Finishing old courses … and planning new ones!
Last week, I finished my first public tarot course for beginners. Run from a small shop in Kent, I delivered five weekly 3-hour classes, with the aim of guiding tarot-newbies towards reading small spreads without assistance. Some had already dipped their toes into the world of tarot card reading, where as one lady had never used a deck before. Starting with the first twenty pips of the Minor Arcana, I built their understanding of the deck up, week by week, through theory, debate, and [of course] practice. I was very lucky to have extremely open-minded and enthusiastic students, who soaked up all of the information they were given. Each lady invested 100% into her tarot practice and received her reward through confidence, understanding, and a familiarity with the entire tarot deck.
Even though I was extremely proud of all they’d achieved during those five weeks, I did feel sad to conclude the course last Thursday. I will miss meeting with this group of women on a weekly basis.
As we all know, with each ending comes a new beginning. Due to requests, I will be starting a local tarot circle. Run from the same shop, it will be open to those who have participated in my course. For a minimal fee (to cover rent and refreshments), I am planning to organise monthly meets, where tarot beginners and enthusiasts can discuss new decks, share experiences, ask each other questions, and practice. I will probably put together an exercise or spread each month, possibly focusing on the energy of just one card.
As well as the circle, I am planning to offer a refresher session for previous course attendees before Christmas, one-off workshops, and take orders for another five-week beginners course in February. I love to teach at Talking Spirit. Since the shop is small, it provides an intimate and friendly atmosphere to learn in.
A Deck of Silhouettes is almost complete!
As we bolt towards 2015, I am almost at the end of designing my silhouette tarot deck. The project began as a way of illustrating this blog, but as the months have passed, I have received many enquiries about the cards. I’d never considered them becoming a physical deck initially; I just wanted to bring life to these pages. However, with their colour-coded suits and simplicity, I can see how both beginners and advanced practitioners might enjoy the deck in their readings.
Even though I have received some advice from a soon-to-be-published friend, I have stepped back from looking into publication until the deck is complete. I have no idea if a publisher would be interested in my tarot silhouettes. I hope to approach companies in the not-so-distant-future but if you like them and have the means to get this deck into print, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me now! With just thirteen left to design (and a few to tweak), the job is almost done.
A True Classic
A few weeks ago, I reviewed Barbara Moore’s Classic Tarot. I’d been intrigued by it for a while but never thought it would demand any kind of real attention amongst my large tarot collection. I am mentioning the set here because I have used it exclusively since I got it. The borderless images have brought colour and movement into my readings and it has quickly become my go-to pack.
I have been listening to the Telesummit calls (organised by Kim Wilborn) daily and have used this set for the exercises and meditations. I did try to use another tarot for one of the sessions, but quickly re-grouped them, put them away, and grabbed my close-at-hand Classic Tarot. As a follow-up to my review, I can tell you that the deck is still as punchy as it was on opening it.
Put the Right Foot Forward
My final on-the-go project involves making tarot shoes. As some people on Twitter and Instagram know, I have begun to decorate pumps with tarot designs. My initial trial incorporated the Rider Waite Hanged Man, 3 of Swords, Moon, Sun, Wheel of Fortune and Ace of Pentacles into just one pair of men’s shoes. All pumps are painted with fabric pens and paint, so should be resistant to the elements. I plan to produce more one-off sets of shoes in time, so keep an eye out for them!
Tarot has dealt me many opportunities over the last couple of months and I look forward to seeing what it brings next. If you fancy commenting on any of the stories in this post, please do. I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!
© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014
Illustrations from the Silhouette Tarot and on his Tarot Shoes by Steven Bright
Cover illustration from Barbara Moore’s Classic Tarot by Eugene Smith
Forthcoming courses and personal tarot readings can be booked through Talking Spirit