Book: Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence
Author: Brigit Esselmont
Date of Publication: September 2012
Published by: Self-Published, E-Book Format
I would strongly encourage people to use Tarot Foundations, because it is not dissimilar to how I personally would teach the tarot. The emphasize is really focusing on your own personal connections with your deck, and using that as a jumping-off point to the rest of the more murky aspects of tarot.
What I really love about this book is that you don’t even pick up the deck on the first day (you don’t start handling a deck until Day 3)! You get clear on your motivations of WHY you are learning the tarot in the first place. This fully places what you get out of tarot in your hands… you get out of it what you put into it. If you think that telling the future is all tarot is, well then, that will be all it is in your hands. Don’t stunt the possibilities of what tarot can do for you right off the bat; be open to all the possibilities, and they will be no limit to what you can do with it. Read more
Please enjoy this exclusive guest post from Brigit “Biddy” Esselmont!
Anyone can rote learn the Tarot card meanings and how to do a Tarot reading, but if you want to deliver accurate and insightful Tarot readings you need to be able to build a personal connection with your Tarot cards.
I am very excited to announce the first in a new series in blog posts…. 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!). Let’s kick this baby off right!
My first interview is with the coauthor of Psychic Tarot, Nancy Antenucci. Now, I’ll admit, I was intrigued by the prospect of reading her book, but also taken aback by the title. The title itself is a bold assertion. Honestly, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to read it. Then at SF BATS, I saw Nancy and her mini-troupe perform a vignette about what a psychic tarot reading looks like. It was enjoyable, with Nancy cast as the little psychic voice that the reader listened to and relayed to the querent. Nancy held up signs, and there was one sign about moss that struck me: If I’m remembering correctly, it was “the smell of moss”. This little tidbit of information made me scratch that itch to buy Psychic Tarot immediately after the performance. Clearly, this is a woman who gets it.
I devoured Psychic Tarot. There is simply no other way to put it. Its slender spine is deceiving… this book is chock full of information and exercises! But without further delay, here is a bit of information about Nancy and her interview. Read more
It’s only twelve days into the new year, and all of those lofty resolutions that left me all wide-eyed and hopeful are now starting to sour when confronted with the actual, you know… work. It’s hard to keep that same drive going when the luster is starting to wear off… especially when I’m an Aries, and one of my traits is to start strong and then fizzle. I’m feeling those January blues. So how do we, like Stella, get our groove back? Find some gems on the interwebs to keep us going strong on our goals!
Are you needing the fuel to keep you feeling empowered throughout 2012? Here’s my go-tos for inspirational awesomeness:
- Alexandra Franzen (www.alexandrafranzen.com): She is a certified word wizard with tons of inspirational posts. Subscribe to her newsletter; it will electrify and motivate you.
- Marie Forleo (www.marieforleo.com): She is rich, happy, and hot, and wants everyone else to be, too! Her MarieTV Q and A Tuesday videos are a delight to watch. Yes, she’s geared towards entrepreneurs, but even if you aren’t in business for yourself, she’s got oodles of useful content… or will convince you to start your own business!
- SARK (www.planetsark.com): This site will not be for everyone; its sheer joy and rainbow colors might annoy you more than inspire you, but its main message is that anything is possible, and that’s certainly what anyone suffering from the January Post-Resolution Blues needs to hear.
Books that will make you simply shine:
- Fabulosity by Kimora Lee Simmons: Don’t let the blinged-out cover fool you; this book has a ton of motivation and practical advice from the President and Creative Director of Baby Phat.
- Tarot Diva by Sasha Graham: Is it really possible to integrate tarot into the kitchen, personal style, and even use it to whip up a magical charm or two? You betcha! This book is just as effervescent and irresistible as its author!
- The Guerilla Art Kit by Keri Smith: Any book that encourages you to look at the environment around you and the world at large as a canvas is aces to me.
Activities that will pull you out of the slump:
- Shopping at an office supply or organizational store: If you have cleaning on your resolutions list (like I do), make a trip to a place that will supply cute containers, label makers, and stuff to make the organizational task fun AND will make you want to git ‘er done. The same goes for writing (shop for your favorite brand of ballpoint pen and notepads).
- Take a class: Stimulate those brain juices by finally learning something you’ve always wanted to learn. Stop saying “eventually” and start saying “now”. There are even classes on the internet! No excuses.
- Exercise: Commit to it for a certain amount of time each week (or even each day) and stick to it. Make sure to keep it fresh by changing the routine up (yoga one day, kickboxing the next, jazzercise, etc.) and a kick-ass soundtrack to work out to.
I’d love to be able to say at this time next year that I was proud of the resolutions I kept in 2012. This time, this year, with the proper motivation… it’s gonna happen!
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People often ask me how I started reading tarot. These people are not usually people that know me. The people that know me don’t have to ask… I’m a bookish girl. A lot of what I learned growing up was because I read. A lot. If I was spouting off information, it was usually information from something I had just read. Some of this learning was useful, and some of it made me sound like an insufferable know-it-all.
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