Out & About – 2/21/11

Bonnie is out and about! She did a show yesterday on the Tarot Guild’s Tarot Today blog talk radio program. Under discussion – theme Tarot decks. The show can be seen in the Tarot Today archives here – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tarottoday/2011/02/20/bonnie-cehovet–themed-decks-1.

My friend Mary Nale gave me the heads up to the Ten Best Decks of all time link on Aeclectic Tarot – http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/topten.shtml#alltime.  Mary is communications director for the Tarot Guild (http://www.tarotguild.com/), and she posts marvelous links on a daily basis to the Tarot-Blog-Go-Round discussion group that she started on the Tarot Guild.

Membership to the Tarot Guild is free – unless you choose premium membership, which has many extras included with it, including classes. Check us out – we are a combination of fun, teaching, and learning. Often all at the same time! http://www.tarotguild.com/

I am going to do a blatant promo here for my book of Tarot reviews – this is a compilation of my older reviews, almost all of which are available on Aeclectic Tarot. The benefit to the book is that all the reviews are in one place, broken down by theme. The book is available in print and e-book format.  http://www.bonniecehovet.com/?page_id=45

Helen Howell and Zanna Starr co-author a marvelous Tarot blog called Tarot Notes: Major and Minor ( http://tarotnotes-majorandminor.blogspot.com/). Both ladies are gifted Tarotists, gifted writers, and share a sense of imagination and humor! Quite the blog!

Card for this week, from Emily Carding’s “Tarot of the Sidhe”- the Maker Three (Three of Pentacles) -Labour’s Fruit. Great card for this very busy week!



(c) February 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Around The Tarot World – 2/15/11

What a great start to this week! My efforts are paying off on my new project – much to my amazement! In the mail – my latest order from Mondazzi (including Joan Bunning’s “Learning Tarot Spreads”) – purrs to Buddy! And some lovely cards from Roxi Sim – a large note card of the Emperor, post cards of the Ace of Cups, along with two gorgeous Caribbean themed cards, and a magnet with the High Priestess on it! Roxi – many thanks! You can connect with Roxi through these links: http://www.tarotguild.com/group/roxisim, http://www.tarotprofessionals.com
, http://www.tarotprofessionals.com/pearls

Blatant self promotion: Take My Hand – The Hermit

From Anna Burroughs Cook – What Falls To The Floor Comes To The Door!

From Jordan Hoggard – Video – Exploring The Potential of The Aces.

Incredible book available for pre-order from the ATS – check out Emily E. Auger (editor) – “Tarot In Culture” – –http://association.tarotstudies.org/tarotinculture.html.

“Southern Tarot Symposium” – Meeting of Australian and New Zealand Tarot lovers – http://www.tarot-art.com/news.html. Presenters include Fern Mercier, Lyn Howarth-Olds, Jean-Michel David, Annie Dunlop, Danae Thorp and Franchelle Ofsoske-Wyber.

ATS 2011 Tarot convention –http://association.tarotstudies.org/2011convention.html.

(c) February 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Waving to the World of Tarot

This is one of those days when I just want to share links to other people’s work. Enjoy!

From Helen Howell we have a very innovative interview – her decks interview her! (Mr. Napo isquite the interesting gentleman!) I can just see me trying to handle this before my first cup of coffee! http://tarotnotes-majorandminor.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-tarot-deck-interviews-me.html.

For those that enjoy light mysteries, one of my favorite authors, Father Jack Frerker, now has all of his books on Kindle. Go to www.paxpublications.com to both see and hear selections from Father Frerker’s books.

The Royal Mail (or perhaps the U.S. Postal Service, or both in cahoots!) finally delivered the copy of “Tarot Lovers Diary” (Karyn Easton, www.paranormality.com) that was sent last December. (Remember – I have already received the second copy that was sent! My review is here – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/tarot-lovers-diary/.) Please note: Karyn is sold out for this year, but will be publishing again next year. I am sending my extra copy to Mary Nale – a delightful lady that I met through the Tarot Guild, and someone who has been very helpful to me.

My interview with Robert Swiryn (The Secret of the Tarot) can be seen here – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/interview-with-robert-swiryn/.

My review of ”Tarot of the Sidhe” can be seen here – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/tarot-of-the-sidhe/.

Paul Hughes-Barlow has accepted the position as Tarot editor for “All Things Healing”. Read about him here, and see one of Jordan Hoggard’s incredible videos!

See Part 1 of my friend Anna Burroughs Cook’s article on cards that fall out as we shuffle here – http://www.allthingshealing.com/Tarot/What-Falls-To-The-Floor-Comes-To-The-Door-Interpreting-Fallen-Cards-Part-1/7076. See Part 2 of this incredible article here – http://www.allthingshealing.com/Chiropractic-Applied-physiology/What-Falls-To-The-Floor-Comes-To-The-Door–Interpreting-Fallen-Cards-Part-2/7083.

