Paper and Spirit

Presented by Christiana Gaudet

In this first hour, we will explore the ways we connect with our cards, and the ways we bring intuition and spiritual guidance into our tarot practice. We will explore the dedication of new tarot decks, and the special relationships we develop with individual cards, decks, and with tarot itself. We will learn the practice of invocation which invites Spirit into each tarot session.

Archetypes and Identities

Presented by Christiana Gaudet

In the second morning session, we will explore our personal connections with individual cards. We will learn how people appear in the cards for our clients, and how we help our clients understand themselves and those around them in a new way. Understanding what a card means in a reading is a different matter entirely from understanding classic interpretations, especially when cards speak of individuals and their behaviors.

Practical Applications

Presented by Christiana Gaudet

Part of the magic of tarot is finding truth in divination. In this session we will apply the ideas and techniques we learned in our morning sessions. We will divine for ourselves and each other using short-format divination exercises. What we learn about tarot and about ourselves in this session will be enlightening and transformative.

Tarot Mediumship

Presented by Christiana Gaudet

Mediumship is magic. How do we allow our loved ones in spirit to speak through the cards? In this hour we will learn techniques for using tarot as a tool of mediumship. Our ancestors, angels, guides, and guardians are always with us. Tarot can give them voice.

Panel Discussion: When Tarot Meanings Change, or Do They? Reading Non-RWS Tarot

Presented by Nancy Hendrickson

If you think a Tarot card’s meaning doesn’t change between a traditional Rider-Waite-Smith and a deck like the inkblot inspired Hidden Waters, you’ll want to join in this fascinating panel discussion. We’ll be looking at a variety of decks and seeing who on the Panel reads RWS regardless of deck and who reads based on the imagery. You can vote in a poll at the beginning of the Panel and another at the end – let’s see which side of the debate wins the day.

Casting Charms for Divination

Presented by Mary Ellen Collins

Moderated by Frank Kwiatkowski

Casting charms is a unique way to work with the energy of divination. In this workshop you will learn how to create and work with your own oracle using sample kits of charms. Then we will combine the charm casting process with a tarot reading to give it depth and nuance.

This class will feature lots of hands-on practice exercises. Everyone who takes this class remarks about how much fun it is! One bonus of the class is that as a result of the practice exercise, participants receive a free mini-reading from one another so be sure to come to class with questions! Please note that if you are new to tarot there are decks that you can borrow.

Note: To prepare for this class, start saving items from your junk drawers, jewelry boxes, craft supplies, etc. You can use small charms, coins, tiny toys…anything that inspires your imagination! (Sample charm sets will be used in the class to give you an idea.)

Personalizing and Deepening Your Tarot Journal

Presented by Diane Wilkes

Most tarot teachers urge their students to start a tarot journal, but some people often see it primarily as a beginner’s exercise. This mistaken mentality ignores how versatile the tarot journaling process is, and how helpful it can be when you recognize and implement all the potential ways it can be utilized. In this class, we will cover the many ways you can customize your tarot journal to reflect who you are and what you want, as well as a guided journaling experience for profound self-exploration.

How to Craft Amazing Three-Card Readings

Presented by Jenna Matlin

Do you find that 3 card spreads are not enough for readings? Or, do you find that traditional three card spreads are too confining? Don’t worry, I got you! Suitable for all levels, this workshop teaches you how to level up your 3 card reading skills with 12 interlocking approaches that create a full and complete session, no clarifying cards needed! Learn how to sweep over your cards back-and-forth while creating layers of meaning, enabling you to wring every bit of information available. By the end of this hands-on workshop, you will have access to powerful tools that facilitate your ability to glean in-depth information from just a few cards. And, you will be able to use these techniques in your larger spreads, too!

Going Deep – Incorporating Pendulums and Oracles into Ancestral Work

Presented by Nancy Hendrickson

Moderated by Christiana Gaudet

Whether you’ve delved into Ancestral Tarot or not, you’re invited to learn exactly how to incorporate pendulums and oracle decks into your ancestral readings. Discover how a pendulum can place an ancestor in a time and place, and how an oracle can be used as a clarifier, a personality descriptor, or can even tell an in-depth story that goes beyond what Tarot can reveal.

Bring a Tarot deck, a pendulum, and at least one Oracle deck of your choice. Hint: The decks you choose make a difference. Choose wisely.

