I am a little late in getting my Readers Studio ’09 impressions out there, but it is such a lovely day today that I am going to alternate weeding and writing. 😉 In a previous blog I discussed the horrors of traveling – I really love to fly, but the post 9/11 fiasco at airports is not to be believed. And I had never gone thorugh the automatic sign in with the airlines, which wasn’t too bad, but wasn’t exactly the highpoint of my day, either.
Today I am going to talk about the heart and soul of the conference – the people that I met and interactged with. I am going to start out with the ladies at my table (which was a relatively static arrangement, although soem did table hop. Had I more courage, I might have been doing that too – but I don’t like change, and I don’t have the social courage to do that. 😉
My lack of social courage is the main reason that I want to start with the ladies at my table. They were gracious, intelligent, funny, and totally supportive. I could go around and introduce myself to a few people, and then go back to my table as a touchstone. This meant a great deal to me, and I want to thank each and every one of you for being who you are.
Kudos to Joanna Powell Colbert, Beth Owl’s Daughter, Amy Lamash, Sue Schauer, Sally Clarke, Kelly Schaap, Francesca, Debbie Lake and Ellen-Mary O’Brien – table mates extraordinaire!
There are two other ladies that came over to meet me – one for the first time, the other for the second time. Beth Palladino and I had met at the 2003 Readers Studio, where Winter Wren and I certified her with the American Board For Tarot Certification. The second lady (and I do apologize, but I cannot remember her name!) was also certififed by Winter and I, although I had never met her in person. I appreciate these ladies coming over to my table because it helped bring closure to the loss of Winter Wren, who passed away in September of 2008.
The following are brief impressions, along with any links that I may have for each individual:
Joanna Powell Colbert ( www.gaiantarot.com ) – What an incredible person! Beautiful from the inside out, and does the most incredible work! I cannot wait for the 78 card version of her Gaian Tarot to come out!
Beth Owl’s Daughter ( www.well.com/~zenrose/tarot/ ) – What a wonderful, gracious, ingtelligent and funny person! Very wise, and very gifted, Beth led us through the Beltane ritual on Friday night. What a gift this was to everyone who attended. (And a bigh thank you to Joanna Powell COlbert and Gail Wood for assisting!).
Amy Lamash ( http://www.tarotcalendar.com/ ) – Amy is one of the nicest people you could ever want to meet! She is also the creator of the International Tarot Calendar – information on major Tarot announcements and events, with a special section for on-line or telephone events. Send your information to Amy if you want it to be added to the calendar!
Sue Schauer proved to be a very knowledgible Tarot peep who led a very cool discussion on dark decks! (Which started out when Amy graciously gifted me with the Dark Grimoire, a deck that was in her Llewellyn bag that she already had.)
Sally Clarke, Kelly Schaap and Ellen-Mary O’Brien more than held up their side of the table with wisdom and humor!
Debbie Lake ( http://blog.tarotbroad.com/ ) – LOL I just found Debbie’s blog while searching to see if she had a link anywhere. Debbie is such a gifted person – and one of the funniest, if not the funniest, people that I have ever met. I have so enjoyed seeing her comments on the Internet, and working with her on Johanna Gargiulo-Sherman and Mary Collins web conference.
Francesca ( http://www.spiritualguidedpsychics.com/ ) – I didn’t know until the end of the conference that Francesca was originally an Angel reader, and was, shall we say, “strongly” encouraged by her cousin to learn the Tarot! She also has a degree in Fine Arts, which made for great conversation concerning deck imagery! (Many thanks for the nicely done bookmark!) Francesca also has a new CD out on meditation entitled “Serenity”.
Garnet Schaeffer ( www.mistofatlantis.com , http://readersstudio.ning.com/profile/Garnet ) – Garnet is probably best known in the Tarot world for her magickal wands – and for her intense energy! She is a Realtor, Professional event planner, wand maker extraodinaire, Tarot instructor, Angel Therapy practitioner, student of Astrology and Belly Dancing – and so much more! I was thrilled that you were at the same talbe I was for the Transparent Tarot study – we had a great time (even thoug I understand that the noise level irritated some of the other study groups!).
Elizabeth Genco Purvis ( http://www.marketinggoddess.com/ ) – Better know as “The Marketing Goddess”, Elizabeth is a very nice, down to earth person. She presented a class on coaching on Saturday night, and the next day I heard wonderful comments about how helpful she had been (very specific help, indeed). One of Elizabeth’s greatest assets is her voice – go to her site, sign up for her free audio workshop, and you will see what I mean!
Ciro Marchetti ( http://www.ciromarchetti.com/ , http://www.legacyofthedivinetarot.com/) – Ciro is just as gracious in person as he is on the Internet! I was very pleased to be able to meet him in person. I have included the link to his main site, and to a new, interactive site that I feel is well worth visiting. It will be a subscription site – but the fee is very small, and the contents will be evolving and well worth it! Ciro’s merchant tab le was well visited!
Robert M. Place ( http://thealchemicalegg.com/, http://tarotconnection.net/ ) – I have included two links for Bob – the link to his personal site, and the link to Leisa ReFalo’s PodCast, where Bob’s classes can be found. I was very happy to be able to have the chance to meet Bob in person, after having worked with his decks and books, and having spent time in his tele-classes. Bob’s merchant table was also highly visited! Bob will be presenting at next year’s Readers Studio.
Carolyn Giles – I loved the fact that I got to meet Carolyn! She is writing a really good book on the birth card system originated by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone. I cannot wait to see it published!
