Beginners’ Tarot Course Starts This Week

Hierophant card from The Mythic Tarot

Yes, my friends, it’s Autumn again – no, really – and as such it’s time to learn stuff! If you are in Tokyo or surrounding area in the next few months and would really like to learn the meanings of all 78 Tarot cards, and (what’s more important) exactly how to use them to get a real ass-kicking Tarot reading, now is your chance.

View the Tokyo Tarot Meetup group’s Autumn schedule for more information.

How I Got into Tarot

How did you, dear reader, get into Tarot? When was the first time you saw a Tarot deck in action? People see Tarot as vaguely illicit, bordering on sinister or even downright evil so usually it’s in a secret room somewhere, there may have been drawn curtains or even some candles, about on the same par as smoking dope in the naughty stakes.

When I was a child, my sister was my biggest hero. To me, she seemed to be the epitome of everything a person could hope to become: she  had a lot of silver rings and wore eye-liner, she had tons of friends, she was tall, beautiful, with the best grades in her year and frequent comments on how long her legs were. She was great at sport and she had a horse. Second to my sister in the hero stakes was my cousin, who used to come from Brittany and stay with us nearly every summer. To my 11-year-old mind, there was basically no-one to top those two icons, those pillars of cool, my sister and my cousin. And one year, my cousin bought a Tarot deck with her when she came to stay.

Looking on in awe – because I was never allowed to participate fully – and as I remember, I think they asked questions like: “When are you going to die?” “Is your future husband going to be rich?” And: “When and how are you going to lose your virginity?” After a few tries, they realised that the Tarot wasn’t going to give them the answers they were looking for, and they put the cards away. I then stole them.

Years later, I remember finding them and trying them out for myself and realised how incredibly accurate they were. It was about 5 years later, when I was in my late teens, we were having a dinner party at home. My parents had invited some posh friends, an Admiral in the French Navy and his incredibly well-dressed wife, and I asked if anyone would like a Tarot reading. They all said:

“Oh, what fun! Let’s do it!”

There may even have been some polite clapping.

So I laid the cards out on the bridge table for the Admiral, who had shuffled. I was looking in the little white book and saying: “2 of Disks, this one is you, you can see you are on the water, you are facing your responsibilities, but it’s tough going.” Everyone laughed. “Tell us something we don’t know!” they shouted.

“OK,” I went on, “now we see your wife, she’s, she’s, she’s…”

“She’s what?” Called out my parents in unison.

“Yes, what is she?” asked the Admiral.

“I can’t tell you.” I said.

“Tell us!” Everyone shouted.

“She’s having an affair.”

There was a silence then my mother said:

“I think it’s time for dinner, don’t you think? Come and help me, Elise.”

So I put the cards away and didn’t say another word all evening. The Admiral’s wife was having a very scandalous and public affair, and they were in London trying to patch up their marriage. A few months later, they were divorced.

It was at that moment I realised for the first time that the Tarot wasn’t just some parlour game, and it wasn’t just for over-imaginative, gullible little girls, as most people think. I bought some books and investigated a little more deeply. I found that the answers I was getting to my questions were about 80% consistent with what was actually happening in my life, and recording the readings showed that the predictions were just as accurate. Not only that, but the guidance was shockingly apt. The Tarot would say things like: “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” “You’re totally out of control with your emotions.” or: “Sex magick is a false road for you. Develop what you’ve got going on now.”

I moved to Japan, my sister is now living in London, and my cousin is based in Thailand. Because she never regarded money or possessions as important, she lived on a beach for many years. She came to visit us a few years ago for Christmas and we all went up to Nagano and had a wonderful hot spring break. I reminded her of the Tarot cards, but she had no recollection of them whatever. I said: “Whatever, I learned the meanings of the cards, would you like a reading?”

The cards that came up for her were ALL about the money: Queen of Disks was her signifier, 4 of Disks, Knight of Disks, you name it, they were all there. I said: “Sorry, but I’m not sure this is a very good reading. It’s all about savings and investments and pensions.” She answered: “That’s my question: should I take out a pension and life insurance to protect my daughter, in case anything should happen to me?”

That’s when I knew that the Tarot is pretty much infallible, and it was during that holiday, while sitting in the outdoor bath one evening, with the Nagano snow piled up all around, and the Moon and Venus shining down upon me, that I made a vow to become a Tarot professional.

