Storm Arcana

Heroic Tarot & Arcana Academy

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Storm’s Weather Report: Online Scheduling, New Classes, & a Celebration!

 

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Hello, Everyone!

I’m sending you all high vibes from New York City! A dear friend of mine gifted me a trip to the Big Apple for the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Convention and I have truly enjoyed myself. Everyone I met was welcoming and kind. I do hope to return soon!

This week, I celebrate my Solar Return and there’s a lot I want to share with you:

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3 Tiers for Arcana Academy!

If there’s one thing I love as much as reading Tarot, it’s teaching it! I’m so excited to share with you my newly expanded Arcana Academy, a mystery school in which I share my magical knowledge with you! There are three ways you can get involved!

Arcana Academy officially started a few years ago when a client asked me to teach them how to read the Tarot, resulting in a two-and-half year course of individual study. This led to me working with several students in a one-on-one capacity for different spans of time. I continue to take on students even now. Earlier this year, due to popular interest, I offered introductory Tarot classes to the public. They were a great success, leading me to create three tiers of classes honoring the different levels of interest and commitment people have expressed. There are three ways you can can interact with Arcana Academy:

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Announcing Arcana Academy!

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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. 

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Isotope University Presents: The Guidance of Grayson

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Today I attended a Writing for Comics class taught by the amazing writer Devin Grayson. The class was offered by The Isotope Comic Book Lounge as part of its Isotope University project which offers curriculum that “focuses on practical, real world comics industry knowledge to equip students for success in creating and selling comics.” Grayson’s work includes writing for titles such as Gotham KnightsCatwoman, The Titans, and Black Widow. Her five year run on Nightwing is especially well regarded and is often credited for creating the fan base for the popular character. She is also a novelist, video game scripter, short story and essay writer.

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Isotope University Presents: The Wisdom of Woolfson

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Today I took a Mastering Crowdfunding class by comic creator and Kickstarter wizard Alex Woolfson. The event was part of The Isotope Comic Book Lounge’s Isotope University, which offers curriculum that “focuses on practical, real world comics industry knowledge to equip students for success in creating and selling comics. Today’s guest instructor was the author of the yaoi science fiction graphic novel Artifice and the queer superhero series The Young Protectors.

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Dedicate Yourself to Happiness

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Art Nouveau Tarot – The Sun

Have you ever met someone whose very being radiated light, bringing a special kind of joy into your presence? That is the power in Tarot traditionally represented by card 19, the Sun. This kind of person’s energy is bright and shiny because they choose to focus on the positive aspects of life. People that channel this high vibration are a blessing to be around and are a source of inspiration to everyone who encounters them! Today I want to introduce you to someone like that in my life, even though I have never met them in person. 

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Magic by Definition: Resources for Empowerment

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“If we want to discover our own creativity and ability to change ourselves and the world, it is imperative that we learn from those women and men who practiced such transformative magic before us.” ~Mary K. Greer

Tarot scholar Mary K. Greer is the author of numerous books on divination and the Tarot. She is also an authority on The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the magical women who were the heart and soul of that Order. Greer presents the intertwined biographies of Maud Gonne, Moina Bergson Mathers, Annie Horniman, and Florence Farr in Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses. Her book is an inspirational account of these women, who she refers to as “spiritual foremothers of women practicing magic today.” Near the end of her book, Greer presents ” twelve resources these women shared in common in their personal histories of liberation: twelve conditions that name their powers and describe the factors working for them.” Here is her list of what these four mystical pioneers had in common:

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Magic by Definition: Where is the Will?

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Most known for his non-fiction book The Outsider in which he writes about social alienation, English novelist and philosopher Colin Wilson also wrote several books about spirituality, chief among them The Occult: A History. His beliefs on modern man are capsulized in this quote by E.E. Rehmus in The Magician’s Dictionary under the entry for Magic:

Modern civilization induces an attitude of passivity. When a Stone Age hunter set out to trap wild animals, he was aware of his will as a living force. When the prehistoric farmer scored the surface of the earth with a crude plough, he knew that his family’s survival through the winter depended on his effort, and his will responded to the challenge. When a modern city dweller walks down a crowded throroughfare, he feels no sense of challenge or involvement. This city was built by other people; all these shops and offices are owned by other people. He can get through an ordinary’s day work in a state approximating sleep. Most of his routine tasks are carried out by the ‘robot.’ There is neither the need or the opportunity to use the will.

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22 Mysteries & Then Some

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“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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Never Stop Learning

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“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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