Tetractys and the Suit of Wands

In a previous post (https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/the-tetractys-and-the-four-suits/) I introduced the Pythagorean concept of the Tetractys – a triangle consisting of the numbers one through ten (ten being the most significant number). In this post I am going to look at the concept of the Tetractys as applied to the Pips (numbered cards) in the Tarot. We are going to look at each suit separately, starting with Wands.

Following is a schematic of the Tetractys. A good visual aid would be to take out your deck of choice, and place the cards from the suit of Wands in this format:

3      2
6      5      4
10      9      8      7

Following the pattern of the numbers will create a facsimile of the lightening bolt path that we see on the Tree of Life. Something else that we need to remember is that the number ten (1+2+3+4) is considered by Pythagoreans to be a pure number, The Tetractys triangle itself represents creation … form coming into being. Each of the four suits represents another world coming into creation.

With the suit of Wands, we are looking at the Qabalistic world of Yetzirah, or formation. The first row, number One, represents the Monad. The second row, numbers Two and Three, represent the Dyad, or essential principles. The third row, numbers Four, Five and Six, represent the Triad, or spiritual forces. The bottom row, the Tetrad, represents the material world.

The suit of Wands aptly represents the world of Yetzirah (formation), and the element of Fire. Through Fire, and passion, we create form. Number One, the pure energy of Wands, and form, also represents will and desire. In creating this world, we are giving form to qualities such as boldness, ambition, competitiveness and ambition. It is here that we develop will, and are motivated to take action.

Numbers Two and Three represent the Dyad, or opposing forces. For the suit of Wands, we are looking at the number Two representing a situation that is deadlocked due to opposing energies that are involved, and the number Three, as representing an inner balance. As Two moves into Three, the situation in Two has been resolved, and balance restored. The number Three gifts us with the energy we need to take calculated risks and move forward with our ideas. Christine Payne-Towler, in her article on Wands – http://noreah.typepad.com/tarot_arkletters/2005/06/suit_of_wands_m.html – notes that sometimes in more esoteric decks a winged wand with two snakes twined around it appears. This is a caduceus, which is Mercury’s wand, and an ancient symbol of a healer or shaman.

Numbers Four, Five and Six represent a Triad, or spiritual forces. Four is a foundation number – it carries the energy of working with others to manifest a dream into physical reality. The stronger a four manifests, the more solid the literal foundation is for whatever is being built. Wands is a highly creative suit, indicating that the Four of Wands will set a foundation built on creativity and passion.

The Five’s are always a little chaotic. The Five of Wands takes the foundation of the number Four and let’s the ambition found there run rampant. Ambition … and the competitive spirit! The balance here is between personal success, and not taking away from someone else. The ideal here is to fit fair, to not make a mess in the sandbox of life. Ego finds its place in humility here.

The Six’s are all about your own personal truth, and your own personal version (and vision) of success. Six’s are celebration and victory. Remember that we do not ever succeed on our own – our victory celebration needs to include those that helped us get there.

The final row – numbers Seven through Ten, represent the material world, and the four elements (from right to left – Fire, Air, Water and Earth). The Seven of Wands shares it’s place with the element of Fire. The nature of this Seven is that the passion, will and determination of the individual places them at the head of the pack. The elemental nature of Fire adds strength and impetus to this.

The number Eight share’s its place wit the element of Air. The nature of the number Eight is all about change, and keeping up with change. In respect to the Tetractys, this change is evidenced in the world of Air (the mental realm). It is through the process of logic that the individual learns to accept change and work with it in the creative, competitive world of Wands.

The number Nine shares its place with the element of Water. One cycle is coming to an end – in the case of Wands, a high energy, very active, creative cycle. Time to take a break, time to sit back and listen to our intuition. Bring your projects together, and release that which will hold you back.

The number Ten shares its place with the element of Earth. Ten’s talk about endings and new beginnings, but they also talk about putting all of the energy, focus and will power that you have into your project. I think of this card as “Burden of Responsibility”. It is a burden, as the activity is taking place on the physical plane. The passin of the Wands is presented full force in this card.


