The London Tarot Festival 2018

The London Tarot Festival is hosted by the UK Tarot Conference & The Atlantis Bookshop.    Organisers:  Kim Arnold’s London Tarot Conference has been fully sold out each year since it started in 2003.   Geraldine and Bali Beskin of The Atlantis Bookshop, London’s oldest occult shop.

2018 FESTIVAL – 19th MAY 2018 – London

Details to follow ……..

Many thanks to our Media Partners Kindred Spirit Magazine and Watkins.

London Tarot Festival Review  20th May 2017 – The 3rd London Tarot Festival was heaving with people at the London Eco Centre in Islington.  A beautiful day greeted us as we worked hard to get ready in time for the queue which was forming outside.The reception area was set up with stalls including myself with OOP cards, The Atlantis bookshop stand heaving with cards and books, Johneyfur Crystals, magnetic jewellery, cup- cakes and our Tombola.  We laid out the main room in theatre style as we were very keen to make this different from the formality of the UK Tarot Conference.  Tables were dotted around the edge as working space, but it has become clear we have now outgrown this lovely venue.

Although rain was predicted at some point during the day I kicked off the first workshop in the garden as we looked at soul numbers in Tarot and what they mean to us, I really enjoyed the talk and the interaction which went down really well.  Our first key speaker in the main hall was Avril Price, although I have known Avril for many years via Facebook and through mutual friends, it was the first time we had met in person, what a lovely lady.  Her workshop Channelling with Tarot was a huge hit. In between talks and workshops the Eco Cafe was busy selling cakes, home made soup, wraps and beverages, the atmosphere was relaxed as people came and went throughout the day.

During the lunch time I did a meditation on the Wheel of Fortune which was followed by  Atlantis Books partner of the London Festival, Geraldine Beskin, talking about London and Tarot, a brief history of landmarks and how they connect to Tarot.  Geraldine is always well loved and her talk gave food for thought.

Anton Rossi delved in to the subject of ˜How to Read for Yourself:  The Good, the Bad and Reality”.  Looking at the pros and cons of reading for yourself? A large round of applause echoed as she finished.  Next up was the lovely Israel Ajose talking about Tarot + Sex + Ritual= Magick, the whole energy of the event went through the roof as this larger than life personality got in to flow, you just got to love Israel, the room was packed.

Our final speakers was Maria Antoniou of the Brighton School of Tarot, talking about Learning to Receive: How the High Priestess develops her Intuition, a lovely meditation included which was needed as we began to wind down for the packed day of events.

Throughout the day our readers Cathi Bew, Nina Kyprianou, Helen Hall and Deborah Bacci barely came up for air as they were so busy.

Geraldine, Bali and myself would like to thank everyone who made this day so special, we are now looking for a larger venue and look forward to meeting you all again next year.  Photo’s at the top of this review are 2017, below from previous Festivals.

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REVIEW: Saturday 4th July 2015 The London Tarot Festival is Launched

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A day packed with mini-workshops and talks with some of the best authors in the UK.   Venue The Columbia Hotel,  Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NS

Probably the hottest day of the year, but the room looked lovely.  Bunting provided by Bali decorated the room, our little display of Pamela Colman Smith laid out, and the stall holders and readers arrived in plenty of time to set up.  Bali made an announcement that the doors were now open and for everyone to enjoy the day.

We had decided that the talks would start at 11a.m. as most people came in to the City and this would give them time, however, within 30 minutes of opening the door we already had a crowd, Geraldine and I had both written workshops in case of emergency and I decided to host mine at 10.15 titled Reading Tarot as a Psychic.  Free workshops were in the main hall, and about 25 people gathered for my interactive session where I taught a technique to show people how to realise their true potential and listen to their intuitive self.

