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Respect The Tarot

Welcome to the latest Tarot Blog Hop wrangled by Morgan Drake Eckstein…

When it comes to respecting the Tarot, I must admit to generally erring into healthy disrespect with a side order of irreverence and for the sake of my sanity, I’m going swerve expanding any further on that as over the years I’ve had my fill of humourless nut jobs trying to set me straight…  When it comes to punters then trust me… I’ve met more than my fair share of loons… likewise decks with strange aversions to mixing with Joe Average… and the whole lot I mentally file under the following…

When it comes to actual ritual then I’ve never been hard and fast with that as I’ve often read on the hoof and I read in all manner of places so I figure it’s not a good idea to get too precious about my actual workspace… I can pull a good Diva impression when feeling impish and spriteful but on the whole being flexible gets the next booking… So… I didn’t really think I had a ritual but the ever observant Mr S pulled me up on that one… I was hand on door latch leaving for a gig when he called out to me…

Stop! You haven’t done your thing!

What thing? I asked…

That thing you always do before a gig… you know… where you walk around the room mumbling and grumbling about you’re not in the mood and then you chunter on about how this is going to be the day you finally get busted and that people will work out that you’re not a tarot reader at all… you’re just some woman who makes up stories…

OH! Yeah!! That ritual! YUP! I’m so going to get busted today!! My cover will be blown!!

So… I think on it a bit further and I guess I do have a few of my own rituals/quirks/gig survival tactics…

OK… so first off as already covered is the bumble bee waggle dance and jig of despair… which I guess is mostly about shaking my self out of my extreme introvert mode to ramping myself up to being on demand witty and charming and looking like an effortless extrovert…

Then there’s the important part… singing in the car… again, this gets me out of my rut and into my groove but also, more importantly, it warms up my voice… My voice is my money maker… I can wing it without cards… If needed I can chuck out some palmistry or even get folks to empty their pockets or handbags to do a reading…but if I lose my voice then I’m pretty much screwed… The main question I get asked is  – How the F*** do you manage to speak for so long?

The secret… vocal warm ups… plenty of water and always a sneaky stash of Vocal Zone lozenges in my bag just in case things feel a bit off…

Then of course… I wouldn’t be seen dead without my nails being done… That’s partly due to 12 years of nail inspection as a Croupier… There is ZERO tolerance on dirty nails!!! but mostly because I like the mindfulness of application and it puts me into work mode…

Then we have THE BAG!!

This comes gigging with me for several reasons…

  • Contains stash of bottled water and Vocal Zone lozenges 🙂
  • It amuses me beyond measure when I arrive and people assume I’m carrying an instrument and say – Oh! You must be with the band!
  • I’ve never lost my keys but I get constant anxiety that I will lose my car keys and get stranded… so my case has a handy combination lock on it so I can pack away my valuables without fretting that things may go AWOL whilst I’m busy…
  • I’m a short arse and often for some strange reason, I get to places and they’ve set me up with a really high bar stool… so I can use my case as a handy stool to keep my feet on and steady my balance…

The Crystal Ball!

Though it’s not a crystal ball at all… it’s part of a sound and light machine… Again it has multiple uses…

  • It’s a good weight so useful to keep my table cloth pinned to the table… whether outside in a breeze or when you get one of those people who can’t stand up without dragging your cloth with them…
  • It fascinates small children and I pass it over and ask them to have a good look inside and tell me what they can see but not to tell me until I’ve finished talking to their Mum/Dad
  • I’m a complete air head for remembering whether or not people have paid me… I know I should decide an order to do things but some people pay before and some want to pay after, so now I pin the cash under the ball and avoid the awkward few moments of trying to recall whether or not I’ve been paid… Then as the person leaves the table the cash gets put away ready to start afresh…

And last but not least…

 OMG!!!

Lo Scarabeo! Thank YOU! Thank YOU!!!

THANK YOU!!!

Best free gift EVER!!!

An endless supply of free widgets to fix wonky table legs!!!

There is nothing that annoys and irks my Virgo more than a table that refuses to sit still…

Yay!!! Wonky be gone!! 🙂

Right! Mrs Sealey has left the building…

Go visit my (hopefully) more stable mates…

🙂

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10 Tarot tips on how to break free of the LWB…

As a professional Tarot reader, I get asked a lot of questions… All the usual relationship and career type things but also I come across many people who’ve been reading for themselves for many years and they ask me how they can further their reading practice… They typically ask me questions like this…

I’ve always loved Tarot, but have never seemed to be able to get comfortable enough to trust my instincts rather than using the book. Any suggestions on how to get past this?

YES! I have lots of suggestions… Some may work for you, some may not… It very much depends on your personal learning style…

It doesn’t have to be…

Edvard Munch ~ The Scream

Think about the ways you like to learn and find ways that suit you best… Visual? Auditory? Kinaesthetic?

