Caravaggio's 'The Fortune Teller' is in Louisville, Kentucky

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

'Fortuneteller' by Caravaggio

'The Fortune Teller' by Caravaggio

If you’re in or around Louisville, Kentucky, get down to Speed Art Museum by June 5th.

The museum, in association with the Foundation for Italian Art and Culture, has brought to the US a few paintings by the Italian master Caravaggio.

These pieces are rarely seen outside of Italy, so it’s quite a treat. Especially exciting is his masterpiece entitled The Fortune Teller, created in 1595.

On loan from the Capitoline Museum and Picture Gallery in Rome, it depicts a young woman reading the palm of a foppish young man, while surreptitiously slipping a gold ring off his finger.

It looks like there’s been unscrupulous types in this business for some time now.

Though it might portray the worst of the trade, it’s a gorgeous painting and well worth seeing in person.
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And if you’re interested in themes of fortune-telling in art, you might want to check out Mary K. Greer’s webinars, Cartomancers in Western Art, Part 1 and 2 (available for download), or cruise around her website. She’s done a lot of incredible work on the subject.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 5/23/11

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Prince of Wands from Georgie's Tarot

Prince of Wands

Monday, May 23, 2011
Prince of Wands

Charge forward with strength and vitality.  This is a day of power, passion and growing energy. Your plan is in place and now’s the time to take it to the next step.  Use your internal fire to take you where you’re tying to go.

You don’t need to wait till everything’s perfect to start moving.  In fact, more often than not, things don’t start falling where they should until you start shifting them up and get some excitement going.  Take a chance that you know what you’re doing and act on it.  Believe in yourself and don’t be shy.

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Beyond Worlds – Tarot Intensive #9

May 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

#14 Temperance from Georgie's Tarot

#14 Temperance

Tonight on Beyond Worlds it’s Tarot Intensive #9.

And tonight’s featured guests are Temperance and the Devil. Balance seeking and balance breaking. They’re quite a team.

#15 The Devil from Georgie's Tarot

#15 The Devil

Join Donnaleigh de LaRose, Theresa Reed, myself and one of our brand new co-hosts, Marcia McCord, as we explore a couple of angels from two distinctly different realms.

We’ll be live in the chatroom and would love to see you there. Or call in at 646-200-0765.

Beyond Worlds Tarot Intensive #9
Sunday, May 22, 2011
7:00 pm EDT (4:00 pm PDT)

for a complete list of the Tarot Intensive classes, click here.

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Moon in Aquarius – High Priestess in the Star's Clothing

May 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

High Priestess in Star's Clothing

High Priestess in Star's Clothing

The Moon moves into Aquarius today and stays there until Tuesday.

Described in Tarot cards, this transit would be like the High Priestess is dressed as the Star. In other words, her robes are gone and she’s naked as the bird in the tree behind her.

The Moon in Aquarius, or High Priestess in the Star’s clothing, can sometimes be emotionally stressful. Hope may be in the air, but it’s a cautious hope.

Emotionally you feel like sharing, bubbling over with dreams for the future. But your mind keeps getting in the way, reminding you that dreams can sometimes be nightmares.

Try not to spend what could be a nice time double guessing yourself or listing off all the reasons things could go wrong. They might. But they probably won’t.

Be real, but not a wet blanket. Rather than smothering your dreams, direct them with intelligence.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 5/22/11

May 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

#19 The Sun from Georgie's Tarot

#19 The Sun

Sunday, May 22, 2011
#19 – The Sun

You’ve made it!  Enjoy!  It feels great to be alive.  After the long journey you’ve finally managed to get to the other side of the night.

There’s no need to be shy – express yourself and let everyone see you smile.

You have confidence now and boundaries no longer pen you in.  Creativity carries you forward as if in a dream.

Focus your imagination and you can manifest what you will.  Be open, free and alive.

Let’s see you shine!

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Best Illusion of 2011

May 21st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

This video has nothing to do with Tarot, but it does show us that what we see isn’t always what we’re looking at.