Geraldine’s workshop was also needed as the Dream interpretation lady did not show, I was not bothered, Geraldine Beskin talks are always inspiring!  As the day gathered pace people continued to flow in through the doors, the full workshops opened with Chloe McCracken talking about Tarot Magick.   I looked around the room, the readers were constantly busy, the aura stand had a good flow of customers and the stalls including Atlantis, mine, Watkins books and Rhiannon Faulkner Tarot were surrounded by people eager to buy and learn more about Tarot.      Then Israel Ajose walked through the door, “Oi Israel” I said “If I knew you were coming I would have had you talk” bless him, “ok I can do that for you, how about ……. Tarot and sex Magick” ……. it was announced it would only be a 20 minute impromptu talk, “Its a quickie Kim” he said “story of most women’s lives” I retorted!  Needless to say we had to bring in more chairs!

Midday Maria Antoniou from the Brighton School of Tarot talked about Ancestral Healing with Tarot, unfortunately I could not attended the talks as I was too busy being a helicopter organiser, but I heard people talking about Maria’s meditation which apparently was wonderful.

Richard Abbot was next on with ‘Embrace your Sovereign Individuality with the Tarot’, Richards workshops are always good, I have heard him speak many times at the Conference and he always presents new material and an interesting way of teaching.  Cilla Conway talked about the Byzantine Tarot, people were drooling over this beautiful deck.

Music played in the background, the Tombola donated by the generous Llewellyn drew the crowds (everyone was after Ciro’s deck) and the room was lively with chatter.

Nigel and Angela did a talk about Auras whilst Richard’s workshop was in full flow, there was activity everywhere in the room. The readers all handpicked still having people flowing for guidance.

The lovely Rhiannon used her charm to guide people through her workshop ‘Looking at the people cards’, in other words working with the Court cards followed by Jackie Woodward Smith who hosted her workshop ‘Archetypes & Revolution, how Tarot Supports us in times of change’.  Every workshop was packed.   We literally could not fit in another person.

The final workshop of the day was with David Goddard an experienced teacher of the arts.  And to close, we had a demonstration of Clairvoyance with Alex Bayley and Jan Harris.  Alex opened his session with a description of my grandfather, I was a little embarrassed as the organiser getting a message through but of course spirit goes to where they are needed.  Both are very talented clairvoyants.

The only downside of the day was the heat, we had the doors open to the balcony overlooking Hyde Park and fans working their little socks off, but  it was still  so hot.  Thanks to everyone for their support, the first of anything is always a risk, but the stand holders/readers and the lovely people who joined us for the day put their faith and trust in us and I truly believe we delivered.

Kim, Geraldine and Bali

I just thought that I would say how much I enjoyed the London Tarot Festival last weekend. I was honoured to give a workshop/talk too. Thank you so much to everyone who came along to that and to everyone at the festival for making me feel so welcome, even though I knew very few people. What a lovely atmosphere! x Jackie Woodward Smith


The UK Tarot Conference

10th & 11th October 2014 – City Thistle Barbican Hotel

The Speakers for 2014:

Mary K Greer, Geraldine Beskin, Sarah Bartlett, Richard Abbot,
Maria Antoniou and Les Cross

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Review of the UK TAROT CONFERENCE 2013

Thistle City Barbican, London

Being the 10th anniversary we decided to honour this major anniversary.  Twenty Two lovely people joined us on Thursday 10th (do you see a theme) to celebrate the Wheel of Fortune by gathering together at the Freemasons Hall in Great Queen Street, followed by a private pod on the London Eye, our very own Wheel of Fortune.      Many of us gathered in the Freemasons Arms in Long Acre for a quick bite to eat before we started our tour.  At 2p.m. we made our way across the road to the Freemasons Hall, our guide, took us on a tour of the building.  Unfortunately, no photo’s allowed, but everywhere you looked there were subtle references to tarot.  Central to the building is the Grand Temple, you enter this magnificent room via the Masonic bronze doors.  The Temple is breathtaking, the ceiling cove is of mosaic and in addition to figures and symbols from Masonic ritual includes, in the corner, figures representing the four cardinal virtues – Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude and Justice.  We clearly see the chariot and many references to the Rider Waite deck