This is not meant to be the final word on the Tetractys and the Pips. It is actually a mere whisper, as seen through my eyes. Place your cards in the pyramid shape of the Tetractys. Move your hand over the lightening path, and see what feelings/knowing come to you. Treat the numbers as rows, instead of a straight line. See how they work together, instead of focusing on individual meanings.

It’s all good!

Here are a couple of links that will allow you to use the Tetractys as an actual Tarot spread: Aeclectic Tarot Forum, http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/Tetractys/id/578326.

Next week we are on to the suit of Cups! See you all there!

© July 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

The Art of Being Worthy

Today’s blog will be a short one. I would like to introduce you to three blogs/sites that I feel have something unique to offer the Tarot world. They bring a smile to my face, and joy to my heart.

The first one up is Helen Howell and Zanna Starr’s blog “Tarot Notes – Major and Minor” – http://http://tarotnotes-majorandminor.blogspot.com/2010/11/interview-with-my-gilded-tarot-deck.html. I love the way this post is written – as if the cards were coming to the house for a visit. There is interaction, dialog, and a great deal of humor and fun to be had by all. There is also honor, and respect … and attitude! Any reader knows that their decks have attitude! How boring it would be if they did not! More deck interviews can be seen here – http://tarotnotes-majorandminor.blogspot.com/search/label/Deck%20Interviews. Thank you for such a lovely way to get to know our decks. Along with the “Gilded Tarot” (Thank you, Ciro!), Helen interviews such decks as “Tarot of the Hidden Folk”, the Swiss 1JJ (swooning here – my Swiss 1JJ came through a friend of my sister’s, and has quite the history!), and the “Christmas Tarot”.

Next up is Stephanie Arwen Lynch’s blog “Tarot By Arwen” – http://http://tarotbyarwen.com/blog/. Arwen offers readings, workshops and classes, coaching for writers (Arwen is a published writer as one-half of the Marilu Mann writing team), monthly Tarotscopes (http://http://tarotbyarwen.podbean.com/2010/11/01/november-2010-tarotscopes/), and character readings (readings done for characters from a wide variety of stories and novels) – http://http://tarotbyarwen.com/blog/?p=2746. There is so much cool stuff here – laced with a lethal dose of Arwen-style humor!

Last (but not least!) is the incredible blog by Catherine Chapman (co-author of “Beyond the Celtic Cross) – http://http://tarotelements.com/. I have to offer a small disclaimer here, in a nod to transparency – I do contribute articles to Tarot Elements on a monthly basis. Onward and upward! I am just going to ramble for a bit, and let each of you see what you might be interested in. There are a series of guest posts by such diverse individuals as Craig Conley (see how he overlays punctuation onto the Tarot in a unique fashion), Barbara Moore, Valerie Sylvester, Mick Frankel and Douglas Gibb (totally irreverent and insanely genius!). Valerie Sylvester is also a monthly contributor in the field of astrology, offering timely and astute insights into astrology, and how it affects our life. (Mercury retrograde is a well known “offender”, but did you know that other planets go retrograde also. Think, for a minute, what Venus retrograde offers up!) Catherine also has some excellent, thought provoking articles of her own up (“Should You Learn the Tarot With the Rider-Waite-Smith only?”, “The Baggage Handler). There are sections on the Celtic Cross, Elemental Dignities, Tarot News, Tarot Spreads and Tips and Techniques. There is also an ongoing study blog on the cards, with site visitor participation encouraged. One never knows what to expect next from Catherine … and its all good!

© November 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Readers Studio 2011 – Are You Ready?

I am incredibly excited about going to Readers Studio 2011. This will be my third time – and it just gets better each time I go! We are now on a six month countdown. Do you know who the presenters are? Do your know who your fellow attendees will be? I wish that the first (or even second!) time I attended a Readers Studio that I had know who the other attendees were, and what their interests were. This year I am doing a series of blogs sharing information on any attendees who wish to submit it to me. Here is the link to my initial blog:  http://tinyurl.com/393x6fy. I hope to see many of you there!

(c) November 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Who’s Who At The Readers Studio – Part 3

This is Part 3 of Who’s Who At The Readers Studio. Enjoy!

Beth Seilonen:

 Hello!  I am Beth Seilonen, who happens to be totally addicted to creating Arcana and Tarot decks.

