12 Day Tarot Art and History Tour of Northern Italy, Autumn 2011

I appreciate the wonderful Tarot decks U.S. Games is donating to the Tarot Museum in Italy, as well as this opportunity to share about how it came to be that I find myself bringing a suitcase laden with decks and a merry band of Tarot travelers to bella Italia this fall…

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Poetry in Tarot

Poetry is a very subjective subject, isn't it? Some like rhyme. Some prefer metered verse. Still others would rather just not read or write poetry at all. In many of the certification programs, there is a step that asks the student to interact with the cards in a different way.

If you Google "tarot poetry", you will come up with a lot of hits. About 4,700,000 even with the search restricted to avoid "THOSE" sites. Let's examine some of what's out there. The majority that I found was on the Major Arcana.

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BRINGING TAROT TO THE TABLE: World Tarot Day 2011

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On World Tarot Day (May 25th) You Will See one of the Rarest Tarot Images — Ever.

Before I talk in this guest blog post about World Tarot Day on May 25th, imagine the scene, if you will — it is a foggy evening in England, November 1921 … so foggy that travel is being disrupted across the country. Elsewhere in the world, the Japanese Prime Minister is assassinated, and Hitler and Mussolini are as we speak establishing groups which will soon plunge the world into yet another war. However, a spiritual seed is also being sown — by

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TAROT GAMES: Word Search

Enjoy this word search puzzle. Time yourself! How fast did you find all thirty words? Let us know in the comments.

 

Tarot Word Search  

W E M D C J H H G T U K F S D
P A M E L A R T N N K C I L A
I K W F B E C A R W I E R E E
C P O A D A H U E A K D E S T
C P S I N P T M P N E S A S D
O H R R O D P O I S D C E E A
I Z A R O E S V N I E E Z V R
N K E L R N E S S S O P F P S
S I T O I S I K S R N T W U M
H B R W U C S M W H N R N H A
R O J A M J E Y O K H E R N T
E L F F U H S S R O E S A R O
W A I T E R I A D C E C A S R
P E N T A C L E S C R T M U A
R O D S R E T A W A S Q G T T

 

AIR ARCANA BATONS
CHALICES COINS CUPS
DECK DISKS EARTH
EMPEROR FIRE HIEROPHANT
KNIVES MAJOR MINOR
PAMELA PENTACLES READING
RIDER RODS SCEPTRES
SHUFFLE STAR SUN
SWORDS TAROT VESSELS
WAITE WANDS WATER

Created by Puzzlemaker at DiscoveryEducation.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tarot Impossible: What Movie Is This?

Lynn Merritt gave us this puzzle.

Agent Reader, you've done very well so far with the Tarot Impossible game. Agent Tarot has come to us again with another query. She did a reading for a character who gave this clue, "It's 2011 now, but in 2010 I did an impossible mission. What will my life be like now I am a free agent?" She did the reading but forgot to ask what the movie was. She wanted to see it if she could.

Here are the cards for this reading.

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Tis May! Tis May!

May 1st , or May Day, is a day that I remember from my childhood as one of gentle celebration. We would put small (as in tiny!) baskets together, and leave them on our neighbors’ porches. We would ring the bell, and run like mad! This is what you were supposed to do! It was a marvelous surprise to whoever answered the door to find lovely little May baskets sitting there.

May Day (the whole month of May, IMHO) is all about celebrating spring, new growth, and just plain enjoying the good weather and getting to the actual planting of lovely flowers (and vegetables, for those who do vegetable gardens). While I have never seen it done, I love the image of young girls dancing around a May pole that is decorated with streamers and flowers, honoring the energy of the moment. What great fun! May Day is also connected with Beltane, one of eight solar Sabbats in Wiccan and Pagan traditions, and one that focuses on spring and fertility.

How do you celebrate this day? Or do you? Celebration of May Day is certainly not as widespread as it once was. Perhaps we need to do something about that! Getting back to our literal “roots”, working with the soil, honoring the cycles of the year, enjoying the beauty of the spring flowers, and the sense of joy and freedom that they bring, to me is intrinsic to this day. Honoring this day in a personal way opens you up to aligning yourself with life and its cycles (no matter what your religious background). Whether you create a May basket as a centerpiece for your table, or create smaller May baskets to leave at your neighbors’ doors, the intent is set, and the energy comes to you. What a great way to bring positive energy into our lives!

The following spread

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