Blog, Classes, Conferences, Outings

Come See Me at PantheaCon 2018

PantheaCon LogoI’ll be heading to San Jose and PantheaCon this Thursday. PantheaCon is a wonderful, 4-day pagan festival celebrating all types of craft, ritual, and everything in between.  It’s a top-notch event and I’m going to be knees deep in all sorts of fun this year. Here’s where you can find me during the event:

Saturday, February 17
7pm: Mix and Match, playing with Tarot and Oracles, in the Divination Suite (room 947). Learn how to assess your tarot and oracle decks and get them playing together with fun spreads and techniques.

8pm: Triple Goddess Deck Party, in the Divination Suite (room 947). Come see my Triple Goddess Tarot deck published by Lo Scarabeo. I’ll have some copies on hand for sale, and will tell stories about my experience making the deck. Got questions about my deck vision and structure? Bring them and I’ll help you navigate them.

Sunday, February 18
7pm: Pop Culture Tarot, in San Juan/San Carlos. Come learn how Rose Red and I use our favorite fandoms to create meaning with the cards. We’ll share lots of good techniques and fun pop culture spreads.

9pm: Live Recording of Tarot Visions podcast, in the Divination Suite (room 947). Fresh off our Pop Culture Class, Rose Red and I kick back in the Divination Suite and record our weekly podcast. Topic TBD, but it’ll be fun. We’ll also answer your questions on recording and publishing podcasts.
In addition to all this, I’ll be attending some fun divination and other pagan classes to help hone my own craft. I may also be available for some readings.

I’ll be posting live updates on my twitter feed @jaymi_elford, so if you’re not following me, now is a great time to do so!

Are you going to PantheaCon 2018? Let me know! Let’s hang.

Blog, Conferences, Publications

2017, A List of Accomplishments

2017 has been rough. Between health issues, deaths in my tribe, and the events on a global stage, it’s amazing any of us were able to get anything done. The last few weeks have been especially rough. As a result, I created this list of accomplishments for 2017. This is my reminder–no matter how shitty things go, I DID do something. I matter and the things I do make an impact.

I’m sure I’ve forgotten some items and some things (like events I’ve read at) are deliberately left out. Overall, these are the things I’m most proud about.

Tarot Visions Podcast
Charlie stepped down from being co-host/producer and asked me to step in. Since then, I’ve been recording my voice, processing the shows, and writing the show notes as of February. I recorded 28 new podcasts with Rose Red. We interviewed a lot of awesome people from our tarot tribe and had some great discussions around the cards.

Triple Goddess Tarot
The big release this year, my first directed tarot deck. I had been working on this vision and the booklet since May 2016 and it released in March. I’m very proud of this creation, and while I know it’s not 100% perfect, it represented the vision the triple goddess ladies gave to me. Since it’s release, it’s gotten a lot of positive feedback and it was nominated for “Best New Traditionally Published Tarot 2017” from Spread This, Witches. Art from the deck was also featured in a museum in Turin, Italy for an installation by Lo Scarabeo. I’m pretty happy and look forward to teaching classes around this deck, writing a companion book for it, and to using the lessons I learned here for other deck ideas.

Taught a class at NWTS
I taught Imbibe and Divine at NWTS this year. It’s my 21+ tarot class where attendees drink a glass, or two, of wine and do readings for one another. The goal isn’t to get drunk and read, it’s to see how being in altered states affects your readings (good or negative). I’ve taught this course a few times over the years and was never satisfied with the flow. This year, with the changes I made (and the help of the hotel’s bar!), I think I finally have the recipe to make this class a success.

Taught a Study Class at Readers Studio
I taught Inspiring the Muse, in NYC for Readers Studio. This course combines my love of creative writing with the cards to help students craft fun stories and remove writers block. Seeing the spark for writing shine in my attendees eyes was amazing. I also got to spin my glow poi during the banquet, which was the first time I did a show since hurting my ankle in 2016.

Runes of the Northern Light
This was my first foray into writing oracle booklets. Lo Scarabeo contracted me to write a rather lengthy booklet for this stunning rune deck. I created mini-guided meditations and stories to go along with the meanings for each rune.

