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Tarot workshops 2011 – book now

Posted by LadyCristobel on January 12, 2011

tarot card and candleFollowing the success of the inaugural Beginners’ tarot workshop in Aberdeen in January, we have scheduled two others.

three-evenings Beginners’ tarot workshop will run over three consecutive weeks.
Time: 6 30 to 8 30pm
Dates: Tuesdays 1, 8 and 15 February
Cost: a total of £60 for all three sessions. (The sessions cannot be attended individually as they comprise one workshop in total.)

A one-day Tarot for Beginners workshop will run.
Date: Saturday 5 February
Time: 10 30am to 4 30pm
Place: Queens Road, Aberdeen
Cost: £60 per person
This will suit people who have already attended the beginner’s workshop and want to know more about the basics of tarot and want to learn to read with confidence. Booking is confirmed on receipt of the fee.

If you are not sure you would enjoy this course, read what our other delegates said about it –

‘I think you can say I am hooked’
‘I was so inspired after Saturday…..’
‘….thank you for putting all the work into the workshop….’
‘I would definitely be interested in another…..’
‘I look forward to the next workshop…..I can’t wait…’
‘Excellent…’
‘It was obvious that you had put in a lot of work and there was a lot of learning for me about tarot cards and about readings.’

Lady Cristobel reads tarot cards in and around Aberdeen and runs tarot parties for groups of up to 10 in their own homes. She is also a guest tarot reader at G Casino and Tiger Tiger in the city of Aberdeen.

Contact her now if you want to sign up for these exciting and enlightening beginners’ classes, and meet some like-minded people.

Book now, as places are limited for these courses.

Contact us for more information, or to reserve your place.

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Great fun at successful beginners’ Tarot workshop!

Posted by LadyCristobel on January 8, 2011

well, we had a really good day at our first Tarot for Beginners workshop.

At least we didn’t have three feet of snow to prevent our delegates making it to the workshop. We introduced ourselves over coffee and agreed what we wanted to achieve during the day – and then we embarked on our busy, interactive, fact-filled, action-orientated workshop.

We looked at the symbols for Christmas – because they are fresh in our minds – and what symbols the tarot deck uses to direct our lives. We chose our own special card for the day and we explained what made it special for us and what story it was telling.

And we are on our own voyages of self-discovery, like The Hermit in our deck:

The Hermit tarot card

And of course, everybody got to receive a tarot reading and give a tarot reading, despite nerves and butterflies! And at the end of a busy but fast-paced day everybody agreed we need another session to follow up on all the wonderful progress we made today.

Our tarot journey is going to be an exciting one, and we are going to invite our friends to our next social tarot evening where we can talk tarot and exchange ideas and show each other new and beautiful decks of cards.

We were all agreed that Pamela Colman Smith is a design hero (heroine!) and we love her attention to historic detail and her superb spiritual illustrations with clever symbols to guide our path.

Watch this space for an invitation to our Open Tarot evening in Aberdeen.

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Why do you want a tarot reading?

Posted by LadyCristobel on August 30, 2010

In times of uncertainty we all want to know that our future is secure. We want assurance that our job is safe, that our families are happy and secure and that no harm will befall us or our loved ones. wheel of fortune

And sometimes we want somehow to gather ‘inside knowledge’ that will give us extra confidence in the future.

Many people read their horoscope in the newspaper or magazine and believe the bits that interest them. Or they seek reassurance from their best friend that they are making the right choices.

Some people visit a tarot reader for a personal journey of exploration and to shed light on how things might turn out – and sometimes to get answers to specific issues that are worrying.

Tarot readers hear questions from their clients on most of life’s subjects. People want answers to questions like

Should I leave my lover?
Will I meet the man of my dreams?
What will happen if I accept this exciting overseas posting?
Will my current problem soon be solved?
Are we secure financially?
Should we consider moving house?

Consulting the tarot deck will certainly shed light on the way things are and the many influences impinging on your life. The tarot cannot give you answers but it will certainly illuminate your path as you search for a way forward. And it can help you make choices.

Your reading is the result of the cards in the deck being in a specific order.

YOU are the one who shuffles the deck of cards, YOU are the one who cuts the cards and hands them back to the tarot reader.

The order of the cards in the pack is what determines the way the cards are read in the tarot spread. So the tarot reader is presented with the order of the cards by the questioner, and reads the spread accordingly.

An exciting and revealing experience. It’s not magic.

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A rainy tarot day

Posted by LadyCristobel on August 24, 2010

Tarot cards and wooden boxSunday saw Lady Cristobel meeting a number of tarot clients at Castle Fraser in Aberdeenshire.

