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October 6, 2018: Keeping a Tarot Diary

Please join us on October 6, 2018 at the Lilly Library in Florence from 1PM to 3PM for our monthly Mass Tarot Meeting.  This month we will be exploring the practice of keeping a tarot diary.

Tarot and diaries go together like pen and paper. Sandra Haynes has been using the Tarot with her diary for 30 years (and can show you the diary entry where she wrote about being given her first deck.) Bring your favorite pens, notebook, and a couple of different decks if you have them. Ideally everyone in the room should have a different deck for this session, so that odd deck you bought on vacation but haven’t explored yet, bring it.

We’ll experiment with some tarot inspired poetry and then discuss 11 diary writing techniques from Tristine Rainer’s book The New Dairy, and how the Tarot can work with all of them.

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Mass Tarot Meeting, September 8, 2018: Finding Balance in the Tarot

Please join us on the second Saturday in September at the Lily Library in Florence for a discussion about balance within the tarot.  We will look at shadows and light, positive and negative, reversals and the importance of context. Expect to do some partner readings so please contemplate a topic you would like to explore and bring a deck that you are comfortable reading.

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August 4, 2018: The How and Why of Giving Meaning to Tarot Cards

Please join us at the Lilly Library on August 4th, 2018 from 1PM to 3PM for our August Mass Tarot Meeting.

Description: We’ll be reading the cards together with prompts, models, questions, and group discussion to help us reflect on our Tarot reading style. Bring a deck (or two or three or ….), notebook/paper, and a pen. Facilitated by Carolyn C. and Devin R.

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Postponed: Exploring the Suit of Pentacles and the Blessings of the Season

Please Join (TBA) at the Lilly Library in Florence, Mass, from 1PM to 3PM for our August Mass Tarot meeting.   The topic for this month’s discussion is the suit of Pentacles/Coins/Disks/Earth.  Please be ready to share with us your thoughts and ideas and bring a deck that portrays your favorite representation of the suit.

Additionally, we will create a spread that relates to the first harvest festival of Lammas, a time to sacrifice, share and live in the moment…something we fortune tellers sometimes forget to do.SevenOfPentaclesMeaning

July 2018 Mass Tarot Meeting: Daily Draw Techniques and Spreads

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Mass Tarot will be meeting on July 7, 2018 at Lilly Library in Florence, Mass from 1PM to 3PM.  The topic for discussion this month will be the ritual of a “Daily Draw”.  This session is meant to be a space to share our practices, spreads and experiences drawing tarot cards for self-reading on a regular basis.  Please bring the deck or decks that you use in your daily practice as well as any related items such as journals, crystals or oracle decks. If you do not have a daily practice, this would be a great session to see what others do and maybe create or find a ritual that suits your particular needs.

A Visit with Rachel Pollack

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Greetings, My Fellow Tarot Lovers,

We are lucky to once again have Rachel Pollack coming over for our Mass Tarot meeting on Saturday, June 2 at our regular 1pm time. She just presented at Readers Studio and she’ll be sharing of the readings and stories that she prepared for the conference.

We are meeting at Lily Library as usual and space is limited. About 25 people is what we can fit with our Tarot-necessary set up of tables.

So I am taking names and creating a list. I might have to create a waiting list if we get a big response. I might have to check people in at the door on June 2 and only let in those who have RSVPed.

Let me know now if you plan on attending.

I’ll send an update out the week of the meeting.

Thanks!
Carolyn

Mass Tarot Meeting: May 5th, 2018 Working with the Tarot Fives; The Heirophant to Temperance and Everything in Between

The Tarot Fives: Hierophant to Temperance and Everything in Between presented by Jill Scott

Saturday May 5th from 1PM to 3 PM at Lilly Library in Florence, Mass

This month we will be exploring the tarot minor fives and parent major fives, the Hierophant and Temperance as a numerical group. We will discuss how they function within the tarot; what challenges they propose and what they have to offer. If you have ever struggled to understand the messages of these cards, this session should be useful. Please bring a deck that is RWS based (as opposed to Thoth to TDM based).

In addition, and time permitting, we will look at how oracle decks can compliment tarot readings, particularly when dealing with the numerical group of the tarot fives. Please bring an oracle deck if you have one. There will be extra for those who do not have one.

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April Mass Tarot Meeting: Carolyn Shares Her Northwest Tarot Symposium Experience

We will be meeting on Saturday, April 7th, from 1PM to 3PM, at the Lily Library in Florence, Mass for a presentation by Carolyn Cushing.

Carolyn will report back from the Northwest Tarot
Symposium, where she experienced oracular messages, voices of the
cards, a living Tarot reading for the community of diviners, and Dada
Divination. We’ll try out some of the techniques and seek to have as
much fun as Carolyn had when she was there! No special decks needed,
but do bring one … or two … or as many as you want.Cave-near-Mt-Jefferson

March 3, 2018 Mass Tarot Meeting: A Brief History of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn & The Opening of the Key

On March 3, 2018 we will meet at the Lilly Library in Florence, Mass from 1PM to 3PM for a previously re-scheduled presentation by Wayne Limberger.

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was a British esoteric society that existed in its original form for approximately fifteen years at the end of the 19th Century (1887-1903). Although their main focus was the study and practice of various occult disciplines, they were responsible for laying much of the groundwork for modern tarot decks, including those of Arthur Edward Waite and Aleister Crowley, and for furthering the use of the tarot in divination. Beside the development of a comprehensive set of keyword meanings, the Golden Dawn’s chief contributions to tarot were the system of occult correspondences for the cards based on numerology, astrology, mythology, qabalah and color symbolism, and the comparative method of Elemental Dignities. We will cover a brief history of the Order and its luminaries, and then explore its signature tarot spread, the Opening of the Key. Bring a Thoth or Golden Dawn deck for the exercise if you have one, although any RWS deck will do.

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February 2017 Mass Tarot Meeting: Courting the Court

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Please join us on Saturday February 3rd from 1PM to 3PM at the Lilly Library in Florence, Mass for our monthly Mass Tarot meet-up.  Catherine has offered this description of the presentation she has planned for us:
Courting the Court

Carl Jung believed that the world changes when we each have the courage to engage with the characters and forces of our own psyches, then bring that awareness into our relationships. Where in us does the voice come from that speaks with irritation, kindness, jealousy, rationalization, or longing? In this cold month of love we will look at the sources of our elemental differences and similarities. Tarot can teach us how to play with the archetypes that determine who we are and how we interact.

Which Court Card are you? It is helpful to know your psychological type but if not, come explore! Bring a tarot deck and if you have an extra Rider Waite Smith deck, please bring that too.

Hope to see everyone there!