Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Queen and Kings of of Tarot! | TABI Conference | 25 July | Birmingham, UK

 This is me (well my HEAD at any rate), cunningly photoshopped onto a slender body, and a throne that comprises entirely of court cards - isn't it clever?

Caroline Blackler did all the high tech jiggery-pokery for this.

And you might wonder just WHY I have included it here on m'blog.

Well ...... pull your chair a bit closer to the screen because I want to whisper something in your ear ..... But not THAT close .... edge back just a smigeon *drops voice to conspiratorial whisper*

I'm one of the Tarot workshop Queens at TABI's 2015 Tarot Conference in sunny Birmingham!

Yes, on Saturday 25 July at Conference Aston, I kick off the whole day's Tarot mischief with a session on techniques for reading reversed Court cards.

From there we go straight into our next session - Tarot and Love - with the lovely author Queen Jane Struthers.

From there we break for lunch (and lunch is included in the day attendee ticket price, folks!)

And then we dive headlong into our next session, all about the Lenormand Oracle with Lenny expert, King Andy Boroshevengra.  If you're coming along and you are a bit panicked about not having a Lenormand deck, worry not - there will be enough to go around!

A 30 minute coffee-injection break and then our final session for the day, my fellow Italian Tarot Tour traveller Queen Caitlin Matthews explains how to get to grips with those pesky unillustrated pips of the Marseille deck.

I *know*!! It's going to be a splendid day of Tarot shenanigans!

And TABI has a few places still available - so if you can get to sunny Brum on the last Saturday in July, I'd absolutely LOVE to see you there! Or even if you can come down the night before, there's a package available that includes overnight accommodation, a group dinner, the quiz AND attendance at the Conference.

Monday, 25 May 2015

The Visconti Sforza Tarot

Academia Carrara, Bergamo
Milan was just as shimmeringly hot and magnificent as it was when we arrived a fortnight earlier.  My God, how had two weeks passed so quickly?! We rendez-voused (is that even a word?!) together outside the jaw-droppingly OUTSTANDING Cathedral (these Italians, they never knowingly-under statue anything).

It was time for our close encounter with the Visconti Sforza!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

The Sola Busca (or Giordano in the Giardino)

Earwigging on academic chit chat
Giordano Berti and Caitlin Matthews
©someone on the tour

Another reason that I was desperate to take part in the Tarot Tour of Italy was the thought of perhaps linking up with Giordano Berti.  This gregarious author, historian and deck creator has been a charming facebook friend for AGES and we have bonded over our mutual love of toasted hazelnuts from Cavanzana :)

One of his many talents is as custodian* of the most marvellous Wolfgang Mayer 78-card Sola Busca Tarot.  If you have been keeping up with my posts on the Tarot Tour of Italy (*looks wounded* You haven't?!) you will know that on Day One I basically died and went to heaven after seeing the Sola Busca Tarot in the FLESH.

I already own a Lo Scarabeo copy, which is fine .... but I really, REALLY wanted a full copy with BIG cards and CLARITY.  Truthfully, I wanted to steal the original from the Brera!  The Mayer deck is the very next best thing, I promise you...

Queen of Cups - Polisena
depicted her slightly larger than card life-size

So, before I departed for Italy, I purchased a copy of the Mayer Sola Busca from Giordano (copies still available folks!) and arranged to pick it up from him in person in Italy!

Would this be tricky to organise?!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Queen of Swords | Alexander Daniloff

I have purchased a companion for the beautiful Queen of Hearts that was gifted to me by Alexander Daniloff: the Queen of Swords.

Isn't she pretty and sweet-natured? A far cry from the unhappy profile and bolt-upright sword that we associate with the Rider Waite Smith Queen of Swords, below.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Pholarchos Tarot | Carmen Sorrenti |

Queen of Swords
You can never have too many owls!
Amongst the presentations at the Tarot Museum's garden parties was a display of four Tarot Queen paintings by Carmen Sorrenti.  

There was so much going on and loads of people interested in talking with Carmen, I waited until I got home and then dropped her an e-mail to see whether she was up for being interrogated interviewed for m'blog.

Fortunately for you, dear reader - she is!

Me:  Fantastic images you've got going here, Carmen - you need to tell me aaaaallll about your self and your deck! 

First of all - how did you get involved in creating Tarot art - Did your background in acting attract you to the Tarot? 

Friday, 8 May 2015

The Queen of Hearts | When Ali met Alexander

Another sweltering hot Italian day. Another day where I whine pathetically about having a dodgy inner thermostat and bringing all the wrong clothes on holiday.  Honestly, Scottish people should really never go abroad.....

Our Merry Band of 31 souls hopped onto our coach, drove out of the baking piazzas of the gorgeous city of Bologna and up into the blue and hazy hills of Riola to visit the Tarot Museum.

The 400 year-old property that was once a shop has been magicked into a Tarot Museum by the hard work and arty touches of Ernesto Fazioli and Morena Poltronieri - two of our guides on our 14-day Tarot Tour.

The view from the Museum garden is breathtaking. My God, if I had those mountains to look at every morning, you would never find me on facebook again!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Princess Charlotte | Court Card

Princess Charlotte | King of Pentacles
Also, looks like her brother, George!
I was so caught up in Naked Gardening Day on 2 May that I almost completely over-looked a new arrival in the Windsor stable.

Yes! A Spare has been born to keep young George (the heir) on his toes.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Full Moon | May | Scorpio | The King of Cups

Today the full moon lights up the astrological sign of Scorpio.  This means that the Court Card energy we are looking at belongs to the King of Cups.

This chap is regarded as the most diplomatic of the Kings.  In touch with his emotional centre, but not governed by it, the King of Cups understands other people's points of view but (if he's at the top of his game!) is not caught up in the drama of it all.

He is compassionate and empathetic and so his challenge is to hold those feelings and still be able to take action.

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