Journey To The Readers Studio 2011 – Part II

(The image above is the Magician, from Joanna Powell-Colbert’s “Gaian Tarot”.)

As you saw in Journey To The Readers Studio – Part I, my literal journey to the Readers Studio was not that great. Something that I did neglect to mention was coming into La Guardia at night. I love the lights! Lights at night, and coming in over water during the day (this would be for Sea-Tac, my home airport) are breathtaking! Today I am going to talk about the things that went well – and there were many of them!

The first person that I saw as I approached the desk at the Marriott was Canadian Tarotist James Wells. How nice to talk to such an upbeat, loving person at the end of such a horrendous journey! This was very fortunate, as I soon found out that my roommate, Anna Burroughs Cook, had not signed in! I had left her a message to go ahead and sign in, that I would be there late Friday night, but she never got the message. I flip flopped all Friday night between hoping that she was just rooming with another person upon finding out that I was not there yet, and worry that she had taken sick and was unable to come. At this time I was not aware that she had not gotten my message.

I signed in, got my room key, and went up to my room. Quickly turned around and went back down, as the keys (both of them) would not work. The gentleman at the desk reset two new keys, and went up to my room with me to make sure that they worked. They did – yes! Showered, washed my hair, and crashed.

I went down to the ballroom where they were holding the event, and immediately felt right at home. I met Beth in the hallway, and she introduced me to the lady (I do apologise – I have forgotten her name!) who located my registration packet for me, and advised me not to lose the little icons for dinner and desert for the banquet that night. I set my stuff down at a table, placed a book that I had brought with me on the exchange table, and my flyers for my upcoming book on Birth Cards on the table outside designated for that, and then went to look at a few of the vendors. They had such great stuff!

I spoke to several people, and had several people come over and introduce themselves to me, including Theresa Reed (who told me that Anna had been there the day before, and had left when she found out I was not there yet) and Kate Chapman. Lovely ladies! I am so happy that Kate decided to come – she is an incredible person (as is Theresa!). Koneta Bailey came over to introduce herself, and we talked for a few minutes. Fortunately for me, she came over to my table, and became my partner for Saturday’s presentations. She is way nice, very, very smart, and shuffles like nobodies business!

Before I forget – thank you Llewellyn for the miniature decks in my welcome packet ( the “Das Feen Tarot” and the “Dragons Tarot”)!

The first presenter on Saturday was Barbara Moore (who is indeed a fashionista!). Barbara took us through the process of creating a Tarot spread, from the focus (on the question), to defining positions and developing a layout. She discussed the dynamics of a single card spread, pairs, lines, circles, and the cross. I loved her discussion of cards moving within a layout. Koneta and I developed a spread that we termed the Ribbon of Time Spread. I say “we”, but the credit goes to Koneta on this one! I hope that I can find a way to present this spread that shows how beautiful it can be!

BTW – Barbara is not above bribing people! She searched NYC for the best bakery, and brought cupcakes with her to give to those individuals that were willing to share the process of creating their spreads! At the end of her class those who wished to share gave Barbara a copy of the spread that they had created, with the knowledge that she will be creating a PDF of them, and sharing with all participants. This will be incredible! Bravo Barbara!

Before the class began I had the good fortune to meet Tarotist/author Paul Quinn. If you ever get a chance to meet Paul, please do so! He is a wonderful gentleman! At the break I got to meet Gina Thies (hopefully I have spelled Gina’s name correctly!). She is a lovely lady, and had one of the most creative costumes going at the banquet Saturday night!

Koneta and I lunched with Joanna Powell-Colbert and the Gaian Tarot Circle people. They are a wonderful group of individuals, and the lunch was really very good! I did not go exotic – I had a hamburger, which is something I had not had in a long time. The food and the conversation were magickal!

The afternoon session was lead by the esteemed Caitlin Matthews. One cannot help but be absolutely in awe of this lady! Aside from her incredible warmth and wisdom, she has an excellent singing voice! She used song to get the group to quiet down after each exercise, so that she could continue speaking. I have only seen this done in ritual before, and it was absolutely amazing! Her presentation was on Hunting the Lady – Using the Significator Skillfully. She discussed choosing the significator in a random fashion, working with a spread entitled the Web of Life, using two chosen significators as map references (When Significators Meet), using a chosen significator in a spread entitled the Tarot Council (from Rachel Pollack), using Ancestral Resources (from the new Celtic Wisdom Oracle by Caitlin Matthews), and using a random significator in a spread entitled Supporting Our Priorities. There was also a Royal Wedding Present spread, and a spread entitled the Wheel of Souls (from the work of Daan van Kampenhout).

Caitlin used the Wheel of Souls spread in a very memorable manner – she asked for a volunteer from the audience that was willing to work on a personal issue publicly, and then brought her up on the stage. (The volunteer was a lovely lady whose name I have forgotten!). Audience members were then chosen, on at a time, by the lady getting the reading, to come up on stage and act as one of four Souls (Universal Soul, Family Soul, Tribal Soul and Individual Soul). The whole performance was mesmerizing! Thank you to everyone who participated – you were truly gifted with the Sight!

Tomorrow, in Part III, I am going to chat about the banquet, the vendors, and whatever else comes to mind! Please join me!

