This Beltane, I attended a queer retreat at Groundswell Institute with over one hundred sweet souls. The gathering was transformative on multiple levels and I returned to San Francisco renewed and inspired. As a gesture of gratitude for this empowering experience, I offer this Tarot reading dedicated to the ongoing narrative of the community at large. The reading took place on the New Moon of May 6, 2016, utilizing The Wild Unknown Tarot (Many thanks to Hawk Lightfeather for the suggestion).
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“Tarot is a living commitment to the truth.” ~Rachel Pollack
Would you like to strengthen your perception, create internal balance, or impose your will upon chaos? Then this class is for you!
Arcana Academy Presents: Awakening the Unconscious: An Introduction to Tarot, a three hour workshop introducing basic tenets of Tarot in an intimate class setting. Through playful exercises and creative storytelling, you will become acquainted with the archetypes and symbols of the Major and Minor Arcana and gain a personal sense of how to connect with them. Together we will create a sacred container to explore, gather and translate timeless spiritual wisdom.
Let’s be clear; I don’t follow football. And I’ve never done a reading for a public figure before. However, when I was contacted last week by Tim Didion, Special Projects Manager at ABC News, to provide a reading about two football players competing in the upcoming Super Bowl, I decided to go for it!
Having a Tarot reading is entering into the unknown, asking questions as you journey into creative darkness. It’s an act of trust. It’s awakening your unconscious, and you never know what questions the Tarot will ask in return. You can be assured, however, that what
Science fiction author, comic book writer and divination expert Rachel Pollack is one of my favorite sources of Tarot wisdom (she ranks in my top three Tarot scholars). I found Rachel’s writing many years after I began working with the Tarot and was joyfully surprised to find that her words reflected much of my own experience with the cards. Her description of what a Tarot reading is and how it can be of benefit is especially informative and it is with great zeal that I share an excerpt (from her seminal book Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom) with you today:
This summer I found a way to love my family without needing their acceptance.
A year ago this week, my grandmother died on her birthday. In the weeks following her funeral, I had recurring moments in which I heard her voice, telling me to reach out to my relatives on my father’s side of the family. “I’m gone,” she said, “but you have people who love you and want to see you. Let them.” I heard her words, but I didn’t act on them.
“My experience is what I agree to attend to.” ~William James
I’m excited to share a fantastic book with you by psychologist Shawn Achor about changing our approach to success and happiness. In the appropriately titled The Happiness Advantage, Achor explores how “conventional wisdom” states that if we work hard, we will succeed and then find happiness. If I can just get that promotion, find the perfect mate, gain the muscle mass, then I will be happy. Achor says, no, it’s the other away around. This principle reminds me of an anonymous quote I was told recently, “Be happy as you await happiness.” The message is that we must accept where we are, and find enjoyment in the process as we work toward the desired goal. The means must be as rewarding as the result because “happiness is the center around which success orbits” (61).
For over a decade, Achor researched and taught positive psychology techniques to maximize happiness and improve potential. His focus is primarily about how we can raise our effectiveness at work in a corporate setting, but his concepts are applicable to all aspects of our lives. In this passage, he explains we have a choice about how we look at the world: