just shows how long it has been since I've been here... I had not noticed your request, Hubert... my apologies.
Dates: 1st - 6th July (this year - 2005) Times: from 5:30 pm on Friday the 1st, then each day from 9-4:30 Venue: Victoria University Conference Centre (in the centre of Melbourne, opposite Flinders St Station - convenient!) Costs: AU$300 - concessions are available
Programme - as of time of posting - next few posts...
List C: Sunday - Tuesday creative and artistic options (workshops over three consecutive afternoons) - no prior knowledge is assumed for any of the following workshops
1 - Jacqueline McLeod - Colour, Creativity and Symbols Colour and symbols are integral aspects of the Tarot, adding layers and complexity of meaning to the messages that the cards convey. They can function both as a guide to enrich our understanding and as a prompt to find our individual response to the images presented. This in turn challenges us to be more intuitive, but sometimes we may resist the invitation and stay stuck instead in the linear mind.
In these sessions you will be encouraged to explore the personal significance of colour and symbols through a series of hands-on ‘fun’ activities that are also designed to stimulate your creativity. When you enhance your creativity and let it infuse all areas of your life, it becomes a vital form of self-expression. Taking time to be aware of creativity and that it is also an integral part of Tarot can be wonderfully affirming.
Structure of the sessions
1. Discussion of colour, Colour meditation, Playing with colour to discover its dimensions.
2. Discussion about creativity, Meditation, Learning to produce an inspired painting: Using the medium of watercolour Jacqueline will assist you in creating an inspired painting, out of which symbols with personal meaning may emerge.
3. Discussion of symbols, Meditation, Developing/exploring symbols that hold personal resonance.
2 - Kat Black (with her lovely assistant)
For those with at least basic computer skills, a digital collage workshop using Photoshop to layer public-domain images to create your own personalised tarot cards.
I'll show you the tricks of the trade, how I managed to blend images from sources as diverse as frescoes and illuminated manuscripts to create reasonably "real" looking whole images for Golden Tarot.
This will be a hands-on practical session with computers kindly supplied by sponsors (or bring your own, if you have Photoshop or Paintshop Pro version 6 or above).
3 - Pat Martian - Making your own Tarot deck Making a Tarot deck was part of the traditional Tarot apprenticeship. Even if you think you have no artisitic talent at all, you will learn ways to turn out beautiful personal cards at very little cost, and because you have made them, you will have a special connection to them.
Warning: No one has ever left one of Pat's courses without becoming hooked. This is a very addictive occupation!
4 - Elizabeth Wheldrake - Tarot + Tarot Elizabeth will engage participants with her game Tarot + Tarot.
5 - Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule - Drama workshop Ritual and Theatrical expression of the mythic archetypes as presented in his various theatrical presentations will be the focus of his workshops at the conference.
6 - Jean-Michel David - Sacred Geometry From the simple depiction of a pentagramme to a three-dimensional platonic solid, enjoy using some basic skills and engage in this activity. Please do bring along colouring pencils, a ruler and compasses if you have them (equipment will be available for use for those without).
7 - Lisa Blainey - Felting to Tarot Bags
In this workshop you will make your own soft felt tarot bag using fine Australian Merino Wool, silk, and cotton. Felting is an ancient art, one that is fun and really easy if you are willing to put in a bit of effort. Why don't you sign up and try something fun and different, the bonus is you'll have a super piece of felt that you can easily use as Tarot Wrap or sew into a Tarot Bag.
Due to the nature of the workshop, places are limited to sixteen.
List B: Sunday - Tuesday Tarot options (workshops over three consecutive mornings)
1 - Helen Weingarten - Meditations on the Tarot More detailed description will be available closer to the Conference.
This workshop will assume that participants have at least read through some of the Letters by the Unknown Author of the book.
2 - Jeni Bethell - The Heroine's Journey If mythology speaks to the soul, then I believe women need exposure to a variety of mythic heroines to provide inspiration and personal understandings. This workshop introduces three mythic heroines who have taken extraordinary and very different heroic journeys - Isis of Egypt, Hiiaka of Hawaii and the Indian, Phoolan Devi, mythologised in her recent lifetime as a reincarnation of the warrior goddess, Durga.
These heroines' journeys will be considered and compared. Participants will then focus on their own journeys - past, present and future, gaining insights from these mythological role models and applying a new Heroine's Journey Spread specifically designed by Jeni.
"We are all travellers through life. Whatever specific journey you may wish to focus on, be it past, present or future, be it large or small, this workshop provides models and tarot understandings to support and expand the awareness of you, the heroine, on that journey."
