As my mother recovers from two strokes, my work and momentum has picked up. I have been told that this is not the best time of year for tarot clients. It has been quiet but people are slowly beginning to find me again. I was fully booked this week in the shop and have read for some great international clients throughout February via email and Skype. As more people discover Tiferet Tarot, my thoughts for the future grow. However, with each new potential idea or proposition, something else gets placed on an already-overcrowded back burner.
Talkin’ Tarot with Theresa
I was honoured to be featured on the blog of Theresa Reed this month. I have followed the Tarot Lady for some time and we’ve steadily built up an online friendship. Theresa’s no-nonsense approach to tarot fits well with me, since it is in line with my own practice. She has a professional and practical demeanour, which I guess is what attracts so many clients to her business. She’s passionate about what she does and works extremely hard.
Each month, Theresa picks a reader and profiles them on her site. She asks a series of questions about their practice and gives their sites and blogs some extra exposure. What I like about Theresa is that she is not out for herself alone – she puts a lot of energy into helping others and publicising them and her generosity claims no fee. She genuinely wishes to support other people in this profession.
You can read her Talkin’ Tarot article and interview with me here. Many thanks Theresa!
I began working with two new students this month. Since beginning to teach tarot at the end of last Summer, this is the third intake. The response from previous students has been good but garnering interest in tarot-training has not been easy. As time moves on, I realise that many customers prefer one-off punchy workshops to courses which require a lot of commitment. With this in mind, I have put together ideas for new classes.
The majority of my professional readings are tarot-related, but over the past month, I have been using oracle sets more than I ever have previously. This could have something to do with a good relationship with the Chronicles of Destiny fortune cards by Josephine & Emily Ellershaw, but generally, I want to explore this more flexible approach to divination and self-exploration.
With this in mind, I am planning an Oracle Design Class, which I will eventually run if there is enough interest. Because of time-constraints, each person would choose a number of pre-printed templates for their oracle (a choice of 10 from 40). During the day-course, they would receive guidance about how to put a convincing and useful oracle together and how it can be used for readings. The base material for deck design and construction will be collage since it is easy to work with and using it can be both intuitive and personally powerful. Some elements will be pre-cut for the novice and a demonstration will be given.
I have delivered collage-based art classes in schools before. My 11-year-old students found it a great tool for self-expression. I’d like to take that energy into oracle creation with adult practitioners. Each card will be lamenated and have its corners rounded for a professional finish. Of course, I found some time to try the process out myself. One of the nice things about collage is that you don’t need to over think it. It is a great vehicle for any artist who does not believe they can draw. You can bring images of all styles and scales together and often, the finished cards begin to speak without your needing to give them words. I hope to bring this workshop to life in the Spring. Exciting, yes?
Returning to the Dark Beach
As this month draws to a close, I have begun working on further designs for my Dark Beach Oracle. The original set of 40 cards started life in 2008. They were borderless back then, but in recent times, I have added borders and titles. Even though many people choose to cut them away from their decks, I find that having a name and a frame enriches the experience for me and gives the deck form.
In recent times, I have brought the Dark Beach to this blog for my weekly readings. It has opened up far more than I ever imagined it would and the readings have flown from within me to these pages effortlessly. After sharing some of the cards on Instagram, people have asked if they can eventually buy a set.
The problem with many of my homemade decks is copyright. Even though the images have been collaged and digitally manipulated by me, they contain photographs found online and in magazines. This has made them difficult to sell, so I am continuing to make the pack with photography of my own. I have tried out a few new ones, using pictures I have taken in the past (such as Charlie in The Nomad, above), but am looking forward to taking fresh photos of landscapes and models this year. Hopefully, the new and improved Dark Beach will become available to buy one day after all.
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To book an in-person reading with me or to enquire about or reserve a place on any of my workshops or courses 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
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