Tooting my own horn a bit, here is my article on the Hermit, from the “Gaian Tarot” –http://www.allthingshealing.com/Chiropractic-Applied-physiology/Take-My-Hand–The-Hermit-/7086 “Take My Hand” The Hermit (Gaian Tarot www.gaiantarot.com).

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

© February 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Miscellaneous Tuesday

If you are reading this, you more than likely frequent the world of Tarot. That world is a big world -a world that has many diverse side roads. For many of us, one of those side roads is writing. For me it is writing and music – I always have my music in the background. Different music, depending on my mood, and what I am writing. Heavily into Soul, R&B and Jazz. One ofmy favorite sites to listen to music is Soul Interviews, which features incredible shows on Solar Radio, as wells as interviews of prominent and up-and-coming artists. Feeds my soul, and allows my creative self to run amok a bit!

Speaking of creativity run amok – please be sure and check out Jordan Hoggard’s “Tarot in the Land of Mystereum”. My review can be seen here https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/tarotin-the-landof-mystereum/. Jordan’s interview with Donnaleigh can be heard here –http://www.blogtalkradio.com/beyondworlds/2010/12/12/jordan-hoggard.

Continuing on unabated, I will be blogging once a month for the next year on Birth Cards. My first blog-the Wheel of Fortune/Magician, can be seen here https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/tarot-birth-cards-wheel-of-fortunemagician/.

My friend Anna Burroughs Cook has opened a group for her unique book “Tarot Dynamics” on Face Book.Please join us there – Tarot Dynamics.

Happy Tuesday to all!

(c) February 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Just Discovered Animoto!

Thanks to Mary Nale and Anna Burroughs Cook, I just discovered a wonderful marketing tool from Animoto – videos that I can actually do!  The template is easy to work with, including three elements – images, text and music. You put these three elements in, hit the go button, and the software makes t he video for you! You can also goback and edit – which I had to do a couple of times with mine before I discovered how to mix the images and text together. Next project -figure out how to move mp3’s from my hard drive to the Animoto site! The directions are simple – but my laptop will not cooperate!  😉  

What this post is really all about is Anna’s video. This was her first attempt, and one that I found worked really, really well!   It is all about her book, “Tarot Dynamics”, and the reading techniques that the book promotes (can we say “intuition”!). Here is he link to her video – please watch it, and let her know what you think! http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=148988455151320

(c) December 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

Tarot Dynamics Companion Site

I recently did a review of the book “Tarot Dynamics”, by Anna Burroughs Cook (https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/tarot-dynamics-2/) . I am pleased to say that Anna now has a companion site up at http://tarotdynamics.com/. Non-techie that I am, I am absolutely amazed at the opening page graphics (Catherine, where are you? You will love this!). The graphic is of five rows of Tarot cards, in the shape of a globe, moving in a circle. Being inquisitive, I clicked on one of the cards as it raced by – and it popped up in a readable size! How cool is that! In the right hand corner is the text “know more”, which I would imagine leads to a pop-up on the card, but the link was broken. Small detail to work out in this very cool site!

There is a section on “About Tarot Dynamics”, where Anna goes into exactly what the system is all about, including:

* Five basic keywords that cover the five categories, (Major Arcana, Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles) which comprise all seventy-eight card Tarot Decks.
* Five universal character traits, to define all twenty Court Cards.
* Eight short key phrases that unify and explain and purpose of Cards Two through Ten from any suit.
* Eighteen key points of memorization*, accompanied by definitions for all seventy-eight Tarot Cards that encourage rather than inhibit your intuition because YOU can relate to what they suggest.

There is a short section describing different types of Tarot decks (Anna advises readers to carry at least two decks with them), and a great section on the “Do’s and Don’ts” of Tarot reading. The best advice here? “Getting over yourself is the first step to reading the Tarot successfully.” Sounds like my sister – her motto is “Get over yourself!” What a thing to tell a workaholic Cappie!

Each group within the Tarot is presented: the Major Arcana (Function: Headlines, Keyword: Karma), the Minor Arcana (Function: To tell the stories behind the Major Arcana’s Headlines, Keywords: Change, Emotion, Challenge, Ambition), Court Cards, and Subject Cards (the Pips – cards 2-10 of each suit).

There is a tremendous amount of information already on this site, with an FAQ section, articles and more to come.
If you want to expand your understanding and use of the Tarot, this site is an excellent tool of empowerment.

© July 2010 Bonnie Cehovet