggest, but she recognizes the client is there for the wisdom of Tarot, not her personal beliefs.
To sum it up. I am a good fit for client 3. I respect honest readers in all 3 groups.
I wish all clients to be aware of what they want, that way they can find the reader that matches their expectations and needs.
Thanks for reading this. Feel free to comment on my face book page.