3 - Norma Cowie - Tarot and Past Lives The tarot gives us an understanding of what is happening in a person’s life. Through the vibration of any individual you can explore the past, present and future. It is now common knowledge that your beliefs are what creates your reality. What is not commonly understood is that the decisions which put the beliefs in place first begin with connection to past lives. Past Lives are tremendously important in understanding what energies have played a part in creating the decisions. The Tarot can show what these energies are. Hear how past lives play a huge part in our day to day lives. Come to understand how beliefs can be changed and most importantly how the philosophy and symbology of the Tarot can show the way.
4 - Valerie Sim-Behi - title presentation description here.
5 - Michael Owen - The Xultun (Mayan) Tarot - Lovesongs of Spirit and Matter Woven on the Loom of Time
The Mayan tarot is the only tarot deck where the major arcana form a complete picture when laid out. It shows the underlying archetypal structure of the tarot, is one of the few tarot indigenous to the Americas, and it tells the story of our spiritual DNA (the soul's journey into spirit) and our physical DNA (spirit's journey into matter). In these workshops we will look at the Mayan tarot using the analytical psychology of C G Jung and indigenous teachings of the Twisted Hair Medicine Council of Elders.
The Three Paths to Wholeness: the creation, destruction and rebirth of the ego
The Five Movements of the Book of Life: Erasing Personal History, Using Death as an Advisor, Stopping the World, Controlling the Dream, and Assuming Authority
The Sacred Marriage in the Heart of Heaven: DNA, the Mayan calendar and 2012
6 - Joseph-Mark Cohen - Theatre of the Tarot
Is a profound journey through the 22 major arcana archetypes of the Tarot. This provocative workshop (the Fool's Journey ) offers you fascinating and revelatory keys & tools to help unlock and ignite the power of your intuition, imagination creativity & sexuality. You will explore the subtle inter-relationship between your conscious, subconscious and super-conscious selves.
You will meet each of the 22 Guardians of the Tarot through the use of voice-dialogue, channeling, & ceremony. The fool's journey is filled with high humour, magic, transpersonal initiations plus personal stories and satoris that will delight and amaze you! This mystery school is designed for a minimum of 22 adventurous consciousness travelers ready to boldly go where few have gone before!
7 - Dan M. Pelletier - Show and Tell - Treasures from the Tarot Garden Library The workshop will consist of three inter-related parts:
History, Myth, and the Myth-Stream: Why do you read Tarot (and why do they come to us?).
Decks: A non-traditional look at deck selection and ('Why do they come to us?).
Decks 2: An introduction to decks for pathworking and meditation (and other non-divinatory uses).
8 - Fern Mercier - Exploring Connections Between Tarot and Astrology Synopsis of workshop over 3 day period.
Fern’s intention in exploring the correspondences between astrology and tarot is to stimulate an active dialogue between these two disciplines, and to find useful and creative connections that widen and deepen our treasury of symbols.
The language of tarot is full of hidden codes that unlock many layers of meaning. Astrology is a very dynamic player in the enigmatic pictures, as well as being contained within the infrastructure of the deck itself. During the workshops we will uncover the tarot’s use of sacred geometry and hidden graphic structures to reveal the astrological glyphs and symbols contained within.
We will discuss how tarot constructs the classical elemental system within the deck to highlight the differences between astrology and tarot’s understanding and use of Earth, Water, Air and Fire.
We will not be working with one system of set correspondences between astrology and tarot, but will explore through practice and experimentation how many different signs and planets can be found in just one card. Thus when weaving the cards together there can be an endless play of new information.
We will be reading together in the group and in pairs, using astrological layouts. Bring your own cards to play. Suitable for beginners and old hands alike.
9 - Tom Schick - Creating Your Own Tarot Deck – Why Would You Want to do That?
I. What is tarot?
A deck of 78 cards: 22 trumps, 16 courts, 40 pips Discussion on the impulse behind the tarot, followed by discussing the differences between the 3 major types of decks, that is, the Marseilles, the Thoth and the RWS Tarot or Oracle?
II. Why would you want to create your own tarot deck?
Personal connection; Decks that appear in the mind’s eye Learning; Card energy and spell work; For fun!
III. The experience of others – the Tarot Lovers’ Calendars
Discuss a selection of artist’s experiences including both published artists and artists with no intention to publish Details of which artists to follow
IV. My own experience – Major Tom’s Tarot of Marseilles
78 weeks of regular study; The challenges; The joys; The practicalities
V. Where do you start?
Which model of the tarot? Themes; Types of media; To publish or not to publish; Copyright considerations; From the beginning or skip around?
VI. How do you start?
A marathon not a sprint – how long will it take? Workspace; From the beginning or skip around?