I first began creating Tarots in 2007, when after I spent some amount of time working my way through the first four cards, I had received a message from a fellow e-bayer stating that they liked what they saw and would keep watching my work.  So, not wanting to disappoint, I continued on through my first Arcana.  When I was getting close to the end, I received a second note asking if I would print and sell a copy of this series.  A few weeks later, I began getting emails from people requesting a copy of the Theban Tarot.  Being curious, I googled my deck’s name, and there it was on Adam McLean’s Tarot Weblog.  Then after a few bumps in the road and with Adam’s willingness to help me along, I have arrived to where I am today!

My art ranges from humorous looks at life through the eyes of other creatures (foxes, snails, cats) to more spiritual and intuitive art.  All of which reflect well into our own lives.

Personally, my favorite decks are those which bring up our impact upon the environment and to suggest that we take a moment, pause to reflect on the beauty around us and find a way to improve our world.  It’s the only one we have.

In my other life outside of Tarot, I attended the University Of Maine, Orono where I received my Bachelors of Fine Art and currently teach art part time and have a summertime gallery-art supply shop.

Please visit my site: http://www.catseyeart.com


 Part 1 can be viewed here: https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/whos-who-at-the-readers-studio-part-1/.

Part 2 can be viewed here: https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/whos-who-at-the-readers-studio-part-2 .

 © October 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Divination by Punctuation

Divination By Punctuation

 Author: Craig Conley

Prof. Oldfellow’s Forgotten Wisdom

Independently Published


ISBN #9781453813140

 “In all beginnings dwells a magic force.”

Hermann Hesse

“Divination By Punctuation” is a project that I have followed since its inception. Craig very graciously agreed to do an interview with me about this particular project to give us some insight into the process – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/interview-with-craig-conley/. We are very blessed that this work is now available in print form (I dearly love holding a book in my hand, while at the same time wanting to make a living through e-books!). I am deeply honored – and extremely humbled – that I am one of three individuals (along with Tamara Yelin and Gary Barwin) that Craig dedicated this book to. This is probably because I used my Cappie perseverance to nag him to put this work out for public consumption!

A bit about Craig’s background – he is uber intelligent – that is all you need to know! Okay – he is also some other things, like author/artist for the “Punctuated Tarot” and “Trump L’Oeil – Tarot of Portmeirion” (http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/portmeirion/review.shtml ), author of “Magic Words – A Dictionary”  (http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/books/magic-words-dictionary/), and “One Letter Words – A Dictionary”. A former college teacher, he is a lexicographer, visionary thinker, and true “Renaissance man”.

From the book:

In ‘The Secret Teachings of All Ages’ (1928), Manly P. Hall suggests that Tarot cards must be considered in three ways:’ (1) as separate and complete hieroglyphs ,each representing a distinct principle, law, power, or element in Nature; (2) in relation to each other as the effect of one agent operating upon another; and (3) as vowels and consonants of a philosophic alphabet.’

Conley sees Hall as proposing that Tarot cards form “distinct units of meaning”. He quotes Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone as concurring: “The practical language of Tarot is a language of question and answer. In that language, card meanings could be compared to the words, and spreads to the grammar” (Tarot Tips, 2003).

 The point is made that while it is easy to translate (interpret) a Tarot card in isolation, it is more of a challenge to understand the “deep structure” of a Tarot spread that includes several cards. Conley posits that a secondary system of icons can provide visual clues as to how individual cards relate. He goes on to say that just a traditional Tarot imagery distills the archetypes that make up our life, the standard marks and signs of punctuation clarify meaning as our story folds (and that is what the Tarot is – our story, told in our own unique way). In essence, punctuation offers cues on how to understand our life experiences. I liked the quote by poet/veteran punctuation artist Gary Barwin, who considers punctuation marks to be “the secret operatives of language”.  How much better does it get! It does get better – Barwin goes on to say, in relating punctuation marks to the Tarot “We have a deep connection to these little dark marks. Each of them is like a tiny Tarot card, the reading of which depends on the reader. There are many ways to read their miniscule portraits.”

