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Monday, 4 August 2014

Tarot Tip Tuesdays - More Ways To Use Your Tarot Cards Beyond Readings

Whether you are new to Tarot and in the throes of building a connection with your Tarot cards or an advanced Tarot reader diligently honing your Tarot reading skills, I am putting out a Tarot tip a week to help you to consistently make Tarot a part of your everyday life.


Last week, when I wrangled an international community of Tarot bloggers for the harvest festival of Lammas, I tasked them to write about their inspirations from the Queen of a Pentacles.  I surprised myself by using my Tarot cards to come up with recipes for a 3-course dinner.  I wished I had more time to unleash the domestic goddess in me on a daily basis, but as I juggled work, business, teaching Tarot and Numerology and kickboxing, I would cook for the family only ever so often.  However when I set my intention to channel the Queen of Pentacles last week with a virtual dinner party, Tarot became my tool used to guide the creation of these recipes.  My Tarot-inspired recipes can be found here.

And while on this note, my friends Joanne Sprott and Karen Sealey came up with a nifty idea to develop a contributory cookbook inspired by Tarot cards!  Now, who is up to join us in this fabulous project?

Aside from dreaming up delectable recipes, today, my Tarot Tips for this Tuesday are meant to help you think of more creative ways to use Tarot beyond the usual Tarot readings that you did. 

1) Meditation:
Tarot is one of the best tools for meditation.  I often pick a card at random and use it for meditation by centering my thoughts on how the images within the cards could relate to my life at that moment, to a specific circumstance or even an intention.  Brigit Esselmont from Biddy Tarot wrote a fantastic article about Tarot Meditation which should be made a basic practice for any Tarot practitioner.

2) Writing:
I learnt about this from a friend Arwen Lynch of Tarot By Arwen. She runs a course for writers and teaches them to use their Tarot cards for inspiration as they write their books. 

3) Poetry:   
 Writing poetry can be so therapeutic.  It comes easily for some experienced writers and career poets.  However, for people like me, who often need that extra dose of inspiration, Tarot can be a very useful tool to draw on your deepest emotion to create the theme, and the lines for your poetry.  I wrote a poem completely through the guidance of my Tarot cards earlier this year.  Check it out here.


4) Ritual Work:
Some of my friends swear by using Tarot for ritual work.  My friend Bonnie Cehovet wrote a book called a Tarot, Rituals and You, where she explains how rituals can be used to manifest the life that one desires. Within the book, she advises on the different ways to use Tarot in rituals for example, to honour the moon cycles or to do shadow work.

5) Tarot Deck Creation:
When I put the question out there asking what else could Tarot be used for, my friend Joanne Sprott said she used it for Tarot deck creation. What  a fabulous idea!  The images in a Tarot cards often carry inspirational messages to kick one's creativity into action.  In fact,  closely linked to this point is the fact that some a Tarotists used Tarot to create exquisite paintings.  Examples are Cathy McClelland and An-Magrith Erlandsen


See how versatile Tarot can be? You could create recipes,write poetry, write a book, and meditate with it.  What else have you used Tarot for beyond Tarot readings?

May your Tarot cards provide you with a full deck of possibilities throughout your day.

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About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and an intuitive reader by accident who deploys the combined modalities of a Tarot, Numerology and Astrology overlaid with her Clairvoyant and Clairsentient skills to deliver her readings with authenticity. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SunGoddessTarot





Friday, 1 August 2014

A Dinner Invitation Inspired By The Queen Of Pentacles


From The Kitchen Of The Queen Of Pentacles

This blog post was written as my contribution to the Lammas 2014 Tarot Blog Hop of which I felt very proud to be the wrangler.  I chose to wrangle this particular blog hop because I wanted to celebrate Lammas by inviting all of you to dinner to celebrate my birthday which also fell on the same date, 1 August.  


Coincidentally, this Lammas 2014 Tarot Blog Hop would mark my 2nd year of being part of this community of beautiful, generous and talented Tarot bloggers.  I would love to have you explore the contributions of the other Tarot Blog Hop participants by following the links below.