The clip is called ‘Silencing Awareness of Change by Background Motion’ and recently won the 2011 Best Illusion of the Year from the Neural Correlate Society.

It was created by Jordan Suchow and George Alvarez from Harvard.

When the coloured dots start spinning, it might seem like they’ve stopped changing colour. But that’s not the case. It’s just what our brain is telling us.

Concentrate on the white dot in the center, and see what you see.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 5/21/11

May 21st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Eight of Wands from Georgie's Tarot

8 of Wands

Saturday, May 21, 2011
8 of Wands

Swift communication is at the forefront today.  Have you applied for something and been waiting to hear back?  Expecting some news to finally come down the wire?

Or maybe it will be a surprise. One way or another, the message is on its way and your wait is almost over.  You’ll know soon enough.

Now that your plans are in action, things will start moving quickly.  Communicate what you want and don’t be shy about it.

How else will people know what you’re thinking?  This is the time to get your ideas out there and your message heard.

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Sun in Gemini – Sun in the Clothes of the Lovers' Angel

May 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Sun as the Lovers' Angel

Sun as the Lover's Angel

The Sun moved into Gemini today and stays there until June 21st.

Through the eyes of the Tarot, this transit is like the Sun is wearing the clothes of the Lovers’ Angel. He’s thrown on a robe and donned some wings.

The Sun is the light. He’s unfocused joy, liberation and freedom. There’s no need for clothes because there’s no need to hide.

He’s the dawn after a long, shadowy night. Clarity and enthusiasm after confusion and fear.

The Sun is victory and power embodied in a child.

The Lovers are two opposites coming together. They’re two sides of one coin. Vulnerable, yet welcoming, they’re naked and unashamed.

Relating, communicating and trying to decide are what they do best. They’re inspired to know everything they can. And to share what they discover.

The Lovers are commitment. They commit to each other, and more importantly to themselves. When they say ‘I do’, they mean it.

The Sun is happy in this position, maybe a little more restrained than usual, but comfortable. His horse has become his robes, and his red flag has turned into wings.

The Sun above him shines almost as bright as he’s used to. And of course he’s got no problem with nudity.

The Sun in Gemini, or the Sun wearing the clothes of the Lovers’ Angel, is an excellent time to see all sides of a situation. And a good time to keep your mind open wide to inspiration.

When you do make a decision, it’s one that should stick. Or at least, it should be taken seriously.

If there are any issues that need working through, let them out for review. Clarity is at a high and the big picture is easy to see.

Is there something in your life that needs to be united? How about severed? It could go either way, or some way you didn’t expect at all.

Stay flexible, but serious, joyful and sincere. Love and sensitivity flourish as the Sun commits to a brand new season.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 5/20/11

May 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

2 of Disks from Georgie's Tarot

2 of Disks

Friday, May 20, 2011
2 of Disks

There’s so much to do right now you probably feel you can’t keep up.  Don’t worry –  you can.

Just keep things in motion and try to stay focused on whatever task you’re working on at each particular moment.  You’ve got more than enough energy for everything right now, try not to give up.

Emotionally things might get a little hairy, but as with your work, you’re more than able to cope.

The changes going on in your life right now are good ones. You’ve put them into motion yourself and you’ll be just fine.

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Meridian, Mississippi Revisits Fortune-Telling Issue

May 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

It looks like Meridian, Mississippi might just lift their ban on fortune-telling businesses after all.

Though City Council voted last April to maintain the 38 year old ban, just this week, the issue was revisited.

This time round, instead of only one voice in opposition to the ban, the majority of the Council seems to support the change.

It’s not that they support psychics, so much as they fear having a lawsuit brought against them for trying to enforce an unconstitutional law.

If the ban is lifted, council intends to have psychic or fortune-telling businesses restricted to particular areas of the city, not just to particular business zones.

Action will likely be taken over the next couple of council meetings.

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