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.
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.