Blog Before        |             Master List              |               Blog After

Lammas – The First Harvest

For those unfamiliar with the festival, Lammas celebrated the first harvest.  It honored the bountiful crops, the first gathering of grains and the first plucking of fruits and vegetables, and a table full of food brought in from the garden well-planted in spring. As the season allows for even more opportunities for growth in the next few months,  Lammas reminded us to not rest on our laurels but to continue to work towards even more growth whilst being thankful for the blessings of abundance that surrounds us.  This was significant for me as I took a moment during this Lammas to say a prayer for more creative inspiration around my work at my consultancy,  Sun Goddess Tarot.  At the same time, I whispered my gratitude for the many blessings I got like the ardent support of my family for what my husband jokingly termed, “ another level of weird”.

Queen Of Pentacles

That was why I had decided to look to the Queen of Pentacles as my muse this Lammas.  She was the epitome of the nurturing earth mother, providing the family with warmth and love whilst managing  a productive career too.   She taught me the importance of striking a fine balance between my continuous efforts to reap a bountiful harvest of more knowledge, experiences and skills whilst being present for my family and my friends.

Like the Queen of Pentacles, I was inspired to balance my love for Tarot with my desire to be present for my family and friends.  So, I would like to cordially invite you over for dinner.  You will be treated to a 3-course meal with recipes personally designed by me and guided by my Tarot Cards.

My Dinner Menu Inspired By Tarot

Clearly as the Queen of Pentacles was my muse, I used her as a “significator” for my meal planning so she inspired my main dish of The East And West Harvest Pasta.  The dish was designed to reflect my managing that fine balance between my 2 careers as a marketing communications professional and a professional Tarot reader, that dainty juggle between my family life and my work life and the even more intricate complexities between my Eastern culture and my husband’s Western culture as expected in an inter-racial marriage. And in every aspect of these priorities, I had every desire to bring 100% of myself into everything and everyone that I touched nurturing these with lots of diligence, attention, commitment and love.

For the starter,   I picked the 6 of Cups to inspire my recipe.  Wow! That was a difficult one.  How do I come up with a recipe that reflected appropriately the 6 of Cups in Tarot?  While mulling over the possibility of  using  6 cups for presentation or stealing my son’s jello from the fridge because the card had image of kids in it, I then remembered that it was a card that represented good old familial memories.  So I had decided to create an appetizer inspired by my Mum’s version of prawn cocktail.  I loved prawn cocktail and I remembered that when I was very young, the first chi-chi dinner that the entire family got invited to was a grand wedding dinner of a relative who had invited 1000 guests from all over the world to attend that event. We were served prawn cocktail as the starter.  I felt so grown up eating it.

The last dish was of course the dessert!  My favorite! I hoped to pick a court card.  It would be easier to match a personality to a dish.  However, I ended up picking the Sun instead. Perfect.  Not wanting to risk serving you sunflower petals sprinkled over ice-cream, I had to think doubly hard about this one.  The Sun represented happiness, joy, positivity, vitality, zest, energy.  I had to create a dish that had a burst of energy in it.  So, my dessert, inspired by the Sun Card was a Fruit Salad With Orange Honey Dressing And Creme Fraiche.

I have appended the recipes below this blog post, but allow me a paragraph or two to mull over this menu that I had put together with the help of the Queen.

A Lesson From My Lammas Muse, The Queen Of Pentacles

When I re-evaluated this meal that I had put together with my Tarot cards, I saw a special message within it. To help me channel the Queen of Pentacles in my life, I was reminded about the happiness that I had felt with the wonderful memories of my childhood ( 6 Of Cups + The Sun).  No matter how busy Mum and Dad were, they always made sure they involved me in everything they did, they took me everywhere, they gave me as much room to explore my creative potential as they could.  They were present for me.  The Queen had just told me that the best way to channel my inner Queen of Pentacles, was to be present for David and Joel the way Mum and Dad had been for me.

Below are the recipes created and shared with love.


The Starter
Prawn and Mango Cocktail With Kaffir Lime Leaf Dressing
Ingredients:
2 Cups of peeled and deveined blanched prawns
1 medium size mango, sliced.

Dressing:
1 tablespoon finely chopped spring onion and red onion
Extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons Kaffir lime juice
Chopped kaffir lime leaves
2 Tablespoons lime juice
2 Tablespoons orange juice
1 red chilli de-seeded and chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon sugar

Whisk dressing ingredients together and mix until the sugar has dissolved. Spoon over the prawns and mix well. Spoon marinated prawns over mixed lettuce leaves. Garnish with some mint and coriander, and decorate some mango slices around it.


