The Material Culture of Spirit

This is the reading for week three of my upcoming course “The Occult in Victorian Culture.” This article is a fascinating, well-illustrated piece about the material culture of spiritualism in Victorian England: It includes pictures of mediums, seances, spirit photos, ouija boards, etc.

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/ghosts-in-the-machines-the-devices-and-defiant-mediums-that-spoke-for-the-spirits/

 

Alleged Spirit Pictures from the 1880s (from Wikimedia Commons)

Alleged Spirit Pictures from the 1880s (from Wikimedia Commons)

Tarot Workshop in Stamford 5/20/15

I will be conducting a free tarot workshop from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Harry Bennett Branch of the Ferguson Library at 115 Vine Road in Stamford, CT on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Here is the promotional description for the event:

Join a professional psychic for an intriguing exploration of the tarot. This 1 1/2 hour workshop will delve into the process of choosing a tarot deck, formulating your own questions, completing the Celtic Cross spread, and interpreting the cards. Guests will have the opportunity to look at several tarot decks and ask questions about divination and metaphysical topics. Feel free to bring your own tarot deck if you have one. During the workshop, several volunteers will be randomly chosen for a free reading (a $25 value). This workshop is free to the public.

The Magician card from the original tarot deck, the Visconti-Sforza, part of which is currently held in the Pierpont-Morgan Library.

The Magician card from the original tarot deck, the Visconti-Sforza, part of which is currently held in the Pierpont-Morgan Library.

Free Tarot Workshop 3/25/15

I will be conducting a tarot workshop at the John C. Hart Memorial Library in Shrub Oak on Wed., March 25, from 7:30-9:30PM. I hope to see you there!

Here is the promotional description for the event:

Join a professional psychic for an intriguing exploration of the tarot. This 2 hour workshop will delve into the process of choosing a tarot deck, formulating your own questions, completing the Celtic Cross spread, and interpreting the cards. Guests will have the opportunity to look at several tarot decks and ask questions about divination and metaphysical topics. Feel free to bring your own tarot deck if you have one. During the workshop, several volunteers will be randomly chosen for a free reading (a $20 value). This workshop is free to the public.

Ace of cups from the original tarot deck, the Visconti-Sforza, from the 15th century.

Ace of cups from the original tarot deck, the Visconti-Sforza, from the 15th century.

Benefits of the tarot

Garth Stein wrote, “That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.”

This quotation captures a dilemma that we face as human beings. How can we know which aspects of our life are outside of our control— simply part of destiny— and which can be changed according to our personal goals? Especially in trying times, it can be very difficult to understand the direction of our life path. When life gets tough, matters of career, love, family, and health become extra important and demand our attention.

Since the beginning of time, people have sought out the help of those who are somehow able to read the intentions of fate, to help people to understand the world around them. Carl Jung, one of the fathers of modern psychology, added further that “When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside us as fate.”

Whether or not one believes in the existence of destiny, supernatural forces, or psychics, or sees the world as a projection of our psychology and cognitive function, I can offer services that help you access additional perspectives about your life and your true desires that will bring happiness and clarity.

Have you been feeling stalled in your life path? Being spiritually and psychologically aware can make the difference between taking initiative in your life or watching everything and everyone pass you by. The tarot can help to uncover new information that may help you to progress on your life journey.

Whether you would like my help to access the supernatural, or to find someone patient and understanding to talk with about a situation that is troubling you, or to entertain your friends with stories about their future, give me a call. If you are interested in learning more about the tarot or other esoteric topics, I can construct a workshop to fit your group’s interests, size, or time constraints.

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The Wheel of Fortune from the original Visconti-Sforza tarocchi deck.

The Wheel of Fortune from the original Visconti-Sforza tarocchi deck.