Anyone Can Play Guitarot…

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Welcome aboard the tarot blog hop musical express, directed by Jay Cassels who invited us to get our Gleek on. I do remember the exact notes but I’m fairly certain that artistic license and ad-libbing was pre-approved and so although I can on occasion just about carry a tune in a bucket, I’ll spare you the trilling and spilling of my mediocre singing and invite you to come winging through my variations on a theme.

Music and tarot are very intertwined in my mind and it is not unknown for me to burst into spontaneous song or pull a musical prank… (I may or may not write about that another day) Ok… let’s get back into the right key… I have lots of favourite types of people to read for but high up there in the top of the charts are Musicians…

There’s a fluidity in thinking with Musicians and they are all too easily lured into play…

I’ve often found that Musicians seem to innately know what the cards are saying even if they’ve never seen a deck before but then I guess that many Musicians over the years have infused their art with esoteric musings so any Musician with eclectic tastes has absorbed the occult by osmosis…

But when it comes to tarot reading then they are usually willing to freestyle and enjoy the noble art of busking, they are up for metaphorical musing and noodling and in no way adverse to trying out a few new licks and riffs…

Below is a reading that I did to look at business ideas.  We opened up the Orbifold and it seemed the most natural thing in the world to get the guitar player in front of me to transpose the composition to guitarot…

tarot, tarot spread, business planning

The whole musical language itself lends to an easy analogy and so questions flowed out…

How many strings are there to your business? How do you want to pitch? What’s the tone? What volume is best? etc… etc…

Sometimes the Musicians around me start up the movement and set the beat… Below is the latest composition Mr S has bullied me into commissioned from me… He’s recently bought a ???? oooh???? blimey!!! ah… I really ought to know the name of this… he’s been banging on about it for months and months… but names and models of guitars get lost in the same part of my wasteland area of brain where details about cars go to die… anywho… he’s bought this guitar that is in kit form and it is sitting waiting to be customised. He’s been humming (he’s always humming…) and ahhing about making any decisions but insisting that I should do the artwork for him. That had been going on for weeks until he asked me why it’s not done yet and I told him it’s because he’s still not made his mind up! At which point he says – Why are you waiting for me? Why don’t you just pull some cards out…

So cards were pulled and at last, he smiles as rough initial drafts are sketched out and approved as being exactly to his liking…

But…  dc al coda…back to the Orbifold…

Now the thing I like about the Orbifold is that is so sleek and unfussy and so elegantly designed… At a glance it looks simplistic and bordering on a tad oversimplified maybe but LOOK… look at those borders!!! There’s a whole symphony going on there…

And it occurs to me that when something appears to be so simply designed then it is because every mark and notation is carefully chosen and placed for a reason… There is nothing there by accident, everything is scribed carefully by the composer to lay in wait for the conductor’s hand to provoke a response in the players who in turn will stir an audience…

Then I discovered a magical musical game…

Orbifold Overtures

For this game, you will need one Orbifold deck and as many Musicians as you can get your hands on. If you haven’t already got this deck, then it is worth buying purely for this experiment. I have tried this numerous times now with various unsuspecting victims and it never fails to amuse me…

It’s very simple, there is little work for you to do…

You find your musician

You take out a handful of cards

You line up the borders

Then you say… Oooh… Look at this… Hmmm… if that were a song, what would it sound like?

My experience to date is that they will initially look a little pensive but in less than 3 seconds you will see their eyes light up and they will start tapping and rhythm and skat out a tune

Let me know if you try it?

It’s even more interesting when you show the same cards to different musicians at different times and they all sing the same song…

If you’ve enjoyed this musical interlude and you’re wanting an encore then pick a link and hit it 🙂

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Reiki for Beginners…

Welcome to the latest Reiki Blog Hop
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THEME: Reiki Recommendations for beginners

 

Joy Vernon posed the question – “What do you recommend to beginners interested in Reiki?” This can be from the point of view of a teacher and how they start beginners out, or from the point of view of a student and what you found most helpful in getting started or wished you had known at the beginning.

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When you start to learn anything new, then there are going to be lots of questions that pop up… When it comes to Reiki, then I think it is important for a student to consider how they want to get the answers to their questions…

I guess, my first piece of advice would be to find a teacher you are drawn to and then ask them how they teach and what is involved. There are many styles of Reiki and ultimately your choice will be your personal preference. No system is any better or any worse than any other and in the long-term, if you go down the Reiki path, you will find that you develop your own ways of doing things. There are as many ways of teaching as there are teachers so speak to teachers but I’m willing to bet that a key thing that all good teachers have in common is that they want you to find the right person and so they are happy to answer your questions to help you decide who to learn with… I do believe that a good teacher will signpost you to someone else if they feel that that teacher would be a better fit for you.