10 - Mary Greer - Developing Reading Skills
Sunday's focus: Twenty-One Ways to Read a Tarot Card
The twenty-one ways to read a tarot card are the “tricks-of-the-trade” carried in the Fool’s bag. They are interpretative processes that deepen personal insights by enlivening the images on the cards. With the twenty-one ways you can expand your interpretative techniques and evolve an individualized yet flexible sequence of steps that best serves your purpose in reading the cards. Bring a tarot deck.
Monday's focus: Understanding the Tarot Court
Agatha Christi’s elderly detective, Miss Marple, solves crimes by recognizing, in the suspects, personality characteristics like those of people in her village whose quirks and foibles she knows so well. If you are to know the cards of the tarot court, they must become the well-known inhabitants of your own small village. This session guides you through experiential exercises to discover who the court cards are for you.
Bring your tarot deck.
Tuesday's focus: The Breakthrough Process: the Self-Empowerment Method for Ending a Reading
Learn an empowering technique for concluding your readings that puts fate where it belongs: in the hands of the individual. Assist the querent to make his or her own decisions about how to break through problems using the images on the cards. End with a unique, personal prescription for desired growth and change and with a commitment to action. Bring your tarot deck.
11 - Docters van Leeuwen - Visions and Spiritual Unity
i) "Visionary Windows Opened" is based on the manuscript of his forthcoming book "Divination Revealed". Four major systems of divination will be discussed and correlated with each other. Of special importance is the long-awaited hermetic and complete one-to-one correlation of the 80 Complete New Tarot arcana with the I Ching hexagrams and trigrams. Fundamental to the solution of this correlation are the Chi-octets and their esoteric Tarot and I Ching Chi-information energy streams, symbolised in the octet-binding trigrams. Also explained is how synchronicity and divination work. In conclusion Dr Docters van Leeuwen presents the Perambulant Consciousness paradigm as an aid to the understanding of the way the human mind interfaces with the unconscious, our daily world, and supernatural levels of existence such as occurs in Tarot divination.
ii) "The Garden of Spiritual Unity" features his correlations of the BLN Celtic Tree Calendar and alphabet with the eighty arcana of the Complete New Tarot, the I Ching, the Western and Chinese Zodiacs, the Chinese dragons and Futhark Runes to create a unique design for a Garden of Spiritual Unity, based on the Twenty Ennead Tablets. Photographs will be shown of the Garden of Spiritual Unity that is currently being established in The Netherlands.
List A: Saturday morning presentations - works in development Please choose preference on registration form. If a workshop or presentation is full, your second and third preference will be used. If these are already filled, you will be contacted for alternatives.
1 - Helen Farley - Currents of thought informing tarot symbolism A presentation arising out of Helen's research on tarot symbolism as it reflects many streams in Renaissance thought.
2 - Pat Martian - Tarot for Business Tarot has been put to numerous uses. Here Pat will present some useful insights using Tarot.
3 - Elizabeth Wheldrake - The Major Arcana and early Christianity: A proposal Elizabeth's research from museum finds.
4 - Fern Mercier - Up Close and Personal Synopsis for talk.
The quest for love is the oldest story as every tarot reader knows. Tarot wisdom has much to tell about our yearnings for romance and intimacy. In fact, every card has something to say about our personal relationships, but some speak louder than others. Discover some easy tarot directions to guide you through love’s maze, and help with the choices that our emotions provoke.
5 - Norma Cowie - The Court Cards as attitudes The Court Cards read as attitudes of life can open up a reading tremendously. Instead of looking at court cards as people, you will learn how to look at them as habits of response. Your day to day attitudes. You can tell if a person has a positive outlook or not. You can see how they will respond in most situations. You can see if they are procrastinators or are able to move forward with ease. Hear how these 16 symbols can open a reading so you understand how come your client is not succeeding, or what they need to change in order to be the success they want to be.
6 - Brian Clark - Astrology in the Celestial Tarot
7 - Danae Thorp - Magic Ritual and the Tarot
The presentation will include an introduction to spell-making and ritual in relation to the tarot. The participants will learn how to create magic to develop insight and heighten psychic abilities while reading the cards. The interactive workshop will include charging the cards, making psychic incense mixes, anointing candles, casting a circle, magical symbols of power and invoking a familiar.
8 - Trevor Hunter - The Visconti-Sforza Deck: Geometry and the Gnostic Connection The Visconti-Sforza deck exemplifies many sacred dimensions and possible gnostic influences - some of these will be detailed and worked through.
9 - Don McLeod - edit out
10 - Linda Marson - You and the Tarot cards Ticket, Passport and Tarot Cards is a new “do-it-yourself” Tarot book to be launched at the conference. At the heart of the book is a self-reflection spread, designed to help people read the cards for themselves.
It’s a simple 6- card spread where the deck is divided into three – the Major Arcana, court cards and Minor Arcana.