(c) May 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Journey To Readers Studio 2011 – Part 1

Part I of my journey is literally about my journey – by plane and shuttles – to the Readers Studio. If your eyes are glazing over already, skip this and come back for Part II tomorrow – that is where I will be talking about the Readers Studio per se – the people, the sessions, the great food!

Thursday morning I was standing outside at the appointed time (5 am), waiting for the airport shuttle to pick me up. Right on time, here come the headlights, they stop at our driveway, then continue on. The van turns around in the neighbors driveway, comes back, picks me up, and off we go. To the driver’s credit, I live in the country, and there are no streetlights. It is hard to find a house if you don’t know exactly where it is. We pick up two more people along the way, and make good time to the airport. I thank the driver, tip him, and off I go. I have my printed out boarding pass, so all I have to do is check my bag. No problem – bag checked, and I am off to find my boarding gate.

About checking bags. I do not like dragging a suitcase around the terminal – even a small one on wheels. I am 5′ 2″, and the suitcase is heavy. If, by some small miracle, I was able to get it into the overhead bin, I would cause a major rumble bopping people on the head as I tried to take it down. I would have to be standing on the nearest seat to reach up that high in the first place. Case closed – I will continue to check my bag(s).

The wait is not too long, I am on the plane (in a window seat – all of my seats were window seats – I liked that!). Arrive in Denver. Check the board – new departure gate. Find gate, sit down. Big announcement – time has been changed to 8 something pm, from 3 something pm. Starting to get unhappy face. Get some lunch, take it down to the gate to wait. A couple of hours go by – I decide to check the board again – gate changes seem to happen at will in Denver. Never did know if that was the airport or the airlines, but it kept happening.

Sure enough – there was a new gate! Hustled myself down there, even though I still had hours to wait. Sat down. Gentleman starts making an announcement. The flight has been cancelled. Bad weather in La Guardia, the air controllers are allowing only so many planes per hour to access the airport. Sounds like a plausible story to me. I join about a dozen other people who were scurrying down to the Frontier customer service area. There were a few people ahead of me, but I got taken care of in good time. I felt sorry for the rest of the passengers, who were all behind me. I have to say here that the manager for the Frontier customer service center was on top of things, very polite, and answered all questions. In fact, he wanted all questions directed to him, so that his reps could get people out in a timely manner. He and all of the reps were very courteous and good at what they do. They cared.

I could not get out that day (Thursday), but I could get out a noon the next day, going through Kansas City to get to La Guardia. Okay, slow as I might be at times, even I knew that I was going to miss the entire first day of the Readers Studio. I had to be accept that this is the best that could happen at this time. Because the issue was weather, and not a malfunctioning plane, passengers (who were referred to as “distressed” passengers) were given discount vouchers. You were to call a specific number, and they would find a hotel for you. We were also assured that we could stay in the airport overnight and be perfectly safe. That did not sound like a good idea to me, so I called the number. I was told that there was one hotel in the area accepting distressed passengers. I called that number – they were very polite, got me a room, and sent their shuttle immediately for another passenger and myself. We went to the Red Lion Inn, which I highly recommend. Polite staff (with some of the most professional looking makeup I have ever seen!), and great rooms. My luggage was not with me – when I asked if there was somewhere that I could purchase a toothbrush and toothpaste, I was handed them free of charge. I know – hotels do this kind of thing, but it impressed me!

I woke up in the am with my heart pounding, having a hard time breathing. Immediate thought – NOT while I am away from home, please! Then I remembered I was in Denver – one is not supposed to be able to breath in Denver! I calmed down then. When I checked out, the charge was less than I had been quoted, so I was a happy camper.

Back at the airport, boarding pass in hand (I got that the day before from the customer service lady that helped me) I headed for the gate. Checked the board first – didn’t trust anyone by this time! ūüėČ We take off for Kansas City. All I can say about the Kansas City airport is this – I was relieved that my departing gate was only two gates down from my arrival gate! That is a horrendous airport – people traffic going both ways through a very confined hallway. Compounded by a series of lovely PSA’s – please check the airport website, friend them on Face Book and chat on Twitter. WTF? Are they nuts?

We take off for La Guardia – I breathe a sigh of relief! Got into La Guardia around 9:30 at night. headed to the baggage area to claim my bag – which had been sent on ahead that morning. Back up to the ticketing area. The lady at the counter takes me to the luggage they have set aside – I was surprised there was so little of it! Found my bag, called for the hotel shuttle, and arrived at the hotel I think a little after 10 pm Friday night.

Return trip went a lot easier – gates were correct, planes left on time, the airport shuttle at Sea-Tac (my home base) was near the baggage area – I made it home in one piece! Hurray!

Stay tuned tomorrow for news about the people and events at the Readers Studio! And … for why I was very unhappy over a certain sequence of events that I had no control over.

(c) May 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Reader’s Studio 2011 – Sharing Information

I am so looking forward to the 2011 Reader’s Studio! A few months ago I had the thought that it would be nice for those of us that are going to share a bit of information about ourselves. If you would like to share your information, please contact me at

These are the links to previous submissions. Enjoy!

© January 2011 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:


 Part 1 can be viewed here:

Part 2 can be viewed here: .

 © 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, 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