From the Masonic Lodge we made our way to the London Eye, our lovely Geraldine Beskin from Atlantis Bookshop had worked tirelessly to put together 22 major London landmarks and marry them up with the major arcana. Atlantis, generously gave everyone a London scarf, if you see the photo’s you will see us all wearing one, something to wrap our cards in once the Tour was over.   As the Eye turned, Geraldine pointed out places and facts which were fascinating.  I can’t share with you the connections, but we are hoping to put this on an MP3 download in the near future.  Once off the Eye we headed in to the café for tea and to regroup and get ready for the rest of the tour.  We stood outside the café looking directly at The Houses of Parliament where Geraldine had more facts for us.  Then we began to make our way back to Bloomsbury, however, the weather started to cave in and the heavens opened, so we hailed a fleet of black cabs and made our way back to Atlantis where Bali had already put the kettle on and laid out the room ready for a virtual tour. (Yes we had plan B).  After Geraldines fantastic talk, we opened the wine and enjoyed the buffett and enjoyed many hours of new friendships being made and lots of chatter and laughter.

Friday 11th October – Carnival of Cards with Kim.  We do not usually start the Conference with a Friday morning session, but as so many had stayed overnight for the Tour we added this last minute.  About 20 people turned up for this impromptu session, where we looked at ancient spreads and enjoyed practicing readings with new and adapted spreads on new friends.  We finished with a channeled meditation using the Magician Card as our centre point.

As the conference got underway, I was busy preparing for the launch of Tarot Majors Tarot Masters book and cards I did not get the chance to attend full workshops.  Chloe McCracken’s session Combining Forces: Lenormand & Tarot Together compared how tarot and Lenormand compliment each other.  For many attending this workshop it was their first insight in to working with Lenormand techniques, the feedback was that this was a fresh (although ancient) way of looking at the cards.

Our evening event started with Carrie Paris workshop: Becoming a Card Curator: We learnt a technique for viewing imagery that the Greeks called, seeing with different eyes. This method adopts the eye of the artist and utilises four distinct levels of symbolic understanding; with each level bringing the viewer closer to infinite vision.  Fascinating!

Lyn Olds followed with her Letters to the Past project which launched in New Zealand 2 years ago. Twenty two contributors were asked to write a letter to a deceased person who had influenced Tarot. In just 50 minutes we travelled around the world as Lyn told the history of Tarot to present day. I did not want this talk to end, Lyn is a fabulous speaker and so knowledgeable about her subject. Our talks finished around 8.30p.m. when we launched the book and cards created for this event. Once again wine and nibbles flowed, we talked tarot and mingled with friends old and new.

Saturday morning we laid up a table for the goodie bags, you have never seen so much generous stuff for our attendees, kindly supplied by Llewellyn, Hay House and Lo Scarabeo.  After the wow factor of arms full of cards the day began.  We kicked off with Carrie Paris Join the Lenormand Revolution: Lenormand featured heavily in this years conference.  Interesting how Carrie’s and Chloe’s approach was different but with the same results.   Carrie’s Magpie Oracle is a real treat, if you get the chance have a look, they produced wonderfully accurate readings.

After morning tea break we listened to Caitlin Matthews workshop – Tarot & Ancient Cartomancy Skills, using in some cases forgotten techniques,  Caitlin bought readings back to life.  I walked around the room when people were doing readings under Caitlin’s guidance and everyone was buzzing

We had two lunch time workshops with Alison Cross and Ina Custer-van Bergen.  I did not attend these as I was busy but the feedback was great.  Chloe McCracken has written a review which I will share at the end of this for more insight and information.   Both workshops had great feedback

After lunch, Lyn Olds hosted a workshop entitled ‘Three Card Draw’, what a laugh, you had to pull 3 cards for a reading then deconstruct them by physically drawing your own card using images from the 3 we had taken from the deck, this became your 4th card.  If you go to our face Book page ‘UK Tarot Conference Group’ you will see mine, put it this way I don’t think Ciro has much to worry about!  (sorry, but horses are hard to draw, in fact so hard I went to change my cards and got caught so was made to stick with what I had).

