Chinese Year of the Rat

On the 25th January 2020 we enter the Chinese Year of the Rat. 

Rat  quick-witted, clever, charming, sharp and funny. They have excellent taste, and are generous and loyal friend friend. Motivated, curious, seeks knowledge and welcomes challenges. Compatible with Dragon or Monkey.

Ox steadfast, solid, a natural leader, hard-working, stubborn, serious but can feel insecure. Takes comfort in friends and family and is reliable, protective and strong companion. Compatible with Snake or Rooster.

Tiger authoritative, self-possessed, have strong leadership qualities, are charming, ambitious, courageous, warm-hearted, seductive and intense, ready to pounce at any time. Compatible with Horse or Dog.

Rabbit enjoy being surrounded by family and friends. They’re popular, compassionate, sincere, they avoid conflict and are sometimes seen as pushovers. Rabbits enjoy home and entertaining at home. Compatible with Goat or Pig.

Dragon are energetic and warm-hearted, charismatic, lucky at love and egotistic. They’re natural born leaders, good at giving orders and doing what’s necessary to remain on top. Compatible with Monkey and Rat.

Snake seductive, gregarious, introverted, generous, charming, good with money, insecure, jealous, smart, they rely on gut feelings, are hard-working and intelligent. Compatible with Rooster or Ox.

Horse  love to roam free. They’re energetic, self-reliant, money-wise, and they enjoy travelling, love and intimacy. They’re great at seducing, sharp-witted, impatient and sometimes seen as a drifter. Compatible with Dog or Tiger.

Goat enjoy being alone in their thoughts. They’re creative, thinkers, wanderers, unorganised and can be insecure, and anxiety-ridden. They need lots of love, support and reassurance. Appearance is important too. Compatible with Pig or Rabbit.

Monkey thrive on fun. They’re energetic, upbeat, and can lack self-control. They like being active and stimulated and enjoy pleasing self before pleasing others. They’re not good at long-term relationships. Compatible with Rat or Dragon.

Rooster practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, perfectionists, neat and conservative. Compatible with Ox or Snake.

Dog loyal, faithful, honest, temperamental, prone to mood swings, dogmatic, and sensitive. Dogs excel in business but have trouble finding lasting relationships. Compatible with Tiger or Horse.

Pig  good-mannered and tasteful. They’re perfectionists who enjoy finer thing in life. They enjoy helping others and are good companions (until someone close crosses them), then look out! They’re intelligent, always seeking more knowledge. Compatible with Rabbit or Goat.

 

 

UK Tarot Conference 9th 10th October 2020

As always, every conference, we strive for ways to create a better Tarot experience for you all and keep the energy fresh.   This year, we plan to remove the partition between the main event room and the space where the refreshments and stalls were previously, thus creating a larger space for round tables.  For 2020, the large main screen and stage will be moved back to occupy this space. The new screen is much bigger than the old one, plus of course, the TV monitors dotted around the room, will make the event more accessible for everyone.  I have discussed this with the conference team at the venue and I am confident that we will create a wonderful environment.

We will have a new area for merchandise and refreshments giving our third conference at this venue a new feel.  The Saturday lunchtime workshop which includes lunch, will again be in a separate private room, and of course, we have booked a dedicated room for our Thursday evening pre conference workshop, dinner and hot of the press, issue 3 of The Esotoracle.

The cost for the two-day ticket has stayed the same (Friday/Saturday), the only increase is for Friday ONLY attendees.  This year we are looking to do something special for Friday evening and have a buffet rather than the canapes.    We are also looking to make Friday evening more involved, with private readings on offer as well as our Auction, raffle and a great time to get together socially.

In addition to the tickets usually on sale, we have added a FULL Pentacle ticket which includes Pre-Conference Thursday, the Conference and lunch on Saturday.    We are offering an ‘early bird’ price on this until 3rd February.

