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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

Beltane Blessings, Readers Studio Round-Up, and Tarot and Talismans

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Instead of doing a Readers Studio roundup which I normally would be doing at this time of year, I will have to do a Beltane round-up/rundown instead and talk a little bit about the class I taught over Readers Studio weekend (thought not AT Readers Studio): “Tarot and Talismans.” The Readers Studio roundup of links is at the bottom of the post, so if you’d like to skip and go straight to that particular bit of goodness, go ahead! No offense taken!


It’s been a busy few weeks! A few weekends ago, I attended a beer festival with my husband for the first time. This is something he has been attending every year for the past six years. I have not, because the Readers Studio tarot conference usually falls on the same weekend. So, he runs off and samples beers for a weekend, and I run off to see my tarot peeps, play with new decks, and learn from some of the brightest minds in the tarot world.

It all works out. Usually.

He’s been saying for a couple of years now that I should attend his beer festival one year with him. With this being our first year married, I decided that this year would be the year, and I chose to go with him for the beer festival over Readers Studio… only to find out that they were NOT on the same weekend, for once.

A relatively accurate depiction of how my husband had been describing the beer festival, via GIPHY

By then, my decision had already been made… and I had Beltane weekend free (because I hadn’t realized that Readers Studio fell on Beltane weekend).

This time last year, I had taught Using Tarot for Spell-Work at the Beltane festival, so I approached the organizers and asked if they wanted me to teach again this year. They said yes!

“What should I teach?” I asked.

“Tarot and magick!” they said.

Ummmm… ok. It was time to create a new class, specially for Beltane, that combined two of my loves: tarot and magick. But what to teach?

I thought about it for a few days, mulling over class proposal after class proposal, searching for inspiration anywhere and everywhere. Then, the inspiration came to me as I looked down at my own arm.

… where my High Priestess tarot card tattoo sits, always looking up at me, chastising me frequently and guiding me often.

What was it about the High Priestess card that made her the High Priestess? What were the symbols on her that I absolutely needed to make that card her and mine?

And then it hit me. The pomegranate. The symbols. Often, when I am having trouble interpreting a tarot card with regard to a client’s situation, I soften my gaze and look at the symbols on the card to guide me to the most correct interpretation for their situation.

We can take those symbols, that are already imbued with that tarot card’s energy, and we can turn those symbols into talismans.

This is how “Tarot and Talismans” was born. I excitedly sent off my class proposal to Bernadette of Brid’s Closet, and we were off and running!Continue Reading

Happy Friday the 13th! Be Charmed (and Armed) with Tarot and Talismans!

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Happy Friday the 13th! For me, I’ve always considered this a lucky day. If you’ve ever felt inclined to think of this day as a harbinger for bad things, consider the following my little gift to you in the attempt to change your tune.

As a special little fun thing for Friday the 13th, I’m making the PDF of my newest class “Tarot and Talismans” available to download here. The download of the pdf will be available until next Friday, May 20th. Get it while you can!

A more in-depth of Readers Studio (from other bloggers’ perspectives), Beltane, and a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of my newest class Tarot and Talismans will be up in the next few days!

Blessings,
Hilary
www.tarotbyhilary.com

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