The Main Course

The East And West Harvest Pasta - Inspired By The Queen Of Pentacles
Ingredients:
1 cup roasted pumpkin pureed in food processor
1/2 cup roasted aubergine sliced
1/2 cup roasted zucchini sliced
1/2 cup chopped bok choy blanched in salt water
1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
1 cup toasted pine nuts
Dash of Olive oil
1 cup cream
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 leek, white part only clean and sliced.
1 teaspoon whole coriander
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 chilli de- seeded and chopped.
salt and pepper to taste
1 pack pasta, cooked to package instructions
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 leek(s), white part only, cleaned and sliced
1 teaspoon whole coriander
a pinch of ground cinnamon
Chopped basil


Method:
Pour olive oil into a skillet or large sauce pan and sauté garlic until aromatic. Add the leek and tomatoes. Stir in the coriander and cinnamon and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add white wine and raise heat to reduce volume by two-thirds. Add cream and then puréed pumpkin, then simmer. Set aside.

Add the penne to the sauce and warm thoroughly. Toss with the zucchini, aubergine, bok choy, chilli, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. Then serve.


The Dessert
Fruit Salad With Orange Honey Dressing And Creme Fraiche - Inspired By The SunIngredients:
1 cup blueberries
1 cup cubed pineapples
1 cup cubed cantaloupe
1 cup strawberries
2 bananas sliced

Dressing:
Juice from 1 orange
2 tablespoons honey
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon of chopped mint leaves

Method:

Whisk all dressing ingredients till honey is dissolved and pour dressing over the fruits. Toss, spoon into individual bowls and serve immediately with a dollop of Creme Fraiche. garnish with a sprig of mint.


Do remember to explore the contributions of the other Tarot Blog Hop participants by following the links below.


Blog Before        |              Master List               |               Blog After


If you like this blogpost, do follow my blog at http://sungoddesstarot.blogspot.com and LIKE my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot

About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and a tarot card reader by accident. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a Tarot consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SunGoddessTarot 



Thursday, 31 July 2014

Lammas Tarot Blog Hop 2014 Master List



The Lammas 2014 Tarot Blog Hop Master List

Hi! You are probably visiting this particular post because you are a participant of the Lammas 2014 Tarot Blog Hop.  If you are not part of the Tart Blog Hop community, I welcome you to the Lammas 2014 Tarot Blog Hop and hope that you will spend some time hopping through the 21 blog posts appended below, when they go live on 1st August at 11am EDT/4pm BST as we celebrate the festival of Lammas which honors the first harvest.


For this blog hop, I had picked the Queen of Pentacles as the “Lammas Muse”.  I saw her as the epitome of a nurturing earth mother and a capable career woman providing financially, emotionally, physically and spiritually for the family and the people around her.  I am inspired by the Queen to bring abundance to my home and work life.  So the theme for the Lammas 2014 Tarot Blog Hop, was  “How Do You Channel Your Inner Queen Of Pentacles?”


What was Expected Of Participating Bloggers:



  • Be inspired by the Queen of Pentacles and share with us how you are celebrating Lammas with your family. What rituals do you practice? How do you decorate your table, and your home?
  • If you feel you are already channeling the Queen of Pentacles in your everyday life, share your experience to inspire readers who would love to bring abundance to their home and work life in a fine balance.
  • Use the Queen of Pentacles as a significator and create an advice-centric spread to help others balance family and career commitments.
  • If you had been putting so much time and effort at work and desire to be more present for the family, share how you could use the Queen of Pentacles to inspire your resolve to do just that.
  • Be creative and dream up a poem, a song, a drawing or even a recipe that is inspired by the Queen of Pentacles.

Lammas 2014 Master List:
1)      Stella Tarot  http://wwwusgamesinc.com/tarotblog/tbhcomfort/
3)      Ania M  http://aniam.co.uk/blog/a-good-crop/
4)      Maria Luisa Salazar  http://misteriostarot.blogspot.com
5)      Christiana Gaudet  http://tarottrends.com/content/dancing-queen-pentacles

Monday, 28 July 2014

Tarot Tip Tuesdays - Establish Credibility And Trust As A Tarot Reader

Whether you are new to Tarot and in the throes of building a connection with your Tarot cards or an advanced Tarot reader diligently honing your Tarot reading skills, I am putting out a Tarot tip a week to help you to consistently make Tarot a part of your everyday life.

