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  1. Same with me. It seems those who are able to perceive emptiness directly are indeed obsessed with it to the point of being able to achieve it. it's not a part-time quest. Any path will take us where we will find fulfillment, if not now, then eventually. Buddhism has this way of denying an upward spiral of developing consciousness (as is posited in the New Age) and at the same time, while explaining how we travel through samsara by rising to more pleasant rebirths and falling to more unpleasant rebirths due to karma, asserting that we will all eventually become enlightened anyway. Perhaps that's not quite a spiral but a wave, but the end result is the same. Tarot is just as valid a path as any.
  2. Thanks for the additional words regarding intuition. I don't like to use that term for what I do. I believe people's subtle bodies (I also don't like the term "aura") extends beyond the physical body and these subtle particles touch other beings' subtle bodies. I think there might be some interplay which allows connection, both comfortable and uncomfortable, trustworthy and untrustworthy, etc. and that is how some people are able to "intuit" another person's mindstream bits and bytes. So while I believe it's possible to grok someone in a way most people don't grok another, and by subtle physical and mental means, I don't think it's a mystery of intuition, but a somewhat scientific reality in the realm of both quantum physics and yogic teachings. A possibility anyway for something I can't subscribe to (intuition, per se) but need some explanation for.
  3. Haha! Rabbit. The degree is offered by NYU's Experimental Theater Wing although it changed greatly after my class graduated and the higher ups said - "okay, no more of that craziness. we need some legitimacy." LOL We took a lot of liberties but had worked with some of the best. JoAnne Akalaitis, Elizabeth LeCompte, and so many more. It was a grand time for sure. I wouldn't worry too much about enlightenment. It will take care of itself once one has seen emptiness directly in a state of deep meditation, according to the lamas and scripture anyway. I am enjoying the forum, though I haven't had much time to explore and read, but when I do, it is fascinating. I'm also learning such a lot about how readers approach their tarot practices/readings. It's refreshing to be a little less of a hermit, even if just online.
  4. I don't understand this statement. it seems entirely contradictory as intuition is only what we believe we know and therefore in the basket of what we "know" and therefore unreliable by your own reckoning. Apologies. I'm not trying to be argumentative. I have a touch of Aspergers and tend to have a problem with understanding statements that contradict themselves. Thanks in advance for any clarification.
  5. I haven't finished reading this entire thread, though I am finding it riveting for many reasons, but as someone with a BFA in performance art and postmodern dance from NYU (1982), I have to contest this definition of performance art. It is not necessarily political and although avant garde theater, experimental theater, and theatrical performance art can be political, I never participated in any and actually only saw one street theater piece that was political. Performance art is personal and is usually developed from collaborative improvisation of the participants one is directing. But it was often the product of a highly self-involved mind. While original post-modernists might have intended to rebel against art for art's sake, performance art slipped into a pattern of arts for the artist's sake in the 1980s. It certainly was not always beautiful, but it was almost always intended to share some truth which was highly relative and unreliable being the truth of the director, basically. I performed at La Mama Theater and many small theaters in the Village over a period of 10 years until I started dropping babies out and became an adult. I enjoyed it immensely and it wasn't always a masturbatory experience; we created a lot of good art. But there was a lot of shove-it-in-your-face garbage, too. On another note, completely unfamiliar with the tarot 'community', though I have read cards for the last 43 years, I did watch a video of Enrique Enriquez (https://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi2918096153) after diving into this thread and found his thoughts on reading the cards like a story exciting as I use this as a method of enjoyment for myself as I LOVE story. I don't do this for clients, and I find the method a little less possible with many modern decks which might be comprised of complex works of art and not actual tarot card representations, per se. But I did enjoy his perspective. He walks around seeing tarot archetypes everywhere and that I also appreciate as a practitioner and teacher of the higher teachings of Tibetan Buddhism for more than 2 dozen years. In our tradition, we look for signs, often repetitive, that remind us that the world is a projection of mind and when one keeps the magic of possibility in mind (being aware of the emptiness of all things as a practice) along with the sadhana of one's particular Buddha family or practice, one will begin to project it more, creating more of it, until the world becomes an immersion in our own enlightened mandala, at first still just peeking through samsara (the world of death and rebirth) and eventually in the realm of enlightenment itself (beyond birth and death). So I related to his video interview for those reasons. As for tarot as performance art, I would hope not. I think tarot could be included in performance art, but I would feel the service to people would be lost, the possibility of helping someone connect with themselves deeply, if tarot was relegated to the status as a show. I have also Googled cold reading and hot reading and as a theater person, thought cold reading meant no preparation, but the definitions of both seemed to imply some chicanery on the part of the reader and so I definitely do try to avoid that. Still reading through the thread, but I am intrigued. Great thread and so much more to get through. I am only on page 1 as yet.
