The Wise Fool
“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” ~Anaïs Nin

A traditional Tarot deck consists of 78 cards; Twenty-two of these cards are known as the Major Arcana with titles to indicate their specific symbolism. There are many ways to work with these archetypal energies. Most readers of the Tarot either see the Major Arcana as individual entities or they see them as a progression of meanings. The first perspective understands each card as presenting unique traits or experiences as relevant to a person’s spiritual advancement. For example, the Hermit represents application of knowledge, the Wheel represents a change in circumstances, and so on. This approach considers numbers on each card as significant according to the idea associated with them, instead of seeing the numbers as important due to their succession.

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Elements of Magic
The word myein is an ancient Greek verb meaning “to keep the mouth shut.” Linked to medieval initiation rites and the secrecy surrounding them, Myein has come to stand for that which cannot be explained.

In The Magician’s Dictionary: An Apocalyptic Cyclopedia of Advanced Magic(k)al Arts and Alternate Meanings, E.E. Rehmus writes that myein is the root of the word mystery and states, ”

There is a practical reason for keeping silent about private or creative projects, especially while they are in the planning stage. Any talking about a plan will be a talking out of it, because talking is an action of its own and automatically substitutes for physical action…Plans must also be hidden until the moment comes to act or others will interfere with them.

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King of Swords

“Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.” ~Warren W. Wiersbe

This month we celebrate the clear thinking of the King of Swords! In order to receive his message, keep in mind that all Kings in the Tarot depict mastery and authority in their suit and in this instance that is Air. Kings establish tradition and sustainability and can represent both yourself and another person in a reading. We do not need to limit our definition of the Kings as solely male either. Often Kings may depict anyone who is “fathering” things into a space of security and established rules.

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4 of Wands

On January 10, 2010, Heroic Tarot received its first Yelp review. Four years later and the love is still going strong. I am extremely grateful for being granted the gift of sharing my Tarot knowledge with the public. Being of service is a privilege that I greatly treasure. Thank you to all of my clients who have shared their stories with me. Thank you for trusting me with your dreams, fears, goals and joys. Thank you to everyone who took the time to write a review. To celebrate, I wanted to share the first and still one of my favorite reviews of Heroic Tarot:

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X-Men Legacy #4

The world is made up of stories. Or is that stories make up the world? Either way, in our comics, novels, television shows and movies, we are all inundated with narrative. Many folks enjoy their stories with cliffhangers, tantalizing moments of peril in which they are suspended until the next installment. Others enjoy complete done-in-one stories in which all the plots and character moments are resolved in a tidy fashion. Which is more satisfying? Is there some crossover to be had with both approaches?

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San Francisco is the birthplace of so many amazingly creative endeavors and last month I was fortunate to participate in one called The Identity Project. It has been a while since I had had my portrait taken by a professional and I was extremely pleased with the results by Portraits to the People photographer Sarah Deragon. In regards to this particular undertaking, Deragon’s website states, “ This photography project seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” In her interview with The Bold Italic, Deragon says:

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Temperance

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”  ~Rumi

Do you ever feel like you are in the eye of a hurricane while everyone and everything else is spinning around you? How do find composure within that chaos? The Temperance card of the Tarot holds the key to moderation, reminding us of our vitality and how to balance our mental, physical and emotional well-being. In the image above (drawn by Pamela Colman Smith), we see Raphael, the angel of healing. He stands with one foot in the water and one foot on the shore, illustrating his bridge-building capabilities. He is literally dancing between worlds. He pours water from one cup into another and back again as a symbol of his emotional equilibrium. He releases his feelings in accordance with the other elements in his life and recombines them over and over again to find a new heart-based response. Temperance teaches us to travel the middle road in order to avoid extremes. It is a blending of two ideas or materials into a new form. This is alchemy and it requires optimism, enthusiasm and confidence.

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The Lovers - Cosmic Tribe Tarot

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Laozi

Interested in strengthening your commitment to your partner? Looking to connect with one of your parents? Want to deepen the camaraderie with a best friend? Well, couples readings are not just for couples anymore! Having a Heroic Tarot reading with a loved one can provide amazing insight on what each of your bring to the relationship, where the partnership is going, and what you can do to support one another now and in the future! So whatever kind of love you share, a reading can help it grow! Contact me today to schedule your Heroic Tarot Reading for Two!

Of course, an individual Heroic Tarot reading is also lovely gift!

Bright Blessings!

~Storm Ricon (415)260-2903 / stormantic@gmail.com

Note: The Lovers cards pictured above are from The Cosmic Tribe Tarot by Stevee Postman.

The Star - Cosmic Tribe Tarot

Inspiration! Peace! Healing! The Star shines above, connecting us to Source energy. It remind us of our dreams, leads us back to our highest vibrations. In Tarot, we celebrate the Star as a harbinger of inner calm and wholeness. It symbolizes power from within, a sense of grace. The Star relates astrologically to Aquarius, the sign of having the courage to be your self. The recent New Moon in Aquarius opened up new avenues of freedom so we may begin cycles of manifestation. What old habits or stories are you releasing? What fresh perspective has imbued your consciousness? What aspect of your Self needs new expression?

Tarot is a magically helpful practice to plant the seeds of potential with illuminated insight. Let Heroic Tarot assist with your journey and make an appointment today!

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Light

“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” ~Albert Einstein

It has been over a year since I have been teaching one on one Tarot classes. I have found the experience to be incredibly gratifying and even more so when I get positive feedback like this from a current student:

I’ve been meaning to write a review for a long time now, but thought there were so many things I had to say that I would not know how to start. I guess I should start by saying that I’ve known Storm for over a year now. Back then, I was really looking for a tarot teacher and thought it would be better if I first looked for a reader, got a reading from them, and later figured out if I would have them as a teacher.

That’s what happened with Storm. I loved my first reading! He is one of the warmest people I know! And guess what? He is now my teacher. Yes! He is a tarot teacher as well! I bet you didn’t know that. He is super well-organized, he plans classes and lessons based on your needs and interests. He works FOR and WITH you.
I’m still his student and right now I can see we have grown a lot together, I’ve learnt soooo much from him! And it has always been about the subjects and things that I wanted to learn, read about, or find out.

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