I am still alive and loved this week’s Readers Studio in NYC

Published May 5, 2016 by Laughing Dakini Tarot: Readings by Donnalee

I had a great time at this last week’s Readers Studio in New York City, and enjoyed seeing all the great folks again.  The featured speakers (Heatherleigh Navarre, Sasha Graham, and Barbara Moore) were so rewarding on themes broadly, and specifically, pertaining to facing our fears as individuals, as readers, and in dealing with ‘difficult’ cards, and extending out from there in far-ranging tarot fashion.  The presentations and exercises were all very worthwhile and I felt I learned a great deal from each of them.  I am excited to use these exercises later again for myself and see what new learning arises.

I got a kick out of speaking with a few folks and giving them ideas and having several of them (um, from different publishers, but that’s okay, because they were completely different ideas on different subjects!) be excited about ideas I gave them and decks/projects I suggested.  I love getting back in touch with the tarot community in such concentrated doses.

I bought and was given a number of new-to-me decks, and especially love The Raven’s Prophecy Deck and book, by Maggie Stiefvater–the book alone is worth a read for a different perspective on the cards, and it works so well with the deck.  I love it and have been using it a great deal.  I got a great deck bag for it handpainted by Rachel Paul, creator of The Dark Carnevale Tarot and other decks, who also gave me a fantastic deep reading one night.  Thanks so much, Rachel!  Since her decks are of cultures so unfamiliar to me, I chose the one that I knew least about, and she used that, and it worked great.  What a great experience to have a reading from the creator of the deck used!  I recommend it to anyone.

 

Oh, speaking of which, some of us were given the excellent opporunity to have a one-card reading by the excellent Rachel Pollack with the majors of the new deck she is creating with Robert Place.  I had not spent time with Rachel before, but it is like sitting down with a wise rabbinic teacher, to listen to all the stories and midrashes and origins of the cards.  The art is gorgeous too, and I have my eye on some  of the prints Robert is selling, as gifts and for myself–

 

I also love the various Visconti-Sforza deck sizes, and have been using those a lot as well.  I was fortunate enough to get a large version of the Visconti Sforza tarocchi deck from the 1970s with the Stuart Kaplan book from 1975 in it–such a treat to see the cards at that size.  Speaking of that gentleman, it was such a priovilege to meet him this weekend and to chat quite a bit about ideas for decks and projects: he has such a sharp intellect and view of the big picture, and how it is made up of details and currents.  His daughter Leslie (and I apologize for name errors if I made any!) was also acutely insightful and very friendly, and open to hearing about and discussing concepts and projects.

 

I was fortunate to have a private reading from the perceptive and helpful Andrew McGregor of The Hermit’s Lamp, up Toronto way.  He lead an intriguing class on the uses of trickster energy in tarot readings which got a lot of people excited and contributing their experiences of this.  The private reading, about some very serious subjects, was helpful, seemed very accurate, and gave advice on options to follow.  I really appreciated the opportunity to gain from his wisdom and special skills, and I look forward to working with his new book, A Tarot Of You.

 

So much went on at the event that I have hardly processed it, and will most likely detail more here at another time.  I simply wante dto get back to this blog and keep a brief record of some highlights and ideas for me to follow up on in future posts.

 

 

I am now “The Water Hand”–

Published May 9, 2015 by Laughing Dakini Tarot: Readings by Donnalee

I spent some time yesterday in New York City with the delightful Ellen Goldberg of School of Oracles ( http://www.schooloforacles.com ), having my hands photographed for her upcoming palmistry book.  We met at ACA Galleries, and it was so entertaining to me to have my palms and fingers praised extravagantly as being ‘a rare jewel’ in the sense of being ‘a water hand’, denoting psychic ability and whatever else the book will tell us all about (I’ll keep you updated as to title and release date etc.). After their egos were vastly inflated by praise, my elbows and arms were propped on pedestals, literally, to be photographed. The young photographer was very good-natured and understood the Spinal Tap reference of my teeshirt (“Make 11-11-11 Nigel Day”), and in all it was a great, diverting, time. Can’t wait for the book party!

A Year of Drops: Educate Yourself

Published April 29, 2015 by Laughing Dakini Tarot: Readings by Donnalee

This is the last in a very worthwhile series of articles on steps we can take–‘drops in the bucket’–of positive change in ecological awareness and preservation of the environment. I encourage folks to check out the whole series.

