Fred West – Tarot Survey

I am quite interested in many of the things that have come to me through becoming part of the Internet site Twitter. One of the projects that have come to my attention is a Tarot survey done by Tarotist Fred West (San Diego, CA). I admire not only his Tarot wisdom (he reads the Tarot professionally), but his ability to handle day to day life.

Fred developed quiet an inclusive Tarot survey through the auspices of several online Tarot communities. The results of this survey can be seen here –

This is an ongoing survey, and Fred will be continually updating his results. If you wish to take part in the survey, it can be found here – Tarot Survey.

Some of the things that Fred addressed were: age, gender, sexual identity, marital status, ethnicity, educational level, who you read for, primary interest in the Tarot (how you use it), experience level (how many years you have been reading), how you learned to read, preference for illustrated versus non-illustrated pips, use of reversals, what you use the Tarot for, if you use other divinatory disciplines, what your primary approach to Tarot is, what organizations you belong to, whether you are certified or not, the legality of readings in your area, attendance at organized Tarot conferences, symposiums or meetings, whether you listen to Tarot related Podcasts, and the most requested questions from clients.

All of these things are very pertinent to authors, artists, publishers, group and meeting organizers, and anyone else who wants to keep their eye on the pulse of the Tarot world. For those of you whose eyes glaze over looking at numbers, Fred is light years ahead of you! His presentation is done in full color, graphic format, making it easy to grasp and easy to work with.

I personally want to thank Fred for sharing this with me, and with the Tarot world. If you haven’t given your input yet, please do!

© July 2009

Nine Designs for Inner Peace

Nine Designs for Inner Peace, by Sarah Tomlinson (Destiny Books, 2008) is one of the most interesting books that I have read a long time. It’s sub-title is “The Ultimate Guide To Meditating With Color, Shape and Sound”. I wanted to share this on my Tarot blog because I think that it fits in well as an “added value” product.

Tomlinson studied Yantric painting in India with tantric master and artist Harish Johari, who revealed to her the healing power of meditation with Yantras. The gift here is an active meditation that promotes positive healing, as well as grounding and centering. The foundation of this practice is that each of the nine designs corresponds to nine qualities of body and mind that are essential to well being: radiance, nourishment, passion, intellect, expansion, bliss, organization, uniqueness and spirituality.

Basic elements include the geometric forms of the square, circle, and the triangle. These are the same elements that are common to the Tarot. The process of creating the Yantra is in itself a visual meditation as the practitioner works clockwise from the outer for to the inner form, finally reaching the central point of stillness (bindu), the source of happiness within.

Tomlinson suggests a few moments of silence when leaving the project, whether it is finished or not. In this way the practitioner honors the project, and the work they are doing. She also suggests framing the finished work, and placing it where it can be seen.

Each of the Yantras, and their accompanying mantra, is fully discussed. There are full color presentations of each Yantra, as well as a black and white version at the end of the book that can be copied and used as a model if one does not want to do the design themselves.

Two coloring techniques are discussed – gouache (a water based paint), and colored pencils. The instructions are in-depth, and easy enough for a beginner to follow.

As an added value for Tarot readings, I would suggest copying each of the Yantras in both black and white and color. Write a short (one page) set of instructions, and a listing of each of the Yantras, and their accompanying mantra. At the end of the reading (for those clients that you believe would benefit from this practice – and would be willing to spend the time doing it) discuss how they would like to use this technique. They may want to resolve or heal something, or they may want to open themselves up in some area. Whichever Yantra they wish to work with, give them a color copy, a black and white copy, a list of the Yantra/mantra correlations, an a set of instructions.

Whether you choose to use this technique for yourself alone, or whether you wish to offer it to your clients, this is a tool of empowerment that will open new doors of understanding.