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Heroic Tarot & Arcana Academy

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Broaden Your Horizons! Heroic Tarot’s November Schedule

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“Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come.” ~Perry Paxton

I received The Housewives Tarot as a present for my birthday in September and I am consistently amazed at its humor and depth of insight. I pulled a card for the month of November and its message is quite inspirational:

When the Eight of Pentacles appears, a sudden stroke of genius may guide you to an enterprising new field. Put your talents and imagination to use.

The Eight of Pentacles also indicates a time of great diligence and focus. Are there projects that you have been putting off that require your diligence? Be sure to invest your time and energy in them and pay close attention to the details. This Eight relates to inner knowledge and finding ways to put that knowledge into use. The key to success is to believe in your result and give it your all. Extraordinary effort will yield extraordinary results!

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Plant New Seeds! Heroic Tarot’s October Schedule

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“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” ~Nido Qubein

As of October 6th, Heroic Tarot returns to San Francisco! I am now taking appointments for individual readings starting as early as October 7th. 

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Heroic Tarot Returns to San Francisco!

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“Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.” ~Charles Dickens

Greetings and salutations on this lovely Harvest Full Moon! My spiritual sojourn in Santa Fe, New Mexico has come to a close and as of October 5th, Heroic Tarot returns to San Francisco! I am now taking appointments for individual readings starting as early as October 7th.  Make your appointment today! Having a Halloween party? Book Heroic Tarot for your event! Interested in learning Tarot one on one? Enroll in Heroic Tarot Academy! I look forward to seeing you all in person!

Bright Blessings!

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

The above amazing photo was taken by Darvin Atkeson.

Heroic Tarot: The Pentacle Tarot Spread

The Pentacle Tarot Spread

I am always on the lookout for new ways to read the Tarot. Recently I was reading old journals of mine and came across this drawing of a spread. I do not remember where I found it or who created it. So if you recognize it, please let me know. For now I am calling it The Pentacle Tarot Spread. There is already a popular Pentacle Spread, but that one has only five cards and focuses on the elemental directions (including Spirit). Let’s check it out!

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Rise Up! Heroic Tarot’s August Schedule

Judgment

“Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.” ~Albert Camus

The angel Gabriel blows his horn and we are awakened! Judgment is an epiphany, a realization that can transform us. It is time to recognize and rise above our earthly limitations. This card (from The Crystal Tarot by Philip Permutt) asks you to re-evaluate your past, present and future goals, and make the necessary changes to bring about a new spiritual awareness! Let Heroic Tarot help you hone your intuition, and to really live rather than simply exist!

Wherever you are in the world, It would be my pleasure to provide you with a Skype or phone Heroic Tarot reading.  Here’s how that works. My in-person appointments are limited to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

All readings must be made by appointment.  Contact me to schedule yours today! Order a Heroic Tarot Gift Certificate or a Heroic Tarot X-Men Gift Certificate for yourself or your loved one!

For those interested in learning more about Tarot, the Kabbalah and more, I am accepting students for Heroic Tarot Academy!

If after reading my Frequently Asked Questions page you still have questions or concerns please contact me: 

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

The Kirby Kabbalah

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Jack Kirby was an American comic book artist who is widely regarded as one of the most influential creators in the medium. He created (or co-created) many of the super-heroes who are experiencing success on the big screen today such as Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men and so many more. In his biography of Jack Kirby in his book Kirby: King of Comics, Mark Evanier writes, “Jack Kirby didn’t invent the comic book. It just seems that way…He was, in fact, a storyteller and innovator, first and foremost. A modern-day Aesop, creating myths and fables for the generations to come. After over fifty years in the field, he never ceased creating, nor did he show any signs of running out of ideas.”

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Here’s The Thing: Jack Kirby’s Golem

Golem from Prague Last night I had a dream about a walking giant made entirely of mud. It was crudely formed, kind of a cross between Clayface from Batman and the Thing from The Fantastic Four.  It shambled around here and there, with blank eye sockets and a cavernous mouth. Strangely enough no sound came from it.  Then the dream shifted to a flat plateau in which I was looking up at the Tree of Life (from the Kabbalah) rising up from the earth into the cosmos. Each sephiroth shone brightly in between the branches. Then I saw an image of Jack Kirby as if he were travelling around like Doctor Strange in astral form. He said the word “golem” and then vanished.

I woke up with that word emblazoned on my mind. A golem, according to Jewish folklore, is an animated anthropomorphic being created by magic.  The word “golem” in Hebrew means “shapeless mass.” Some legends say that a golem is made out of clay, formed into a shape of a human, and then brought to life by a magic alphabet and the secret name of God. Adam from the Bible stories is called a golem for the first twelve hours of his existence because golem can also translate to “body without a soul.”

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Mutants, Mystics & the Magick of Promethea

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My favorite comic book series of all time is Promethea (sorry, X-Men). I know that is quite a bold statement to make. However, this delightful story written by Alan Moore and drawn by JH Williams III is not only an engaging story about a college student who discovers she can transform into a goddess from her imagination, it is also a magickal treatise which can teach one about the Kabbalah

In his amazing book Mutants & Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal, Jeffrey J. Kripal summarizes Promethea thusly:

…the series advances through the adventures of college student Sophie Bangs, a young feminist who discovers through a college writing assignment that she has slipped through into the Immateria (a kind of astral plane of the Imagination that is self-existent and accesible to every individual) and become the subject of her term paper, the ancient warrior-wisdom goddess Promethea. The message is clear enough: be careful what you write about. Or as Barbara, the previous human vessel of Promethea, tells Sophie in the first issue: “Listen kid, you take my advice. You don’t wanna go looking for folklore. And you especially don’t want folklore to come looking for you.”

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The Qabalah: The Mystical Process in Reverse

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The Qabalah is a theosophical system stemming from Jewish mystical inner teachings.  It contains great knowledge for those who wish to study it, yet it holds even greater relevance for those seeking a psychic quest or spiritual adventure.

Qabalah is not composed of fixed ideas.  Instead,  it trains the student in new ways to think. The word Qabalah is from the root word, Qabal, which means “to receive.” Qabalah means “the reception.” The student must be open to receive the concepts via symbols.

Qabalah teaches us there is only one great being, a self who is the entirety of the universe. This One Being is all that was, is or will be. There is no obsession with simple dichotomies of “good versus evil” that limit overall awareness. There is one, with no secondary attribution. There is no “other.”

The Qabalistic method consists of a series of related symbols upon which the student reflects. As an inner relationship between the symbols becomes clear, the student taps into energy the symbol represents and encounters a deep awakening. Through this process, the awareness shifts from a personal search for meaning to that of the One Being, currently enjoying being a human in time.

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Heroic Tarot Academy

Page of PentaclesIt is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.           ~Claude Bernard

Would you like to learn how to use the Tarot as a synchronicity attraction system for your own personal transformation?  Heroic Tarot Academy is now accepting new students! Each class is a one-on-one experience with a specialized curriculum designed for your individual needs.  Storm Ricon is an award-winning Tarot reader with many years of study and years of professional practice. He is currently teaching students with varying degrees of experience and can customize a class for you.

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