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T. Susan Chang

Author, Teacher, Reader & Podcaster

T. Susan Chang has been reading tarot for 25 years. She is the author of Tarot Correspondences: Ancient Secrets for Everyday Readers (Llewellyn 2018), 36 Secrets: A Decanic Journey through the Minor Arcana of the Tarot (Anima Mundi 2021), The Living Tarot: A Tarot Course for Everyday Readers (Llewellyn, forthcoming), and the co-author of Tarot Deciphered: Decoding Esoteric Symbolism in Modern Tarot (Llewellyn 2021).  She created and hosted, with Mel Meleen, the Fortune’s Wheelhouse esoteric tarot podcast (www.patreon.com/fortuneswheelhouse), which explores imagery and symbolism in each card of Golden Dawn-based decks like the Rider Waite Smith and Thoth tarots.

She has been certified as a professional tarot reader by the American Tarot Association, offers online tarot readings and tarot mentorship sessions, and currently teaches the Living Tarot, an online tarot course for all levels of reader experience, to over 250 students.  She has offered presentations and workshops at the Northwest Tarot Symposium, the Philadelphia Jung Society, the Jung Society of Washington, and Tarot Singapore as well as at numerous bookstores and local tarot meetups. She is also the creator of the Arcana Case® for tarot decks, which can be found at www.etsy.com/shop/tarotista, along with her line of astrological perfumes and tarot talismans, and she is a frequent podcast guest in the occult community.

Besides her work in tarot, she is the co-presenter of “Godsong: 365 Days with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey,” an online course with Jack Grayle; she writes occasional cookbook reviews for NPR; and she teaches an undergraduate course on “Writing about the Senses” for Smith College. Her offerings, events, and blog posts can be found at www.tsusanchang.com. On Facebook she can be found at the Fortune’s Wheelhouse Academy group; on Instagram and Twitter she is @tsusanchang.

Tarot Prescriptions: Esoteric Correspondences as Healing Metaphors

The tarot deck, taken as a whole, represents the individual and each card some parrt of us; the 9 of Swords our despair, the 3 of Pentacles our productivity, etc. etc.  The tarot deck is also alive with traditional correspondences – elements, numbers, zodiacal and planetary associations.  

For example, airy swords are the elemental opposite of earthy pentacles.  So… if the 9 of Swords is an airy card, can we counter it with its earthy opposite number, the 9 of Pentacles?  Can we find a remedy for despair in the solitary works of beauty found in the 9 of Pentacles?

In this presentation, we’ll explore how we can bring together these two modes of interpretation, the qualitative and the esoteric, to design our own magical formulas for self-transformation and become the physicians of our own souls.

Sympathetic Magic and the ‘Hard’ Cards or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tower!

As experienced and evolved tarot readers, we know that no card is truly “good” or “bad,” right? And yet we still might flinch a bit when we draw the Tower or the 10 of Swords or the 5 of Pentacles for ourselves or a client. How can we confront these fears and embrace the gifts of these and other challenging cards? In this presentation, we’ll discuss how to meet these cards on their own territory through observation and tracking; and—more importantly—how to work with them magically and invite them to co-exist with us in constructive ways.

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