So, before you approach a teacher, think about how you like to learn and the environment that you want to be in. Think about the class size that you would be comfortable in, do you even want to be in a group or would you prefer 1:1 tuition. I think one of the things I wish I had known at the beginning was that there is much talk of Reiki Circles and I wish I had realised that being in a circle did not actually equate to standing in a circle and being with people… Being in a circle can be having lots of 1:1 connections with a network of people you meet but you do not all have to be in the same place at the same time… My circle is more of a web and not everybody on that web has yet met…

Think about your reasons for wanting to learn… for example if you are looking to go into business then it may be a good idea to see a teacher who is business minded and who can help you with that aspect as well… If you are focused on a spiritual journey then yes, the right teacher may just appear but exercise a little caution if there is too much talk of synchronicity… especially if it starts to sound like cliched patter… There are people out there who are solely interested in your money… a few questions will quickly reveal these people… In my opinion, there is a bigger risk of landing in a pitfall with a teacher who coaxes your into being taught by them for free… Yes. of course, there are people who teach for free because that is where their heart is truly at but there are also those who teach for free because they like to feel needed… they like to feel that they save people…

It is a potential minefield to find the right teacher as price offers no measure nor guarantee of quality plus what works well for one student does not always work well for another. I know many practitioners who have gone off and set up a good client base after a weekend of fast-track training… equally I know many who have come away from fast-track feeling totally overwhelmed by the experience, stepping back from the whole thing then returning to learn slowly and from scratch the whole thing so that they can build their confidence to work with others…

Personally, I prefer to teach one to one so the pace and content can be tailored to that particular student’s aims and objectives… My aim is to have my student leave feeling confident to work at the level they chose to work at.

My general approach is to have a lengthy chat with a potential student to discuss different ways to do things… Then I advise them to go away, think about it and also ask a few other teachers…

If they return, then I do tend to advise that they stay away from the books at this point and start by looking at their general lifestyle and how life is going for them. Books are there to be read but there are so many, that I think it’s best to see what questions naturally arise before opening the books. I think also, Reiki is by its nature very experiential so it can be disappointing to read about how others see visions etc… I think my least favourite question from a student is when they say something like X says that when you do this, this should happen, I don’t get that? Am I doing it wrong? When it comes to Reiki, comparison and competition are not your friends! You have to learn to feel and trust for yourself…

Most things are fluid with Reiki with no real hard definitions of this is right… The points that I do stress as being right and wrong are the mundane but very important matters of personal safety, getting insurance, being aware of where you place your hands so you don’t accidentally end up getting people mumbling #metoo when they leave your premises never to return again…

The other main concept that I like to stress and debate is the healing/curing dichotomy but I think I may leave that for another day as we wanted to think about beginners and so I want to boil it down to two points to think about…

  1. Take time to know yourself…
  2. Take time to get to know your teacher…

And on that note, I will signpost you towards the links and you can go learn more about Jay and Joy, both with their own ways and both people who I consider to be important elements of my Reiki Circle that is in no way round, today it’s a triangle… but we’re certainly never square yet these people are good to have in your corner 🙂

 

Seriously?! THIS is my REAL job!! YES!! Seriously…

Anybody who has known me for any length of time, will at some point notice and mention that I get to meet more than my fair share of whack jobs… And on the whole, I’m mostly fine with that as I see it as something that goes with the territory… You deal with the general public and the general public consists of all sorts…

I guess every tarot reader gets asked enough times to make their eyes roll, what it is that they do for a living? I work events where most people who get a reading are doing something for the first time and I put this question down to either a touch of nerves or an effort at polite small talk akin to the hairdresser asking if you’ve booked a holiday yet. Sometimes, I smile and say – I do this, this is what I do 🙂 Other times, depending on the crowd and the mood, I may roll out an outrageous lie and see if I can get away with it… There was this one time when I managed to convince someone that I was a pro- arm wrestler and captain of the ladies UK team…

But I had an experience a few months back and you know what… even though it’s happened before, there’s a little part inside of you hoping that the last time was the last time and so you just don’t expect to yet again get asked that question by other business women who have approached you, claiming that they have researched you and claiming they want to discuss collaborating with you…

Out came those words…

What do you do for your real job?

Now apparently my face obviously never betrayed the slightest hint that leaked any clues to the massive f-bomb that had just exploded in my head…

THIS… THIS IS WHAT I DO…

Yes! But what’s your real job…? 

THIS… THIS… THIS…IS…MY…REAL…JOB…

By this point, my head is filling with the opening theme tune to The Muppets and I let a serene smile spread across my face and decide to settle in for the show and see where it goes… Yeah, yeah, yeah… a saner person would probably have made their excuses and walked out at that point… I have been blessed/cursed with a morbid curiousity… so I let them talk… I won’t go into the details of how utterly ludicrous their proposal was… but let’s just skip to the cherry on top…

Ok, so if the first question wasn’t bad enough, then get this…

Would you like some time to think about it, to go home and ask your Husband what you should do?

Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

ASK MY HUSBAND?!!! WHAT THE HELL HAS IT GOT TO DO WITH HIM??

And with that, I decided the final curtain was down and I was off…

I didn’t dignify the question. Seriously, I don’t need to ask my husband permission for anything, nevermind if I should take a gig with someone who baulks at my fee and obviously thinks I’m going to arrive on a broomstick as the money on offer would barely cover petrol costs, never mind my time…

Depressingly, this isn’t the first time I’ve encountered this kind of thing and unfortunately, I fear it may not be the last…

But WTF? WT actual F? OK… I can excuse a chancer… this is business and people want to haggle…

BUT… this is 2018 and WOMEN and I am keeping the focus on women here as I have never to date encountered this nonsense from a man… WOMEN think it’s ok to ask other women what their real job is and then they think it’s ok to suggest that they get permission from the Hubby… FFS! I’m surprised they didn’t go for the hat trick and poke their noses into my childcare arrangements…

Well… just for the record, I did for my own amusement recount the ‘deal’ and ask my husband what he thought I should do…

His reply…

Ok… who are you? and what have you done with the real Karen?

What do you mean Mr S?

Well… the real Karen, would have nodded along, laughed like a drain, said yeah, I’ll be in touch then shredded and tossed their business card over her shoulder as she strolled away…

Ah… good old Mr S… he’s not business minded but he sure knows me 🙂