Ogham Divination: A Connection with Trees as Spiritual Teachers

Presented by Beverly Frable

Moderated by Rosemary Harrington

Join me as I present an overview of Ogham, a Celtic alphabet dating back to the 700 ? 500 BCE! Learn why many believe that this alphabet was actually used as one of the earliest known divination systems. We’ll also be discussing the Celt’s belief that each Ogham had an association with a specific tree and the unique mystical energies of each of those trees.

Incorporating Magickal and Spiritual Traditions into Tarot Reading

Presented by Kristen Barnes

Until in the hands of a skilled reader, tarot is merely 78 plastic-coated pictures. In order to give them depth and explore their overall accepted definitions in a way that is unique and meaningful each time, the reader must go beyond those definitions. One way is by incorporating magickal and spiritual practices. In this segment, Kamille will explore why this is beneficial to both reader and client and demonstrate how to do just that in order to prepare for and give a 30 min reading.

Who is Tarot to You, or You to Tarot?

Presented by Rachel Pollack

Moderated by Amie Emberharte & Judika Illes

In this presentation we will be exploring our relationship to the cards, and what we do with them. We’ll use the cards to look at the different ways we can experience the deck itself, and we’ll be doing a live reading with someone from the con on that person’s relationship with the tarot, treating the Tarot–and the relationship–as actual people.

Court Cards and Kingdoms

Presented by Kim Danbert

Camelot Meets Tarot in this role-playing game, where the Tarot Court Cards become animated in a problem-solving scenario. This process helps one to see the court cards (and many of the Major Arcana cards) as living works of divination. Anyone can take this workshop. You do not have to have a working knowledge of the interpretations of tarot or be a tarot reader. This class is fun for all levels of tarot expertise from novice to professional reader!

2022 VI The Lovers – Embracing a Year of Love and Healing

Presented by Katrina Wynne

Welcome to 2022!! So glad we made it this far. 2022 as a number exudes balance and beauty, and numerologically is represented by Major Key VI The Lovers. Please join this sensational exploration of the significance of the Lovers Tarot card with its many messages and meanings that will lead us to embrace the love that surrounds us as well as the experience within you. From the depth of Shadow Work to the sacred marriage with the Beloved, this image exemplar reminds us of our wholeness, which in itself is our path to healing. What a wonderful way to prepare for the amazing opportunities appearing in 2022! Bring more than one Tarot deck and pull out V The Hierophant, VI The Lovers, VII The Chariot, and XV The Devil. You’ll enjoy the PowerPoint presentation with many versions of the Lovers card from Katrina’s extensive collection. All levels of Tarot experience are welcome!

Horary Astrology: A Sneak Peek at a Divination Technique

Presented by Birgit Kiemes-Windmill

Horary Astrology is quite different from Natal Astrology. It can answer our everyday questions in a surprisingly straightforward manner. Whether it is about a lost key we need to find, whether we will get our dream job, or how things will develop in our personal relationship. Horary Astrology can answer these questions and the biggest plus is the accurate timing.

Healing with the Suit of Cups

Presented by Amie Emberharte

We humans all experience times when some part of us comes unraveled. Our minds, our hearts, our bodies, our relationships, and so many more aspects weave together creating our unique Self. Life happens. Change rolls us around. In the process, we may find ourselves in need of healing. Tarot provides not only clues but actual roadmaps for us to folloJoin Amie Mouser for this experiential session at StaarCon. You only need to bring yourself. Amie will walk you through a healing roadmap in the Suit of Cups where you may discover some direction and insight for your way forward. She will then lead you through a gentle guided meditation designed to connect you with the miraculous healer within you and remind you just how powerful you are.

The Beatles & Tarot: A Fab Combination!

Presented by Frank Kwiatkowski

The Beatles are the greatest rock band of all time! Their infectious charisma and otherworldly talent made them one of the great cultural forces of the 1960s, and their legendary status grows with each passing year. Yeah, yeah, yeah! The music of the Beatles has a lot in common with tarot. Each is magical, mystical, and fun. Each has the power to open our minds and hearts to new dimensions and possibilities. And by engaging with each of them, we gain more of what lies at their core: LOVE. Attendees of this magical mystery workshop will learn more about the connections between tarot and the Beatles while gaining a new appreciation of each. The program will explore how each member of the Fab Four represents one of the four classical elements; how each of the Beatles’ songs corresponds to a different tarot card, and how to identify tarot-related themes in your favorite music, even if it isn’t the Beatles! Please join us: A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

A Spiritual Journey: How We Create Spiritual Power Tools

Presented by Monte Farber & Amy Zerner

Best-selling author, Monte Farber, and his NEA award-winning artist wife, Amy Zerner, are the world’s foremost creators of personal inner-guidance systems, including Karma Cards, The Enchanted Tarot, The Creativity Oracle, The Psychic Circle, and their new Wild Goddess Oracle. They call their divination kits and self-help systems their “spiritual power tools.”

