Please join us on Saturday, January 8th from 1PM to 3PM via Zoom, for our annual Wheel of the Year tarot reading led & hosted by Carolyn Cushing. This practice is reflective as well as predictive. If you have your WOTY notes from last year, bring them along. If you do not have your notes or have never done this spread with us, that is fine, too, you will still be able to follow along. If you do have something that can prompt your memory about the happenings of the year (appoitment calendar, picture roll on your phone, that type of thing) do bring it
Please bring a comfortable deck to work with. A large notebook (unlined is best) and/or 4 sheets of 8 1/2 by 11 paper would give you plenty of space for the wheel reflection process. I will have a template for you for the wheel of the year to come.
We will post the Zoom link in the Mass Tarot Facebook group, and attach it to your reminder email. You can also contact Carolyn or Jill by email for it. Carolynn@soulpathsanctuary.com or (Jill) email@example.com. Please do not share it outside of our group.
Please join us on Saturday, December 4th from 1Pm to 3Pm via ZOOM for our Mass Tarot monthly meet-up.
In this last session of 2021, we will spend some time reflecting on the year past and how we will approach the coming season of Winter. We will be exploring the approaches to definitions of Wintering (verb) to expand and develop with our tarot as a guide. This session, facilitated by Jill Scott, will be practice in using the tarot as both a therapeutic tool and as a muse to inspire activity and ritual. Please bring any deck(s) you are comfortable reading with. You are invited to combine tarot and oracle cards for this session. You will want to prepare space for a large spread. I will be creating a PDF handout of the spread that I will upload to the files in our Mass Tarot Facebook group and include in the email with the zoom link. You may print it from there prior to the session. It will also be available to view on-screen during the session. Please remember, if you enjoy these meetings, make a donation of $5 through Paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Join us on November 6th, 2021 from 1PM to 3PM for a session led by Karen Hayes looking at the Devil card and our shadow-selves.
The Devil Made Me (Not) Do It: What’s Holding You Back from Living Your Best Life?
Aspects of our shadow selves can hold us back from achieving goals and living our best lives. As we move towards the darkest part of the year, we will use the Devil card to explore root causes of the self-imposed bonds that keep us stuck in unhealthy patterns or prevent us from acting on goals.
Working in dyads, we use a combination of Tarot spreads to identify what is keeping us stuck/bound and what would help release those bonds. We will use EFT/Tapping to release the emotional blocks identified through this process.
November is a good time to undertake this activity. We will be entering the darkest time of the year (shadow) and January is often a time of resolution and new intention. It would be helpful to remove what holds us back so we can step into the new year with positive energy and the freedom to move forward.
Participants need only one Tarot deck. Preferably with a Devil card they resonate with.
We will meet via ZOOM, and link will be shared by email and in our Facebook group.
Please join us on Saturday, October 2, 2021 for our monthly virtual Mass Tarot Meet-up via ZOOM. In this session, Sandra Haynes will return with new insights connecting tarot to the work of Chilean economist Manfred Max-Neef. She will discuss how the 9 Fundamental Human needs can be used as numerical keywords in any reading format as an added layer to help identify which basic human needs (as opposed to wants) are concerning the questioner. She will show how these needs run through all the stories illustrated in the RWS minor arcana, modified by the suit’s energies to arrive at different outcomes. She will also discuss her totally nonscientific method she used to gather data on what abundance means personally to her. We will do two readings with a focus on how we can shift from a scarcity to abundance mindset by focusing on better meeting our 9 fundamental human needs. Please bring your favorite tarot deck.
Zoom link will be shared, once created in our Facebook group as well as by email notification. Alternatively, you can contact Jill at email@example.com or Carolyn at Carolyn@southpathsancturary.com.
Please join us on Saturday, Sept 4th, 2021 for part two of our exploration of the flora and fauna of tarot. We will once again be meeting virtually via Zoom from 1PM to 3PM.
