With Christmas nearly here, things have been busy.
Something new on the Menu!
At the beginning of the month, I met with two local business owners, who wish to hold a tarot evening at their Kent-based cafe.
The Living Cafe is situated within the centre of Maidstone in Kent. It is a popular choice for many, since it has a warm feel and a home-cooked menu. It has claimed much praise from those who have dined there. I’ve had breakfast and lunch at the cafe many times myself.
The Living Cafe’s new owners, Jo and Lisa, are keen to expand on what they offer their customers by adding entertainment and events to their evening schedules; so on a chilly Thursday morning, we discussed the possibility of my holding a reading evening there and delivering one of my beginners tarot courses some months later. I hope that working with The Living Cafe might help to establish my tarot practice within a second local community. The course will be identical to those I have already run but this new venue would make it available to students who are unable to travel to West Malling or who are not connected to a spiritual centre.
My tarot evening will be on January 15th. The cafe has a basement which I will work from, allowing my clients to sit on the ground floor, chat, eat, and drink while they wait for their reading. There will be a schedule of appointments, staggered throughout the evening. I am really hoping that this will be a success and that it will provide a boost to both my business and the The Living Cafe’s trade.
The Deck is Finished!
At the beginning of the month, I completed my second tarot deck. This was subsequently followed with an interview by fellow tarot reader, Matt Harris (left).
Matt is the owner of Ashes and Wine Tarot. He is a reader and tarot-writer, who I discovered through the blogging community. After discussing his interview with the author and illustrator of The Beautiful Creatures Tarot, he asked if he could interview me about my unpublished deck. Of course, I said yes and we got to work.
The most difficult thing for me was to find a name for the set. After many hours of thinking about it, I decided on The Spirit within the Shadows Tarot. You can read Matt’s interview here.
With the deck completed, I am now looking at publishing options. I would love a mainstream publisher to take on the title but have also approached printing companies to see how much it would cost to self-publish. If I was to do this, would you be interested in purchasing a copy, dependent on a realistic price?
I have been reading regularly from Talking Spirit this month, meeting with some new clients and a few familiar faces. It is always a real compliment when someone returns for a reading with me. As well as reading, I have also kept up with my work at the sewing machine, slowly adding new items to my Tiferet Tarot store. As well as continuing to make and sell tarot pouches, I have been putting together a selection of cushion covers, based around my study of Kabbalah.
I have been studying through The Kabbalah Centre for over a decade and the wisdom I have accumulated is distributed within all of my readings. I have often wanted to use the ten Sephirot of The Tree of Life and the twenty-two Hebrew letters within my visual art. This month, I have used the letters to inspire cushion covers. Many of these handmade covers will be hitting the shop in January.
With each letter comes meaning and power. Each design has been appliquéd in layers and is finished with a zig-zag stitch. All cushions have zip closures, with a fabric covering to hide them. In this photo, you can see Vav and Bet.
I have been drawn to the alphabet for many years, seeing their shapes within the nature around me, so this is a project which is particularly dear to my heart.
© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014
Should you wish to comment on any of this months stories, please do. As always, I welcome your thoughts, testimonials or questions.
To book an in-person reading with me or to enquire about or reserve a place on my February beginners tarot course at Talking Spirit, please call Lorraine on 07930 539004. Talking Spirit is situated at Mill Yard Craft Centre, 26 Swan St, West Malling, Kent ME19 6LP
To book a place at the Living Cafe reading evening, please call Jo or Lisa on 01622 756445. The Living Cafe is situated at 28 Earl Street, Maidstone ME14 1PP.
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