I just found out that WordPress ‘helpfully’ enabled a program which now tells me it has deleted over 500 comments to this blog WITHOUT TELLING ME OR GIVING ME THE CHANCE TO MODERATE THEM. Since that is the main way my clients contact me, it is not good. I have changed the settings so that I get all comments now, so if you have written to me here and I have not responded, it is because WordPress never showed me the comment, so please try again or email me at laughingdakinimusic at yahoo dot com.
If you have a WordPress blog and fear this is happening to you, it is indeed unless you changed the setting for ‘akismet’.
I am delighted to have a new private office in downtown Woodstock, New York, in which to do readings for folks. Appointments are arranged by email via email@example.com and are $65.00 for up to 30 minutes with any of the following decks: Rider-Waite-Smith, Gummy Bear Tarot, Halloween Tarot, Dreaming Way Tarot, Heart&Hands Tarot, or Slutist Tarot. The custom Arma*** deck is also available for readings at $81.00 for up to 30 minutes.
When you email me I will send you a writeup of what to expect at an appointment.
Work on the book continues to go really well, so we will see that emerge sometime. Meanwhile I look forward to reading for you in charming downtown Woodstock, New York, or by email.
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 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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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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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!
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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