This month we will begin with a short show and tell of your botanical or nature-based decks if you choose to use them. We will then look at some of the Flora in the Rider Waite deck before moving onto some creative activities using plants as botanical archetypes. Finally we will read and share a few nature inspired mini spreads. If you would like to share and use a nature (plant-inclusive) tarot or oracle deck for this session, that is wonderful, but not exclusively necessary. You will be able to participate in all activities with any deck and any level of (or lack of) knowledge about plants, herbs, trees and flowers. Although having a phone with which to “Google” or plant guide book nearby for looking things up might be helpful.
Zoom link will be shared by email and in our Facebook group a few days in advance. You can also contact Jill or Carolyn if need be. See “contacts” tab.
Please join us on August 7th from 1pm to 3pm, for our virtual Mass Tarot Meeting via the Zoom platform.
This month we will be embarking on part 1 of 2 sessions connecting tarot to the natural world with Jill Scott. Part one will be tarot’s connection to the animal world. Part two will be plants. Tarot, as a moral guide, is a great tool to navigate the preservation and appreciation of our flora and fauna which is at risk due to climate change and the resulting extreme weather patterns. It’s also a lot of fun to connect tarot concepts to plants and animals to deepen our understanding of tarot’s universal language.
This session we will be discussing the depictions of animals in traditional tarot, as well as coming up with our own animal associations. We will explore some important nature related questions and spend a little time discovering our animal spirit guides.
If you have an animal themed deck you would like to bring and share, we will start with a show and tell. But if you do not have an animal themed deck, don’t worry because all the activities can be done without one. If you have ever considered creating a fauna-based deck, this would be the perfect preparatory session for you.
***zoom link is shared in our Facebook group. If you don’t have access, you can email me (Jill) at firstname.lastname@example.org for the link***
This month Carolyn is planning to lead us though a process of creating a tarot spread inspired by a single major arcana card. She has said that after sharing some tips on spread creation, we will each work with a major arcana that we know well or are inspired by to create a spread. We will have time to work alone, in pairs and as a full group to to create, tweak and share our spreads with each other.
**We are looking for members with ideas for meeting topics to facilitate upcoming meetings. Please contact Jill or Carolyn if you would like to volunteer. Super bonus points of you can host a zoom session for the full 2 hours.
Please join us on June 5th, 2021 via ZOOM from 1Pm to 3PM for our Mass Tarot June 2021 meeting.
This month we will be looking at the Major Arcana cards Justice and Judgement with Jill. We will attempt to gain a comprehensive theoretical understanding of these two cards by defining and comparing them. Your insights and input will be welcomed as we will spend a fair amount of time in discussion. We will then apply our understanding of the concepts of Justice and Judgement by means of reading a couple short tarot spreads. If possible, please bring a modern deck that has Justice (XI) and Judgement cards (XX) that you really like. It would be best of the deck has fully illustrated minor arcana as well. This session would be good for both tarot students and pros. Hope to see you there!
Please join us on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 from 1PM to 3PM for a presentation on Tarot and Astrology by Zanna Gruber. We will meet on the ZOOM platform until further notice.
Ask the Planets:
At this meeting of Mass Tarot we will be blending some astrology in with our Tarot. We will be looking at the astrological meanings of the Sun, Moon and the 5 visible planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. We will do a 7 card reading with a card representing each planet. Please bring 2 decks (both Tarot and Oracle decks work well for this) and think of a situation or area of your life about which you would like advice from varied perspectives.
A ZOOM link will be provided by email if you get Mass Tarot notifications and in the comments of the event listing in our facebook group. Alternatively you can email or fb message Carolyn or Jill.
Please join us on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 at 1:PM to 3:PM for our March ZOOM meeting. Please watch your email for the zoom link (you can sign up for email notifications on this site) The ZOOM link will also be posted in our facebook group and available by request from Carolyn or Jill. Please do not share the link outside the group.
Tarot on the Labyrinth Path
by Sandra Haynes
for the Massachusetts Tarot Society
April 3rd, 2021
In this session we will look at one of humanity’s oldest symbols, the labyrinth. We will learn how to draw a simple 3 circuit labyrinth and how this symbol’s structure points to transformation. We will use this labyrinth path as a tarot reading.
We will also delve into the bronze-age myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and how the major arcana archetypes are represented in the myth and when overlaid on the labyrinth form a series of gates the fool, Theseus, must pass though to reach the Minotaur and emerge again.