This is much more a workbook than simply a book to be read and digested. After introducing the concept of punctuation and Tarot, we jump right into working with the upright and reversed meanings of the punctuation marks. The way this is done is to draw two Tarot cards, then draw a punctuation card, and place it between them. In this way a sentence is formed.

For example, if we place an Em Dash between the two cards, then the substance of card number one has been interrupted by the substance of card number two. If the punctuation card drawn was an Ellipsis (I love these little guys!), then card number one is going to hit the skids and leave card number two in its wake. With a Guillemet (fast forward symbol) we see card number one speedily advancing towards card number two.

Each punctuation mark is described in both its upright and reversed meanings. Punctuation marks covered include comma, single quotation mark, consecutive dots, ellipsis, bullet, interpunct, semicolon, punctus elevatus, high dot, period, degree, full stop, left square bracket, right square bracket, left parenthesis, right parenthesis, colon, colon separator, ditto mark, double quotation mark, em dash, underscore, asterisk, hodge star, exclamation point, inverted exclamation point, left guillemet, right guillemet, hyphen (prefix), hyphen (suffix), question mark, inverted question mark, forward slash, backslash, caret, caron, sarcasm mark, conditional probability, sharp, hash, falsum, tee, therefore, because, tie, undertie, accolade, right brace, space and move-up bracket.

In looking at punctuation within larger spreads, Conley uses as an example a four card spread that I drew, using the “Shadowscapes Tarot” (Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Barbara Moore).  It was read as a linear spread, with the position definitions (1) body, (2) heart, (3) mind and (4) spirit. The punctuation marks drawn were the Asterisk, Colon and Inverted Exclamation Point. This reading can be seen in the guest blog that Craig wrote here – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/guest-blog-by-craig-conley/. There is another great sample reading in this chapter using a four card reading done for Tarot reader Tamara Yelsin upon receiving the news of Michael Jackson’s death.

In his chapter on the Major Arcana and punction associations, Conley presents each card with its associated punctuation mar, along with a short quote. From the book:

The Hermit

The square brackets, [ ], form a nest for missing or added material.

 “The Saints’ days marked between brackets [ ], are not appointed by the church.” – Charles Walker, A Prayer Book For The Young.”

 The Major Arcana punctuation associations are:

The Fool – Pilcrow

The Magician – Trademark symbol

The High Priestess – Question Mark

The Empress – Prime Symbol of Mathematics

The Emperor – Ampersand

The Hierophant – Therefore Sign

The Lovers – Section Sign

The Chariot – Space Symbol

Strength – The Brace

The Hermit – Square Brackets

The Wheel of Fortune – Reference Mark

Justice – Percent Sign   

The Hanged Man – Semicolon

Death – Ellipsis

Temperance – Tilde

The Devil – Numero Sign

The Tower – Exclamation Point

The Star – Asterisk

The Moon – Degree Symbol

The Sun – The Bullet

Judgement – Interrobang

The World – Copyright SymbolConley revisits my four card spread, replacing the cards from the “Shadowscapes Tarot” with cards from the “Punctuation Tarot”. He also visits a three-card spread done for Tarot reader Catherine Chapman just after a lunar eclipse.

At the end of the book Conley presents six other unique techniques of divination by punctuation: (1) Decipher Your Dog’s Character by the Punctuation Spots, (2) A Tilde in a Teacup: Punctuate Tealeaf Reading, (3) Automatic Punctuating, (4) Punctuation in Palmistry, (5) Punctuated Cloud Divination and (6) Visionary Punctuation: Mystical Insights.

To see the concept of divination by punctuation at work, check out Craig’s awesome guest post – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/guest-blog-by-craig-conley/. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to get a fresh take on the Tarot – especially those who see the Tarot as a living story, and want to be able to write it in their own unique fashion.

 © October 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Who’s Who At The Readers Studio Part 2

This is Part 2 of Who’s Who At The Readers Studio. Barbara and Caitlin will both be presenting (I am looking forward to hearing what each of these ladies has to say!), and Emily is a very gracious and exciting in her own right, with three very exciting, mind-bending decks to her credit!

