I am teaching a tarot workshop next month at the Art Gallery of Regina. Presented alongside, Ritual & Lore, these workshops enrich the understanding of techniques used by artists in our September - October main gallery exhibition.
It will be an online class so you can work from the comfort of your home!
Reading Tarot with Susie Gourlay
October 6, 7 - 9 PM
Online workshop over Zoom video conference
members & non-members $30
Register ONLINE or call 306-522-5940
In this down to earth class, you will learn how to use tarot as a tool for divination, guidance or self-reflection discussing the archetypes and symbols used to tell the story in the cards.
There is no need to memorize the meanings of 78 cards: Susie will help break down the tarot system in a way that is easy to understand. This workshop is perfect for those new to tarot or those wanting to feel more comfortable reading the cards for themselves or others. You will be provided with lots of resources for further learning on your own as you continue on your tarot journey!
Students must have a tarot deck with traditional symbolism such as Rider-Waite-Smith, Thoth, Halloween Tarot, Robin-Wood Tarot etc. If you have questions about which Tarot deck to use, please contact the AGR, and we will put you in touch with Susie.
DO NOT use an Angel Deck or Oracle Cards for this workshop!
The local witch shop in town here called The Broom Closet, stocks wonderful votive candles with spells included. I've used the Evil Eye one and recently bought the Emotional Balance one. I decided to make a sigil using the affirmation for that candle and share it below.
Learning the tarot is a wonderful experience. This guide is best used with a deck with similar Rider-Waite-Coleman imagery.
I created these pages to aid in learning keywords to help you easily work your way through the 78 cards in a tarot deck.
The Fool's journey is set out to show the progression of life's experiences and learning from mistakes and successes. It is seperated into 3 blocks of 7 cards with the Fool on the outside. Set up your cards this way to see this journey and compare the keywords to the images on your cards to help make sense of the major arcana. (22 cards)
The minor arcana (56 cards) consists of 4 suits. I've broken them down and colour coordinated them to help you quickly find what you are looking for. Keep in mind, some decks change the names of the suits. I've tried to include as much info as I could to help you draw correlations and see emerging patterns without overwhelming you (I hope).
I hope that you find this guide useful and enjoy the universe of tarot.
My dad built me this box this past week after I had given him a terrible drawing with bad measurements. It is 12" from edge to edge.
The one side is the perfect fit for a tarot deck. The one pictured is the Everyday Witch Tarot by Debora Blake, The other side is a bit bigger and will be a god spot for a candle, herbs, stones, correspondences, anything really. I've since added a key and some moonstone for Hekate.
This upper ledge has room for some stones, and a little spot perfect for a tealight. I might move my selenite charging stone here. He also made a slot along the back to place daily draws, images, or photographs. Currently I have a card from the Work Your Light Oracle by Rebecca Campbell, one from The Everyday Witch Tarot and the business card I designed for the Sage Wind Temple (which you can also see in the side bar on this site). I am also planning on putting in the image of the goddess for each month of the Awakened Soul Coven I belong to.
Here is a peek of my space in my studio, My table faces west so I get a nice evening glow in the summer months. You can also see one of my tarot mats I made.
I'm really happy with how it turned out, I am so lucky to have a dad who can make anything for me. This will also help keep my space a bit tidier and create some more consistency during this time.
I wanted to share what I do when I get a new deck and want to use it regularly. I find I can connect better with a deck once I have cleared any old energy and activated it in an intention ritual I learned from Avalon Cameron.
This is the ritual I use to activate my deck:
I start by laying the deck on a tarot or altar cloth and surround it with crystals, herbs, and anything else my intuition tells me. I then bless it with each of the 4 elements. I place my hands over the deck setting my intentions and leave it be for at least 3 days.
Start by going through and looking at each card. How does each image make you feel? Read each affirmation.
To clear your deck, you have a couple options:
- Burn sage or a clearing incense and pass your deck through the smoke.
- Place a clear quartz, amethyst or selenite crystal with your deck.
- Charge your deck under the full moon.
This is the ritual I use to activate my deck:
I start by laying the deck on a tarot mat, tray or altar cloth. I surround it with crystals like clear quartz points, amethyst, lapis lazuli, labradorite or selenite.
I then sprinkle the deck with herbs like yarrow, mugwort, thyme, or anything else my intuition tells me.
I then bless the deck with the 4 elements. Starting with air I will light a palo santo stick, or sage bundle and say " blessed be by the power of air" as I wave the smoke over the deck. Then with a lit candle I say " blessed by by the power of fire" circling the deck with the candle. I will take a dish or chalice of water and circling the deck will say "blessed be by the power of water" and then with a stone (usually one I've collected outside, or a hag stone) and wave it over the deck while saying "blessed be by the power of earth".
I will then draw a pentagram with my index finger and place my hands over the deck setting my intentions such as " I ask to connect with this deck and be able to give and receive all that is necessary for guidance and healing with only the highest good in mind". I then leave it be for at least 3 days, or however long I feel is necessary. I then dispose of the herbs outside in the wind. I will house my decks in one of my handmade tarot pouches with a selenite rod or amethyst.
The Hexcellent Handbook is a collaboration zine project featuring the works of Karli Jessup and myself
Inside you can find 14 full colour pages of recipes, incantations, tarot spreads, a word search and various witchy bits of information! All proceeds go directly to the artists. Thank you for your kind support!
Book measures: 8.5" X 5.5"
If you would prefer a digital copy you can get it from Karli's shop here.
Some sneak peeks:
I shared this simple grid with the @sage_wind_temple_regina in an email today and wanted to share it with you as well
Since the world is full of all kinds of people and we all have different ways with coping with what is going on in regards to COVID-19. I thought it might be a good time to create a crystal grid to send out compassion; both for ourselves and others.
Gather the following crystals:
- Rose Quartz (for unconditional love)
- Clear Quartz points (for magnification)
- Aquamarine (for tolerance/patience)
- Malachite (for empathy)
Start by placing your rose quartz in the centre of your grid. Intuitively arrange your aquamarine and malachite around this centre core. Encompass these in an outer ring of clear quartz points with the points directing love, tolerance and empathy outwards in all directions.
Place your hands over your grid and say aloud:
"May the energies of these crystals, send unconditional love, patience and empathy to all. Be kind to each other as we all walk upon the same ground. We will overcome this time of uncertainty and come out stronger in the end." Leave your grid out as long as you feel necessary.
My weaving tonight is for an extra boost for my husband. He has been working hard to find a new job where he is appreciated and paid well. Looking for success tomorrow.
Using the Magician (the manifestor), 3 of Wands (new opportunities), passing through a raw green adventurine ( for luck) to the 4 of Wands (success and celebration) and with a hope for the 10 of Pentacles (abundance and prosperity). All 4 elements including a gold candle for success and money and using Jessica's (The Tea Witch) money powder. Also focusing on the end of this waning moon phase moving into the new.