The seasons have definitely shifted, haven’t they? Even though the sunshine has stayed longer into the year than I’d imagined it would, the evenings are arriving that much quicker and I have noted a distinct drop in temperature.
My first Circle!
After firing off emails to those I have taught through my beginner’s courses, I held my first tarot circle in a shop in West Malling, Kent, this month. A handful of us squeezed into the lovely little Tudor shop on a chilly Thursday evening. Armed with biscuits and coffee, we chatted about tarot, decks, and spreads. It was the first time that the students from both of my courses had met. I knew they would all get along and I can already see that the group is going to be strong and share a lot of laughs. There is a wonderful respect for each others opinion amongst us. I noticed how everyone enjoyed to listen, as well as talk.
Even though I am facilitating the circle, I want it to be the group which sets the guidelines. We begin with a little time focused on each of us, where we go around the circle and share how our last month with tarot has been. We discuss readings we have performed, new decks we have purchased and share our difficulties. This time, one lady broke out her new [Kat Black] Golden Tarot and a big discussion grew around The Tower. We have decided that we will look into a number each month, so in December we will be starting with the number 1, The Magician and the four Aces.
The circle is only open to those who have been on my course. It is a little extra for those who sign up and is a way for my students to keep a hand in and talk with others on the same path. I gain no profit from the small fee I charge, which is used for the evening’s rent and refreshments. I have wanted to do something like this for a long time and thanks to Tracy Sharman at Talking Spirit, I now have a venue I can use for this circle and my classes.
Third Run for my Beginner’s Class!
In three months time, I have planned to teach my beginner’s class again. I received such a great response from my last group, which filled me with joy.
I will be running the course from the same venue as last time, Talking Spirit, in Swan Street, West Malling. It is a small shop, so places are limited. Of course, it would be nice to reach more people, but having a small number of students means that my classes are more intimate and everyone gets attention and a chance to ask questions. There is a reduction in price for anyone who pays in full.
I get a real buzz from teaching the tarot. I try to make my classes as interactive and fun as possible. My aim is to help people use the cards for them self, so have designed exercises which focus on the practical side of reading for self-reflection and for those who wish to eventually read the tarot for others. By setting aside time for reading-practice, my classes have helped the less-confident of readers trust their own knowledge and intuition and find their own tarot voice.
It has taken me a long time to get my own domain. In the past, I have used free website-builders, which have been good, but simply filled the gap. This month, I bit the bullet and bought tiferettarot.com.
Putting a website together is no mean feat. There were more than a handful of head-scratching-moments and even more times where I cursed at the screen in frustration. Thankfully, I have enough graphics experience to put all of my flyers, banners and pages together, but sorting out my new shop and how to get one thing to link to another really tested my patience.
However, after a week or two of working on it, tiferettarot.com is now up and running. Even though most of the magic happens here on this blog, it is a base where new clients or those interested in tarot can find out about me, my services, and also pick up a free desktop wallpaper in my free section. The shop is not yet full, but I will soon be offering a wide array of specialised email and Skype readings, as well as homemade tarot pouches, painted shoes and other tarot accessories.
Tarot Bags and the Plus-size Deck
As many of you are well aware, a lot of tarot decks do not come with a decent tuck-box. Take the kits from Llewellyn as an example – they arrive in bulky packaging [to accommodate their hefty accompanying books] and are often only shrink-wrapped. There is a simple (but not terribly useful or attractive) white box within their packs, so most readers end up seeking alternative homes for their decks. Besides, the large packaging takes up a lot of space.
I have bought many tarot bags over the years but have found some to be too roomy. They have allowed the deck to move about too freely inside and the odd couple of cards have become bent. In other cases, I have found standard bags too small for larger decks.
I have handmade a new range of pouches this month, with my focus on the plus-size deck. A Hay House set would fit perfectly into one of these, but your Druidcraft would sit snuggly here too.
Each bag is made from attractive fabrics, is fully-lined, and has a layer of wadding inserted for extra protection. Each has a wristlet and a front-pocket, which would comfortably hold a little-white-book or small manual. You might want to put some of your business cards in the front or a few spread notes. Rather than a zip, each bag has a strong metallic closure at its mouth – some in silver and some in bronze, to suit the style of each fabric. So, if you’re looking for a new home for one of your larger tarot sets (as big as Doreen Virtue’s Angel Tarot, but not as large as the Sirian Starseed), then maybe one of these might be a solution. They will be hitting the shop on my site this month, as well as being available at Talking Spirit. If you feel lucky, why not enter my give-away and try to win one!
Tarot has brought about more opportunities this month. It has certainly kept me busy. If you fancy commenting on any of the stories in this post, please do. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!
© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014
Talking Spirit can be found at Mill Yard Craft Centre, 26 Swan St, West Malling, Kent ME19 6LP