So, what about you? How were you introduced to the Tarot? What was your first deck? Do you give readings to other people? When did you realise just how insanely accurate the Tarot is? Comment in the box below.

Timing Events with the Chaldean Decans

Tokyo Tarot Meetup rides again, at Denny’s Restaurant, Shinagawa, and this time we focused on  the magnificent Chaldean Decans, or decanates, whichever you prefer.

This system is based on the Chaldean calendar. The idea is that you can time events in the future using Tarot cards. I love this kind of fortune telling, because you get prediction and timing together.

Coming up soon, I will be offering a Chaldean Decan mini e-course, which will be FREE to Star Tarot Blog and newsletter Subscribers, and Patreon supporters.

If you want to see a much more beautiful version of the Chaldean calendar, see THIS blog post. In the reading on the table above, the member asked when she was getting married. Based on what the Tarot said, and looking at the calendar, what do you think?

Tarot Telesummit

Mass excitement here at Star Tarot as the indefatigable Kim Wilborn announces what promises to be another “Fly Higher, Fly Further” Tarot telesummit: Tarot Horizons. In case you’ve never participated in one of these, they are free to join, and take place live over 5 days, with recorded replays available for 48 hours. Guest speakers are usually pretty fantastic, you definitely learn a lot. My advice is hook yourself up. If you love Tarot, then this is the event for you.

Free 3-Card Draw in Exchange for Feedback

Tarot de Jacques Vieville from Editions Sivilixi

At the moment I’m reading Tarot on Earth by Tom Benjamin because I want to expand my skills and learn to read the cards using the visual language of the Marseille deck, instead of all the card meanings I learned from books. In order to practice this skill / technique, I need some kind volunteers. So I am offering three free 3-Card readings, in exchange for feedback. This is on a first-come, first-severed basis.  Remember that I am still at a totally experimental level with this, so who knows what could happen? But as with everything Tarot-related, expect the unexpected.  Use the contact form below:

Contact Form

Beginners Tarot Course on Udemy

A friend suggested I put my Beginners’ Tarot Course on Udemy, so I’m busy doing that at the moment. The photo above is a screen shot of the video editing suite I’m using.

Udemy is an online platform for sharing and taking online courses. I’ve had a peruse at the Tarot offerings and they all seem to be “learn Tarot in an afternoon” style. Yes, but then why not take the time to really learn the Tarot properly? I think some people would prefer that, don’t you?

My course will follow nearly the same format as the Beginners’ Tarot Course I ran in January, 12 weeks of weekly content, delivered straight to your inbox. However, the Udemy course will not be free. I haven’t decided on a fee yet, but I’ll certainly make sure it’s affordable.

Now I have a shiny new MacBook, I have the iMovie editor and it’s taking a while to get used to using it, the mobile version is a lot more feature-rich and the touch-screen makes editing so much easier than with a keyboard. By contrast, Udemy’s course builder looks to be flexible and user-friendly, the interface is intuitive and I might even be able to make some money with this. Ya never know.

Tarot Reading Peer Feedback Event

Sun and Moon Tarot deck

I’m so enjoying the Tokyo Tarot peer feedback events. If you want to get better as a Tarot reader, the absolute best way is to do readings in return for feedback. We get together once a month and as a group exchange readings for feedback. Listening to other people give readings, and getting a new take on the cards is also invaluable.

Make Oracle Cards Workshop

I’ve been wanting to hold this workshop for the longest, longest time and finally today it all came together, like a beautiful dream, except of course it was real. Bonus.

Thank you to everyone who showed up, and thank you to all the amazing Spirit Guide specialists in creativity and intuition. Let’s do it again soon.

Private Tarot Lessons

All the Aces from Mamanmiyuki’s Tarot de Marseille.

How do you learn to read Tarot cards effectively if you can’t go to classes and you’re not a great book-reader? How do you get over your fear of giving readings for other people, or how to correctly interpret Court Cards in a reading? Are you launching yourself as a Tarot pro and want some advice and guidance?

Get personalised, one-to-one Tarot coaching with me, either in person or via Skype. See THIS page for details.

Tarot On Earth

I want to learn how to read the Marseille pips so I bought this book. Having a mini flip-through yesterday, hot off the postie’s moped, it looks fabulous. I’m hosting a Meetup event to discuss this book on the 29th April, in Shinagawa, Tokyo. Check HERE for further info or the Meetup image on any page of this site.