I chanced upon a very disturbing news in the newspapers on Sunday, about a supposed "psychic" who was arrested for her attempt to cheat a client.  The article has been appended within this blogpost  for ease of reference. 

I lamented often enough about skeptical people who thought metaphysical matters like Tarot, Numerology and Astrology were vestiges of quackery conjured by charlatans who coined the word "mystical" to describe spiritual matters in the hope of robbing you off your month's earnings at fairgrounds.  I was often spurred by these skeptics to demystify the subject matter. I had also been helping my protégés and other Tarot newbies get comfortable with dealing with skepticism by writing at length about this

That was why when I read that article in the newspapers, I was so filled with rage that fraudulent people like these had made my job even harder.

A Social Experiment On Close-Mindedness  

I performed an experiment once, to understand perceptions of others to my intuitive skills.  I registered to join an exclusive business women's group in Singapore a few months ago, using my Sun Goddess Tarot credentials.  This group had strict membership policies and membership approvals were granted by an executive committee.  Membership criteria included requiring one to be a female entrepreneur or a mid to senior level corporate executive.  Fabulous! I was both.   Its purpose was to foster learnings and networking opportunities between like-minded women who were achievers in their own right.  I loved to meet more professional women and gain new knowledge from them. I still have yet to hear from the group's membership coordinator.  

The next thing I did was to register for a membership to that group using my credentials as the head of Marketing and Communications for a financial MNC.  I recieved an email a week later confirming that my membership request had been accepted.  I declined the opportunity very kindly as I was not sure I wanted to be part of a group run by close-minded people. It just saddened me that this group of close-minded people were women.  I thought women, through their multiple roles as wife, mother, daughter, and careerist who were open-minded enough to fight for equality in the workplace, adequate maternity leave, education against spousal abuse and other causes, they would have been open-minded to one who had a business that was a little different from the norm yet based on skills that were part innate and part nurtured through years of studies...much like Communications.

I acknowledged that such perceptions might have been fueled by differing opinions about metaphysical matters, lack of understanding about the subject matter or  differing view points about what should be deemed  a "proper job" and what was not.  

Although I got quite annoyed by such close-mindedness, and would attempt to educate them as best as I could, it made me even more upset when I chanced upon news about fraudulent psychics who gave genuine ones a really bad name.  I could not blame anyone for being skeptical about my gifts when there are such disgustingly fraudulent people who would prey on the superstitions of innocent people.


So today, my Tarot Tips for this Tuesday are meant to help new Tarotpreneurs establish trust and credibility with your clients. 

1) If you are about to meet your client for the very first time, prior to that meeting, do start a conversation  to know your client better.  Ask your client how he or she had found you, was it via a random google search,  your other social media platforms or word of mouth.  Ask your client what he or she was hoping to get out of a reading with you. This would show how genuinely interested you are in your client's needs.

2) Before meeting your client, share your blog so that your client may understand your style, your skills and experience better.  You might also want to share a list of client testimonials describing the positive impact you had on them.

3) At the start of the Tarot reading session, ask your clients if it was their first time visiting a Tarot reader and if it was, what their fears or worries were.  Then allay your clients' fears by explaining the purpose of a Tarot reading, demystify the skill by explaining the reading process as clearly as possible, and allay his or her fears that you are not dabbling in anything sinister.

4) Do not rattle a bunch of misguided myths to your clients.  An example would be  telling them that Tarot cards could only be read by psychics.  That would be absolutely untrue. Anyone can learn to read Tarot cards.

5) As a Tarot reader, you would be governed by a set of ethics which established the boundaries within which you operate. Explain these code of ethics to your clients upfront.  You might also belong to  a professional Tarot Association like the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI) or the American Tarot Association (ATA).  They always have a code of ethics by which  members are expected to follow.  

6) Establish your credentials, be it certifications, your years of study, years of experience and even a ball park number of clients that you had been reading for.

7) Always do a check on the comfort level of your client, and clarify what he or she might not understand.  Before you pick your cards to another Tarot spread, always ask for permission to read beyond the original question asked.

8) Assure your client that you took confidentiality very seriously, not only about the content of the reading but also about the fact that he or she had visited you at all for a reading.

