Storm Arcana

Relationship Coach & Founder of Arcana Academy

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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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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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