Review of UK Tarot Conference 2020 …. when we go virtual!

I was determined we would be at the venue this year, and even though attendees were dropping like flies, I had already put in place an opportunity to live stream so we could connect with everyone who wanted to be part of the experience.        Just three weeks before the event, with Covid numbers rising, Boris popped up again and moved the goalposts, even I could not stand the stress of the unknown anymore.  It really is no joke when I tell you about the sleepless nights, stress and tears I experienced, then out of the blue, the venue called and gave me an opportunity to cancel without penalty, and at that point the decision was made, we would cancel and my greatest fear was about to happen …… we would go fully virtual.

As I said in my opening intro (and a thousand times more) I have NEVER sat through a virtual event. My attention span is that of bored gnat, so it is not for me. I have no idea what happens or how they are run, so just three weeks to pull this together …. eeerrrrmmmmm I can do this …. can’t I?      I decided the only way this would work was to keep as close to the structure of my physical event as possible, yes that would work

I literally did not know where to start, what I did know is that I did not want a Zoom conference, it had to be more than that, I pride myself on the decadent structure of the UK Tarot Conference, and if I was going to cock up virtually, then I would do it in style!

My first contact was our wonderful Mary Collin who I knew ran events and was particularly familiar with online options, she directed me to Paul Spicer from LNP Sounds and everything started to come together.   I was recommended the Reattendance Platform which gave options for the speakers to offer logo’s and links, breakout rooms etc,  so that option was purchased, my daughter in law Zandri took over the reins (thank goodness for young brains) and we now spent every waking minute trying to work out the system, liaise with speakers who were amazing in adapting their workshops to fit the new schedule, sort out logo’s, promote the event and try to explain how it would work when I was trying to get my own head around it.   Three weeks became two very quickly!

We offered VIT boxes (Very Important Tarot) as an additional ticket option, each one was packed by me and posted, I obviously didn’t have enough to do ha ha, we are releasing more of these as so many of you have been asking, info below.  Plus, Issue 3 of The Esotoracle went live as we normally launch October issue at the Conference, so I had magazine orders coming in, and yes it is just Steven and me, so I was that constant annoying person in the Post Office queue sending post to every corner of the world holding everyone up. (I can laugh at this now 😊 although I do remember hyperventilating at one point).

Literally the evening before we went live, bookings were still coming in and I was up most of the night trying to ensure everyone had their invite for the next day.

Friday morning, Paul was reassuringly waiting for me in the virtual studio, talking me through what would happen, the countdown started, oh my goodness, I am going to throw up, 3, 2, 1, and ping …. There I was looking back at me (another big fear lol), talk woman talk … and I was off.  I could see the chat with people unable to get in alongside the hello’s, emails popping up with a few attendees not sure what to do, in my head I knew Paul was working like a trojan sorting out the background stuff, so I switched off and concentrated on what I was meant to do.    I did not know my PowerPoint went skew whiff, as on my screen it looked fine, by the way I have added the PowerPoint presentation here for you to download http://tarotconference.co.uk/tarot-programme/  but as I ended I could see the chat live with positive comments, I knew we would be ok.

All the workshops were beyond expectation, I am so glad this first virtual conference was propped up by such a stellar line up, the speakers professionalism shone through.  Everyone was brilliant.  I must just mention Neil Kelso on Friday evening, how much fun was that. I loved the banter before in the chat, a vision of everyone in their Pjs with a drink and chocolate waiting for the show to begin.

I know virtual is not for everyone, I am still not a fan, but it is a way to reach out to every corner of the world and bring our community together.  Thank you all for your kind words and patience, it really meant a lot.

And just one last thing, please support our independent traders and publishers we need them!

Until next year 8th 9th October 2021, at the venue and possibly streaming live!   Read on ….

Esotoracle Issue Three https://esotoracle.com/issue-three

Don’t forget Liminal11 scrap book competition by 16th October and send to  sarah@liminal11.com

Buy your Tarot of Light and Shadow via The Atlantis Bookshop for a signed copy http://theatlantisbookshop.com/

VIT Boxes (Very Important Tarot) we have made more available due to demand contact me at info@tarotconference.co.uk

Oracolarium deck https://www.oracolarium.com/shop use your code UKTCMAGIC for a £5 discount.

DietScope (a bit of fun)

Pisces can be food grazers. Often lacking self-control, emotional eaters and find it difficult to stop at just one.  As this sign governs the nervous system and the feet it is a good idea to find a way that helps you to be disciplined and able to take control of your bad habits

Aries eat now and think later.  Do you recognise the guilty trend when overeating? As this sign governs the head and brain have you looked at your food patterns when suffering another headache or toothache?  Bad facial skin can also be a problem. Seeking our healthy alternatives is a MUST.