9) One of the biggest hallmarks of credibility would be the acknowledgement of your skills by well-known, acclaimed and highly experienced Tarot professionals within the community. So do share any write-ups or references from these Tarot professionals about you should you have any.

10)  If you had contributed articles to Tarot-related publications or spoke at a Tarot conference, do ensure that you make reference to these in your conversation with your client as well.

I hope these tips can help you build a relationship of trust between your clients and you, and over time,  you could manage skepticism with ease as you build your credibility as a Tarot professional.

May your Tarot cards provide you with a full deck of possibilities throughout your day.

If you like this blogpost, do follow my blog at http://sungoddesstarot.blogspot.com and LIKE my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot


About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and an intuitive reader by accident who deploys the combined modalities of a Tarot, Numerology and Astrology overlaid with her Clairvoyant and Clairsentient skills to deliver her readings with authenticity. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SunGoddessTarot


From The New Paper on Sunday, 27th July 2014

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Tarot Tip Tuesdays - Try Not To Piss Off Your Tarot Reader

Whether you are new to Tarot and in the throes of building a connection with your Tarot cards or an advanced Tarot reader diligently honing your Tarot reading skills, I am putting out a Tarot tip a week to help you to consistently make Tarot a part of your everyday life.

This week, I thought to turn the tables and use this blogpost for Tarot Tip Tuesdays as a resource for advice to clients seeking a meaningful reading from a professional Tarot reader.  

Sometimes, I might meet clients who had visited me for the first time and have never obtained a Tarot reading before.  The smart ones would be upfront with me about the fact that they were "Tarot reading virgins" and would openly and honestly ask for advise on what type of questions they could ask and how should they ask these questions.  I loved such 2-way engagement with these clients and they always leave my table feeling happy, empowered and less stressed.   

Conversely, I have also met clients who turned our Tarot reading session into a complete disaster either due to their prejudice, misguided expectations or obnoxious behaviour   Tips for Tarot readers who  had been through such experiences could be found here.


Today, my Tarot Tips for this Tuesday are meant for clients intending to seek a meaningful reading from a professional Tarot reader:

1) Have an open and honest conversation with your Tarot reader about your expectations from the reading and what outcomes you hope to derive out of the reading. Be clear with the details of the background and other necessary information that could help your reader connect with your situation.

2) Always ask your questions in a clear and focused manner.  If you are not sure how to ask a focused question, your reader should help you to frame these questions in a way that will help the cards provide a clear and focused advice.

3) Be realistic about your expectations of a Tarot reading.  Tarot cards are not meant to predict the future.  They are meant to guide you and provide you advice with which you can use to make the right decisions to effect your desired outcomes.

4) Be respectful to both your Tarot reader and the Tarot cards.  Do not throw your tantrums at the reader just because you did not like what you hear.  Do not rant about your reader by calling him or her a charlatan or a quack and definitely, do not throw the cards callously on the table in frustration.

5) Do not take your husband, wife or partner to a Tarot reading, and ask awkward questions while pointing an accusatory finger at him or her about any misdemeanor, imaginary or otherwise.

6)  Ensure that you keep within the boundaries of the Tarot reader's code of ethics when you ask your questions.  If you are not sure what these codes are, do ask your reader.  Some Tarot readers will not read on subject matters related to health for example, so establish that boundary upfront and respect it.

7) I know it is nice to have moral support from a friend or friends when you arrive at your reading hoping to get advice on a relationship issue for example.  However, please respect that the space between your reader, the Tarot cards and you is sacred, so you might want to refrain from having a group of friends whooping and cheering on from behind you while you are having your reading.

8)  It is flattering when you find your Tarot reader quite super but please do not attempt to flirt with your reader or ask him or her out on a date.  Keep the relationship strictly professional.

9)  Do not arrive at your reading reeking of alcohol.  You would like your Tarot reader to provide advice with as much clarity as possible so you had better be sober enough to ask clear and focused questions.

10) A Tarot reading requires a lot of energy and effort put in by your Tarot reader. Paying him or her for the session is a rightful exchange of energy so please do not threaten not to pay for the session just because you did not like what you have heard. 

I hope these tips ensure that your Tarot reading session is a meaningful one.  So, try not to piss your reader off if you want the session to help you steer your decisions towards the right outcome.