And what’s the significance of the book’s title? Well, as we all know, the 22 major cards tell the story of universal human journeys. But no one has ever done the obvious, that is, use travel stories as a way of explaining the meaning of the cards! Linda Marson does just that. Stories from her personal travels show how her outer journeys ran parallel to stages in her inner journey.
This is a hands-on session where you’ll hear some of Linda’s stories and practise using the spread to reflect on past events in your life, as well as something that’s on your mind right now!
Conference Theme Lecture series: 9:00 - 10:30 am on theme These will be presented in the Lecture Hall (comprising of joined rooms 9, 10 and LH).
Jean-Michel David - From whence Tarot? Mamluk cards and Cathedrals (approx. 45 min.) Focus will primarily be on showing depictions from 12th and 13th century Lumiere or Gothic cathedral stone carvings and their reflection in the Tarot's Atouts (Major Arcana).
Mark Filipas - The Art of Memory and the Renaissance (approx. 45 min.) presentation description here.
Mark Filipas - continued (approx. 45 min.) Some recent research in studies on imagery
R. Docters van Leeuwen - The Complete New Tarot: Research, Restoration, and Correlation (approx. 45 minutes) (i) the new standard of eighty Tarot arcana and their archetypal symbolisms, (ii) the search for the original Tarot through history, (iii) the internal structure of the Tarot.
R. Docters van Leeuwen - The Complete New Tarot: Research, Restoration, and Correlation (continued) (approx. 45 minutes) (iv) the Tarot-quartets, (v) TARO-music and Zenzar, (vi) Tarot divination understood in the light of Ouspensky's eternity-space paradigm, (vii) and three new spreads: the Ourobouros, Bolt-or lightning and Chakra spread
Mary Greer - The Secret Tradition in Waite’s Minor Arcana (approx. 45 min.)
The sources of the revolutionary Waite-Smith Minor Arcana pictures have long been in question.
It turns out there is a hidden dimension to these four suits, never mentioned directly by Waite, but clearly delineated in his works on the Holy Grail and Freemasonry. They describe the path and pitfalls on the journey to the innermost shrine in the heart and the realization of Divine Presence there.
Mary Greer - Tarot and Emotions (approx. 45 min.) This is a report on the results of my Tarot and Emotions Research Project in which I explored the role feelings and emotions play in a Tarot reading and how they are expressed in the cards. People want readings to alleviate anxiety, achieve desires, and find meaning. The process results, unless blocked, in increased awareness or consciousness. Emotion, it turns out, is an essential part of these central goals and yet is largely ignored in traditional tarot card interpretation.
Helen Weingarten - Spiritual work in the Tarot (approx. 45 min.) Developing Imagination for the work of inspiration & intuition.
Helen Weingarten - Spiritual work in the Tarot - continued (approx. 45 min.) Developing Imagination for the work of inspiration & intuition.
Jean-Michel David - synopsis of week: history, symbols, inner path (approx. 45 min.) an overview of the week's presentation.
Post by Hubert (N. Z.) on Mar 27, 2005 3:28:32 GMT
Jmd, Thanks for that, I have printed off a copy and it looks rather exciting. When I first posted in September, I had a little more cash than at present, but will monitor the situation, and if at all possible attend - Can one register on the day or nearer the time? I know Melbourne reasonably well, and the hotels arround Flinders St station, so that would be a great asset. If I do make it I'll look forward to meeting you, Cheers, Hubert
If there are still spaces available, bookings will be able to be taken until the day - we are of course hoping that no spaces will be left.
However, to be fair, and as someone coming from overseas (as long as it isn't a group of ten), even if full I'm sure we can arrange for an extra one person...
...looking forward to likewise meeting you if you are able to attend - and accomodation may be able to be arranged with billeting if you are interested (the website has an application for billeting).
I am also personally planning to have a small meeting during one of the afternoons for all and every Freemason attending (some of the presenters are Freemasons) - of all and every constitution, and not as a Lodge, so please do let me know, even once there.
Post by Hubert (N. Z.) on Apr 13, 2005 7:47:00 GMT
We have decided to make the trip to Melbourne for the tarot conference and look forward to meeting forumites and other masons attending. my wife and I, both being members of CoFreemasonry, hope to have convivial interaction both on tarot and masonic endeavours.
omni: In my Lodge the Secretary is a hugh bully along with control issues. if anyone even asks a question he files masonic charges against them. He controls members mostly because they are afraid of him.
Apr 16, 2018 1:07:49 GMT
The Ancient: To omni: Grow some balls, that lodge is yours as well as every member in that lodge. If you are right, its not your problem. Nobody likes the ugliness of masonic charges. Light will always illuminate darkness, don't be afraid, be a better man.
May 27, 2018 15:37:09 GMT
The Ancient: Oh, I am a new member and just wanted to say hi...
May 27, 2018 15:39:10 GMT