From the Fool through the Emperor…
I’ve been thinking about all of the different people who have influenced me in my personal tarot journey – my own Fool’s Journey if you will, and realized how I have drawn from them to develop my own style of reading. From my first step off the cliff of the Fool, as a teenager (yes, it was long ago and far away), so many wonderful tarot icons have imprinted a bit of themselves into my soul, broadening my knowledge of the tarot and helping me to blossom as a reader. I invite you to join me on me own personal Fool’s journey as I pay tribute to those influences that I honor as a tarot professional!
THE FOOL – Me, of course! Need I say anything more than I just did? I thik not.
THE MAGICIAN – The ultimate provider and master of tools for life… I proclaim James Wanless of the Voyager Tarot to be my Magician as this was the second deck I owned and its collage of images fascinated me from the moment I saw it. The expansive array of symbols allow for such broad interpretations and I have found many creative ways to use the Voyager Tarot to supplement readings. James himself is so charismatic and magnetic – when you meet him you can’t help being mesmerized and motivated!
THE HIGH PRIESTESS – Serene, glowing, mysterious, filled with inner knowledge. Mary K Greer is the ultimate High Priestess. Through her books and through classes at Omega and Readers Studio, Mary has inspired me to seek and honor my inner knowledge of people and the tarot and to infuse that “knowing” into my readings. Mary is a true midwife of the tarot and midwife of the soul! When you are lucky enough to work with her you undergo a birthing process as she helps you to frist grow and then deliver the knowledge of the tarot!
THE EMPRESS AND THE EMPEROR – Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone of The Tarot School and Readers Studio are cornerstones of the tarot community. When I first found out about the Readers Studio in 2008 I was afraid that I was not “qualified” to attend. I had not read professionally and I did not know anyone who did. Lucky for me I decided to embrace my inner Knight and ride my horse into the Studio. I studied like a good little Page and embraced the lessons taught by the Amberstones. I was nurtured and encouraged to grow in my tarot practice and to then stand tall and move out beyond the confines of my own living room. Ruth Ann and Wald introduced me to the Kingdom of Tarot and welcomed me into the tarot family.
So who are your personal Major Arcana influences and why? The words I share here are few and can no way offer the level of tribute that these icons of tarot deserve. Please click on the hyperlinks embeddein in their names to check out their sites! And then… Join me in Part Two of This Fool’s Journey when I introduce you to my Hierophant through the Hermit!