Off the top of my head, here are 10…

  1. Hide your book – I’m not going to advocate burning your LWB or tossing it out completely as there are times when it does come in useful… But think of your LWB as training wheels on a bicycle. It’s fine when you’re just setting out to learn and trying to find your balance… But if you come to be overly reliant then it’s going to seriously cramp your style…
  2. PRACTICE… yup! Practice… practice… practice… oh and did I say practice? 😀 and if you’re reading for someone else then ask for honest feedback.
  3. Record your own notes – keep a journal… though I would say not necessarily a pen and paper type. That’s fine if you’re that way inclined but for some, that can feel like a mammoth task. There are other ways to ‘journal’  – blogging, using dictaphones, scrapbooking… personally, I take photos and email them to myself along with any notes, thoughts, ideas. Find a way that works for you as if it feels to be a chore then you’re not going to keep it up.
  4. Drawing/Sketching – this I find a very useful exercise… pick a card and just spend 10 minutes sketching what you see. Don’t worry about how good you are… this is for your use… don’t over think or try to exactly replicate the image. Working quickly will give you the details that attract you. Look at what parts you’ve pulled out and consider why… was it the colour? shape? something with personal significance? What feelings are evoked as you do this?
  5. Don’t edit! Which ever way you choose to work, allow your thoughts and ideas to flow… Don’t dismiss anything as being wrong as even mistakes teach us valuable lessons. And this is where your LWB can come in handy… But use it AFTER you’ve made your own notes. Pick out anything that you feel is significant and that you missed using your own methods rather than starting with the LWB then dismissing anything that you disover that doesn’t seem to fit in. Working with cards is a personal experience and your meanings should reflect this and be meaningful to you and your experience of life.
  6. Study Symbology – look outside of your Tarot to other areas where symbology is used – colours, numerology, astrology, totem animals etc. Start to build your own personal library of references. You don’t have to worry about remembering things when you’ve spent time learning how to understand them…
  7. Card for the day – Focus on a card in the morning and then observe how it shows up throughout your day… This is helpful but more helpful is the next point…
  8. Groups of cards – take your cards in pairs and see how they work together… how do they talk to each other? I prefer to take mine in trios as I spent years playing various instruments and for me, to see cards in trios is like hearing notes and chords… there’s a tone and atmosphere and music being played…
  9. Associate cards with songs… I have a game I play called Free Association Football… You can check out some tunes HERE 😀
  10. Get out of your comfort zone! If you’re not uncomfortable then you’re not learning…

Here’s a post of mine where I combine several of these techniques… Why I like to draw cards…

Like I say… there are many methods to boost your confidence in your readings…

You may even consider booking a session with me to do just that… 😉

Ready to learn more?

Message  me via Pure & Blessed Tarot 😉

 

 

There’s a Tarot rumour going around…

So… A good Tarot reader always carries a deck…

I hear this all the time…

I sat down with a bunch of Mystereum misfits and asked this trio what they thought…

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The Empress said to me…

Hey Karen, you’re the mother of 4… don’t you already carry enough junk around? Do you really want to keep your favourite deck in your handbag and risk it getting ruined? Come on, think about it… all sorts of random rubbish ends up in your bag… Don’t you remember that time when you were in the garden centre and you delved in to get your purse to pay and came out with a big hand full of pebbles?

Woman! you have a bag like a tardis and a mind that is even bigger… Keep your cards in your head and whip them out when needed… It’s far lighter to carry and if needs be, you can always have a look around and call upon Mother Nature for a few wise words.
A Head’s up from The Hanged Man…

Hey Baby! Chill! Take a moment… think about who you are hanging out with… What’s the first thing you get asked when you sit in a crowd and people ask what you do?

Oh… have you got your cards with you? Can you read for me?

Yeah? and do they want to pay you? Not usually…

But… it’s not just tarot readers who get tapped up for freebies… I’ve seen it happen to a chiropodist 😀 that was shameless! The man said – hey check this out for me and whipped off his shoes and socks and planted his stinky foot onto the middle of the pub table…

C’mmon! Does your dentist work for free?

I suggest if you’re hanging with people who want to string you along, maybe you keep your space calm and clear and when they ask you what you do, maybe lie a little and tell them you’re a proctologist… and see if they still want to ask you probing questions… 😉
Wise Words from The World…

Yeah.. those two make some very good points… And, there’s no denying that the whole world loves a freebie. But… It’s a big world out there and you can shape it as you please.

I’d say yes… a good reader does always carry a deck…

A better reader carries business cards and an appointment book 😉

Speaking of which…

If you want a reading… Don’t try to catch me on the hoof…

Let’s go about it properly and book some time…