Tarot 101 – The Major Arcana

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I’m teaching all about the Major Arcana, and my tips and tricks to help you remember the cards. After all, the best way to learn the tarot is to use it. Please bring a notebook and a pen – this is a lecture style class. Also feel free to ask questions – it makes the class much more fun.  Also, I’m likely to use the swear words. Just sayin

“Gee, ain’t I a stinker?” – Bugs Bunny

I’ve been teaching tarot by using pop culture for years (the Emperor is Cartman from South Park – with more money). It’s a fun way to learn and it helps people get in touch with a simple descriptor of the card so they can build on it.  My husband challenged me to match the Major Arcana with the Looney Tunes. Challenge accepted, buddy. After this one, I’ll be taking suggestions for pop culture suggestions (Firefly is next), so let me know what you think of the new feature “Pop Goes the Tarot”.  Enjoy! xo Lis ALL PHOTOS COPYRIGHT OF WARNER …

The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing. -Ben Okri

Gotta respect a fellow who wears a snake for a belt. The Magician in tarot is a confident guy. He’s got to be – we’re his audience. He’s got all of his tools laid out before him and chooses his own magic wand and his finger to work with. He’s electric – kinetic, even. He’s practiced these moves for months, for years, even. Practiced and honed his craft until they were flawless. Only then does he come out to dazzle us.  The Magician has the same degree of swagger that you find in Snoop Dogg or Adam Lambert. He’s not …

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. -William Blake

The Fool means Jump. Even if you’re afraid. If you keep moving forward, you’re winning. Even if you’re moving forward by centimeters. Even if your forward movement is defined by NOT moving backwards.  The base of the card is simplicity. The intent of the Fool is to discover. The passion of the Fool is Adventure. The emotion of the Fool is Wonder. The spirit of the Fool is Joy. Inverted, the Fool is stuck. Lamed. Misdirected. Tarot MixTape Playlist! The songs that come to mind with this card, for Tarot MixTape Playlist ™ purposes are these.  One is highly inappropriate, …

Here is what is truly at the heart of wholeheartedness: Worthy now. Not if. Not when. We are worthy of love and belonging now. Right this minute. As is. – Brene Brown

I recently wrote an article for Yoga and Spa Magazine about comparing yourself to others, and how it never really works out. It’s stuck in my head, and I went to a bar tonight (which I never do anymore) and was watching all of the people while thinking about this. There were scantily clad dancers working there, and my feminism backed up on me. Misogyny! Right? Maybe? The guys were wearing jeans and t-shirts and the women were wearing crop tops, bikini bottoms, assless chaps and cowboy boots. Then I started thinking about friends who paid their way through college …

Judgment #tarot #tarotmixtapeplaylist

The guest DJ for the Judgment card is Theresa Reed. Theresa is here and has lots of new goodies on her site for readers and clients.  Spend some time there, you won’t be sorry.   And I’ve got nothing to add to Judgment.  What a beautiful story -thank you for sharing it, T.  I’ll Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab For Cutie. Judgment is about awakening and rebirth. It’s the card of “hearing the call” but it also is a reminder that a phase is coming to an end and it’s time to take stock of where you’ve …

The Star #tarotmixtapeplaylist #tarot

After the Tower falls, the dust flies around and we feel exposed.  The Star steps in to take our hand and tell us that everything will be okay. I’ve got two songs for the Star card.   Shine by Anna Nalick speaks to the getting up and dusting yourself aspect of the Star. There is hope here. This card is about clarity, peace, and good things down the road. This is a card about rebounding, rebuilding and believing in yourself. After the Tower and the Devil and Death flip your life upside down, you get this gentle hand to help …

The Tower #tarotmixtapeplaylist #tarot

The Tower – not a great card, but I don’t think it’s really a bad one, either.  I think that it levels you – but sometimes that’s exactly what you need.   My song for the Tarot MixTape Playlist is “Born on Fire” by Ike Reilly.  It’s about those people who are born to make change – the physical embodiment of the Tower card.   Don’t let nobody try to dampen your flame Try to cool you down Try to make you change Try to steal your heat Or mock your desire Take your flames to the street Cause you …

Temperance #tarotmixtapeplaylist #tarot

Temperance – She Talks to Angels – The Black Crowes I’ve had Suzi Dronzek (Starcana) featured on here a few times.  Partially because she really knows what she’s talking about, and partially because she makes me laugh my ass off.  😀  I love fellow Sagittarian’s and she flipping kills me.  I’ll let Suzi take it from here. “The song that immediately comes to mind in relation to Temperance (which is a card that rules Sagittarius) is “She Talks to Angels” by the Black Crowes.  This tune reminds me of earlier years, when I lived like a gypsy, hanging out in …