Finally after coffee, Ciro Marchetti did a brilliant visual presentation, such talent and what a lovely man. Ciro talked about how his decks evolved and why.   Needless to say I purchased 2 decks of his after his talk (doh)!

Finally, as our wonderful conference drew to a close, I finished with a Wheel of Fortune meditation which had been channelled to me a few weeks before.   Using a Ferris Wheel as our centre point, I believe everyone got something out of this

This was in my opinion the best conference EVER, the rest have been pretty fantastic, but there was something special about the energy at this event, hard to describe unless you were there. Time to close, but put the 10th 11th October 2014 in the diary, this year we raised the bar, just wait and see what we have in store next year! Kim Arnold

Testimonials from 2013 conference:

I would like to thank you for a wonderful day on Saturday. I came out of the hotel feeling uplifted and rejuvenated. Everybody was warm and friendly and the atmosphere particularly this year was special. The fact that I won the raffle twice added to my state of euphoria! Thank you for your warm welcome.  KB

Hope you have had time to rest and recover after the amazing Tarot Conference you organised.  I really enjoyed it.   Thank you so much I have made more new fab friends and it was wonderful to see old ones too. The Idea of the tarot packs and books were inspiring and well done for having your book published by Hay House congratulations! NK

A BIG THANK YOU for a fabulous, fabulous conference. It was a magical time and I met some wonderful people, old friends as well as new (and very talented) people. It was also great to see you again and the only problem was that it all whizzed by so quickly.

 I’ve gained so much knowledge and so many great ideas were gleaned from the conference, one being that I keep a running notebook of events, stories, quotes etc and I’ve decided to take a leaf out of your book and dedicate every note book to a Major Arcana card and my current notebook is dedicated to The High Priestess. Thanks once again, take care of yourself and have a good rest and look forward to seeing you next year.      BM

Just wanted to say for my first tarot conference I had an awesome time on Saturday.  Thanks so much. I felt I learned so much from everyone. Can’t wait to come next year!!    HT



Review of the UK TAROT CONFERENCE  2012

Thistle City Barbican, London

For the 3rd year running we hosted our 9th Conference at the Thistle   City Barbican Hotel.  Great conference rooms and an excellent location,   slightly off the beaten track but a stone’s throw away from central   London.

Our Friday afternoon session opened with Rachel Pollack, hosting her   workshop entitled ‘What Tarot Is, What It Does and How It Does It’.  An   enlightening session in which amongst a host of other theories and   ideas, we discuss how powerful just one card can be, and how a single   card can be illuminating.  We talked in detail the significance of the   hands in the Ace cards, and how the grip or hold told a story in itself.    Even as a experienced tarot reader and teacher, I personally had never   put that much thought into this, but later the Ace of Swords came up in   a reading and I was aware how the dynamics had became so much more   powerful with this new found insight.

As many of us attending   were professional readers, we discussed in length where our boundaries   were when seeing something uncomfortable in the cards.  Rachel’s opinion   was to always say what you see, however, being responsible when giving   the information.

All of Rachel’s workshops are weaved with   fascinating storytelling.  I love it when she goes slightly off track to   talk about a personal issue relating to a reading or exercise.

Our Friday evening session, ‘Multi Dimensional Readings’ started with   an in-depth discussion about the infinity sign which Rachel had   explored in her book ’78 Degrees of Wisdom’.  On the back of this   discussion, the Rider Waite ‘2 of Pentacles’ was studied and the group   shared their thoughts.   A random grand announcement was then made by   Rachel that herself and Robert Place were working together on a new   Tarot/Oracle deck.   (Can’t wait)!