Emily Carding:

Emily Carding lives in Cornwall with her amazing husband, ethereal daughter and the glorious Albus Dumbledog. Here she has created various offerings, such as The Transparent Tarot, the Transparent Oracle, and The Tarot of the Sidhe for Schiffer Books. She has also contributed book covers, articles and artwork for several works from Avalonia Books. To date these titles include Towards a Wiccan Circle (Cover), Both Sides of Heaven, (Cover and article- “The Salvation of the Sidhe”, From a Drop of Water (Article- “Nimue: The Archetypal Priestess”), and Hekate Her Sacred Fires (Cover, Article- “Painting Hekate” and internal illustrations)

Emily speaks at specialist tarot events around the world and also works as a storyteller, the perfect combination of her experience in Theatre and knowledge of folklore, myth and magick!

New releases over the next few months include ‘The Norse Gods’ from Avalonia Books, (fully illustrated by Emily), ‘VS’ from Avalonia Books, (Cover and articles by Emily) and the much anticipated book and deck set of ‘Tarot of the Sidhe’ from Schiffer Books! There is also another surprise Tarot release around the corner…

She has also recently created banners for both Three Wishes Faery Fest and Sir Lanval, a new film from Chagford Filmmaking group, the latter which can be seen on display as part of an art and props exhibition in the Flavel!

She is currently working on lots. You’ll just have to wait and see 🙂


 Caitlin Matthews:

Caitlín Matthews is a respected teacher of the ancestral and shamanic traditions of Britain and Ireland.  As a recognized wisdom-keeper and elder, she teaches these traditions, re-awakening memory of ancestral wisdom for faith groups, cultural institutions and communities of the Celtic diaspora worldwide. She is the author of over 60 books and is the originator of  three tarots: The Arthurian Tarot, The Da Vinci Enigma Tarot and The Celtic Wisdom Tarot, as well as many divination systems including The Celtic Book of the Dead and Celtic Wisdom Sticks: An Ogam Oracle. Her Celtic Wisdom Oracle: Oracle Cards for Ancestral Wisdom and Guidance comes out in March 2011.

With John Matthews she is the author of the Storyworld series of storytelling cards which enable  families and communities to share inspiration and imagination. She also specializes in teaching traditional European spirit-consultation oracles where the diviner draws directly upon the spirits of nature or on the ancestral spirits for answers. She is a co-founder of the Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies, dedicated to the sacred and ancestral arts that are held in oral memory and practice.  Caitlín lives in Oxford where she has had a shamanic healing practice for over 20 years.  www.hallowquest.org.uk

Caitlín says, ‘I am very much looking forward to this event.  The energy and inspiration that abounds in the US for tarot is unequalled anywhere in the world.  How we open the windows of tarot and how we walk through them seems very important to me at this time.

Our sense of tarot community is enhanced when we share our ideas and projects: there is no diminishment of any individual when we come together because our collective wisdom returns us to our tarot tribe.  This is a safe space and opportunity for many to discuss, swap ideas and encourage fresh growth in our tarot lives. When we return home – however uncaring our family or collective may be of tarot – we feel the glow of reconnection with the source of inspiration.

The kindness, friendship, patience and generosity with which we practise brings vital attributes to the world of divination, dispelling the false notion surrounding our craft.  If you are “just a beginner” or someone who’s “had a pack for a long time,” or someone who “doesn’t do tarot properly” then you will enjoy the Readers Studio 2011 – what you understand about your pack is more interesting than what you don’t know.

Your imagination has no bridle, unless you let others rein you in.  Stretch and return to your own beautiful shape as you join us for a grand get-together! Who knows what we’ll shuffle into life?’

Many blessings

Caitlín Matthews

Website: http://www.hallowquest.org.uk

My USA Amazon blog: http://www.amazon.com/Caitlin-Matthews/e/B000APC1TS/ref=sr_tc_2_0

My UK Amazon page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B000APC1TS



 Barbara Moore:

Barbara Moore Tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s life for over twenty years. Right from the start, tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, history, mystery, and magic, as well as its eminently practical applications. In addition to providing professional readings, Barbara consults for both Llewellyn Worldwide and Lo Scarabeo and is one of the founders of the Minnesota Area Tarot Symposium.