Emily Carding ( http://www.elfwood.com/~willowsmum , http://www.artwanted.com/artist.cfm?artid=23406 )- Emily is a delightful person – part faerie, part banshee (thanks to Rachel Pollack’s Dr. Appollo!). She is the creator of the Transparent Tarot (Schiffer Books), and an upcoming oracle deck based ont he seven directions (also to be published by Schiffer Books). If you get a chance to hear Emily speak, or to study with her – please do! She is a charming, all too energitic faerie person. 🙂
Dan Pelletier ( http://tarotgarden.com/ ) – “That Dan Guy” is a true Magician, as anyone who attended the Readers Studio will attest. From a personal perspective, I got the last copy of the Morgan-Greer Tarot that was on hand, just before I left for the Readers Studio (from the Tarot Garden, of course!). I was searching franticaly for this deck and was incredibly relieved when he was able to manifest it! With grace and charm, Dan gifted attendees with an incredible amount of material from the Tarot Garden for the give-away. We all thank you!
Major Tom Schick ( http://www.majortom.biz/ ) – Major Tom is well known for his Tarot Calendar, and his gracious manner on Aeclectic Tarot. In person, he is ever the gentleman, and I was delighted to be able to meet him.
Solandia ( http://aeclectic.net/tarot/ ) – I have worked with Solandia for many years in submitting reviews to Aeclectic Tarot. She has always been considerate, and a pleasure to work with. In person, she is every bit the gracious person that she is on Aeclectic Tarot. Many thanks for coming to the Readers Studio!
Jordan Hoggard ( http://mystereum.com/ ) – Jordan is the creator of the Mystereum Tarot, and its accompanying books. I had the great good fortune to work with his material, and found it a joy. I had to laugh when during one of the Tarot exercises Jordan was telling us about seeing and feeling the color orange, and how he physically felt it in his body. My immediate thought was – People, this is the creator of the Mystereum Tarot – he won’t be found floating around in pale pastels! 😉 Jordan has more work in the pipeline, so stay tuned!
Shari Smith ( www.tarotforlife.com , http://www.tarotweaving.com/ ) – I met Shari on line some time ago, when she was working with a friend of mine that does coaching. I loved that way she gets things done so quickly, and so well. Quite a techie, too – which I admire, because I am not! Now – the blue hair – I could never carry that one off! Shari is a wonderful woman that will be achieving major accomplishments in her lifetime!
Maribeth Pittman is someone that I have known throughout the Internet, as well as through Johanna’s web conference. Her input is “right on” – I value her presence and her opinions!
Johanna Gargiulo-Sherman ( http://www.johannagsherman.com/ ) – I have worked with Johanna before, but we had never met in person. I was very, very lucky in that I was standing in the front of the room, by a Merchant booth, and … there she was! Very much the wise-woman, carrying her walking stick ( a lovely stick, but a necessity, as she is just getting over (I believe) a broken ankle. I was so happy to get to talk to her, and to hear that the mandala series will continue in the foreseeable future. Johanna also has some new ideas in the works – including a possible Coney Island Tarot, which I think would be a great idea!
Mary Greer ( http://marygreer.wordpress.com/ ) – I did not have a chance to speak with Mary Greer this year, but she was ever present. She is a gifted, knowledgible person who is easy to talk to, and has a true sense of joy about life. I love her blog, because it goes into the true sense of “what is”. Mary will be presenting again at the 2010 Readers Studio (I met her when she presented at the 2003 Readers Studio).
James Wanless ( http://www.voyagertarot.com/ , http://www.greenwisdomcards.com ) – I have worked with James before – reviewing his books and deck, as well as doing a telephone interview with him. I was delighted that he was a speaker at this year’s Readers Studio! I have included two links for James – one to his Voyager Tarot work, and one to his Green Wisdom Cards work. James is an incredible speaker, and a wonderful, giving person. If you have a chance to hear him talk, or study with him – please do! James gifted me with a DVD entitled “The Renewal of America”, which was taped at a talk he was giving in Santa Fe, NM. He uses the venue of a 50card layout entitled “The Ring of Magic” to bring insight into what we and our country need to be mentally, emotionally, spiritually, practical worldly, and archetypally to regenerate and reenergize in this time of crisis. It is a gifted presentation – and available on the Voyager Tarot site.
Geraldine Amaral ( http://tarotcelebrations.com/ ) – Geraldine is co-author of the inspiring “Tarot Celebrations”, and a gifted teacher in her own right. I was incredibly happy that she was also going to be a speaker at this years Readers Studio. She is a gentle, gracious person, and gave the unique gift of her book and CD in a beautiful box to the give-away.
Rachel Pollack ( http://rachelpollack.com/index2.html ) – It is always a gift to hear Rachel Pollack speak. She was a presenter at the 2003 Readers Studio, and I still have not gotten over being impressed by her. She is bright, funny, and very quick!
Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone ( http://tarotschool.com/ ) – For the seventh year in a row, Ruth Ann and Wald hosted the Readers Studio – a unique East Coast Tarot event. I was very excited to meet both of them again, and to see how the Readers Studio had grown since its beginning. The addition of the luncheon teaching sessions, as well as the all important (IMHO) meditation room, and the Beltane ritual were enormous gifts.
I am sure that there are more people that should be mentioned here, and I apologize for not remembering who you are. The Readers Studio was a great gift to me, in that I was able to meet in person people that I had known only over the Internet. It was also a bit overwhelming, with all those people!
I hope that visitors to my blog check out some of my Tarot peeps – they all have a great deal to offer!