We looked at how the number 5   card corresponded to the Tree of Life.  We compared cards such as the   Sun and Moon and looked at comparisons in the decks, but also turned the   positives into negatives and vice versa i.e. what does the sun lack,   what does the moon have?  This became a very interesting discussion   amongst the group.  We discussed karma/cause and effect, past lives, sub   conscious, ego and how our own history is so important.  As you   probably gather from this packed paragraph, far too much to mention in   detail but a diverse and fascinating session.

Friday evening we   had drinks and canapés and a chance for everyone to chat and relax.    Our Auction in aid of ‘Centre point’ was very successful and every   winner was delighted with the raffle prizes kindly donated by Llewellyn   and The Tarot Media Company.

Saturday:  I had not met Tiffany Crosara before, but to be honest I   liked her energy before I knew her.  Tiffany turned up in a   Fool’s/Jester costume (very brave), and I thought she is a little bit   nuts but an absolute darling!  Tiffany drew the crowd in with play   acting followed by a deep meditation where we discovered ‘our’ Fool   within. After connecting with a partner we took a moment or so before   allowing the following questions to be asked, “What major arcana, court   card and minor arcana card do we associate with this person”? and just   allowed the information to flow, which it did.  I am not sure how others   responded, but I ended up giving my partner a mini reading explaining   why I felt the particular cards I had chosen fitted her at this time.    She was amazed at how accurate the reading was.

After coffee and   cookies, Juliet Sharman-Burke took the stage for her session ‘Exploring   the Hermit’.  With a PowerPoint presentation of the Fool and Hermit   side by side, we discussed the Fool’s journey, and how by the time we   got to number 9 in the major arcana, how the energy changed.   The   Hermit now older and wiser, armed with the lantern of experience it was   time to look inward.   We discussed our busy lives and how today we find   it hard to be still.  How we need to embrace the Hermit energy and   meditate, or just be quiet whilst we refocus and regroup.   This was   followed by readings with a partner.

During lunch time we had two wonderful demonstrations, the first was   by Alfred Douglas who showed us his figure of 8 spread, not so much a   reading but more of a way to explore the cards in greater detail.    Followed by Caitlin Matthews, and a PowerPoint demonstration of her and   John’s new Steampunk Tarot due for release in November.

After lunch Cilla Conway took her session ‘Tarot and the Shadow’   which involved group interaction throwing ideas about which cards we   felt had a ‘shadow’ such as The Devil, the Moon, many cards from the   suit of swords and surprisingly The High Priestess.   We each picked a   card at random and read this looking for the shadow within.  After this   exercise  Cilla led us through a meditation to meet our shadow.  It had a   profound effect on some.

Our grand finale was a two hour   workshop with Rachel Pollack who has amazingly had four books published   this year – Soul Forest, Tarot for Magical Times, Tyrant Oidipous and   The New Tarot Handbook. Rachel talked with passion about each book and   why and how they came about.  What inspired her, what she discovered on   her journey as an author of these books, how new spreads were created   and even new findings within certain cards.  We also did a 3 card   reading.  Card 1) Self  Card 2) Others  Card 3) Action.  We were   encouraged to look at the cards as we had never done before, even   experienced readers were discovering things in the cards they had never   seen before!

This was a wonderful conference.  The energy, enthusiasm, friendship   and laughter as well as serious learning and self discovery culminated   in the fabulous 2 days!  Finally I would like to thank Geraldine and   Bali from Atlantis Bookshop for their continued support and heaving   merchandise table, and our sponsors Llewellyn, Kindred Spirit and   Horoscope magazine.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for   contributing to a very successful Conference.  Roll on our 10th   Anniversary in 2013.  If you think this was great, wait till you see   what we have planned for next year!

Kim Arnold