Barbara enjoys giving a voice to tarot cards not only by doing readings but also by writing the books that accompany decks. She has had the good fortune to write books and booklets for several decks, including A Guide to Mystic Faerie Tarot, The Gilded Tarot Companion, The Enchanted Oracle, The Mystic Dreamer Tarot, The Vampires of the Eternal Night Tarot, The Witchy Tarot, The Dream Enchantress Tarot, Tarot of the Sweet Twilight, and Shadowscapes Tarot, Pagan Cats Tarot, The Pagan Magical Kit, and The Book Shadows Tarot, volumes 1 and 2. In the fall of 2010, her new edition of Llewellyn’s Tarot for Beginners was released.

A Hermit at heart, Barbara has been getting out and about more, speaking at conferences, such as MATS, TABI, and Readers Studio, as well as appearing on Beyond Worlds. When not exercising her newfound social skills, she is busy playing with her cards, writing Llewellyn’s tarot blog, designing an exciting new tarot deck, and working on a novel that may very well include fortune telling.

You can contact Barbara through her website: www.practicaltarotreadings.com

Note: Barbara asked me to let people know that she can be found on Face Book, and to not be shy about friending her. She also encourages people to come up and introduce themselves at the Readers Studio.

Part 1 Of  Who’s Who  At The Readers Studio can be seen here – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/whos-who-at-the-readers-studio-part-1/ .

© October 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Full Moon In Aries

Today we see the Full Moon in the very last degree of Aries. As Beth Owl’s Daughter noted in her Full Moon post, the Full Moon is a Blue Moon – not because it is the second Full Moon in a month, but because it is the second Full Moon in Aries in two months. With this Full Moon the focus is placed on relationships, and on looking beneath the surface of all of our relationships to see what is really going on.

We are looking to find balance in our relationships, which means that we might want to take into account how we are perceived, by others, as well as how we perceive ourselves. Fiery Aries gives us the courage to reach into our passionate side and follow our dreams with courage and conviction. We are able to set aside our shadow – the fears and anxieties that lie under the surface – and move forward in our lives.

The 29th degree of any sign carries a sense of completion with it. Combine that with a Full Moon – which itself indicates completion and transition, and we get the feeling that this is a time for personal growth (rapid personal growth, IMHO), a time when we need to place intent behind our purpose.

With the Sun at 29 degrees of Libra, we are truly looking at an “Us versus Them” mentality, especially in regard to relationship. Expect there to be a lot of confusion and lack of clarity during this time. Try not to remain too focused on self – to the point that you don’t really care what the other person thinks. Attempt to stay in the moment, remain aware o what you are saying and doing, and retain some semblance of balance in you relationships.

The card that I drew (from the “Touchstone Tarot” (by Kat Black) for this Full Moon was the Tower. The Tower asks us to review our life, to look for patterns, and to release that which no longer serves us well, t hat which ties us to the past. What in your relationship is tying you to the past? How do you feel about this? What action can you take to release this tie?

I love Full Moons, because the full power of the Moon, and her mystical, psychic, intuitive nature are present. How are you going to honor this Full Moon?

© October 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Who’s Who At The Readers Studio – Part 1

This is the first in a series of blogs introducing individuals who will be attending the 2011 Readers Studio in NYC. Many thanks to Ruth Ann and Wald for agreeing to place their information here, and for coming up with the blog title! Sometimes I just really get lucky! Enjoy!

Ruth Ann & Wald Amberstone are co-founders of The Tarot School. Together they teach, write and publish about Tarot on all levels from divination to psychology to esotericism and magical practice. They are perpetual pioneers of new Tarot techniques and remain lifelong Tarot students. Between them, Ruth Ann and Wald have amassed more than 80 years of experience as Tarot practitioners. Ruth Ann began her career as a reader in 1974, and Wald picked up his first Tarot deck and began his Tarot studies in 1959. They were each awarded the honorary rank of Certified Tarot Grandmaster in 1998.

More than a thousand students have taken live classes at The Tarot School since it opened its doors in 1995. Hundreds more from around the country have participated in Tarot Telecourses (an innovative program of classes given on the telephone), and students from all over the world have purchased recordings from The Tarot School Audio Course Series and study The Tarot School Correspondence Course. Tarot Tips, the Tarot School’s email newsletter, has thousands of subscribers worldwide.