Taurus can be very determined to stay on a food plan once they get in the right frame of mind. However, being prone to a sweet tooth, they need to be aware of insulin production as Taurus governs the pancreas.  Also, weaknesses with the jaw, throat, thyroid and ear infections.

Gemini’s think they know everything about every food source, calorie and fat content, yet still continue to overindulge.  As this sign governs arms, legs, torso and the respiratory system, be aware of potential water retention and lazy bowels. If it’s going in, it has to come out!

Cancer signs are emotional eaters. However, indulging in rich foods will lead to problems as this sign is governed by the stomach and digestive system leading to indigestion and acid-reflux.

Leo’s are high achievers and will likely succeed when setting a goal. As to dieting, they are probably the most likely to persevere which is just as well as this sign is governed by the blood, back problems and heart ailments.

Virgo are over-thinkers and will make dieting complicated when it does not have to be. They have an extravagant streak.  As this sign is governed by the stomach, intestines, ulcers, constipation, and food allergies it is to their benefit to stick to a plan.

Libra love a menu of extravagant food and good wine.  Even if you feel this is not quite you, Libra’s have indulgent tastes but, as your sign governs the kidneys and bladder functions, you would be wise not to overindulge in alcohol and rich food.

Scorpio’s have a tendency to overindulge in everything fattening! You really have got to find that ‘off switch’. This sign governs menstruation issues, bladder infections and diabetes, so do not leave it too late until you take care of your body.

Sagittarius’s eat it now and worry later approach to life will catch up with you one day. Developing a healthy outlook now will help to prevent your sign’s weaknesses which governs the thighs, hips, spine, liver, and vision.

Capricorn’s are known as high achievers. Although known for liking structure, all is well until you fall off the wagon. If you are overweight it will impact on your bones especially the knees.  Don’t find this out too late in life!

Aquarius  are known for randomness, jumping from one diet to the other then back to old habits. As this sign governs the arms, legs and circulation they can be prone to arthritis, varicose veins and asthma.

CoronaVirus, Thoughts and Reflection

An Exercise for you to try ….

I don’t know about you, but I am having to turn off the news.  Yes, we are in the middle of a crisis, but disasters have been well documented since time has begun and they pass, of course often with horrific statistics, but it happens.

I was thinking about the negative language used in the media, it is almost subliminal, our minds are being played with and we are being told in no uncertain terms, THIS IS BAD.    Yes, we know, thank you for telling us AGAIN.  I am not being flippant about the Coronavirus but it kept me awake (again) last night, the worry, fear, overthinking, are my family ok, what this, what that, you get the 3am drift.  This morning I woke up and wrote down the words which worry me, then looked for the positive in my Tarot.

Isolation – 8 Swords, at this moment it is difficult to see ahead, trapped and powerless. Diluted by the Hermit, a card often associated with isolation, however, suggests using this time as positive reflection and planning.  Ok this is getting better ….

Death – Every day we see numbers rising, but we are never told how many are recovering, I am pairing with the 9 Pentacles,  I am not sure why the 9 Pentacles popped up here.  Maybe a reflection of all that has been achieved prior to lockdown.  Maybe she reminds us of our achievements and that life will go on regardless.

Loss – 3 Swords Many of us cannot imagine the hardship some might face because of this situation, paying the bills, looking after the children, maybe not having a job to go back to. Fear is a draining emotion.  The Star appears as inspiration, probably easy to say sitting here at my laptop, but often great ideas are born from fear. Allow The Star to guide you.  Pull her out of the deck and reflect on her, what is she telling you to do?

Lack – 5 Pentacles When we are on a downturn it is perfectly normal to worry about where any positive news is coming from.  The Three Pentacles reminds us that we are the architects of our destiny, we can sink or we can swim. We all have skills and the ability to look outside of the box.  Maybe an amazing opportunity will be born out of this.

Finally, Birth, new beginnings.  Mother nature/the planet are having a rest.  Strength  asks that we stay strong, and the Sun will shine once more and we will be blessed with the freedom of movement, visiting friends and family, the things we took for granted, we will be grateful for. I feel, a lot will be learnt, not only about ourselves, but we will remember those who helped in times of crisis, and those who acted selfishly.  Let’s try and stay positive.  If you are feeling deflated, write out your fear words and ask the Tarot for guidance.  It really does help x

Keep safe everyone.

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