May your Tarot cards provide you with a full deck of possibilities throughout your day.

If you like this blogpost, do follow my blog at http://sungoddesstarot.blogspot.com and LIKE my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot


About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and an intuitive reader by accident who deploys the combined modalities of a Tarot, Numerology and Astrology overlaid with her Clairvoyant and Clairsentient skills to deliver her readings with authenticity. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SunGoddessTarot

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Tarot Tip Tuesdays - Doing Tarot Readings At Events Need Not Be Stressful

Whether you are new to Tarot and in the throes of building a connection with your Tarot cards or an advanced Tarot reader diligently honing your Tarot reading skills, I am putting out a Tarot tip a week to help you to consistently make Tarot a part of your everyday life.


Have you ever done or been asked to do Tarot readings at events?  Have you ever felt uncomfortable doing Tarot readings for a big group of people? If your experience doing Tarot readings at events is limited, or you have just recently turned professional as a Tarot reader and are about to get your first taste of doing a Tarot reading at an event,  that would be completely normal. 

 I was the same when I started out as a professional Tarot reader. I remembered my nervousness, as I shuffled my Tarot cards with sweaty palms at my first big event.  In fact, I even remembered wanting to cancel my engagement with the client about 2 weeks before the event, but thought better of it because it would have reflected so badly on my professionalism.  

So here goes your Tarot Tips for this Tuesday if you are planning to do Tarot readings at events:

1) Practice doing Tarot readings in groups by inviting your friends and your friends of friends,  for a mini reading session. This will help you assess the right speed at which the reading is conducted and offer you opportunities to try out  smaller but effective  Tarot spreads suitable for readings at events.

2) Have an indepth discussion with the event host to understand the theme of the event as that will influence how you would dress for it or which Tarot decks you might want to use.  Obtain a high level understanding of  the profile of the guests who will be attending the event.

3) Ensure that there is an agreement on your fees and charges with the event host up front.  Some readers get paid a flat fee according to the duration of the event or the number of guests likely to be obtaining a reading from you. Some readers also get paid a fee and the transport charges on top of that fee.

4) Do a recce of the venue before the event to pick out the perfect spot at which both the event host and you are comfortable with.  Work collaboratively with the event host and be opened to him or her about your need to perform a tarot reading at a spot that is quieter, and set further away from where the guests will be mingling or the band is playing.

5) Create a sacred space within which you will be doing the Tarot readings at the event. You might want to bring your own table cloth, and decorate the table with some crystals perhaps.  I also always cleanse the space with sage incense to ensure that I protect the energy within that space, for the benefit of my querants and I.

6)  Always meditate and ground yourself before the event. This is important as it will help you manage an onslaught of different energies from the numerous querant that you will be reading for at the event.  In fact, throughout the event, you are advised to take regular breaks in between to do the same.

7) Keep the Tarot spread small and simple.  I usually perform a 3-5 card spread when I do Tarot readings at events.  If you decide to overlay Tarot readings with Numerology and Astrology readings as well, then I would suggest that you keep it to a simple 3-card spread. Remember, time is critical because the last thing you want to do is to leave a few guests disappointed just because you had no time to complete the readings.

8)  Although you had been hired to read for the guests at the event, you are permitted to refuse to do a Tarot reading for any of the guests who are drunk, obnoxious, rude or behaving badly in any other way.  Do not get intimidated by anyone and always be open and honest with the event host should you feel uncomfortable in any way.

9). Have a glass of water beside you throughout the duration that you are doing the Tarot readings as your energy levels will slowly wane and you will be very thirsty from all that intense conversations you will be having with the querants.  

10) Have a light meal before the event, just enough to sustain your energy levels. I always have plenty of fruits and water before performing Tarot readings at events.  You are advised not to have any alcohol during the readings even when offered by the event host or the guests.  Even a single glass of wine could affect your clarity of thought when you read for your querants. 

11) You are permitted to enjoy yourself as much as the guests at the event.  Have fun, lighten up and use that opportunity to give out name cards, build your leads and get to know as many people as possible.

Lastly, I took the liberty to gather some more tips from my fellow tarotists.  Some good ones include:
- keeping a bottle of water with you at all times so you can rehydrate frequently, 
- bringing along your own table cloth,
- keepingsome clever, light-hearted one-liners up your sleeves for difficult situations like when a querant is skeptical,
- taking a wee piece of cardboard along with you just in case the table has a wonky leg (I do dislike doing a Tarot readings over a jiggly table).