As we celebrate our 17th Year honouring the Star card, we plan for this Conference to shine more brightly than ever before.        The UK Tarot Conference is always a SOLD-OUT event, so if you are not yet ready to buy your ticket in full, a deposit option is available and in February we will set up the monthly payment option.  Will keep you posted.  Book HERE

Kim x

A Decade of Kim Arnold’s UK Tarot Conference Evolving 2010 – 2020

What a decade it has been for Tarot; the joy of seeing Tarot become more mainstream, with card images featuring in high profile adverts is getting people talking.  Certainly, when I began reading 30 odd years ago, you were regarded as some kind of woo woo weirdo if you read the cards, or if you had any association with the ‘new age’ movement. People were definitely more narrow minded then. I won’t get in to the church nonsense, and prefer to block from my mind the cost of new tyres on my car as nails became a regular occurrence. This was only one of the numerous ways in which the Evangelist Church protested against my use of Tarot cards and the fact that I owned an esotorical shop. (Apparently, if you are a Church member, you are entitled to act as Judge and Jury)! I have always been passionate about Tarot and this has been the instigator of many upsets over the years. One example that comes to mind involved a major article in “The Independent” newspaper 16 years ago about my Conference, entitled “Tarot comes out of the Suburbs and in to the 20th Century”. This resulted in concerted condemnation from the Tarot community around the world. Total misinterpretation of what I had written, etc. etc.  It was hurtful and unacceptable to be vilified by those you assume are on your side in promoting Tarot as a positive tool.  However, I moved on in the way I believed I was meant to, by creating and organising what became the annual UK Tarot Conference.

There must have been thousands of new decks produced over the last decade, and many have passed through my hands for reviews. From quirky, traditional, modern, saucy, and some just plain weird, we accept that each of us have our own ideas of what works for us and what doesn’t. This is what makes Tarot so wonderful, it’s wonderful ability to be both diverse and inspirational.

This is a brief summary of the UK Tarot Conference during the past decade.   I have missed a few of the years, not because they were not inspiring, but because I am homing in on key and memorable moments.

In 2010, after a few years of varied venues, we finally found a ‘home’ at the Thistle City Barbican Hotel, Mary Greer was our key speaker and Hermann Haindl shared stories of how he created the Haindl deck and also his teenage years as part of the Hitler Youth. Hermann had us belly laughing with his stories. Such a kind, gentle man.   It was an honour to have met him. Sadly, Hermann passed away in 2013.

2013, our 10th anniversary celebration saw our first Thursday evening event.  With the help of Geraldine Beskin, I booked a private pod on the London Eye to represent the Wheel of Fortune, Geraldine wrote a historical tour especially for us and we ended the day at Atlantis Bookshop for more talk and food. It dawned on me then that the Thursday evening prior to the Conference should be a regular event, and so the pre-conference evening was born.   2013 was significant in many ways. My book “Tarot Masters” was written and produced in honour of our 10th anniversary, featuring the stories of 22 wonderful Tarot teachers who had spoken at the Conference in previous years and my 22 Major Card Tarot Master deck based on my 22 contributors was self-published.

Jumping to 2015, when the lovely Jonathan Dee joined us as a Speaker. He was the funniest, sweetest man, and his sense of humour really appealed to me. To this day, something he said during his workshop still makes me laugh. Martin (husband) said to me, “you were the only one who laughed. I knew you would find that funny!!”    Jonathan was one of those people that once you met him, you wanted to be his friend for life. I was devastated to learn that a few days after attending the Conference he passed away due to a brain tumour.  His publisher later told me, that when I approached Jonathan and asked him to speak at my Conference, he was very excited and happy as he said it gave him a sense of being part of the Tarot community after a few disappointments. After the event he was full of stories about the warm and wonderful reception he received at the Conference. It makes me very happy to know that his final days were happy.

