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The Readers Studio and Beltane Haul: what happens when a tarot reader goes shopping

For me, the end of April/beginning of May heralds the start of “festival season” here in the Northern Hemisphere: the weather is warmer, the flowers are blooming, the grass is green and lush…

And for two back-to-back weekends, I become SUPER PAGAN, super tarot-y, super witchy.

Yearly tradition dictates tarot conference one weekend, and the Beltane festival the very next weekend. It feels like a whirlwind, and my shopping addiction runs full-throttle.

Most of the time, this works to my clients’ advantage: hellooooo, brand new tarot decks (to read with and review), brand new books (to read and review), and new techniques learned and raring to implement.

Some of the time, though? It’s an excuse to buy lots of shit. Good shit…. pretty shit… but do I really need a Pan crown? Yet another necklace (or two, or five)?

Bottom line: I have lots of stuff that I love, but sometimes, less is really more… if you have one tarot deck, well, one is a great starting point for your tarot practice. One necklace that makes you feel like an absolute goddess? Maybe one is all you need.

But I digress… here’s the haul from Readers Studio 2017 and the Brid’s Closet Beltane Festival!

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Tarot Summer Reading List 2016

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Geek alert: when I was in middle and high school, my favorite part of the year (hands down), was when the summer reading list was released.

Within days of summer vacation starting, I had usually finished the “required reading” of one book (maybe two, I think we were required to read more depending on the grade we were in). Some grades were required to read one book each: one from fiction and one from the nonfiction lists.

Some of the books were predictable, on the list every year (and still are! I did my research and searched the current Required Summer Reading list from my middle school…):
Burch, Jennings Michael, They Cage the Animals at Night.
Frank, Anne, Diary of a Young Girl

Some choose to read Art Spiegelman’s Maus I and Maus II because they thought the comic book would be “easier” to read than a traditional book.

Some choose to read books by Caroline Cooney, such as Flight #116 is Down, The Face on the Milk Carton, The Voice on the Radio, Wanted, and Code Orange (guilty, I totally read The Face on the Milk Carton! and watched the Made for TV movie starring Kellie Martin of Life Goes On fame).

Other books included on Summer Reading Lists were Robert Cormier’s I am the Cheese, The Chocolate War, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and its sequels by Douglas Adams, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

While some students were trying to get away with reading as little as required (such as choosing to read All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten to fill the requirement, knowing it was short and easy to read) I was tackling The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien or Black Sun Rising by CS Friedman, oblivious to the thickness of the paperback and solely interested in the back flap of the book or the short descriptions provided on the list which promised to take me to other worlds.

I started learning tarot when I was sixteen, but was under no delusions that a tarot book would EVER be a part of required or appropriate reading lists for school. The best I could hope for were science fiction or fantasy books (which I devoured). But if you want to apply an academic approach to your tarot studies, here’s an officially Tarot by Hilary-sanctioned Summer Reading List. Read 1 to 3 of these books this summer, and by the time the “school year” resumes in September, your tarot fluency will be light years ahead!Continue Reading

7 Questions with Tarot Diva Sasha Graham

365 Tarot Spells available for preorder now!

365 Tarot Spells available for preorder now!

 

This interview is a part of the “7 Questions” series. I will be posing 7 questions to people within the tarot community; whether they are bloggers, authors, deck creators, or fellow readers (or sometimes, all of the above!).


Adoration and fawnage abound when I talk about the magnificent Sasha Graham. I first met Sasha at Readers Studio 2011, and while most attendees of RS have that whole “otherworldly” vibe about them (hey, we’re all tarot readers, after all!), I felt something different off of Sasha: a true sense of groundedness amidst all the psychic wavelengths. Each passing year when I attend RS, I am greeted by Sasha’s “MY WITCHES ARE HERE!” (I look forward to that more than you know, Sasha!)

In 2013, when I presented Using Tarot for Spell-Work at the evening classes at RS, Sasha was my TA which I took as a high honor. From her book, Tarot Diva, I knew that Sasha knew what she was talking about when it came to both tarot and magic, as well as integrating the two. In 365 Tarot Spreads, she only further solidified my understanding that she was authentically true as both a tarot reader and a magical person, and deeply respectful of both worlds (while still remaining bubbly and fun).

Today’s interview is the clincher: this lady knows her shit. I cannot WAIT for 365 Tarot Spells to be published, nor for Sasha to hit the stage as a Master Class presenter at Readers Studio 2016.


 

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Sasha Graham and her tarot books, Tarot Diva, 365 Tarot Spreads and Tarot Fundamentals, have been featured in documentaries and media outlets such as Sirius XM Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News and featured in the cover of Crain’s New York Business. Sasha appeared regularly as a guest on the WPIX Channel 11 Morning News, reading tarot on pop culture topics and celebrities.

Sasha can be found at www.sashagraham.com.

 

1) You are the editor of Tarot Fundamentals, and the author of Tarot Diva and 365 Tarot Spreads. What inspired you to write those books? What inspired you to write your newest book, 365 Tarot Spells?

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