Despite the rain it was a very success medieval day with a number of interesting and illuminating tarot readings.

I am always surprised how some of the tarot cards are determined to be visible to a client and jump out from the pack while the client is shuffling the deck. We have some fascinating ‘jumpers’ on Sunday and several clients asked for clarification of their future plans.

Many thanks to all who gave such positive feedback and to The National Trust for Scotland for inviting us to participate in their medieval day.

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80 million people can’t be wrong

Posted by LadyCristobel on October 27, 2009

Below is a news story that I have distributed to the press today:

Devils, magic, death, heaven and hell all feature in Victorian tarot cards, the same symbolism as for Hallowe’en

The walking dead, black magic, monsters, and anything occult are familiar images of Halloween. One hundred years ago this month a young designer called Pixie put the finishing touches on 80 beautiful, yet some say sinister, illustrations that were to become the famous Arthur Waite Tarot Cards.

Her images were rooted in the same Halloween mythology. Nearly 80 million decks of these cards have been sold yet she herself never received financial recognition or critical acclaim for its sensational appeal and longevity.

‘Pixie took the design commission from her friend and esoteric scholar Dr Arthur Edward Waite,’ says Aberdeen-based medieval re-enactor and tarot reader, Shirley Muir, ‘She meticulously researched, planned and designed 80 beautiful illustrations with great application, intricate skill, historical knowledge, and layers of embedded religious, alchemical and occult symbolism.

‘The result was a deck of stunning and colourful tarot cards, published in December1909, and still available today through high street booksellers and specialist shops.’

History tells us that Dr Waite paid Colman Smith a very small amount of money for her efforts – we don’t know how much, but she apparently said she was short of cash very soon afterwards. And she never became rich.

The Christian connections of heaven and hell and the devil and magic are as real at Halloween as they are in these cards. Colman Smith’s tarot deck of cards includes The Devil, The Magician, the Hanged Man, the High Priestess, the Last Judgement, and other powerful images. These cards have been used as ominous metaphors to great effect in films, such as Bond film Live and Let Die, The Exorcist 3, Scoop and were featured on TV recently in Coronation Street.

Until 1909 most tarot decks had to be imported from France, because tarot card games were popular on the continent of Europe, but not in the UK. In the UK the cards were more and more being used by dabblers in the occult and so they attracted the sinister connotations they have today.

Colman Smith’s tarot cards coincided with an early 20th century upsurge in interest in the occult and spirituality, producing a demand for tarot decks. During the Victorian era interest in mysticism and the occult had flourished, and pastimes such as fortune-telling, consulting psychics, tarot, magic, and spiritual healing had found thousands of new followers.

The Rider-Waite deck has sold astonishingly well over the past century and it is acknowledged as the most influential tarot deck of the last 100 years.

‘I am interested in medieval history,’ says Shirley, ‘and am actively involved in medieval re-enactment to bring the 15th century alive. As a maker of medieval costumes myself, I am impressed with Colman Smith’s attention to historic detail – the rich, flowing gowns made from heavy, elaborately patterned fabrics, the court cards with kings and queens in truly regal costumes and settings, and even the armour worn by the knights on horseback. All has been well researched and is a fairly accurate representation of fifteenth century life.

’And her representations of the devil and of the grim reaper who is on the Death card are truly spine-chilling.’

A hundred years on tarot itself is again seeing another resurgence. There are thousands of different tarot decks of cards now on the market* – for fortune-telling or game-playing – angel cards, dragon cards, lovers’ cards, Shakespeare cards, cat cards, Australian animal cards, Baseball tarot, and there is even a Halloween deck of tarot cards.

In the UK, as the Christian churches see fewer and fewer members in their congregation, and scientific progress – like evolutionary theory – casts real doubt on literal interpretation of the scriptures, people are turning more and more to New Age mysticism to find modern ways of managing the conflicts and dilemmas of daily life in the 21st century.

‘Perhaps the global recession is fuelling people’s need for guidance and a peek into the future,’ says Shirley, ‘but there is certainly a lot of interest in self-awareness, spiritual healing, psychic powers, and complementary medicine and therapies, as well as tarot.

‘Tarot is not magic, it’s not occult, but it’s an interesting and fascinating pastime,’ says Shirley, who is herself a successful tarot card reader called Lady Cristobel.

Tarot parties are becoming popular, where ladies get together in groups and have a night in – and everyone has a reading done. It’s a different girlie evening – an unusual girlie night or a hen night, and there is always a frisson of expectation when the tarot cards are dealt and the person sees what ‘the future holds’.

‘One thing Is for sure – if you draw the Death card it certainly does not mean you’re going to die. It’s much more exciting than that.’

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