2016 turned out to be the busiest year. The UK Tarot Conference is entirely my own work, inspiration and creation; therefore, I had never worked with a partner before. However, I wanted to spread my wings but, for some unknown reason, even allowing for the increasing numbers and greater success of the Conference, I had lost my confidence. I spoke with Geraldine and Bali of The Atlantis Bookshop and suggested that we create the London Tarot Festival.  Within a few months the venue was booked, and we were on our way to a new Tarot event in London.  The Festival was always intended to be a taste of Tarot and not as in-depth as the Conference.      Always one to go overboard, I also approached my dear friend Wicca Meier-Spring about a Tarot Festival in Switzerland, and this was born in 2017.

2017 saw our last event at the Thistle city Barbican which was headlined by Sasha Graham who I had met at the New York Readers Studio the previous year.  Now, we were literally turning bookings away as we were hitting capacity months before the Conference. Kim Arnold’s UK Tarot Conference was exceeding expectations.       Swiss TarotFest was launched this year and many new friends made worldwide.  Although, there is of course, a serious aspect to these events, I have never laughed so much as with the very naughty David Wells and my girls from the UK.

In 2018 we took our seats in our new Tarot home, the Holiday Inn Kensington. Rachel Pollack and Benebell Wen were our very special Key Speakers. The venue was excellent, attentive and efficient staff, prestigious location and a room fully equipped with monitors enabling every attendee full access to the presentations.

The 2019 Conference saw the launch of “The Esotoracle Magazine” a joint venture with Steven Bright. Our Key Speakers were Mary K Greer, Davide de Angelis, Avril Price, Richard Abbot, and Katrina Wynne.  Again, we came away from the event full of wonderful stories and having renewed existing friendships and enjoyed making new ones. We truly are a Tarot family!

Over the years my Conference has been privileged to launch new decks, grant access to Speakers who have been exclusive to our Tarot community in the UK and, most importantly watch our Tarot family grow. Lifelong friendships have been formed. I promise you I take nothing for granted and consider it an honour to serve the Tarot Community.  I confess It has not always been an easy ride, some years have been more challenging than others, but I promise you I put my heart and soul into each and every Conference.

With that in mind, I look forward to seeing you next year as we are joined by ………………. Sorry you will have to wait until January for that announcement.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year my darling Tarot family, may you all be blessed with health, wealth and much joy in the coming year.   Kim xx

What’s in a Name? Quite a Lot Apparently!

You must know by now that the lovely Steven Bright and I are working on a new magazine, its main focus being Tarot but we wanted the freedom to incorporate other divination tools as the magazine grows.  Oracle World was the perfect name, it flowed off the tongue and summed up beautifully what we were trying to achieve.       We did Google searches to make sure this had not been used, and it all looked good to go.  Then we found out that a major computer company called Oracle Open World had trademarked the name then there were all sorts of complicated Trademark and Copyright issues.  Although Oracle World was not taken, it was still ‘dodgy’.

After much discussion, Steven and I reluctantly decided not to go ahead with the name, after copious amounts of coffee (caffeine free for Steven, he is good) and a lot of giggling when ridiculous names came up with many innuendos, we decided the only way to be completely sure of no repercussions, was to create a unique name of our own. The merger of Esoteric and Oracle came together, so there we have it The Esotoracle (Magazine).

The content makes me smile with pride, this is going to be FABULOUS.  So, what is in a name?  Not a lot really, it takes nothing away from the content, hard work, contributions and dedication to a wonderful publication coming your way in October.

Review: TarotFest Switzerland 3/6/2017

As we start to create a fabulous programme for our Bi-annual Swiss TarotFest, I thought a perfect time to share our review from 2017.  Cannot wait to do it all again.

Please enjoy this beautiful Video by Franzi Sunshine Kindler, it gives a perfect taste of the day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6356-imd2rA&feature=share 

Almost a year to the day, Wicca and I sat around a table at Castle Liebegg with a mug of coffee and chocolate on the table and discussed the possibility of having a Tarot Festival at the Castle.  This weekend I and 7 others flew in from London to experience a year of planning, finally the day had come.

