Tarot on a Supermarket Wall

March 15th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

On my recent trip to San Francisco, I came across a tile mural on the side of a Safeway store.

It was created back in 1959 by John Garth, who apparently made a number of such mosaics for Safeway stores across the country.

It’s an impressive piece meant to depict how the foods of the world are grown, toiled over, and ultimately transported to shopping carts at Safeway stores everywhere.

When I saw it though, my Tarot radar went off and three cards jumped out of the picture – the 10 of Wands, the 3 of Pentacles, and the 9 of Pentacles …

Tarot in the Mosaic

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A Tarot Message On Some Tiles

March 4th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

My trip to San Francisco was wonderful! Though I didn’t get as much time to explore the city as I would have liked, I did manage to do a little TarotSpotting while I was there.

Take a look at the step tiles I came across on a walk down towards the water.

To me they seemed like a little Tarot blessing for all who passed by.

The Ace of Wands, the Sun, and Temperance – may inspiration, creative enlightenment, and divine balance be yours.

SF tiles

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Bay Area Tarot Symposium 2012 – august 27-28

May 10th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

In case you’re making travel plans for the summer and haven’t yet decided where to go, may I suggest San Francisco during the last week of August.

Not only will you get to spend some time in one of the most beautiful cities in the US, you’ll be there in time for the 21st annual Bay Area Tarot Symposium, aka BATS.

Produced by the fabulous Thalassa in association with the Daughters of Divination, BATS is the oldest running Tarot conference in the world.

Having been there myself the last couple of years, I understand why it keeps going strong. It’s just great. I can’t wait to get back!

This years’ line-up hasn’t yet been announced, but pre-registration is open and there’s early-bird specials for those who already know they want to attend.

The conference will be held August 27 and 28th at the Golden Gateway Holiday Inn.

Watch the BATS website for updates. This year is going to be especially fun!

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Chariots of San Francisco

August 30th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m on the road again today, this time going home. San Francisco was amazing, and BATS 2011 was a grand success.

I’ll be posting some pictures from BATS tomorrow, but in honour of my travel home, and the wonderful city I’ve been visiting, I thought I’d post a picture of some San Francisco Chariots …

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Tarot in the Streets of San Francisco

August 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

I’m in San Francisco right now and loving it!

And as I like to do when I’m home, I’m running around with my camera, looking for Tarot symbols in the streets.

I started making a San Francisco deck last year while I was here, and I’d love to finish it this time round. But these hills are daunting, and I’ve got so many pictures to find.

It might take another visit to finish the job, but that would be okay. I’ll be more than happy to come back.

Here are a couple of shots I took last year. One might end up the Empress, and the other, the Lovers.

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The Ritual Project

November 18th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

The Ritual Project

The Ritual Project

If you’re a music loving mystic and happen to be in San Francisco this weekend, stop by the San Francisco World Music Festival. Door Dog Music Productions has put together The Ritual Project: Offering | Entering the Fire | Feasting.

Through the exploration of ancient rites and rituals, The Ritual Project has brought together artists from diverse cultures and spiritual traditions.  By sharing the spirit, this musical project is looking for ways to understand our obligations to a world that is changing so profoundly around us.

On the overtly mystical side, the show includes rituals of the Tibetan Shamans of the Himalayan and Pamir Steppes, the spirit infused classical music of India, initiation rites of the West Africa and Caribbean Santeria, Humaya singers and dancers of the Costanoan, Jewish Aramaic rites for the dead and the Chinese I-Ching.

Musically, you’ll find Afro-Cuban percussionist John Santos, Burmese harpist Su Wai, Uzbek percussionist Abbos Kosimom, Tibetan opera singer Techung, Chinese percussionist Wang Wei, Indian tabla master Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, South Indian violinist Anuradha Sridhar and a number of Bay Area youth ensembles.

Sounds like it’ll sound fantastic.

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