The Amberstones are the authors of Tarot Tips: 78 Practical Techniques to Enhance Your Tarot Reading Skills, part of Llewellyn’s “Special Topics in Tarot” series for readers and teachers. They have also contributed articles to Llewellyn’s Tarot Reader almanacs for 2005, 2006 and 2008. Their second book, The Secret Language of Tarot was published by Weiser Books (April 2008).

The New York Tarot Festival, presented in June 2002 by Ruth Ann, Wald, and the students of The Tarot School, was the first international Tarot symposium to be held on the East Coast. The Readers Studio, also produced by The Tarot School, is an annual Tarot conference providing cutting-edge practical techniques to intermediate and advanced students, professional readers, teachers and authors. The ninth annual Readers Studio is scheduled for April 29 – May 1, 2011.

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Bonnie Cehovet:

I have been a professional Tarot reader for the past fifteen years. I have served with the American Tarot Association (as Secretary), with the American Board For Tarot Certification (as Vice resident, Secretary and Director of Certification), and co-founded the World Tarot Network.

My articles, reviews and interviews have appeared in the World Tarot Network newsletter, the Meta Arts Magazine (http://www.themetaarts.com ), and the Aeclectic Tarot site (http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot). I am a contributor to the 2004 and 2005 editions of the Llewellyn Tarot Reader, have an e-book out compiling interviews that I did with several predominate women in the Tarot world (http://bonniecehovet.com/WomenInTarotebook.html), a book available in either print or e-book format compiling my earlier Tarot deck and book reviews (http://bonniecehovet.com/TarotInReview.html), and a print book compiling all of my Tarot interviews (http://www.amazon.com/World-Tarot-Seen-Through-Interview/dp/1452897530/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1287469698&sr=8-1).

I have a book on Tarot Birth Cards due to come out in fall 2011 from Schiffer Books, and have the outline written for my second book, which will address using the individual archetypes for personal empowerment. Last, but not least, I am taking part in NaNoWriMo this November, which means that I will (finally!) be getting a decent start on my mystery series!




Anna Burroughs Cook, author of Tarot Dynamics has been reading and interpreting the Tarot for 30 + years and has developed a wide base of clients across the United States as well as the U.K. and Ohio where she currently resides with her hubby Rick.  She has appeared on television, radio and inter-net radio programs and taught private classes including Tarot and Psychic development classes in Adult Education programs.   In between reading for clients, Anna is presently working to enlarging her new Website www.tarotdynamics.com while working on a second Tarot book, and plans to attend The 2011 Readers Studio in NYC. with Bonnie Cehovet!


 Chanah Wizenberg:

I am a tarot coach and do workshops on Creative Writing with Tarot, in November I will have a private Ning group for my tarot writers to come and talk about their tarot writing, get support and talk tarot. There will be a weekly webinar included for this group, Creative Writing with Tarot.

I have been doing readings since since I was 16 years old and now do them professionally in addition to my tarot coaching by email, phone, and in person. I have recently started the creation of my own deck with Rebbecca Rousseau called Les Cochons. I am also working of a tarot suspense/mystery book.





Part 2 of Who’s Who At The Readers Studio can be seen here – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/whos-who-at-the-readers-studio-part-2/.

© October 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Readers Studio 2011

The Tarot world is looking forward with great anticipation to Readers Studio 2011. Founded by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone of The Tarot School, this annual event brings together Tarot students and readers from the U.S. and abroad for three days fo learning, with a great mix of fun and mayhem! Each year more and more people are attending – some for the second, third, or fourth time. Working in this field can be a somewhat solitary endeavor. This year I thought it might be fun to give everyone a “head start” on knowing who the other participants in the Readers Studio were, and a little bit about what they were working on. In this manner, we can make the effort to connect with other individuals that are doing work that we are also interested in. I ran this by Ruth Ann and Wald, and got the go-ahead to do a series of blogs introducing individuals that will be attending this event.

