John Gilbert is as wise as the Magician in the Tarot Himself would be! And
every bit as fun. John's input into the conference was
Because of him, the conference flowed very smoothly. He made the
participants all feel very much at ease. I had the opportunity to converse
with him at length, and he helped me validate the way that I read for others. Since he
probably has more practical experience than anyone on the planet, if John says
you're doing something good, you know you are!
Mari Geasair gave a fabulous lecture on how to be a better
professional reader. She gave very practical advice, and was very outgoing and charismatic.
She was particularly helpful on the subject of problem clients, such as a client
who comes to you wanting you to "make everything all better" She gave
specific ways on how to avoid the "fix-it" trap, She also
suggested ways of dealing with skeptics. She said if someone says that Tarot
doesn't work for them, agree with them: "You know, you are right. It doesn't work
for you. It works for other people, but for some reason, it just doesn't work for you."
If you do this, the person has the option of saying, "Okay," and walking away, or
asking you to help them understand how it could work for them.
Geasair is convinced that people need mysticism and want you to show it
to them. She says, "They want to believe," and readers can assist them
with that desire. She also brought up a really good question for a
professional reader to ask him or herself--"Why am I a reader?" She
advises against getting your self- worth from other people validating you as a reader.
I signed up for her telephone lessons on this subject because I found her knowledge invaluable.
Arnell Ando is the Queen of Collage Tarot-Making and a gifted teacher. I
purchased two of her last remaining decks and immediately fell madly in love
with them! Arnell is one of the sweetest people I have ever met in my life
and her significant other--Mike--is her perfect match.
Kevin Townley's lecture on the Cube in Space was so intense I found myself
riveted to my chair! I was glued to his persona the entire time. Julia Gillentine gave a fabulous lecture using theories in Numerology and
lots more. Now I have studied Numerology, but she offered information that could only come from a person with her spectacular insight and years of
Alexandra Genetti's lecture was so colorful! It was packed with great
ideas concerning the connection between nature and the Tarot. She talked about things I had
never thought of before. Her approach was very logical, and came from a Nature-based
perspective. While her approach to Tarot doesn't correspond to anyone else's,
the system she created and shared with us, based on the solar system, moon cycles,
and astronomy as a whole made a great deal of sense. I may not agree with her, but her explanations of how legends of old influence us today made me
understand Tarot and Life itself as I had not before. Bless her heart! I love her spirit for life and enthusiasm.
Check out her deck, The Wheel of Change Tarot, sometime!
Oh, and lest I forget, her husband Ken really has the gift for song. The
combination of music and tarot during this weekend was really magical.
I was ever so surprised by our first speaker, the famous Pamela
Eakins. Silly me, I have her deck (Tarot of the Spirit) and never put her together with it. Her mother, Joyce,
is the artist for the deck. Unfortunately, she couldn't make the trip due to illness. Let's all send her good vibrations
for healing and wellness. Pamela was scintillating! This deck is, in my own very humble opinion, a modern day Thoth Deck. Yes, it is that powerful.