In this fun-filled visual workshop, Amy and Monte will share their inspirations and process, as well as secrets of their artistic and business lives and legendary relationship, and how they tap into psychic intuition, astrology and oracles for answers, guidance and assistance on their creative journey.

Tarot Movement and The Tarot Dance

Presented by Serena Fox

‘An exercise in invocation and spell-casting Learn to use the cards to not only answer a question, but also to invoke, summon, direct and inspire! Tarot and oracle cards are effective companions in readings, but also powerful allies in spell-casting. How can we use the cards to spell cast? In this hour-long offering, we will learn to amplify intention and vision by introducing and exercising Tarot Movement and the Tarot Dance. The art of Tarot Movement (or Tarot Dancing) is a deep; spiritual; connected; empowered and empowering practice-A silent, organic, channeled rhythm. We use the cards to interpret a reading-deeply consider and identify areas we’d like to emphasize or suppress and engage the talisman’s (cards, magical herbal energies and crystal qualities, among other things) to support desired outcome. Tarot interpretation is coupled with authentic, intuitive relationship, channeling, and the application of effective correspondences. You’ll download several PDFs prior to class including a comprehensive list of magical herbs; a concise list of common crystals and associated properties; a detailed explanation of specific tarot cards; and images of four sample readings (career, relationship, release, and invocation).

“It’s said that the shuffling of the cards is the earth, and the pattering of the cards is the rain, and the beating of the cards is the wind, and the pointing of the cards is the fire. That’s of the four suits. But the Greater Trumps, it’s said, are the meaning of all process and the measure of the everlasting dance.”

-Charles Williams

The Animal Medicine Walk

Presented by Bernadette King

Welcome to the Wild Pack! Take an Animal Medicine Walk with Bernadette King; multi-award winning, internationally known evidential psychic medium, Shamanic practitioner, tarot reader, animal communicator, and publisher. Embark on this magical journey and learn new ways of aligning with the Animal Kingdom. You’ll experience Animal Spirit Guide energies like never before. This new ‘method’ was downloaded from the Animal Allies directly into Bernadette. She’s been sharing it all over the world and beginners to adepts are reporting astonishing mystical happenings that are supported by evidence. Part teaching, part journey, part platform reading join with others who want to be in deeper relationship with our brothers and sisters of the wild. Allow their wisdom and power to fill you up and set your spirit free to roam the reality you consciously create.

Unleashing the Storyteller Within

Presented by Sasha Graham

Tarot is storytelling and YOU are a natural born storyteller. It doesn’t matter if you are predicting the future, examining the past, or looking for guidance. No matter how you use tarot, you are weaving a tale. Storytelling with tarot imbues us with supernatural power. The power to change our narrative. Join Sasha Graham, creator of the Dark Wood Tarot and Magic of Tarot, on a creative adventure as she guides you in adding depth, complexity and understanding to yourself and the cards. Choose the genre you want to inhabit, redefine the role you’ve been cast in, and make poetry with your cards. Enjoy meditations, card exercises, and writing prompts to unleash the storyteller within.

Please have on hand: Journal and pen/pencil  & Tarot deck of your choice

Practical Palmistry

Presented by Gita Rash

Palmistry, the ancient science of reading the palm of the hand, is an interesting and exciting form of divination. Describing your personalty and forecasting the events in your life are some of the fascinating aspects of palmistry. With techniques to explain how cheriognomy and cheiromancy work, you can learn to distinguish between the types of hands, fingers, finger nails, lines, mounts, formations and so much more. You can uncover the blueprint of your destiny and gain an understanding of basic principles that provide hours of fun. Discover your hidden talents and start an exhilarating new journey.