Thank you Bonnie Cehovet and Karen Sealey for adding your words of wisdom to my list of Tarot Tips for this Tuesday.

May your Tarot cards provide you with a full deck of possibilities throughout your day.

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The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and an intuitive reader by accident who deploys the combined modalities of a Tarot, Numerology and Astrology overlaid with her Clairvoyant and Clairsentient skills to deliver her readings with authenticity. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Effectively Managing Work Family And Me During This Full Moon InCapricorn

Blessed Full Moon everyone!  I love the fact that Full Moon is the time I manifest my goals and bring to fruition whatever intention I had set for myself.  

Setting My Intentions At The New Moon

When I entered the New Moon a few weeks ago, I was forced to confront some residual resentment from the past.  I set my intention then to "plant seeds of joy" once I  let go of that past hurt and resentment. I moved past those old wounds and set out to be aware of what fulfilled me, create my own opportunities and  build my own happiness.   So, as I walked towards this  Full Moon, I strived to create a harmonious balance between my family life, work life and my business.  I worked very hard to create "my abundance".


Juggling Work, Business And Family

When I arrived at this Full Moon in Capricorn, I pushed myself to put 200% into everything I did.  I did not believe in barriers, and my take on life was "never say never"... almost like that resilient mountain goat that represented the zodiac sign of Capricorn.  Have you ever seen how mountain goats climb the mountains to hunt for food without the fear of any obstacles? I refused to allow any obstacles to get in the way of my effort to create abundance.

 Juggling the demands of family life, a career and a business was no easy feat.  However,  aided by the energies of this Full Moon, it had given me the impetus to conquer these challenges with a "I want it all" attitude.  

Being Present

I know however that I was increasingly driving the hubby crazy with my ambitions and high expectations of myself.  He had been worried about the way I had been driving myself very hard with a punishing schedule of multiple commitments from endless work meetings, managing my marketing team, back to back Tarot and Numerology readings, and taking care of my family. Unconsciously, I attempted to be Super Mum, Super Wife, corporate hot shot and Wonder Woman all rolled into one.  However, those who mattered, really just wanted me to be present. The hubby wanted me to stick to my promise of putting everything down for that date night once a week. The boy wanted me to just sit by him from time to time when he was doing his homework, so that he could tell me about his day at school.    The team at work just wanted part of the old me back when they enjoyed "happy lunches" with me.   

Clearly, the Full Moon cast light on the fact that I needed to spend time nurturing relationships with the people who mattered by being present for them.  I was not surprised.  These relationships were so important to me because I would not be as successful as I am today without these people who mattered. I finally saw the full reflection of the Full Moon from what sat opposite - the Sun in Cancer.  As you know, the watery sign of Cancer influences emotions, intuition, and relationships. I could not run away from the fact that as I worked hard to build my successes in my career and my business, I needed to remember that I could be successful only with the love and support of the most important people in my life.

Taking Care Of Me

The Full Moon in Capricorn also illuminated the fact that sometimes, I needed to be more down -to -earth and attempt to keep my ambitions in check. Yes, I wanted to live life with a "I want it all" attitude, but if I did not spend time taking care of me, then there would not be any point in having it all.  

So this is what I am manifesting during this Full Moon - I resolve  to be present for my loved ones by putting as much time aside for them as possible whilst taking care of me.  The new entries in my diary looks something like this, "Date night with my man - Friday.  Happy lunch with my team - Thursday.  Long chat with the boy - every night.  Visit Mom and Dad - Sunday. Personal training - Monday to Friday. Absolutely no Tarot and Numerology readings on weekends if possible." 

Making a conscious effort to take care of me,  I have transformed  my lifestyle with a healthier diet and a 5-days-a-week fitness regime that included kickboxing.  I believe that by being fit and healthy, it will ensure that I meet the demands of work, business and family life even more effectively. 

"Taking good care of you means that the people in your life recieve what's best of you and not what's left of you." ~ Carl Bryan

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The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and an intuitive reader by accident who deploys the combined modalities of a Tarot, Numerology and Astrology overlaid with her Clairvoyant and Clairsentient skills to deliver her readings with authenticity. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot
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