EarthSpirit Voices

by Katie LaFond

Step 12: Educate Yourself

  • Read books like Garbology, Cradle to Cradle, The Backyard Homestead and Rubbish!
  • Go to lectures and workshops
  • Places like The Haberdashery, and even the mass.gov website have many great classes you can take to learn new skills
  • Join movements! If you want to be included in emails about upcoming events, please email us at earthspirit@earthspirit.com
  • Lead by example. Not all activism is marching. If your friends and family ask about your new habits, you have some experience now.  Tell them about your experiences, reference the materials you’ve used, or you can direct them to this blog post to get started themselves.

This is the last part in Katie’s thirteen-part series in walking lightly on the Earth.  Read more:  introduction, step 1 (recycle), step 2 (reuse), step 3 (reduce), step 4 (compost), step 5 (drive less)

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“9 Easy Ways to Increase Publicity for Your Professional Tarot Services” by Benebell Wen

Published April 29, 2015 by Laughing Dakini Tarot: Readings by Donnalee

This is a tremendous resource for all of us who have any connection with ‘tarot business’ and ‘internet’, as well as whoknowswhatelse. I look forward to exploring it more fully and using much more of it. Thanks, Benebell!

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Hey you, budding tarot professional, you. Trying to figure out how to get the word out about the tarot business you just launched? Looking to work for hire as a tarot professional but the concept of PR and marketing intimidates the crap out of you? Here are 9 easy ways you can start. You can do all 9 of these this week, right now, I promise.

So. Treat this post as a checklist. Don’t know where to start with your PR and marketing? Start here, 1 through 9. Complete all of these and you’ll be off to a fantastic start. [This is kind of assuming you’ve already done the social media basics, like gotten your own domain name URL, created a Facebook page for your new business, and created a Twitter or Instagram account.]

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“Lunatic, Street Person or Vagabond Hippie?” by Mary Greer

Published April 29, 2015 by Laughing Dakini Tarot: Readings by Donnalee

Here is a timely post by Mary Greer, whom I met this weekend at Readers Studio 2015 and got a chance to chat a bit about The Fool with. I am very pro-Fool these days!

Mary K. Greer's Tarot Blog

Beggar - 4 views - Version 2Jester, pilgrim, mendicant or child?

Will the real Fool please step up?

Does the Tarot Fool bring up the rear in a long parade of triumphal figures, a warning about what will happen if one fails on the spiritual path? Or does he appear at the beginning, full of trust and hope, setting out on a new adventure?

Is the dog his faithful companion or a wild beast that threatens to tear him apart or ludicrously expose his privates?

What dangers does the Fool face?

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When the Fool turns up do you feel excited and ready to venture forth? Or do you fear your decisions are stupid and that others will think you ridiculous?

At the end of the 19th century, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn turned the Tarot on its head, depicting the Fool as a small child and putting it at the head of the Hebrew alphabet. The Waite-Smith card, published in…

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“Tarot Pink, a Collaboration Deck: My Two of Wands” by Benebell Wen

Published April 29, 2015 by Laughing Dakini Tarot: Readings by Donnalee

This is a deck-in-progress that I got to see this weekend at Readers Studio 2015, and I am so pleased to be meeting those who have worked on it both there and out in the interworld. It supports a very worthwhile cause, so I urge you to check it out, perhaps starting with this post by Benebell Wen.

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Tarot Pink Promotional Banner by Roxi Sim Tarot Pink Promotional Banner by Roxi Sim, Creator of the Pearls of Wisdom Tarot

Tarot Pink for Cancer is a collaborative tarot deck project organized by Ron Leong, founder of Tarot eCards, a digital app for storing electronic versions of whole tarot decks on your smartphone. The mission of the collaborative tarot deck project is to raise funds for breast cancer research. The concept is to reach beyond the tarot community and introduce tarot to the greater public as a tool for emotional, spiritual, and physical healing, with a focus on fighting breast cancer.

The theme of the deck is “Tarot Pink,” with an emphasis on the tarot’s ability to inspire, empower, and support in a person’s physical wellness journey. Although the financial cause is dedicated to breast cancer research, the deck itself is keyed to all forms of physical healing and the path to wellness. The color pink…

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