Panda Tarot
Yes, I wrote the booklet for the Panda Tarot! I even had fun doing it, so there. It’s a deck with pandas on each card and honestly, it’s not bad. I chose to do some fun things with it and even made a write-up on my blog about how pandas REALLY invented tarot. If you like anthropomorphic pandas, then this deck is for you.

Triumph of Life Tarot
The Triumph of Life Tarot is a collaborative art deck featuring 72 artists within our tarot tribe. All the proceeds of this deck go to help kick cancer’s butt! With the help of my partner, kender, and Andrew McGregor, I submitted an image of my face for the Queen of Swords card. I also helped edit and collate some of the instruction material.

Etteilla Tarot Deck for Kickstarter Project
This was a quick project, to write up and modernize meanings from an Etteilla deck produced for Lo Scarabeo’s Tarot Compendium kickstarter. Sadly, I don’t have a copy of this project, so I’m not sure how it turned out. If you read this and have a copy you’d be willing to give/sell, please let me know!

The Cartomancer, Volume 3, Issue 4
Throughout this year, I edited many of the articles in The Cartomancer. However, I wrote “Divine Inspiration” from Volume 3, Issue 4 on using the cards for creative plot and character generators. It’s a small taste at what I love to teach in Inspiring the Muse.

Blog, Conferences

20 Days Until Readers Studio

The Hermit from The Serpents Tarot

Ah, The Hermit. The wise wonder who lives alone, and seeks the council of the voices within. Twenty days left to prepare and pack for The Readers Studio. It’s time to go within and discuss the goals and plans I have for this year. I should keep a list of all the items I need to bring. I need to read over my class notes for Inspiring the Muse. I have to book a bus to get me to the airport.

I need to sit in the stillness of my mind, as well. It’s time to listen to my body and the universe, and really hear what they have to say. Calm my nerves, keep my energy level up. All so I can really enjoy myself when I arrive in New York that Wednesday. I am looking forward to coming home, to seeing my tribe once more.

Blog, Conferences

21 Days Until Readers Studio 2017

The Hanged from The Serpents Tarot

Today’s card is The Hanged Man. This is a card of new perspectives and sacrifices. I’m doing a lot of both these days. I’m focused on two goals, get my body back in shape and revision my tarot dreams. Last year I destroyed my ATFL and while western medicine says it’s healed, it’s really not. I have a wonderful support system of a massage therapist, trainer, and friends who are cheering me on to my body shape goals.

On the Tarot front, I’m hungry. I’m hungry to get my book manuscript done so I can find it a publisher. I’m hungry for more events to read at. I’m hungry to help people like you get through your own challenges. Getting clients is rough. I’m here, and I want to help. I’m hungry to continue the Tarot Visions podcast and have fun dialogues with Rose Red and those we interview.

Going to conferences boosts my sight and lets people know I’m available. They teach me new techniques which make me a better reader. In the end, I sacrifice some free time to read or watch tv… but in the end, I’m driven towards my goals.

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22 Days Until Readers Studio 2017

A few years ago, I started a tarot draw countdown for heading to The Readers Studio in New York City. I didn’t do it last year, but I think I’ll start it back up. For the next 22 days, I’ll pull a major arcana card and see how it fits into my “journey” to New York.  I’m using The Serpents Tarot majors only deck for this because it’s my go-to majors deck. I’ll be writing more posts about my own deck, the Triple Goddess Tarot later on.

Strength from The Serpents Tarot

The first card for this journey is Strength. In this image we see a multi-armed goddess dancing with a serpent at her side. Strength is about taming the wilds within, so you can understand the power you have. I see this card being auspicious as a start to this whole travel.
I’ve already started packing. And what I mean by this is that I’ve started laying out the decks, goodies, journals, and my class materials. Yep, you heard it right… this year I’m teaching Inspiring the Muse, using tarot to create stories, characters, and settings. So, yes, I’m gathering my strength in many ways for this year’s conference.