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Readers Studio Lessons Learned

The wonderful Theresa Reed, aka the Tarot Lady, inspired this post.

Now that the Readers Studio is over and I make my transition back into the daily life here in Vancouver, WA I wanted to jot down some of the things I’ve learned over the past three days. Before I get into this post I want to thank Wald and Ruth Ann Amberstone for being awesome mentors, as well as for hosting this wonderful event. I also want to thank everyone who attended this year for making this event so special for me. I felt so loved and welcomed and apart of something larger than myself. My goal this year is to now do everything in my power to save up enough cash to get me back for next year. I dunno if I can do it but I’m going to do my darnedest to get me back to “home”.

  1. Don’t be afraid of standing up and speaking my thoughts to others. I made a lot of new friends and had many enlightening conversations with people that I would not have if I didn’t step up and take the plunge.
  2. Action items from James Wanless’s class: meditate at least once a week (it really IS good for me); I need to shut up (and turn off my creative brain) long enough to write in my blog and work on my book draft (can’t get the work out there to people if I don’t “butt in chair and write”); keep a card out on my altar as a focus for more insight and meditation.
  3. Astrology may have a lot to it but it’s just another layer to the tarot onion to help provide depth and insight to things going on in my and clients lives. I was very fortunate to have Corrine introduce me to the potential power of combining tarot and astrology and I also had a few pro-astrologers at our table who were fantastic with helping the newbies out. I also gleaned some insight into my own chart from those folks.
  4. Likewise, Significators can also add depth and insight into readings if done with a spirit of play and openness. We had fun trying out all the different techniques and I’m glad I have the Watchers tarot deck to perhaps play around with significators more.
  5. Not having wifi in my hotel room seriously hampered my ability to get my ideas out and on the page. I think moving forward, I may invest in in-room wifi no matter what. It would have been nice to go back to my room, chillax with the laptop and write my posts on the spot. Of course, this all depends on the cost.
  6. I glow when I’m around my tarot tribe. I don’t think there was a time when I wasn’t feeling happy, manic, and had a huge smile plastered on my face. It was hard to come up with enough adjectives to tell people how my experience was. I think I abused “incredible” and “amazing” and “exceptional”.

I’m sure there are things I’m forgetting, so I want to reserve the right to post more lessons learned as I recall them. I keep flipping through all the materials and my notes from the conference hoping that I don’t forget one iota of it at all.