We were on the 7am flight from Gatwick so we all had a 3am start.  On arrival at Zurich we took the train to a place called Aarau where we were met by Wicca’s wonderful husband Biba, who took our luggage so that we were free to explore, because of our delayed flight we did not have much time, and had a quick lunch before getting on another train to start our VIP journey, a private tour of the Witchcraft Museum. http://www.hexenmuseum.ch/ Wicca is a true inspiration, not only does she speak English beautifully, her dedication to her Museum is remarkable.  Now, I am not going to tell you much about this, as next year the Museum moves to Castle Liebegg and I strongly recommend you go for yourself, but as a private group we were given the absolute privileged to experience an important part of Lenormand history. Mind blowing!  After we finished the tour, we were driven to the hotel where a huge pile of Swiss chocolate was waiting for us with a hand written note from Wicca welcoming us to Switzerland. That evening Wicca, Biba and the lovely Isobel joined us all for dinner where we sat outside on a warm evening eating pizza, laughing and enjoying the energy of this lovely place.  We were shattered at the clock ticked towards 10p.m., tomorrow was going to be a day to remember.

David Wells and I arrived at the Castle early on Saturday, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and the energy was beautiful. Lots of hustle and bustle from Wicca’s team of helpers who worked so hard throughout the day ensuring that everything ran smoothly. Wicca opened the Festival by making announcements in German then I did the same in English, then she did a meditation and blessing to start the day.

I kicked off the day with a workshop on how to connect with spirit through the cards, I had everyone work out their birth card and what it meant to them, and we used this card as a significator to ask a question.  Followed by a coffee break the next workshop was with Kirsten Buchholzer, I was unable to attend as I had a reading but the feedback was great.

Lunch was served in the Castle grounds, the sun was still shining as we sat under umbrella’s talking Tarot and enjoying the freshly prepared food.  There was plenty of everything which is how I managed to put on 2lb in two days!  (Tarot diet started today)

After lunch the workshop was hosted by Wicca who showed us how to create a Tarot spell, this was such fun as we were all covered in glitter and the finished item was something for us all to take home.  It was a delight to meet with Susanne Zitzl, what a lovely lady, again speaking beautiful English, her work is going to be published in English hopefully later this year, although Susanne may not be so familiar to us in the UK please look her up, she has done some amazing work. After a welcome break Regula Elizabeth Fiechter hosted the next workshop, I took an English meditation group whilst this was going on, but was delighted that Regula gave me the 4 ‘missing’ cards from the Mystical Lenormand deck and a signed book from her and artist Urban Trosch whom I had the privilege of meeting.

Our David Wells was the final speaker of the day, a lovely reading using the Tree of Life, so many things made sense.  Wicca and I emotionally closed the Festival with a huge thankful heart and a feeling that we had done it!  I haven’t even mentioned the Market Place where I purchased a lovely Goddess made from Tiffany glass, if I had room in my luggage I would have spent a fortune.

I have to give a huge thank you to Wicca, Biba and her team, I could NEVER have done this without them and I owe them so much. The organisation was amazing and the day ran effortlessly, the venue is breath taking and I know many tears were shed throughout the day because of release and joy. There was much laughter this weekend that I cannot share with you (too naughty) but every emotion was experienced, this is a very special place.

I feel so truly blessed today to have made new friends from Switzerland, Germany and the US.  In fact the day was so good, we are going to do it again in 2019.  As I said next year the Witchcraft Museum opens in the Castle and I know our TarotFest will go from strength to strength.  Everything is looking very positive for the future.

That is all for now, I have to spend time on my October UK Tarot Conference, and I am buzzing with ideas!

“I just wanted to thank you for the organisation of our own Swiss Tarot Fest. It has been a marvellous day with very fascinating speakers and workshops (not forgetting the wonderful opportunity to book a reading with the speakers!). Even though some of us don’t know the tarot cards as good as you guys do, it was very well explained in the sessions and I had really lots of fun and learned quite a lot (beside spending way too much money shopping at the market!). I’m very much looking forward to the next Tarot Fest here in Switzerland and will most certainly spread the word around. 😉 Kindest regards and thank you again!” Ines 

TarotFest Switzerland coming 2019 please register your interest for updates.