BATS 2011

August 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

So the 20th anniversary of the Bay Area Tarot Symposium, otherwise known as BATS 2011, has come to a close. It was FABULOUS!!

So many wonderful people, incredible Tarot insights, and of course a chance to spend all my limited funds on new decks and Tarot books.

It was so much fun that’s there’s almost too much to talk about. So I’ve taken the easy route and just posted some photos instead.

My pictures don’t nearly do the event justice, but hopefully they’re enough to give you a taste of what it was like.

Thank you Thalassa, and to all the presenters, volunteers, vendors and participants. It was an amazing conference, and I can’t wait to get back for year 21.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 8/31/11

August 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

King of Wands from Georgie's Tarot

King of Wands

Tuesday, August 31, 2011
King of Wands

Creative vision, a fiery temperament, inspirational thinking – it could be an exciting day.   You have the capacity to focus your passionate energy into something constructive.

If it’s been difficult to get going with an enterprise that really matters to your soul, this is a great day to clear through the cobwebs. Take your fire and run with it.

But don’t forget to enjoy your strength wisely.  No one likes a tyrant. Get to work on your goal, but don’t assume that everyone else is going to follow your lead. They might be feeling a lot like you are today and are probably looking for some followers themselves.

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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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Moon in Libra – High Priestess in Justice's Clothing

August 30th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The High Priestess in Justice's Clothing

High Priestess as Justice

The Moon moved into Libra today, and will stay there until Thursday.

Looking at this transit through the lens of the Tarot, it would be like the High Priestess is wearing Justice’s clothing. She takes on the mantle of the Karmic Decider.

With the High Priestess as Justice, or the Moon in Libra, we might be required to face up to something and decide.

Our emotions will demand respect. If we’ve leaned too far back or forward, we’ll probably find ourselves moving just as dramatically the other way.

It can be a slightly challenging period, perhaps a little manic. But by the time it’s done, something is likely to have been decided upon.

Don’t be alarmed by conflicting emotions. They’re there because you can see both sides. It’s not good enough though to just acknowledge them and walk away.

During this transit you’re being asked to take a stand one way or another. And you’ve got the wisdom and power to do so.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 8/30/11

August 30th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The King of Swords from Georgie's Deck

King of Swords

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The King of Swords

Clear rational thinking is at the fore today.  Is there something you need to take control of?  Have you been wavering and wishy-washy lately?  Stop procrastinating.

Focus, take charge and get it done.   Have the courage to be clear and rational.  Cut through the fog and let logic rule the day.

You know who you are, you know what you want and you’re sure you deserve it.   Go to it.  But beware of dictating what’s best for those around you.

You might know how to take care of yourself, but let others take care of their own lives, their own way.

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CBD Tarot

August 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Le Bateleur or The Magician from Yoav Ben-Dov's CBD Tarot

Le Bateleur

Yoav Ben-Dov has reproduced Nicholas Conver’s 1760 Tarot of Marseille, and he shows us how he does it.

In the video below, you can see the restoration process with the Magician as an example.

The CBD Tarot restoration is based on several versions of the Conver deck printed between the early 19th century and 1960.

The black lines from each of the decks he used were printed from the same woodcuts made in 1760. Only the colouring is different.

Ben-Dove copied the lines by hand with ink on paper, then scanned them into a computer in order to clean them up, and re-colour them.

He made some other changes as well, that you can see in the video. You can take a look at all the cards on his website.

It’s a nice deck.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 8/29/11

August 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

#7 The Chariot from Georgie's Tarot

#7 The Chario

Thursday, August 18, 2011
#7 – The Chariot

Today you’ll likely see some movement. The Chariot is the card of change, the card that takes you places.  Having finally determined the direction you’d like to go, now is the time to get cracking and go there.

Changing jobs, moving house or some sort of travel are the larger manifestations of the Chariot energy.  Sometimes though, it might bring no more than a strong desire to redecorate your living room or go for a long drive.

However it plays out, try not to give up if the going gets a little tough.  More often then not, just sticking it out and playing for real is all it takes to ensure victory.  You’ve come this far already, why would you give up now?

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Justice and Bellydance – a perfect balance

August 28th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Take a look at this bellydance rendition of the Justice, or Adjustment card, by Irina Akulenko.

Talk about balancing the Sword of Power! She’s incredible.

The clip is from last year’s performance of Tarot – Fantasy Bellydance by Venus Uprising, a bellydance troupe in New York City.

They’re keeping the ancient art very modern. After watching some of their videos I can’t help but want to bellydance myself.

The whole performance is available on DVD through WorldDance New York, where you can find more clips from the show.

Pictures of each of the Tarot characters are posted on the Venus Uprising site.

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Moon in Virgo – High Priestess in the Hermit's Clothing

August 28th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The High Priestess wearing the Hermit's clothing

High Priestess as Hermit

The Moon moves into Virgo today and will be there until Tuesday.

From a Tarot perspective, you might think of this transit as the High Priestess wearing the Hermit’s clothes. She’s putting on her cowl.

The Moon in Virgo, or High Priestess in the Hermit’s clothing, is a time for practical, quiet reflection. Seeking the advice of an expert, and listening carefully to what they have to say could be worthwhile.

Or maybe someone will be asking you for your advice.

Your home is more important now than the outside world. Start thinking how to make it more practical. You might not be ready to do the work just yet, but this is a great time to plan.

Emotionally, it’s a time of calm. Perfect for listening and reflecting rather than acting out in passion. Take your time. There’s no rush.

Study, organization, contemplation, solitude, emotional self-reflection. Don’t be afraid to be alone right now. There’s lot’s to do on your own.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 8/28/11

August 28th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ace of Cups from Georgie's Tarot

Ace of Cups

Sunday, August 28, 2011
Ace of Cups

Emotional renewal is the name of the game today.  A new way of feeling about something and/or somebody is about to emerge.  Perhaps you’re feeling it already – it’s like that first hint of spring or when a magnolia tree finally blossoms after a long cold winter.

Joy and hope are in the air and accessible to you.  Throw away any gloom you’ve been dragging around and wake up to the inspiration of postive emotions.  There’s a sense that anything can happen and it’s probably going to be good. Be receptive to the love that’s around you and give it back in kind.

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