If you are attending Readers Studio 2011, and you would like to be included in one of my blogs, please contact me at bonniecehovet@gmail.com, with a short bio and any other information that you wish to share with others.  Be assured that you have to send me your information for it to be included – I won’t include anyone who does not wish to be included. As there will be many people attending, I will be doing a series of blogs. Each blog will contain links to all previous blogs, for easy reference.

I hope to hear from each of you that is attending, and look forward to meeting many new people!



(c) October 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot Learning Cards

Tarot Learning Cards ®
Self Study Flash Cards

Author: Jadzia DeForest, Jay GreenMan DeForest
Living Magick Publishing Company
ISBN #978-0-9828844-0-9

How many of wish that we had had some type of help when we were learning to read the Tarot? Now there are Internet sites devoted to the Tarot, Internet classes, local, in-person classes, and a ton of books. But where can one find basic information, in one place, readily accessible, at nominal cost, that will allow one to work at ones own pace? Jadzia and Jay DeForest have developed just such a program – learning the Tarot through the use of flash cards. Remember “way back when”, with your mother holding the multiplication flash cards in front of you? It worked then, and it works now!

The “Tarot Learning Cards” are a set of 78 cards that teach the basics of Tarot. On the front of each card is the card number (in Roman numerals) and name (for the Major Arcana); suit symbol, number and name (for the Minor Arcana Pips – numbered cards), and suit symbol, title and suit (for the Court Cards). On the back of each card

On the back of the card for the Major Arcana is the individual card theme, astrological association, Major Arcana theme, and upright and reversed keywords. For the Minor Arcana Pips (numbered cards), the back side shows the individual card theme, keywords ofr the suit, keywords for the card number, and upright and reversed keywords. For the Court Cards, the back side shows the theme for the card title, the suit theme, the elemental association (and associated signs), along with upright and reversed keywords.

For example:

The Fool (Upright)

Theme: Beginning
Astrology: Uranus
Major Arcana: Spiritual Journey
Keywords: Beginning a Journey, Spirit, Innocence, Leap of Faith, Unity, Crossroads, Choice, Folly, Foolishness, Naivete

The Fool (Rx)

Theme: Resistance
Major Arcana: Spiritual Journey
Keywords: Resisting Change, Stuck, Indecision, Making Mistakes, Fear, Carleness, Sudden Change, Reevaluation

Ace of Cups (Upright)

Theme: Inspiration
Cups: Love, Happiness, Spirituality
Aces: Beginning, Ideas, Potential
Keywords: New Relationship, Fertility, New Home, Renewal, Rekindling a Relationsip, Spiritual Insight

Ace of Cups (Rx)

Theme: Selfishness
Cups: Love, Happiness, Spirituality
Keywords: Emptiness, Depression, Self Absorbed, Unbalanced, Blocke Spiritual Growth, Infertility

King of Wands (Upright)

King: Active, Mature Masculine
Wands: Business, Family, Ambition
Fire: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Keywords: Business Man, Powerful, Courageous, Determined, Creative, Energetic, Impulsive, Willful

King of Wands (Rx)

King: Active, Mature Masculine
Wands: Business, Family, Ambition
Fire: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Keywords: Prideful, Overbearing, Arrogant, Self Centered, Harsh, Power Abuser

There are five cards that accompany this deck, and help the student to use it. The first card talks about how to sue the deck, the second card addresses the numerological associations on one side, with suit and elemental associations on the other side. The third card is a recommended reading list, while the fourth card discusses the Court Cards. The fifth card discusses reversals on one side, and Tarot terminology on the other.

The cards are approximately 3 ¾” by 5 ¼”, and are made of good quality, sturdy card stock. Both sides show a ¼” outer white border, followed by a ¼” dark brown inner border. The middle portion of each card is tan, wit the text in dark brown. The box that the cards come in is heavy duty card board (which I much appreciate!), with a lift off top. The cards are intended for use with beginners, but could be used by someone at the intermediate or advanced level as part of a teaching curriculum.

I advise purchasing the Tarot Quick Reference Sheet, and the Tarot Reversals Quick Reference Sheet to go with the cards. The cards themselves are the learning tools, while the study sheets function well as quick references for interpreting readings.

More information can be found on the site: www.livingmagick.com, as well as information on flash cards for Astrology and the Runes.

© October 2010 Bonnie Cehovet