  6. Love the bags in this thread. I finally made some bags for two of my decks: the Dreaming Way and Housewives Tarot decks. I wanted to choose fabrics that match the style of the decks. I recently bought two more decks (WPA art deck and Nicoletta Ceccoli) and have yet to pick fabrics and sew bags for those. Maybe this week.....
  7. @KevinM Wow. Thanks so much. I'll be diving into all of this! Appreciate the links and thoughtfulness.
  8. Glad to see you on IG! I'm at https://www.instagram.com/dejabrewtarotcafe/ I'm pretty new to tarot IG myself but have found these to follow, plus I follow #tarotreadersofinstagram: https://www.instagram.com/colorfulynn/ https://www.instagram.com/thetarotlady/ https://www.instagram.com/indiedeckreview/ https://www.instagram.com/bellwen/ https://www.instagram.com/ecstatic_rabbit_tarot/ https://www.instagram.com/amateurtarot/ https://www.instagram.com/modernmystic_tarot/ https://www.instagram.com/thedailytarot/ https://www.instagram.com/tarotbyarwen/ https://www.instagram.com/kellyann_maddox/ https://www.instagram.com/melissacynova/
  9. Hi, @Nordica De Spell! Thanks. And yes, it is a story that just mirrors ours - forever.
  10. Nice blog! You have some awesome graphics in there, such as the Harry Potter and caravan pic.
  11. Thanks @Royalalbatross, after so many years of reading, I never really delved into this kind of history. I think I'm just fascinated more as I get older about how the human makes meaning out of pretty much anything it can find. I'm intrigued. And the whole major arcana as part of a game, well, there would have to be some sort of narrative rather than just a card value, I would think. I think of how we take on the mood of a character or show when we read a book or watch a movie. I suspect, in times with less stimulus from imagery, perhaps a good card game with these images would tell a story and leave a player with a mood based on the cards that have come up in their hand or the narrative it has told throughout the game. I wonder if that was actually a part of the game. Just speculation on my part. And based entirely on how women, in particular, would love the distraction of the story to make their lives more exciting, what with all that boring needlework to sit through. Hahaha! I'm an embroiderer and hand stitcher, but i wouldn't want to have been forced to accomplish it quietly and corseted on a daily basis.
  12. This is very exciting. I have also been very interested in reading more about the original uses of tarot cards for games (and how to play them) and the history of how they got their particular divinatory meanings from whoever made it all up in the 1700s or so. Historically, it looks like it came out of nowhere, so I wonder if the system was devised from some other divinatory practice that was applied to the common playing cards of the era. I'll check out the books listed above.
  13. Thanks. I just read a bit from your site. I lived in Santa Cruz from 95-2001 and worked at Gateways. Small world.
  14. I've lived all over the US and also in Australia. I grew up on the prairie, lived in rural Alaska, and haunted the Village in New York for 10 years. The one thing that I've loved wherever I've been is the local cafe or diner. It's where the news is shared and events are centered. There are fresh baked goods and smiles. And where there are smiles missing, there are hugs. So when I started a reading business, I decided to call it the Deja Brew Tarot Cafe. It is a place for anyone who wants a cuppa and bit of open-minded company. Readings are offered by the spread and there is an open-ended one where you can ask your question(s). The shop can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DejaBrewTarotCafe My Instagram (and tarot card of the day) is here: https://www.instagram.com/dejabrewtarotcafe/ And you can also sign up for a weekly email with a reading for the week, a cafe-style recipe, usually a cafe review (which might be anywhere in the world), a book review, and some other links and thoughts. https://bit.ly/2HSsAzf Tarot is a part of my life; it's not everything, but it's been a part of my life for more than 40 years. But I also love a good cup of tea, a big soft ginger molasses cookie, hand stitchery, goth humor and art, streampunk sci fi and urban fantasy. And I learned to knit this year. Don't I sound like a lovely old lady? Don't be fooled by the grey hair. I can dance all night with my millennial daughter. After all, I was raised in dark clubs with The Clash (live), wasn't I? BTW, I'm always looking for cafe reviews. If you have a favorite cafe you'd like to tell the world about, please send me a blurb with location. I'd love to share it. I can also link back to you in the review. This is especially helpful if it's a cafe that allows readers, but not necessary. An awesome cafe is enough these days.
  15. Really lovely deck! I love the antique patina on the paper.
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