TABI’s Tenth Anniversary

One of my favorite Tarot organizations, TABI (Tarot Association of the British Isles) is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The anniversary will be celebrated at their yearly Tarot Conference in Birmingham, England on the 23rd and 24th of July. They are welcoming visitors, as well as TABI members (I am a proud member!) to their Conference. If those of us from across the pond can make it past customs, we are welcome to attend. 😉

There will be an informal get together over dinner on Friday, July 22nd, with a follow-up in the bar. All attending are encouraged to bring their favorite Tarot decks/books, and be prepared to chat about all things Tarot!

The Conference begins with a bang at 10 am on Saturday morning with a workshop exploring working with Tarot and Oracles together, presented by Cilla Conway (creator of the “Devas” deck as well as the “Intuitive Tarot”). Bring your favorite decks and prepare to have fun!
Lunch, my dears, is a three-course sit down affair! I am certain that Hestia will be presiding over all of the details! (I love Hestia!) I am so jealous – after lunch John Matthews (creator of the “Wildwood Tarot”) will be presenting the Bow Spread. John – I hope that at some point in time you are presenting at a conference that I am at!

The final workshop session will be on working intuitively with the Crowley-Harris “Thoth Tarot”. The presenter will be Emma Sunerton-Burl, a lovely lady that I just had the good fortune to meet over the Internet in connection with the “Individuum Universal” deck.
Will Worthington, creator of the “Druid Craft Tarot” and the “Wildwood Tarot” will be in the Conference room to chat and share some f his original artwork. Again – jealous face! I have the “Wildwood Tarot” on my wish list, and do hope to someday meet Mr. Worthington.
After dinner, everyone is heading back to the bar to relax. Ummm There will also be this little contest – well, a Tarot quiz, actually. There will be a prize for the winner, as well as more party games, with Tarot oriented prizes, AND the winning entry from the TABI Art Competition (as chosen by Will Worthington).

Mary Collin (the lovely lady who introduced me to the “Individuum Tarot”) begins the Sunday session with a presentation on working as a professional Tarot reader. Mary is a very down to earth person – she will be sharing the pros and the cons, and sharing tips from her own experience. Please bring your questions – this is a very wise lady!

Emma Sunerton-Burl will be presenting the final session for the Conference after lunch. She will be sharing techniques that she uses as a professional Tarot counselor, techniques that help the individual reader to provide the most supportive reading for their client. Please bring your questions with you. No question is silly – if you have a question, you can be sure that others are facing the same situation, and have the same question.

Alison Cross, TABI Chair, assures me that all are welcome, and that no one will be left sitting on their own. Everyone is encouraged to come to the Conference, share in the sessions, share their thoughts, and be prepared to have a great time! You can come for one day, or both days. Remember, if you come on Friday, there is a get together then too!

I hope to be there next year, and I would love to have more of my U.S. friends thinking along the same lines. Here’s to TABI having a top notch Conference, and a joyous Ten Year Anniversary celebration!

© June 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is quite an interesting phenomenon. Why would you want to place a guest blog on your site, and why would you want to blog on another persons site?

Let’s take at the purpose of blogs (from my perspective, anyway). Blogs can serve the following purposes (and more, but this is what comes to mind):

* They act as a form of personal journal.
* They act to inform.
* They act as a promotional tool.

In a personal journal, there really is no need for guest blogging. By nature, your blog reflects your own thoughts and your own life. In blogs that are acting to inform, or to promote (or both) there is a place for guest blogging.

In blogs that are written to inform, bringing in a guest blogger brings in a fresh viewpoint, and builds on information already presented. There is also a place for reciprocal blogging here – i.e. placing blogs on each other’s sites.

In blogs that are promotional in nature, guest blogging helps bring the guest blogger to the attention of a new audience. A specific topic (for instance, a new book or deck) can be covered on many different blog sites, with each of the blog owners giving their readers links to the other blog. A network is formed here to help promote work in any given field.

I am currently enjoying guest blogging for TABI ( the Tarot Association of the British Isles). I do this for several reasons – I like to write, I like to blog, I can reach a new audience, and I want to help TABI, of which I am a member, remain an interesting, viable organization.

If you would like to contribute to the TABI blog, please contact Alison Cross at admin.alison@tabi.org.uk.

Everyone has something to say! Here are a few Tarot related topics that come immediately to mind:

* Talk about the Fool’s Journey (or the Hero’s Journey).
* Talk about the four elements in relation tot he four suits.
* Discuss the basic qualities of numbers 1-10.
* Discuss the quality of the number Zero (0) as applied to the Fool.
* Tell the story of the Virtues in the Major Arcana.
* Discuss the evolution of Tarot from Marseilles style decks to those that contain imagery.
* Talk about how to work Tarot journaling into daily life.
* Relate Tarot to ritual/ceremonial work.
* Discuss how to form a vibrant question.
* Discuss how to do a reading.
* Relate how to deal with difficult clients.
* Talk about setting up a Tarot business.
* Talk a bout promoting a Tarot business.

The list is endless! Where does your Tarot blog fit into this picture? Remember, your blog, and your work, can only be as big as your dreams for it are!

© April 2010 Bonnie Cehovet