As we enter the New Year I thought I should get back to writing my Blog. As you know I usually only write a Blog when I have a story to tell or a rant, but time to get with the modern world and write more (well I am an author you know)!
One of my 2018 ‘resolutions’ (and I use the term loosely) is that I need to streamline everything. I am constantly being pulled from pillar to post and, as I have the attention span of a gnat this is quite a juggling act. One thing I have vowed to do, is to pull a Tarot card each day and today I pulled The Empress, which is interesting as I was prompted to write before I pulled her, I always say the cards know us better than ourselves. But I digress. My dilemma is, what goes? The last two years has been about releasing toxic people, now it is about working smarter. What is your big change going to be this year? 2018 = 11 which means we are in a Justice year, it will be interesting to see what happens in the world of politics and our personal lives as we strive to find balance in all we do.
This year brings two new venues for the London Tarot Festival and the UK Tarot Conference, both venues bigger and more fabulous than before. I can remember the early years with the conference where I would have sleepless night’s months prior to the event, my main concern was would anyone turn up. Now 15 years down the line the registration is closed weeks before as we are fully booked. The Festival, (in partnership with the ladies from The Atlantis Bookshop) has grown in 3 years to the extent we have had to find a bigger venue. The bottom line is that Tarot is shining its light, no longer is it ridiculed as a nonsense fortune telling tool, but now as tool of guidance and insight. Just last year we saw Dior using the Tarot as a design for its catwalk show http://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/fashion/fashion-news/a14378949/maria-grazia-chiuri-explains-why-were-all-obsessed-with-tarot-cards/) a few years before Dolce & Gabbana produced a range of major arcana perfume, these are just a couple of high profile companies who are seeing the value of Tarot’s deep esoteric history. Tarot has now emerged from the shadows.
2018 TarotScope http://tarotconference.co.uk/tarotscope/
WIN: 5 lucky people to win a one card guidance reading for the year ahead.
DIARY DATES: London Tarot Festival 2nd June
UK Tarot Conference with Rachel Pollack and Benebell Wen 19th 20th October
2019 TarotFest Swiss at Castle Liebegg 23rd June 2019
Looking back at 2017 it has been a year of incredible highs and lows. My trip to Thailand was amazing, then shortly after a visit to Prague. Thailand was on my bucket list and it certainly lived up to my expectations and more, not only was it a spiritual journey but also a trip full of laughter and sunshine. In contrast Prague is a beautiful city enriched with history and long walks.
The London Tarot Festival in May was a sell-out event, and after just 3 years we have outgrown the lovely building at the Eco Centre, however, after many miles of leg work we have found another stunning place called Platform in Finsbury Park, really looking forward to June 2nd 2018 when we do it all again!
The summer flew by with my monthly meditation groups (always full) and cricket teas (yes you read correctly) time away in Spain and my yearly trip to Glastonbury. It is only when I write this down do I realise how lucky I am.
The UK Tarot Conference was one of the best ever, the lovely Sasha Graham who I met in New York last year headlined our event, Steven Bright made his debut, Carrie Paris was her wonderful self with a fascinating workshop, and Andrea Aste our charming Italian friend along with Kirsten Buchholzer and Chloe McCracken made this an event to remember. We are moving to a bigger venue in Kensington next year (19th 20th October) and look forward to Rachel Pollack and Benebell Wen both headlining our event. (Eekk excited face).
Whilst the year has excelled itself work wise, something horrible is happening in the background, my wonderful father has been diagnosed with an aggressive type of Motor Neurone Disease, never in my life have I witnessed an illness so quick and cruel, he is hanging on in there but I know his time is soon. A few years ago I was asked to write an article for a magazine to celebrate Father’s Day, I wrote how blessed I was to have a Dad like mine who gave myself and my two brothers the wings to fly and the security of home. If we were ever to fall, it did not matter what it was or what we had done, he would catch us. Now as he gets weaker we gather around him with our love. So, as I look to 2018 with hope, I also know me and my families lives will change forever. If you are reading this please send a little healing thought, everything is appreciated.
On that note, I do truly wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and abundant 2018.
With much love
Delighted to receive an early copy of the November/December 2017 Kindred Spirit magazine with my reviews of 20 decks.
Some decks were beautiful and easy to engage with and one or two I did find challenging, but I hope I gave a fair and accurate account of all the decks.
On 5 November every year, the effigy of Guy Fawkes is still burned on bonfires across England in recognition of his part in the failed ‘Gunpowder Plot’ of 1605. This spread helps to recognise why we fail to reach our goals and what we need to ignite our drive!
Before you begin, think about what you would like to achieve and what might have stopped you in the past. I suggest you use your birth card to anchor the reading as this represents YOU. To calculate your birth card just add up the number of your full birthdate i.e. 3/5/1970 =25 (2+5 =7 The Chariot) then reduce to a major arcana card. (Kim Arnold)
Download Here: Guy Fawkes Spread
Card 1. Use Your Birth Card to anchor your reading
Card 2. Reason for past failures
Card3. What is blocking or stopping you?
Card 4. Advice on how to remove obstacles
Card 5. How to Ignite your drive
Today I had a wonderful morning teaching Tarot to 16 art students from the USA. It was a mixed group of both beginners and advanced Tarot readers, so I decided to work with something everyone could engage in, birth and soul cards. Fabulous.
I had a really busy day planned for my time in London including looking at a couple of venues. I left my US students, and as I came out the front door of the building I could not remember if I came in left or right. I took my chance and ended up going the wrong way, apparently Regent Street beckoned. Time was getting on and I had a really important meeting in Stamford Brook at 2.30, but first to the venues, it was now after 1p.m. but I knew if I moved quickly I could see the venues before my meeting. I took the tube to Notting Hill changed via a mile of escalators to get to High Street Kensington, it took forever, finally, I arrived. I called the venue and asked where to go, it was just a 2 minute walk. After much faffing she said I was in the wrong place. I needed to be in Gloucester Road, just jump on the tube blah blah, I was getting really stressed, I said I had not got time to get on the tube again, I would get a taxi. I hailed a cab jumped in and we moved 6 feet and stopped in the sheer volume of traffic. I think the driver saw me on the verge of a breakdown and swiftly took an odd turning and £15 later we were there.
I went to the concierge as instructed, asked for Miss Droopy Draws and he said he had never heard of her, well I said, this is where she said to come, I gave him the paper with her name and number, he called, and sure enough she answered with the hotel chain name. Take a seat, he said she will be here in a minute. Tick, tock, where is she, I got up and asked where she was I had an important meeting to attend the other-side of London and it already looked like I would be late. He called again and I could hear, ok, yes, ok right, ok, What’s going on, I said and took the phone from him.
The dopey cow on the other end of the phone said, why are you in Gloucester Road you should be in Kensington High Street (where I started). I said, are you having a bloody laugh, I didn’t just think oh I know, I will go on a wild goose chase in a black cab, you told me to come here, oh sorry, she said, WE have got our wires crossed you need to come back. I went mad, oh she said is there anything I can do? Yes, I said look out the f*cking window and find out where your office is and don’t waste my time, I put the phone down. Needless to say I did not go venue hunting and we won’t be going there. Will be back with more news next week.