Living a Tarot Inspired Life

Presented by Jaymi Elford

Learn the various ways you can integrate tarot as a companion through your life. This concept formed the basis for Jaymi Elford’s book, Tarot Inspired Life. Join Jaymi as she discusses tips for creativity, honoring the seasons, daily rituals, and more. Bring your curiosity and zest for tarot!

The Divination Power of Food

Presented by Lainie Sevante Wulkan & Joanna Salerno

Take a deep dive into Mother’s Earth’s Natural Healing Wisdom as Joanna Salerno and Lainie Sevante Wulkan, Creators of The Food Healing Oracle Deck® take you on an exploration of the senses in this one-hour mystical presentation. Bringing you into a greater conscious awareness around food, its power to affect your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual wellness, they share with you how The Food Healing Oracle Deck® goes well beyond what you’re eating at your next meal, but also a life changing understanding into 60 channeled messages and how your foods want to provide healing wisdom and practical gifts to aid you on your healing and spiritual journey.

Feel Free Not to Comprehend the Tarot Reading: The Querent Will Get It Even if You Don’t

Presented by Maria Luisa Salazar

It is a common mistake to try to comprehend the querent´s situation as if we were part of it, but the truth is that we are not. As Tarot readers, our job is to give clarity, to answer the querents question as objectively as possible without getting involved or letting our feelings get in the way. Since the moment we are born, we are constantly interpreting our environment. As we get older, our interpretations will change according to our own life experiences, beliefs, states of mind, and maybe the planets around us. Everything we interpret with Tarot comes from our life experiences, therefore, the querent will connect through his own comprehension of his life situation. Two people living the same situation will most likely interpret it in different manners, so do not expect as a Tarot reader to understand the situation as the querent will.

Reconnecting the Constellations! Moving You Deeper into Tarot Birth Pairs

Presented by Fred West

Tarot Birth Pairs are a fascinating use for tarot, but they’re larger than we think. I’m going to broaden your pair into their full constellations by bringing the respective minors into the Birth Pair discussion. How do the Minors play a role in understand your birth pairing. How to they help you take action, and understand your emotional selves. Join me as we discover your other facets, in the realm of tarot birth pairs.

Mediumship with the Petit Lenormand

Presented by Michelle Barrie

As Cartomancers it is understood that the messages we receive through our readings are from spirit. But “spirit” is a general term for the many types of beings that wish to communicate with us. Especially our loved ones. Join Michelle Barrie and you will learn how to connect with the loved ones, friends, neighbors, pets, etc. using the Petit Lenormand system. Her Mediumship spread makes it possible to describe their personality, their connection with the Querent, details about their relationship, their gender, what they did for work, plus provide a direct message. FYI . . . This system works just as well with Tarot and Charms!

Tarot For Families with Aunt Lily’s Tarot

Presented by Claire Lily

Please join me where I will be explaining how a visit up to my in-laws in the summer of 2020 lead to the creation of Aunt Lily’s Tarot Deck. Also, I’ll explain how the tarot can be a helpful tool with communication between all family members especially parents/guardians and kids. I will be giving some ideas of how to work as a family unit and have fun by engaging in activities, all centered around the tarot. I look forward to seeing you there.

The Art of Visual Communication

Presented by Ciro Marchetti

Looking back at almost 18 years involved with Tarot?? It’s been quite a journey. I’ll be discussing how and why I initially got involved. What was my preparation and approach, and how that changed over the years. Reviewing what hopefully worked but also what didn’t. A general summary of the power of imagery and its application to cartomancy. A creative process that required a balance of both respecting tradition but also challenging it. A closer look at a number of cards from several of my decks, with a more in depth explanation of them, pointing out details and context that may not be initially apparent. But in doing so may provide different perspectives to consider in a reading.

Pitched to Published: Writing for The Cartomancer 101

Presented by Amber Highland

The Cartomancer is enjoyed by beginner and seasoned divination enthusiasts alike covering topics such as; the art of cartomancy, metaphysics, holistic personal and business guidance. We share dynamic interviews, deck & book reviews, and personal anecdotes. While providing quality content we strive to include authors that provide diverse and inclusive voices. Magazine writing is a craft that stands apart from the kind of writing you tend to encounter in newspapers, journals, essays, or books. In this session Amber presents steps that will guide you through the process of submitting content to The Cartomancer Magazine including: choosing an angle and targeting your pitch. Bring an oracle, tarot, or Lenormand deck for interactive inspiration.